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Brazil 1970-1973: VW Fusca at its highest, Opala & Corcel strong

Topping off over 10 years of constant progression, the VW Fusca reaches what remains its highest production volume ever in Brazil in 1972 at 252,209 units. It then drops 6% in 1973 at 237,509. The Fusca claims 40% of the total Brazilian production in 1970, up to 45% in 1972 then down to 36% in 1973.

Chevrolet Opala

All other models are under 62,000 yearly units. The VW Variant launches in 1969 and ranks #2 in 1970 at 45,036 units produced, then #3 in 1971 and #4 in 1972 and 73. The Chevrolet Opala is released in 1969 and  is the 3rd most produced model in Brazil in 1970, up to #2 in 71 and 72, and #3 in 73.

Ford Corcel

The Ford Corcel, based on the Renault 12, drops 22% to #4 in 1970, stays there in 71 in spite of a 40% increase, then climbs up to #3 in 72 (+27%) and #2 in 73 with stable production at 61,105 units.

VW Variant

The VW Kombi stays solid over the period, from 28,255 units (#5) in 1970 to 40,748 in 1973, still 5th. The VW 1600 TL makes a short appearance in the Top 5 in 1971, the year of its launch.

Full Top 15 Production Ranking Tables for 1970, 71 & 72, Top 20 for 73 below.

Brazil Production Full Year 1970:

Pos Model 1970 70/69 1969 Pos
1 VW 1300/1600 (Fusca) 154,663 7% 144,260 1
2 VW Variant 45,036 new 2,227 13
3 Chevrolet Opala 42,331 64% 25,792 4
4 Ford Corcel 34,177 -22% 44,071 2
5 VW Kombi 28,255 7% 26,522 3
6 Chevrolet Picape 12,643 24% 10,213 5
7 Dodge Esplanada/GTX/Dart 10,360 44% 7,174 7
8 Willys Pick-up 8,161 27% 6,409 8
9 Ford Rural 8,007 -10% 8,925 6
10 Ford Belina 7,831 new 0  –
11 Chevrolet Veraneio 4,699 new 0  –
12 Willys Jeep 4,427 -10% 4,923 10
13 Ford Galaxie LTD 4,296 -23% 5,544 9
14 VW Karmann-Ghia 3,107 -10% 3,459 11
15 VW Pick-up 1,950 12% 1,735 14

Brazil Production Full Year 1971:

Pos Model 1971 71/70 1970 Pos
1 VW 1300/1500/1600 (Fusca) 175,497 13% 154,663 1
2 Chevrolet Opala 54,212 28% 42,331 3
3 VW Variant 48,397 7% 45,036 2
4 Ford Corcel 47,962 40% 34,177 4
5 VW 1600 TL 34,628 new 0  –
6 VW Kombi 26,219 -7% 28,255 5
7 Dodge Dart 15,400 49% 10,360 7
8 Chevrolet Picape 14,904 18% 12,643 6
9 Ford Rural 11,417 43% 8,007 9
10 Willys Pick-up 8,477 4% 8,161 8
11 VW Karmann-Ghia 7,742 149% 3,107 14
12 Ford Belina 5,306 -32% 7,831 10
13 Willys Jeep 5,305 20% 4,427 12
14 Ford Galaxie LTD 4,423 3% 4,296 13
15 Chevrolet Veraneio 4,135 -12% 4,699 11

Brazil Production Full Year 1972:

Pos Model 1972 72/71 1971 Pos
1 VW 1300/1500/1600 (Fusca) 252,209 44% 175,497 1
2 Chevrolet Opala 66,924 23% 54,212 2
3 Ford Corcel 60,947 27% 47,962 4
4 VW Variant 42,452 -12% 48,397 3
5 VW Kombi 32,033 22% 26,219 6
6 Chevrolet Picape 19,649 32% 14,904 8
7 Dodge Dart 15,573 1% 15,400 7
8 Ford Rural 11,451 0% 11,417 9
9 Willys Pick-up 11,401 34% 8,477 10
10 Ford Belina 9,507 79% 5,306 12
11 Willys Jeep 5,297 0% 5,305 13
12 Ford Galaxie LTD 5,231 18% 4,423 14
13 Chevrolet Veraneio 4,699 14% 4,135 15
14 Ford F-100 4,495 38% 3,263 16
15 VW Karmann-Ghia 4,116 -47% 7,742 11

Brazil Production Full Year 1973:

Pos Model 1973 73/72 1972 Pos
1 VW 1300/1500/1600 (Fusca) 237,509 -6% 252,209 1
2 Ford Corcel 61,105 0% 60,947 3
3 Chevrolet Opala 57,624 -14% 66,924 2
4 VW Variant 43,500 2% 42,452 4
5 VW Kombi 40,748 27% 32,033 5
6 VW Brasilia 34,756 new 0  –
7 Chevrolet Chevette 31,637 new 0  –
8 Chevrolet Picape 27,604 40% 19,649 6
9 Ford Maverick 22,140 new 0  –
10 Dodge Dart 17,939 15% 15,573 7
11 Dodge 1800 15,145 new 0  –
12 Willys Pick-up 14,400 26% 11,401 9
13 Ford Belina 12,811 35% 9,507 10
14 Ford Rural 6,994 -39% 11,451 8
15 Willys Jeep 6,051 14% 5,297 11
16 Ford Galaxie LTD 5,979 14% 5,231 12
17 Ford F-100 5,764 28% 4,495 14
18 Chevrolet Veraneio 5,149 10% 4,699 13
19 VW Pick-up 3,335 16% 2,865 17
20 VW Karmann-Ghia 3,023 -27% 4,116 15

Source: Quatro Rodas

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