TG drives the Kombi in Brazil
It's one of TG magazine's greatest ever adventures: a white-knuckle ride around the favelas in a new, 50s-style Kombi van
Posted: 11 Oct 2013
The road to Vidigal is rather busy. Cristo Redentor's arms appear to be upturned as if to say, "I know, I know, I genuinely am a miracle worker, but even I have my limits." Still, it gives us time to admire the incredible tunnels, reinforcing the idea that virtually all of Rio is an engineering marvel of some sort. The local cars are less impressive in those terms, but still curious, and Brazil - the fourth biggest new car market in the world after China, US and Japan - is a furious automotive melting pot. Part of the BRIC contingent of emerging markets - along with Russia, India and China - the once corruption-riddled Brazilian economy is on the move, but poverty persists, which means that, bluntly put, lots of appealing old rubbish is still in regular use.