Volkswagen Fox

Last updated
Volkswagen Fox
2008 Volkswagen Urban Fox 75 1.4 Front.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Also calledVolkswagen Lupo (Mexico)
Volkswagen Suran (Argentina)
Volkswagen Fox Plus (Algeria)
Volkswagen SpaceFox (Brazil)
Volkswagen CrossFox
Volkswagen SpaceCross
Volkswagen SportVan
Volkswagen Urban Fox
Production2003–present
Model years 2004–present
Assembly São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo, Brazil [nb 1]
São José dos Pinhais, Paraná, Brazil [nb 2]
General Pacheco, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina [nb 3]
Body and chassis
Class Subcompact car
Body style 3-door hatchback
5-door hatchback
5-door estate (Suran)
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Platform Volkswagen Group PQ24 platform
Related Volkswagen Polo IV
Powertrain
Engine 1.2 L I3 (petrol)
1.4 L I4 (petrol)
1.6 L I4 (petrol)
1.0 L I4 (petrol/ethanol)
1.6 L I4 (petrol/ethanol)
1.4 L I3 (diesel)
Transmission 5-speed manual
5-speed ASG
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,465 mm (97.0 in)
Length2005–08: 3,805 mm (149.8 in)
2009–present: 3,823 mm (150.5 in)
Width1,640 mm (64.6 in)
Height1,545 mm (60.8 in)
Chronology
Predecessor Volkswagen Lupo (Europe)
Successor Volkswagen Up (Europe)

The Volkswagen Fox is a subcompact car produced and designed by Volkswagen of Brazil and sold in Latin America since 2003 [1] and in Europe from 2005 to 2011, [2] [3] where it was sold as the city car offering. Currently the Fox is produced as a three-door and five-door hatchback. There is also a mini SUV version called Fox Xtreme (previously CrossFox) and a mini MPV/station wagon model called Suran, SpaceFox, SportVan or Fox Plus depending on the market.

Contents

Earlier use of the nameplate

Volkswagen acquired the rights to the name in 1969, by purchasing NSU. The original NSU Fox was a motorbike first seen in 1949, [4] and Volkswagen had subsequently used the "Fox" name in some markets for special edition Volkswagen Polos. The Audi 80 produced in the 1970s also used the name Fox on vehicles sold in Australia and the United States. The Australian version was assembled locally by Volkswagen Australasia Ltd.

North America (1987–1993)

The Fox was a variant of the Gol manufactured by Volkswagen do Brasil and marketed by Volkswagen in North America as an entry level subcompact from 1987 to 1993. Initially offered as a two-door and four-door sedan as well as a two-door wagon, the wagon was discontinued in 1991 along with the two-door for the Canadian market, the same year the four-door sedan (as well as the two-door, in the United States) received a mild restyling.

North American market Volkswagen Fox GL sedan Volkswagen-Fox-GL-sedan.jpg
North American market Volkswagen Fox GL sedan

The Fox featured a longitudinal mounted 1.8L, 81 PS (60 kW; 80 hp) four-cylinder gasoline engine, sharing components with the Volkswagen Golf along with a four-speed transmission for the standard two- and four-door sedan and a five-speed transmission for the "GL" sport model an automatic transmission was not offered. There was no power steering available. The Fox had power assisted disk brakes in the front and drums in the rear. The Fox did not have an anti-lock braking system.

According to the U.S. EPA, the four-speed version averaged 24 mpgUS (9.8 L/100 km; 29 mpgimp) on the new combined driving cycle with the five-speed transmission able to produce 23 mpgUS (10 L/100 km; 28 mpgimp) on the new driving cycle. Under the old test protocol, the Volkswagen Fox was able to produce 26 mpgUS (9.0 L/100 km; 31 mpgimp) with the five-speed transmission and 27 mpgUS (8.7 L/100 km; 32 mpgimp) with the four-speed transmission.

Early models (1987–1989) featured the Bosch CIS-E also known as KE-Jetronic electro mechanical fuel injection, using an oxygen sensor to assist in fuel management. Later models featured (1990 to 1993) Bosch Digifant electronic fuel injection. In Canada, the Fox from 1987 to 1989 was offered with the simpler Bosch CIS fuel injection (K-Jetronic) without an oxygen sensor for the engine fuel management system.

Due partly to booming sales of the Passat, Jetta, Golf and the price of the Fox compared to other manufacturers at the time, the Fox faded out fast, making it a rare car - particularly so the facelift (1990 to 1993) models. Fewer were being produced for North America due to the lack of demand. Volkswagen also priced the car very low, to compensate for the ever more expensive German-made cars, and Volkswagen of America lost money on every Fox sold in the early years. [5]

Originally, the Fox's squared off front end featured sealed beam halogen headlamps; after 1991 models received revised sheet metal with flush glass headlamps (MK2).

South Africa

In South Africa, the Fox name was used for a model based on the first generation Jetta. [6] This was sold alongside the Volkswagen Citi Golf, based on the first generation Golf.

