Venezuela car owners unfazed by planned fuel hike

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In this Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 photo, Ruben Ruiz emerges from his 1975 Ford LTD station wagon in Caracas, Venezuela. The loud, steady roar of Nixon-era gas guzzlers is sounding a little less muscular these days on the smog-filled streets of Caracas. As a grueling economic crisis drains the government’s coffers, President Nicolas Maduro is putting motorists on notice and taking on one of the nation’s biggest political taboos: the cheap price of gas. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Owners of the 1970s-era gas guzzling trucks and sedans that have long reigned over Caracas' smog-filled roadways will soon have to pay a bit more to keep flaunting their energy-inefficient monsters.