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Old 02-11-2015, 04:24 PM   #701 (permalink)
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Agreed - Vauxhall (GM UK) are missing a trick - a Corsa Estate would sell by the bucket.

Underneath the image of the Corsa here (which says "I don't are about cars") is actually quite a decent motor let down by poor engines. I had a 1.2 as a hire car for a day, never again.

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Old 02-11-2015, 04:32 PM   #702 (permalink)
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When I was in the one-time Republic of South Vietnam, there were street front shops in Saigon converting sedans to estate/station wagons by the half-dozen.
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When I was in the one-time Republic of South Vietnam, there were street front shops in Saigon converting sedans to estate/station wagons by the half-dozen.
In Brazil and Uruguay it was more usual to turn passenger cars (either sedans or station-wagons) into pickup trucks because the taxes were lower for commercial vehicles even if they were privately used. But nothing would prevent the addition of a canopy and it could be turned into some sort of wagon...
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Considering that this Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is rated about half the average GVWR for cash-transit vehicles in Brazil, it might be deemed eco.


2nd-gen Fiat Ducato Maxi, FWD with a 5-speed manual transmission and a 2.8L 4-cyl turbodiesel



Another double-cab square-body Saveiro, probably Diesel



Fiat Palio Adventure Locker, this one is a taxi in my hometown.

It's just FWD, but due to the locker differential it can still fare reasonably in light off-road conditions.
This other one is used by the local fire department for administrative and bureaucratic service.


Fiat Palio Weekend taxi from my hometown, with a flexfuel 1.4L 8-valve engine and 5-speed manual transmission. On a sidenote, it's kinda roomy for a subcompact.


And this one used as a Santa Catarina Military Police urban patrol vehicle.
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Saw my first Mitsubisi Mirages locally. First one was last week and saw another one last night.
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Again FIAT what ?

I had one of these



with the 1.9 IDI TD (XUDT ?) which was ace and the later 2.0 HDi which was slower but used less fuel. The latter pursuaded me into a Pug 206 HDi 2.0 but that proved to be less than great as the power steering was broken and couldn't be removed.
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great shape, wonder how it matches up with "the template"b

Seems like the good doctor put some real work into the shape of this thing
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There are way too many small projections and other problem areas, especially in the Speedster or other open-topped cars like the one in your photo. I think the Cd was around 0.40 or 0.45, in fact.

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Again FIAT what ?
The Palio Weekend had been available in mainland Europe for a while, sourced from Fiat's Brazilian factory, which at the time still didn't make RHD vehicles, starting only in 2007 to supply South Africa when the Fiat Strada production was concentrated in Brazil.


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with the 1.9 IDI TD (XUDT ?) which was ace and the later 2.0 HDi which was slower but used less fuel.
The ones with PSA engines were either the Peugeot version (Boxer, rebadged in Mexico as Manager) and the CitroŽn version (Jumper, rebadged as Relay in the UK). There was a different 1.9L IDI Fiat engine available for the Ducato.
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Spotted it yesterday, an Asia Motors Towner. It's a Korean license-made version of the Daihatsu Hijet, fitted with a 796cc 3-cyl gasser and a 5-speed manual transmission.


Since it didn't have to follow the Japanese Kei regulations so strictly, the pick-up version is a little longer than the vans.

Fiat Uno panel-van and a 125cc cargo tricycle. I guess both could be deemed eco at some extent...


Have seen this Fiat Palio about 2 months ago in Florianůpolis. This one, specifically, has the 1.0L 4-cyl 8-valve flexfuel engine.

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