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The front of the project had sharp elements, with headlights and bumpers similar to the Mondeo family that was launched a few years later.
Of course, there were projects that sat in the middle of the road, like the second generation Voyage based on the Gol ball, which has already been shown by Mobiauto. But it is the model shown in this article that was more involved with the end of the union between two producers in the country.
Telling the story, once again, is Luiz Alberto Veiga, a VW designer for 40 years, now retired, account on instagram. “Sleeping with the enemy. The proposal to use the Gol platform to create ‘Ford’s Goal’ helped stop Autolatina once and for all”, reveals the designer.
“Besides not being in the original contract, the Brazilian market had improved a lot and it no longer made sense for two competitors to be together fighting at home. And that was the end.”
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The first version of the clay mocap had a simple front, reminiscent of the later Fiesta
Along with the text, Veiga posted a full-scale mockup of an attractive hatchback with a slightly exposed rear, a notchback model (probably inspired by the Escort), and integrated headlights with rounded elements, following the style of the Taurus mid-size sedan.
The platform in question will be the second generation Gol AB9, also known as “ball” or G2. The plate “ABA-1996” may indicate the year of release of the model.
Other posts about Autolatina have already pointed to this project, along with more mocaps of the same. However, it is the first time that a participant present in the daily life of the lost Autolatina confirms that this was the catalyst for the end of cooperation.
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In the first version of the mocape, the background was down, but the integrated lights were ready.
Veiga did not mention the year of the photo, but we can say that it was done between 1993 and 94, before the launch of Gol G2 itself. According to other sources at the time, Volkswagen itself decided to cancel this project, fearing that a rival too close to Ford would threaten the kingdom of the Gol, at that time the best-selling car in Brazil.
As a result, the two brands decided to part ways in 1994, which happened in a surprising way. So much so that the two companies gave each other two years to prepare for separation and go their separate ways from 1996 onwards.
The final version of the project had innovative solutions. In addition to the notchback style back, notice the vertically arranged door handle
The cancellation led to the sudden end of models such as Versailles, Logus and Pointer, as they had shared projects, technology and even production.
As for the fantastic compact Ford inspired by Gol, which didn’t even have a name, VW’s veto led the American brand to bet its chips on the Fiesta, brought to the country almost immediately in 1995, still being imported. The following year, it began to be produced in São Bernardo do Campo (SP), taking advantage of the shift from the third to the fourth international generation.
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