The VW Fusca was #1 in Brazil from 1954 to 1980
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Brazilian car bible Quatro Rodas had the great idea to digitise each of their issues, revealing sales and production figures since 1962! Many thanks to Marcelo de Vasconcellos for the tip!
I have therefore updated all Brazilian Historical Data, with yearly figures now available from 1962 to 2009.
The VW Brasilia was #1 in Brazil for 6 months between 1977 and 1979
You will discover that the 25-year long reign of the VW Fusca (aka Beetle) was threatened in 1977-79 by the VW Brasilia… that the Fiat 147 took the lead from 1981 to 1983 before giving the relay to the Chevrolet Monza up to 1986… and that the 24-year long domination of the VW Gol was in fact interrupted in 1994 by the Fiat Uno for…486 units!
Click on ‘Read more’ below the VW Kombi pic for the direct links to these 27 Historical posts.
The VW Kombi was #2 in Brasil from 1966 to 1968
Brazil Historical Data:
Brazil 1954-1961: VW Fusca leads the way
Brazil 1962-1965: VW Fusca, Aero Willys and Willys Rural strong sellers
Brazil 1966-1969: VW Fusca and Kombi dominate
Brazil 1970-1973: VW Fusca at its highest, Chevrolet Opala and Ford Corcel strong
Brazil 1974-1976: VW Fusca and Brasilia dominate
Brazil 1977-1980: VW Fusca and Brasilia fight it out, Fiat lands
Brazil 1981: Fiat 147 takes the lead, Chevrolet Chevette strong
Brazil 1982: Fiat 147 and VW Voyage above VW Fusca
Brazil 1983: Fiat 147, Chevrolet Chevette and VW Gol on podium
Brazil 1984-1986: Chevrolet Monza tops the charts
Brazil 1987-1989: VW Gol takes the lead, Chevrolet Monza #2
Brazil 1990-1992: VW Gol, Fiat Uno and Chevrolet Monza on podium
Brazil 1993: VW Gol, Fiat Uno and Ford Escort on podium, VW Logus lands
Brazil 1994: Fiat Uno edges out VW Gol!
Brazil 1995: VW Gol back to #1, Fiat Tipo leads for a month
Brazil 1996: Fiat launches Palio to challenge Gol domination
Brazil 1997: VW Gol and Fiat Palio at their highest
Brazil 1998-2000: VW Gol keeps the lead, Fiat Palio and Chevrolet Corsa follow
Brazil 2001: VW Gol and Fiat Palio dominate
Brazil 2002: VW Gol at 15%, Chevrolet Corsa #2
Brazil 2003: VW Gol, Chevrolet Corsa and Fiat Palio on podium
Brazil 2004: VW Gol leads, new gen Fiat Palio up to #2
Brazil 2005: new gen Gol on top, Corsa and Palio follow
Brazil 2006: VW Gol #1 for 20th year, Fiat Palio on top twice
Brazil 2007: VW Gol and Fiat Palio at 220,000+ sales
Brazil 2008: new gen Gol takes off, Palio and Uno follow
Brazil 2009: VW Gol above 300,000 sales
Source: FENAVABRE, Quatro Rodas