Practical and nice design, with good Beetle mechanical components
This was a very simple car with the same engineering of a VW Beetle, but with more comfort equipment and a newer design.
I can only remember that quite often, when raining heavily, the water would come inside by the passenger side; something that was solved by cleaning the sides of the boot and applying some silicon.
This was a car designed in Brazil, and made only there and Nigeria. A very interesting car.
In Mexico they were made from a kit by the VW assembly and factoring plant of Puebla, which is well known for their high quality, above the plant of Brazil. So, they assembled the kit here and put in a Mexican Beetle 1600 engine, and also a Mexican Beetle transmission.
This car had a wide windshield, with very good visibility in any angle. The aerodynamics were much better than those of the Beetle, and so it was also a quicker car.
The noise of the engine was more present than in the Beetle (!!!), as the engine was really inside the passengers compartment. The boot was quite good.
The design was very pretty, and announced the Golf which came later on. Although my Brasilia was from 1975, the model existed since years before, and before the Golf, and it also had the back hatchback door.
It had the same instruments that the Beetle had, but with a more modern dashboard and a good ventilation system.
You sat closer to the floor in this car, which was good for handling also.
I remember it as a very nice car. Very rugged, as expected of the Beetle, and very practical.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 17th June, 2007