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      Azores (Portugal) Aveo sighting - Island of Faial

      I helped sail a boat across the Atlantic from the Azores to Nova Scotia last month.

      On the island of Faial, where I flew to join the boat, I caught sight of an Aveo in the town of Horta. Saw a Chevy Kalos as well (before the name change to Aveo), plus a new Chevy Spark.



      Most of the cars on the island were subcompacts, and many were diesels (I think that's that's a Peugeot diesel behind the Aveo). It was interesting to see some Euro models that we don't get in North America (eg. new VW Polo).

      Was also interesting to see a class of sub-subcompact car we'll never have here: I'm not sure what they call them in the Azores, but in the U.K. they're called Quadricycles - and they're not legally "cars" (subject to different license, insurance regs.)

      This one's a "Microcar MC1" and it apparently has a gasoline powered 505cc twin-cylinder engine good for 21 hp. Good thing it only weighs 355 kg / 782 lbs! It's much smaller in person than the photo suggests...




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      micr cars are fun to look at, that one is just ugly though..


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      Yeah, I like the Japanese Kei cars better, myself. (Honda Beat in my dream garage.) But this one was even micro-er than those (engine size, weight).

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      Here in Portugal there is more Diesel cars than Gasoline because the cost of the fuel. Gasoline is much more expensive.

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      Interesting!





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