Volkswagen to stop making gas-only cars for Brazil.

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Volkswagen will stop making cars that can run only on gasoline for the Brazilian market this year and focus exclusively on flex-fuel autos that run on ethanol, gasoline or any mix of the two, a company executive said on Thursday. The shift in production is the latest example of how automakers around the world are scrambling to roll out fuel-efficient vehicles to woo consumers worried about surging gasoline prices. "By the end of the year, 100 percent of our local production will be with flex-fuel technology," Paulo Kakinoff, the company's sales and marketing director, said at a ceremony in Sao Paulo to unveil its latest flex-fuel compact model, a 1.6-liter Golf.

Volkswagen to stop making gas-only cars for Brazil.
xcel, Mar 24, 2006
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