Brazilians Amandio Palhares and Joselle Pinheiro stopped in Thailand as they continue their 70,000-kilometer expedition from Brazil to China in a new Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck. Their starting point was the São Paulo International Motor Show in Brazil on November 20, 2016.
This is the duo’s second long-distance journey. They earlier traveled 65,000 kilometers in a Chevrolet pickup truck from Goiânia, Brazil, to the U.S. state of Alaska. The New Chevrolet Colorado Around the World Expedition is expected to take 10 to 12 months. Palhares and Pinheiro are passing through Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia and Laos before reaching China.
For the Asian leg, which started in Malaysia and stopped in Singapore before reaching Thailand, the pair are driving the LTZ 2.8-liter turbodiesel variant of the new Colorado. The vehicle has been entrusted to the care of Chevrolet Sales Thailand, which completed a full pre-delivery inspection to ensure the vehicle is ready for all challenges.
“The 2017 model offers even more comfort and robust handling,” said Palhares. “This is important, as we are spending up to a year inside the vehicle crossing a large part of the planet.”
He added, “I would like to express my gratitude to Chevrolet Sales Thailand for maintaining our vehicle. Thanks to the outstanding performance of our new Colorado, we have been able to meet all challenges. This is underscored by Chevrolet’s slogan of Find New Roads.”
During their visit to Thailand, the duo visited GM’s manufacturing facility in Rayong province, where many parts of their new Colorado are produced – including its 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine. They also journeyed to Phuket, Krabi and Ayutthaya. A highlight was a stop at the Bangkok International Motor Show, where Palhares and Pinheiro saw the full range of Chevrolet products offered in Thailand and felt the enthusiasm for the brand on the other side of the world from Brazil.
For their adventure, the pair installed a “house” in the pickup truck. The four-square-meter structure has a double bed, bathroom and kitchen with a stove and refrigerator. Fans can follow their journey on their website (www.viajeandonos4x4.com.br), their Instagram (viajandonos4x4) and their Facebook page (viajandonos4x4).