SAO PAULO – Twenty years ago Brazilians were wary of buying cars with automatic transmissions because there only was one major repair shop that could fix them here and one in Rio de Janeiro. Automatic transmissions are now being ordered on 70% of Toyota Corollas. Those who lived in these cities had to wait weeks for repairs, while those living in the interior had to travel great distances just to wait in line. In those days, only luxury models were equipped with an automatic, but ...

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