• Aug 25, 2009

2010 Volkswagen Saveiro – Click above for image gallery

While we patiently await the release of Volkswagen's Robust pickup truck on this side of the equator, our upside-down neighbors to the south have received a VW pickup of their own. Called the Saveiro, the truck seen above is made in Brazil exclusively for the South American market to compete with the likes of the Fiat Strada and Chevrolet Montana (not to be confused with the Pontiac-badged minivan).

For 2010, the Volkswagen Saveiro has been refreshed to look more like the rest of the VW range. Power comes from a flex-fuel 1.6-liter engine, producing 101 horsepower on gasoline or 104 on ethanol, which is a popular fuel in South America. For our part, we don't mind waiting a little longer for the Robust (not that we're likely to get it in the States), but you can check out the Saveiro in the gallery below.



[Source: Carro Online via Autoblog.it]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Stranger still, the dark wheeled trim level is apparently called the "Trooper" (even similar logotype to the old Isuzu)
      • 5 Years Ago
      This really looks like a blown-up vw fox with a table on its back.
      odd.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Give me a crew-cab version with the Golf/Jetta's Tdi diesel and I'd be happy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        - TDI motor
        + GTD motor and sportiness
      • 5 Years Ago
      That´s the ute version of VW entry-model Gol. (Not Fox, as someone wrote here...)
      Nobody is carrying rocks with those here in Brazil (ok! Some try, but it´s not the regular usage here... hehehe). The brazilian "Rufus" has better and more powerfull options...
      For urban applications, this little trucks are more than enough. Like carrying bikes, motorbikes, delivery, etc.
      There are also a lot of people that simply don´t carry anything. They just want a light 2-seat car to use in the city.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the design. The clamshell hood and inset sidestep are nice touches.
      • 5 Years Ago
      One little correction there, Ethanol is not a popular fuel outside of Brazil. I live in Argentina, the second biggest country in South America and instead of having a similar alternative energy as Brazil we keep consuming the more expensive petrol. I would like to see some flex engines around here but as how my country does politics, I see that more than unlikely.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thats a very nice truck, they should consider bringing that to the States with the turbo 2 litre or the turbo diesel and they got a winner. Not sure about the unibody tho..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ops, I sent an incomplete version by mistake, so consider this one below:

      To Autoblog staff, please don't use "South America" in a context like you're referring to the subcontinent as a whole country. Brazil is the most populous South American country and ethanol is popular here, but this fuel doesn't have any popularity in the nearby countries. If you pass the border to Argentina, will find only gasoline (in three octane ratings) and diesel, as all other countries in the subcontinent except Brazil.
      Ethanol may be popular in South America, but only because Brazil has 8,5 million square kilometers and 190 million people. But in all other countries of the subcontinent, that count for an area almost equal of Brazil, gasoline and diesel are the liquid fuels that move the cars.

      So it'd be better to rewrite to "which is a popular fuel in Brazil".
      • 5 Years Ago
      The problem is that if VW offered this in the US, they'd price a Saveiro SEL at $30K.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is kind of off topic but what kind of pick-ups were in District 9?

      And okay its a lot off topic.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You can check it out here (6th generation):

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Hilux

        Also, before they started using the the name Tacoma in the States, you can find some Toyota trucks with "Hilux" written just under the B pillar.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's the Toyota Hilux. Toyota's Tacoma everywhere else in the world.
        I drove one when I lived in Dubai.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Haven't seen it yet
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's not a bad-looking little trucklet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A real common use for this Saveiro in Brazil is tunning. Lots of people transform this light pick-ups in high performance vehicles with turbos and superchargers. The Saveiro is in this case is much more popular than the Montana and the Strada.
      Try to imagine a car with less than 1T with 300hp or more.
      This vw 1.6 engine has a high tolerance for this kind of modification. You can extract a lot from it.
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