The Volkswagen Gol is classified as a subcompact car and is manufactured by Volkswagen do Brasil. Production of this vehicle started in 1980, introduced as Volkswagen’s entry-level car in South America, where it experienced a great deal of success and even surpassed by the Volkswagen Beetle in sales. There have been a number of variants of the Gol marketed in North America, including the Volkswagen Fox, which was manufactured from 1987 to 1993. This vehicle has been made available in various markets as a 5-door hatchback, a 4-door sedan, a 3 or 4-door station wagon, and a 2-door coupe utility, known as the Volkswagen Saveiro.
The Gol has been the top selling car in all of Brazil since 1987 and in Argentina from 1988 and on with over 5 million units produced in South America since 1980. Volkswagen announced that the Gol had reached a production number of 10 million units in March of 2013. This vehicle’s name is derived from the Brazilian word meaning “Goal”. This vehicle is the result of many different body styles, and the 3 and 5-door hatchback was marketed as the VW Gol in a majority of markets, though it has been called the VW Pointer in Egypt, Russia, and Mexico.
The two-door and four-door model Gols that were sold in Brazil were only produced for the first and fifth generation, named the VW Voyage. The Argentinian version of this vehicle was named the VW Gacel, and it was called the VW Fox in the United States as well as Canada. This model was replaced by the Volkswagen Polo Mk 3 Classic in its second generation, and it is still sold in Mexico and Argentina to this day. A new Voyage notchback sedan came back in 2008 for the G5 generation.
The third generation of the Gol was initially released in Brazil in June of 2008 as the 2009 model. Before this vehicle launched, however, it was known as the Gol NF, which stoof for Nachfolger or Neue Familie, but was eventually marketed as the Novo Gol. This third generation model is not based on the BX platform but rather Volkswagen’s PQ24 platform which is also used by the Fox and Polo along with certain components that come from the PQ25 platform. This model Gol is the very first one to have an automatic transmission.
The Gol received a facelift in its third generation, and some of the changes that were made to it include new instrument cluster rings as well as an aluminum color display function and dimmer light. Both of the newly facelifted Gol models use a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder engine that is rated for 101 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque with a 5-speed manual transmission. These vehicles also come with independent front-wheel drive as well as independent MacPherson style front suspension. As far as safety is concerned, these vehicles have audible and visual alarm systems as well as front and rear three-point seat belts.
Some of the other features that come with the facelifted third generation Gol include a collapsible steering column, ABS braking system, dual front air bag for driver and optional passenger side, Bluetooth controller, USB and iPod connectivity, SD card reader, and AM/FM radio with a CD player. This version of the Gol also has 14” steel wheels as well as 480 liters of trunk space and a rear window defogger. It is precisely all of these features which helped to make the new Gol so incredibly popular with consumers in a number of markets around the world, offering more gadgets and safety equipment than has ever been seen before.