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March 26, 2003

EXCLUSIVE: BRAZIL: Volkswagen introduces first Brazilian-made car with flex fuel system engine

Volkswagen launched a new Total Flex version of Brazil’s unique Gol compact model during a party to celebrate 50 years in Brazil, held Monday in the Anchieta plant in São Bernardo do Campo city, writes Rogério Louro.

By bcusack

Volkswagen launched a new Total Flex version of Brazil’s unique Gol compact model during a party to celebrate 50 years in Brazil, held Monday in the Anchieta plant in São Bernardo do Campo city, writes Rogério Louro.

The Gol Total Flex is the first Brazilian-made vehicle with a flexible fuel system, jointly developed by Volkswagen do Brasil and Magneti Marelli for the Gol’s 1.6-litre engine.

The new version can run on petrol, alcohol or a mixture of the two and its output varies between 97hp and 99hp.

With sales of the Gol Total Flex starting in Brazil this week, Volkswagen has won the race between local car makers to develop and launch vehicles with flexible fuel engines.

Responding to Volkswagen’s lead, Fiat said it would introduce a flex fuel version of its Palio compact car in the next few weeks while Ford and General Motors are also preparing rival models.

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