VW Holds World Premiere of Gol Three-Door Hatchback at Sao Paulo Auto Show

While the new Taigun small SUV Concept is the undisputed star of Volkswagen’s stand at this week’s São Paulo International Motor Show, the German automaker also unwrapped the three-door version of Brazil’s bestselling passenger car, the Gol.

The world premiere of the Gol 3d follows the presentation of the redesigned five-door model in August.

According to the automaker, the Gol 3d implements all the changes seen on the 5d variant including the restyled front and rear ends of the car that bring it in line with VW’s latest products, the re-trimmed and better equipped interior, and the availability of a new bi-fuel 1.0-liter engine rated at 72hp when using gasoline and 76hp with ethanol.

Other engine options include a 1.6-liter flex-fuel unit that delivers 101hp when fed with gasoline fuel and 104hp with ethanol.

In Brazil, the 3-door model costs around R$1,300 (US$641 / €491) less than the respective 5-door variants of the Gol, with prices to start from R$26,690 (US$13,200 / €10,100) when it hits dealerships at the end of October.

Overall, Volkswagen has produced more than seven million units of Gol, which has been the best-selling car in Brazil for the past 25 years and is well on track to achieve the same in 2012. The Gol will compete with the new Chevrolet Onix and the Hyundai HB20, both of which made their world premiere at the Sao Paulo auto show.

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