The Cars Brazilians Love. Contest: Catch The Boo-Boo!

Marcelo de Vasconcellos
by Marcelo de Vasconcellos

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

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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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