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Brazil 1974-1976: VW Fusca and Brasilia dominate

The VW Fusca dominates Brazilian production and sales over the period with a very comfortable margin at 229,273 units in 1974 (-3%), 217,896 in 75 (-5%) and 206,098 in 76 (-5%).

VW Brasilia

Launched in 1973, the VW Brasilia was developed uniquely for the Brazilian consumer, and it is an instant hit in the country: #2 for its first full year of production in 1974 with 85,257 units (+145%), then 113,937 in 75 (+34%) and 136,833 in 76 (+20%).

VW Passat

The Ford Corcel is #4 in 1974, then climbs onto the podium in 75 at 72,869 units produced (+9%) to stay on it in 76 at 77,273 units (+6%). The Chevrolet Chevette is also a strong seller over the period at #3 in 1974 (75,249 units) and #4 in 75 and 76. The VW Passat launches in 1974 and lands directly 5th in 1975 but is passed by the VW Kombi in 1976.

Full Top 20 Ranking Table for 1974, 75 and 76 below.

Brazil Production Full Year 1974:

Pos Model 1974 74/73 1973 Pos
1 VW 1300/1500/1600 (Fusca) 229,273 -3% 237,509 1
2 VW Brasilia 85,257 145% 34,756 6
3 Chevrolet Chevette 75,249 138% 31,637 7
4 Ford Corcel 66,741 9% 61,105 2
5 Chevrolet Opala 57,866 0% 57,624 3
6 VW Kombi 43,972 8% 40,748 5
7 VW Variant 32,089 -26% 43,500 4
8 Ford Maverick 31,664 43% 22,140 9
9 Chevrolet Picape 28,176 2% 27,604 8
10 VW Passat 19,373 new 0
11 Willys Pick-up 18,023 25% 14,400 12
12 Dodge 1800 15,574 3% 15,145 11
13 Ford Belina 15,167 18% 12,811 13
14 Dodge Dart 11,318 -37% 17,939 10
15 Ford F-100 8,215 43% 5,764 17
16 Ford Rural 8,209 17% 6,994 14
17 Willys Jeep 6,636 10% 6,051 15
18 Ford Galaxie LTD 6,085 2% 5,979 16
19 Chevrolet Veraneio 5,718 11% 5,149 18
20 VW Pick-up 4,830 45% 3,335 19

Brazil Production Full Year 1975:

Pos Model 1975 75/74 1974 Pos
1 VW 1300/1500/1600 (Fusca) 217,896 -5% 229,273 1
2 VW Brasilia 113,937 34% 85,257 2
3 Ford Corcel 72,869 9% 66,741 4
4 Chevrolet Chevette 62,693 -17% 75,249 3
5 VW Passat 52,006 168% 19,373 10
6 Chevrolet Opala 49,107 -15% 57,866 5
7 VW Kombi 46,586 6% 43,972 6
8 Chevrolet Picape 24,073 -15% 28,176 9
9 Willys Pick-up 22,216 23% 18,023 11
10 VW Variant 21,587 -33% 32,089 7
11 Ford Maverick 21,232 -33% 31,664 8
12 Chevrolet Caravan 20,293 789% 2,282 22
13 Ford Belina 17,375 15% 15,167 13
14 Dodge 1800 7,544 -52% 15,574 12
15 VW Pick-up 6,749 40% 4,830 20
16 Willys Jeep 6,693 1% 6,636 17
17 Ford Rural 6,126 -25% 8,209 16
18 Dodge Dart 5,977 -47% 11,318 14
19 Ford F-100 5,156 -37% 8,215 15
20 Ford Galaxie LTD 4,542 -25% 6,085 18

Brazil Production Full Year 1976:

Pos Model 1976 76/75 1975 Pos
1 VW 1300/1500/1600 (Fusca) 206,098 -5% 217,896 1
2 VW Brasilia 136,833 20% 113,937 2
3 Ford Corcel 77,273 6% 72,869 3
4 Chevrolet Chevette 72,853 16% 62,693 4
5 VW Kombi 54,758 18% 46,586 7
6 VW Passat 50,009 -4% 52,006 5
7 Chevrolet Opala 44,421 -10% 49,107 6
8 Chevrolet Caravan 24,042 18% 20,293 12
9 Chevrolet Picape 23,401 -3% 24,073 8
10 Ford Maverick 21,287 0% 21,232 11
11 Ford Belina 20,458 18% 17,375 13
12 Willys Pick-up 16,535 -26% 22,216 9
13 VW Variant 16,463 -24% 21,587 10
14 Dodge 1800 12,896 71% 7,544 14
15 VW Pick-up 7,790 15% 6,749 15
16 Ford Galaxie LTD 7,018 55% 4,542 20
17 Willys Jeep 5,718 -15% 6,693 16
18 Ford F-100 5,042 -2% 5,156 19
19 Dodge Dart 4,484 -25% 5,977 18
20 Chevrolet Veraneio 3,207 -3% 3,307 21

Source: Quatro Rodas

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