Volkswagen has created an empire bigger than just Germany. Over the years it has expanded into VW Africa, VW Asia, VW South America,VW Central America, and VW America. With this kind of expansion comes all different kinds of models for each country that are individual to that location. Case in point, the Brasilia. Pretty self explanatory? The Volkswagen Brasilia was created between 1973 and 1982 out of Volkswagen of Brasil. Looking very similar to the 412 Variant it in fact was based on the VW Beetle and was equipped with an air-cooled Beetle engine.
Rudolph Leiding, the President of Volkswagen of Brasil, in 1970 wanted to remodel the Beetle but with a Brazilian feel. After the creation of 40 prototypes, in 1973 the Brasilia was ready to be sold. The model featured a front end much like the German 412, and the back resembled a scaled-down Brazilian Variant Type 3. It was also the first Brazilian hatchback with five doors, but this version, however, was produced in a small proportion. The total production of VW Brasilia’s reached over one million vehicles. Some were exported to other countries such as Chile, Portugal, and the Phillipines starting in March 1976. The only other country the Brasilia was assembled was in Mexico between 1974 and 1982.
When debuting, Brasilia had a 4-cylinder air cooled boxer engine with a single carburetor. It was a rear engine, rear wheel drive vehicle with 4 speeds. With 60 hp @ 4600 rpm. To stop the car, Brasilia was equipped with disc brakes on the front wheels and drum brakes on the rear wheels.
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