A couple of weeks ago I asked for your opinion on what might be the coolest Canadian car, as our neighbors to the North really have a lot for which to be proud. Today we’re looking for a little Latin love as we try to determine the South American automotive product that is – as they say – the most muy caliente, or if you are Brazilian, muito quente.
South America is rich in automotive history, Ford having opened its first sub-equatorial assembly line in 1917 in Buenos Aries, Argentina. Henry also maintained plantations in Brazil – 2.5 million acres along the Tapajos river – to produce rubber. Volkswagen too set up shop in South America, following what was purported to be a stream of Germans fleeing the Fatherland after the war less they be punished for their wartime activities. Is it safe?
Brazil – the largest economy on the continent – is to this day a world leader in alternative fuels, having mandated that the nation’s rides run on sugar cane-derived ethanol years ago. Yeah, it didn’t work out so great, but the country is in a better position than most in the face of oil supply disruptions. Plus, thong bikinis for everyone! Skimpy swimsuits aside, there’ve also been a number of sexy cars to come out of Brazil, as well as the other South American nations’ factories. Which of those do you think is the most desirable? What is the hottest South American Car?