The VW Beetle has once been the bestselling car in many countries, including Brazil. When Volkswagen decided Beetle had to have a replacement, it bet on a compact hatchback with frontal longitudinally-mounted engine and front wheel drive. Named Gol (goal, in English), the small car was launched in 1980 and faced some problems, such as the use of the air-cooled engine from the Beetle, until it finally got a modern water-cooled engine (for VW standards at the time) in 1984. He has ever since sold more than 5 million units in Brazil and almost 1 million units worldwide, but its old project and the longitudinally-mounted engine were responsible for threatening its Brazilian market leadership. Volkswagen has even tried to extend its second generation lifespan twice, calling the two facelifts the car had as new generations, but they were not up to the task. Time for a new replacement has come and Volkswagen has finally decided on bringing up the third generation of the car. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the new Gol.
This is the first and, so far, the only official image of the car. The new Gol will be officially presented next Sunday, June 29. Many other images of the car have been posted in the internet, most of them taken when some units of Gol were delivered to Volkswagen`s dealers, but so far no information on prices or engines has been released. Anyway, some of this information can be guessed with a great deal of precision.
Built over the PQ24 platform, shared with the current Polo and Fox, the new Gol now adopts transversally-mounted engines, so it now features the same ones used by Fox, or else, the 1-litre and the 1.6-litre EA-111 VHT (Very High Torque) powerplants, both able to use ethanol or petrol in any proportion. The current Gol also uses a 1.8-litre engine that will be dropped off. It could leave space for the 1.4-litre engine Fox uses in Europe, but this engine has not been confirmed so far. It is a great possibility, anyway.
For people to keep recognising this model as a legitimate Gol, it has to be reputed as a reliable vehicle, but the new generaration has another task to accomplish: be considered a beautiful automobile. In order to convince buyers of that, Volkswagen has hired Silvester Stallone and Giselle Bundchen to present the new car. The promotional video will soon be released and we intend to bring it to you as soon as it comes out, as well as more images and information about the hatchback. Expect it to be sold not only in Brazil, but also in India, China, Russia, Mexico, South American countries and Eastern Europe, as well as Iran, Africa and some other emerging markets, what may turn Gol into Volkswagen’s (third) world car, as Fiat Palio has once been named. For Brazilian customers, the question is whether it will remain as the market leader. And for how long.
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