By on January 28, 2012

Ever wonder what Brazilians are buying? Well, Fenabrave (Brazilian Federation of Vehicle Distributors) breaks down the market into 16 rhymeless and reasonless categories (in technical terms). Being that, nowadays, some cars really are difficult to categorize, you could say that this breakdown at least helps you see how dealers market their wares.

Fiat walks away as the winner in 4 categories. Volkswagen and Chevrolet both take 3 wins. Honda leads in 2 categories, while Ford, Hyundai, Renault and Toyota all come out on top once.

The number behind the car is the Brazilian unit sales in 2011. Full listing with pictures after the jump.

Entry Level:
VW Gol – 293.454
Fiat Uno – 273.537
Chevrolet Celta – 149.044
Fiat Palio – 105.794
Ford Ka – 63.764


Small Hatch:
VW Fox and Cross Fox – 121,588
Ford Fiesta – 86,204
Renault Sandero – 81,780
Chevrolet Agile – 73,255
Chevrolet Corsa – 41,954


Medium Hatch:
Fiat Punto – 36.547
Hyundai i30 – 35.717
Ford Focus – 27.611
Chevrolet Astra – 21.554
VW Golf – 15.515


Small Sedan:
Chevrolet Corsa Sedan (Classic) – 125.777
Fiat Siena – 90.167
VW Voyage – 87.210
Chevrolet Prisma – 51.063
Renault Logan – 39.086


Compact Sedan:
Honda City – 24.637
Peugeot 207 – 19.045
Ford New Fiesta – 13.074
VW Polo Sedan – 12.939
Ford Focus – 8.357


Medium Sedan:
Toyota Corolla – 53.147
Honda Civic – 22.962
Kia Cerato – 20.688
VW Jetta – 14.085
Fiat Linea – 12.258


Large Sedan:
Hyundai Azera – 8,412
Hyundai Sonata – 7,757
VW Passat – 2,161
BMW 320 – 1,513
Audi A4 – 1,507


Compact Station Wagon:
Fiat Palio Weekend – 22,853
VW SpaceFox – 20,502
VW Parati – 4,835
Hyundai i130 SW – 3,957
Peugeot 207 SW – 3,135


Large Station Wagon:
Renault Mégane Grand Tour – 9,810
VW Jetta Variant – 1,908
VW Passat Variant – 131


Mini Minivan:
Honda Fit – 28,761
Fiat Idea – 26.053
Chevrolet Meriva – 22.252
Kia Soul – 17.926
Nissan Livina – 16.684


Large Minivan:
Chevrolet Zafira – 7.744 unidades
Citroën C4 Picasso – 5.230
Citroên Xsara Picasso – 4.431
JAC J6 – 2.503
Kia Carens – 810


Small Pickup Truck:
Fiat Strada – 118.579 unidades
VW Saveiro – 71.212
Chevrolet Montana – 45.830
Ford Courier – 7.706
Peugeot Hoggar – 5.655


Large Pickup Truck:
Chevrolet S10 – 42.818
Toyota Hilux – 33.259
Mitsubishi L200 – 22.140
Ford Ranger – 14.988
Nissan Frontier – 13.680


VW Kombi (Bus) – 24,802
Fiat Ducato – 13.415
Hyundai HR – 10.331
Kia K2500 – 10.029
Renault Master – 7.395


Small Van:
Fiat Fiorino – 18,009
Hafei Towner – 5,434
Fiat Doblò Cargo – 4,299
Chana SC – 2,803
Hafei Minivan – 1,683


Ford EcoSport – 38,530
Hyundai Tucson – 18,023
Mitsubishi Pajero – 17,022
Citroën C3 Aircross – 16,717
Honda CRV – 16,282

[Editor’s remark: Marcelo dumped this in my inbox with the advice that I “may want to put some pictures in to illustrate it.” Marecelo, a newly minted dad, suffered from “short time.” It was left to this editor to pick the right picture. Folks, the only thing I know about Brazilians sadly is deemed NSFW.

