By Richard Mann, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - If you're on the streets of the Brazilian metropolises of São Paulo, Brasília or Rio de Janeiro, you can hardly escape the predominance of small pseudo-crossovers.

Regardless of whether it's Fiat, Renault, Volkswagen or Ford - the newer vehicles especially, despite their manageable dimensions, are incredibly self-confident and not always delicately decorated with rustic-looking planks.

Here a mounted spare wheel, there a gray underrun protector and then again rough sills and a few centimeters more ground clearance, together with off-road tires.

A Brazilian wants . . .

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