Volkswagen has revealed the three-door version of Brazil's best-selling car, the Volkswagen Gol
Mark Tisshaw
22 October 2012

A new three-door version of the Volkswagen Gol, Brazil's best selling car has been revealed at the São Paulo motor show.

The locally produced Gol has been Brazil's best selling model in each of the last 25 years, and is on track for a 26th in 2012. More than seven million units have been produced in that time.

The Gol is closer to a current Polo than a Golf in size, and although VW officials wouldn't confirm its exact underpinnings in relation to a more familiar European model, it has been upgraded to be given the VW Group's latest electrical architecture and design.

The engine line-up is made up of FlexFuel units, which can run on petrol, ethanol or a combination of both.

The Gol is such a success for VW in Brazil, a market expected to expand to 5 million sales per year by 2018, that if it was a brand by itself it would be the fourth largest in Brazil with a 10 per cent market share.

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22 October 2012

Great to know all the facts regarding sales numbers but how much?

A quick check on the Brailian VW site show that it starts from the equivalent of £8600 for the new model (although the old one starts at £7500).  The big question has to be, if VW UK sold this car at roughly the same price, would there be an audience for it and how bigger numbers would it sell in?

As for the under structure, it clearly appears to be based one of VW's recent european floor pans and it doesn't carry anything over from the previous (what appears to be rear drive) model.

 

 

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

22 October 2012

Looks a nice sized vehicle. VW ought to try offering something that size in Europe...oh hang on, they used to didn't they....

22 October 2012

The old Gol used to be based on a mk2 Golf. Sold in Brazil, Mexico and South Africa mostly. Similar to VW in China it had a newer front end, similar to the new at the time MK4 golf. Weird looking.

22 October 2012

AutoChomp wrote:

The old Gol used to be based on a mk2 Golf. Sold in Brazil, Mexico and South Africa mostly. 

I'd debate that.  If you look on the VW Brazil web site they show pictures of the engine which is mounted longitudinally, suggesting it is a rear driver.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

22 October 2012

Its not.... On wiki pedia there is a even newer facelift than I have seen. Looks more like a mk3 polo rear now.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Gol#Gol_G2_to_G4

 

There was a Gol GTI in the version I was on about based off the mk2 golf. This is the one I was on about

http://www.marcosarouca.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/carrosdossonhos001.jpg

2.0 8v with just over 110BHP

 

Recently they have got the 1.0 Turbo with 112BHP

TS7

22 October 2012

VAG 'B' platforms have traditionally featured longitudinal engine mounting with front wheel drive.

22 October 2012

Also according to wiki, the one that's being replaced "shares Volkswagen's PQ24 platform with the Fox and Polo, with some components from the PQ25 platform."

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