Picking pictures in a language one does not speak, and from a country where generations of cars can coexist in the showroom, is an engraved invitation for disaster.  Most likely, half of the pictures in tyhis list are wrong.

This is where YOU come in. Right the wrongs! In the comments, please place links to pictures (do NOT post the picture itself) of the correct car (Brazilian spec.) Please peer-review. The one with the most CORRECT links wins the coveted

TTAC Get Out Of Jail Free Card

 The holder of this card may disregard all TTAC commenting rules for a full day. The lucky holder can flame, use dirty words, call us biased all day long – for one day. Obrigado. BS]

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17 Comments on “The Cars Brazilians Love. Contest: Catch The Boo-Boo!...”

  • avatar

    Am I the only one wondering what it would take to make a VW bus US legal?

  • avatar

    tyhis list are wrong.

    2nd to last paragraph…typo…
    The bus is an old US bus, the Br. bus is some mishmash of Bus sheetmetal…

    And since we are suspending TTAC rules….


    • 0 avatar

      Not really…style hasn’t changed much. Except for windows…
      Now that I think of it, the new version goes with a 1.4L flex engine. And they put some black plastic in front. It is reminiscint of the styly of the Kombi diesel, which was a huge failure in Brazil.

  • avatar

    Well done, Bertel! Just two minor mistakes. Here is my list:

    Picture review:
    Gol – correct
    CrossFox – correct
    Punto – correct
    Chevrolet Classic – old picture, current style is:
    City – correct
    Corolla – correct
    Azera – correct
    Palio Weekend – showing the Adventure version, which I think sells more than the regular one, so very correct.
    Megane – correct
    Fit – correct
    Zafira – correct
    Strada – correct, but again showing the Adventure version.
    S10 – correct but did they have to use ALL dealer installed options?
    Kombi – OLD picture, current style is:
    Fiorino – correct
    EcoSport – correct

  • avatar

    Ok, I admit I put in the picture of the bus just to see whether you guys pay attention … This is my favorite …

  • avatar

    Same here – that picture HAS TO BE wrong. If it’s not, I’m going junkyarding to find some pre 1967 VW VIN numbers and hen buy some rust colored tempura paint. A little practice smudging words on import documents and I’m into the black market VW van smuggling business.

  • avatar

    I’m still waiting for the correct pictures. No get out of jail free card yet!

  • avatar

    I’d rather have a Get Out Of Sobriety Free Card.

    That Honda City grill would have made for a more interesting appearance than the Civic’s. Half the posters here would still come out against it, but at least it would be less dull.

  • avatar

    So let me give it a try… must get 5 mistakes…

    i’ll start with the ones autobraz identified:

    Chevrolet Classic – old picture, current style is:

    Kombi – OLD picture, current style is:

    and the Azera sold in 2011 was probably rather:×4341.jpg?iact=hc&vpx=390&vpy=168&dur=3442&hovh=188&hovw=268&tx=161&ty=196&sig=104095446304687890753&ei=PB4lT_7TBa304QTV5cT6DA&page=1&tbnh=165&tbnw=208&start=0&ndsp=18&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0

    Then the Renault Grand Tour (picture showed the hatchback):,r:8,s:0

    it then becomes really difficult for me. I’d say that the Fiorino picture looks pretty old but I did not spot any difference with the current one. So maybe the new face is the right one:

    Other solution, the gol that fights with the other “entry level” is not the “novo Gol” but the old one, as in this picture:

    I’m not planning any flaming right now but you never know, in the future…

  • avatar


    And the answers are:
    Zafira,old model. New one has new grill.
    Corsa Sedan (Classic) – the one pictures is old model (new grill and back and front lights)
    CrossFox- the one pictured is old model (new grill and headlights and backlights)

    And Fiorino and Kombi, too.

    The Megane I can’t tell from picture, but it does look like the sedan model and not SW.

    So, nobody got the card!

    So those are your five wrongs..

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