Overview

Latin America

In South America, it fits between its two supermini brothers, the low cost Gol and the Polo. In Mexico, it was called the Lupo, due to the last name of then current President Vicente Fox. Volkswagen of Mexico dropped the Lupo after a short run of 2009 models, due to poor sales, and replaced it along with the aged Pointer and Derby by the VW Novo Gol. The SportVan was also quietly discontinued in Mexico in February 2010 due to poor sales, leaving only the CrossFox.

Volkswagen Fox 2015 in Punta del Este 01 (cropped).JPG
Volkswagen Fox 2015 in Punta del Este 02 (cropped).JPG
2015 Volkswagen Fox

In November 2009, the new 2010 Volkswagen Fox was revealed in Brazil and later also in Argentina. [7] The model was restyled again in 2015.

Specifications

  • Engine: VHT, BAH; I4, 1599 cc, cast-iron cylinder block, RSH (roller rocker arm)
  • Power: 104 hp (74 kW) at 5750 rpm
  • Fuel Injection: Motronic (Benzin ME7.5.10 until 2006)
  • Torque: 154 N⋅m (114 lb⋅ft) at 2500 rpm
  • 0–100 km/h (62 mph): 10.8 s
  • Top Speed: 174 km/h (108 mph)
  • Boot: 260–1,016 L (9.2–35.9 cu ft) [8]
  • Transmission: 5-speed manual (Audi MQ200 manual gearbox) or i-Motion ASG
  • Fuel capacity: 50 L (13.2 US gal; 11.0 imp gal)
  • Brakes: front disks, rear drums

Europe

Pre-facelift Volkswagen Fox 1.4 2008 Volkswagen Urban Fox 75 1.4 Rear.jpg
Pre-facelift Volkswagen Fox 1.4

The Fox was introduced to Europe at the AMI Leipzig Motor Show in April 2005, on debut in Europe, the Fox was only available as a three-door hatchback and with three engine options: the 1.2 L 40 kW (55 hp) I3 and 1.4 L 55 kW (75 hp) I4 petrol engines and the 1.4 L 51 kW (69 hp) TDI engine.

The Fox was sold with a long options list to reduce its tag price, therefore letting the European customer specify the Fox to their liking. It did come with standard twin airbags and anti-lock braking system for safety measures. Upon its debut, the Fox scored four stars in EuroNCAP's crash rating system.[ citation needed ]

In the European market, the Fox replaced the Lupo city car as the entry level car in the lineup. Volkswagen stopped selling the Fox in Europe in 2011 and it has been replaced by the Volkswagen Up. [9] Like the contemporary Polo, the Fox is based on Volkswagen's PQ24 platform.

Specifications

ModelEngineDisplacementPowerTorque
Petrol engines
1.2 I3 1198 cc56 PS (41 kW; 55 hp) at 4750 rpm108 N⋅m (80 lb⋅ft) at 3000 rpm
1.4 BKR I4 1390 cc76 PS (56 kW; 75 hp) at 5000 rpm124 N⋅m (91 lb⋅ft) at 2750 rpm
Diesel engines
1.4 TDII31422 cc71 PS (52 kW; 70 hp) at 4000 rpm155 N⋅m (114 lb⋅ft) at 1600–2800 rpm

Variants

CrossFox/Fox Xtreme

Volkswagen CrossFox VW Crossfox.jpg
Volkswagen CrossFox

The Volkswagen Fox Xtreme is a mini SUV version which sets it apart from the standard Fox. Before 2018 it was known as the CrossFox. As is the case for other similar models, it is available only with front-wheel drive.

It is produced in Brazil and sold in Latin American markets; there were plans to export it to European markets to compete in the expanding mini SUV market (see Ford EcoSport and Fiat Idea Adventure).

This version contains mixed-use tires and a suspension raised slightly beyond a spare tire on the outside of the trunk.

Suran

A mini MPV/station wagon version of the Fox was presented in April 2006. It is named Suran in Argentina [10] and Uruguay, SpaceFox in Brazil [11] and Peru, [12] SportVan in Mexico [13] and Fox Plus in Algeria. [14] It is built in General Pacheco, Argentina. [15]

Because of its 360 mm-extended tail (4,165 mm vs. 3,805 mm), it has a larger boot and more rear leg room than the hatchback versions. Its main competitors are the Peugeot 206 SW and Fiat Palio Weekend.

The initial version has the same wheelbase of 2,645 mm (104.1 in), a length of 4,165 mm (164.0 in), a width of 1,655 mm (65.2 in) and a height of 1,545 mm (60.8 in). [14] It uses the 1.6-litre engine, with power output levels ranging between 98 and 103 PS (72 and 76 kW; 97 and 102 bhp), depending on the fuel version (petrol or blend of ethanol and petrol).

In 2010 and 2014, it was facelifted, gaining slightly enlarged dimensions: 4,180 mm (164.6 in) in length, 1,660 mm (65.4 in) in width and 1,576 mm (62.0 in) in height. It was discontinued in 2019. [16]

Notes

  1. European version.
  2. For Latin America.
  3. The Volkswagen Suran.

Related Research Articles

Volkswagen Polo Motor vehicle

The Volkswagen Polo is a supermini car produced by the German car manufacturer Volkswagen since 1975. It is sold in Europe and other markets worldwide in hatchback, saloon and estate variants. The Polo has been produced in six generations. Related Volkswagen Group models include the Škoda Fabia, SEAT Ibiza, and Audi A1.

