In the automotive industry, it is a long journey before a car is launched.
From the first drawings to the construction of working prototypes, designers, engineers and other professionals face months of hard work that is not guaranteed to be approved by the automaker’s board. Many projects are canceled and never reach the beneficiaries.
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For almost 40 years he worked at the Volkswagen company, designer Luiz Alberto Veiga, responsible for the appearance of famous cars such as Gol “Bolinha” and Fox, lived this fact hard. He has been sharing with his followers on Instagram and Facebook a series of cars that he designed but have not produced.
These are VW’s secret cars, which even include a version of the Ford-branded Gol, conceived during the Autolatina era, the North American brand’s alliance with Volkswagen that existed between 1987 and 1996 and produced the “sibling” cars sold by both two. brands in Brazil and neighboring countries.
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This project, which has never appeared on the street, would have a Ford logo, but it would basically be a second-generation Volkswagen Gol, popularly known as “Bolinha”.
Veiga published an unpublished photograph, apparently of a clay model, made of clay, in actual size.
Inside, you can see the round rear lights connected to the bar, following the style of Ford models in the mid-1990s.
According to the architect, the idea ended up destroying the relationship between Volkswagen and Ford, which would end the joint venture called Autolatina.
“The proposal to use the Gol platform to create “Gol da Ford” helped to completely stop Autolatina. In addition to not being in the original contract, the Brazilian market was too strong and it was no longer successful. It meant that two competitors were together fighting in-house. And that it was the end,” says the designer in the post.
The Fiesta and Ka served as Ford’s flagship models in Brazil until they were discontinued last year.
Among the canceled projects of Volkswagen is the Voyage “Bolinha”, based on the second generation Gol, which entered the market in 1994.
With the rounded shapes and air of the Logus, a Volkswagen sedan based on the Ford Escort of the Aurtolatina times, the car was rejected by the high dome of the Volks.
In its place, the Polo Classic would be launched in late 1996, built in Argentina based on the Cordoba European Seat.
Luiz Veiga says, in the post accompanying the photo above, that the rejection of the proposal was based on “jealousy and political protest”.
“In that historic presentation in Wolfsburg [sede da VW na Alemanha]when we presented the proposal of the second generation of Gol (Bolinha), we made a “theoretical” Journey, 2 doors, only as a proportional example”, sets the context of the designer.
Veiga adds that there was more than one attempt to launch the “Bolinha” Expedition, without success.
“Later we made another attempt to get the Safari on board, but, after many struggles and disappointments, due to jealousy and political protests, the board ended up approving the Polo Classic, on top of that, gathered in Argentina. Be sure. that in the life of architect there are more disappointments than victories, but as a player, we have to be ready the next day for another challenge.”
The Polo Classic was not a success and would be discontinued in 2002, after six years of existence. The Journey, on the other hand, would only return in 2008, when the third generation of Gol began, and it remains without major changes to this day – it will be discontinued, however, until the beginning of 2023.
The first car produced by Volkswagen in Brazil, which still has many fans, the Kombi was discontinued at the end of 2013, due to the mandatory dual airbags and ABS brakes in new cars sold in Brazil.
When it was retired, the station wagon was without major changes for a long time and had a similar look that was launched in 1976, when the “Clipper” generation began. At the same time, it got a high roof and a sliding side door.
Before the Kombi died, Veiga and his team wanted to update the veteran and submit proposals for a refit, something that was never going to happen.
“I swear we tried. All my career, we tried to improve the old lady, but in the end, new safety requirements stopped the production of one of the most modern work vehicles of all time,” he says.
The image above shows two different ideas for redesigning the front of the Kombi: one with new turn signals under the windshield and circular headlights; the other follows the style inspired by the European Exporter, with the same headlamps as the first generation Gol “Chinesinho”.
Luiz Alberto Veiga also revealed what could be the Kombi’s new interior, introducing a round-shaped panel with Gol features, such as the steering wheel and also the dashboard chimes.
However, the model basically continued with the same interior, much simpler than in the photo above, until its demise.
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Golf 4 face lift
Known as “Sapão”, the fourth generation Golf was the first to be produced in Brazil, starting in 1999, in São José dos Pinhais (PR) and was very successful in the country.
But it remained unchanged for a long time, when Volkswagen stopped launching the fifth generation of the mid-size hatch here, which debuted in Europe in 2003 and would have been too expensive to assemble domestically.
The solution, then, was to facelift the Golf 4.
Veiga presented the first proposal for a redesign, which you can see above and even had a prototype built – however, it was rejected by VW management.
“We made this proposal to facelift the Golf, which was presented to the representatives of the German board as a “cheap” solution for the modernization of the model in Brazil. After the presentation, we received orders to hide and destroy the model.” , says the architect in his social networks.
He adds that the upgrade will represent “a huge visual impact with very little investment and change”, while Germany was developing a “completely new Golf, down to the last screw, at an astronomical cost”.
Luiz Veiga believes that the idea presented by his team “may raise questions about the need for a brand new German model”.
“For Brazil, the decision was bad, because we are continuing with an old model and we did not have the money to make a new Golf here, once again, due to the huge investment required, against our market, always wavering and traitors.” , he concludes.
VW would launch in Brazil in 2007 the Golf “4.5”, a new design that brought a good part of the views previously presented by Veiga and which lasted until 2013, when VW finally brought to the country the seventh generation of the Golf – imported. Germany and then produced in Paraná, until it was discontinued in 2019.
The Europeans today have the Golf 8, which does not have a release date in our market.
Launched in 1993 based on the fifth generation Ford Escort, the Logus is yet another Autolatina product.
A replacement for the VW Apollo, which in turn was a Volkswagen-badged Ford Verona, the Logus had a two-door body and co-existed with the Pointer – another Escort derivative sold by the German brand, available with four doors.
In the mid-1990s, before Volkswagen and Ford decided to close Autolatina, Luiz Veiga and his team were still working on redesigning Logus.
Veiga posted a photo of what could be a facelifted Logus, seen from behind at Volkswagen’s design studio at the Anchieta factory, in São Bernardo do Campo (SP).
The photo shows a more rounded trunk lid and redesigned taillights.
“Before the end of Autolatina, we worked on the facelift of Logus and Pointer and studied an SUV that is already anticipating, long before, this wave that took over the automotive world”, says the head of design in the publication.
The renewal of the Logus and Pointer did not take place and the two would cease to be produced in 1996. The “Brazilian” SUV did not hit the streets at that time: Volkswagen would launch the T-Cross, its first SUV made in Brazil, only in 2019.
Today, the Fiat Toro is widely sold, larger than compact pickups and smaller than average.
At the end of the 1980s, Volkswagen studied the launch of the image with a similar proposal, with a spacious bed and a comfortable cabin.
The concept was developed from the Santana, a mid-size sedan that VW sold at the time.
The project went beyond sketches and clay models and, judging by the photo above, had at least one prototype built.
“This Santana-based image proposal was completely implemented by the model area of Ala 17, with several suggestions from our area”, explains Veiga in a post on Instagram and Facebook.
The designer justifies why Santana’s image idea didn’t go ahead.
“In the end, as in many other investigations, the project did not achieve a financial return to justify the large investment.”
Volkswagen wouldn’t give up on a mid-size pickup truck and presented the Tarok concept at the 2018 Auto Show, which has yet to be confirmed for series production.
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