Chevrolet Chevette Front-engine, rear-drive subcompact built 1976-1987

The Chevrolet Chevette is a front-engine, rear-drive subcompact manufactured and marketed by Chevrolet for model years 1976-1987 as a three-door or five-door hatchback. Introduced in September 1975, the Chevette superseded the Vega as Chevrolet's entry-level subcompact, and sold 2.8 million units over 12 years. The Chevette was the best-selling small car in the U.S. for model years 1979 and 1980.

Volkswagen Passat Car model series

The Volkswagen Passat is a series of large family cars manufactured and marketed by the German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen since 1973, and now in its eighth generation. It has been marketed variously as the Dasher, Santana, Quantum, Magotan, Corsar and Carat. The successive generations of the Passat carry the Volkswagen internal designations B1, B2, etc.

Volkswagen Gol A subcompact car manufactured by Volkswagen do Brasil

The Volkswagen Gol is a subcompact car that has been manufactured by Volkswagen do Brasil since 1980 as Volkswagen's entry-level car in the Latin American market—where it succeeded the Volkswagen Type 1 (Fusca) and the VW Brasilia. Several variants of the Gol were marketed in North America as the Volkswagen Fox from 1987 to 1993.

Audi A3 Motor vehicle

The Audi A3 is a subcompact executive car/small family car (C) manufactured and marketed since the 1990s by the German automaker Audi subdivision of the Volkswagen Group, currently in its fourth generation.

Mazda6 Motor vehicle

The Mazda 6 or Mazda6 is a mid-size car produced by Mazda since 2002, replacing the long-produced Capella/626 in 2002. The car was popular among consumers, selling faster than all previous Mazda models.

Škoda Fabia A supermini car produced by Czech manufacturer Škoda

The Škoda Fabia is a supermini car produced by Czech manufacturer Škoda Auto since 1999. It is the successor of the Škoda Felicia, which was discontinued in 2001. The Fabia was available in hatchback, estate and saloon body styles at launch, and since 2007, the second generation is offered in hatchback and estate versions. The third generation Fabia was launched in 2015, and the fourth in 2021.

Hyundai Accent Subcompact car produced by Hyundai

The Hyundai Accent, or Hyundai Verna is a subcompact car produced by Hyundai. In Australia, the first generation models carried over the Hyundai Excel name used by the Accent's predecessor. The Accent was replaced in 2000 by the Hyundai Verna in South Korea, although most international markets, including the US, retained the "Accent" name. The "Accent" name is an abbreviation of Advanced Compact Car of Epoch-making New Technology.

Toyota Tercel Motor vehicle

The Toyota Tercel is a subcompact car manufactured by Toyota from 1978 to 1999 across five generations, in five body configurations sized between the Corolla and the Starlet. Manufactured at the Takaoka plant in Toyota City, Japan, and sharing its platform with the Cynos and the Starlet, the Tercel was marketed variously as the Toyota Corolla II — sold at Toyota Japanese dealerships called Toyota Corolla Stores — and was replaced by the Platz in 1999. It was also known as the Toyota Corsa and sold at Toyopet Store locations. Starting with the second generation, the Tercel dealership network was changed to Vista Store, as its badge engineered sibling, the Corolla II, was exclusive to Corolla Store locations.

Mazda CX-9 Motor vehicle

The Mazda CX-9 is a mid-size crossover SUV manufactured since April 2006 by Mazda in Japan, at its Ujina #1 plant in Hiroshima Prefecture.

Peugeot 308 Car model

The Peugeot 308 is a small family car produced by the French car manufacturer Peugeot. It was unveiled on 5 June 2007, and launched in September 2007. The 308 replaced the 307 for the 2008 model year. Its development code was "Project T7", and is the first car of the X08 generation of Peugeot models. The 308 features a range of petrol and diesel engine options. In March 2011, the 308 received a facelift, and it premiered at the Geneva Motor Show. The 308 is followed by a coupé cabriolet for the 2009 model year, a station wagon in March 2008, and a sedan version in China for the 2012 model year.

Volkswagen Polo Mk4 Motor vehicle

The Volkswagen Polo Mk4 is the fourth generation of the Volkswagen Polo supermini car produced by the German manufacturer Volkswagen. It was marketed from early 2002 to 2009 in most countries except Argentina and the USA. It was manufactured in South Africa until 2017, it was sold as the Polo Vivo. The Mk4 replaced the Volkswagen Polo Mk3, while the Polo Vivo replaced the Citi Golf. In 2018 the Mk4 was replaced by the Volkswagen Polo Mk5 Polo Vivo. In Brazil, It was manufactured until 2014 with a second facelift called 9n4, It was replaced in 2017 by Volkswagen Polo Mk6.

Volkswagen Polo Mk3 Motor vehicle

The Volkswagen Polo Mk3 is the third generation of the Volkswagen Polo supermini car and was produced from 1994 until 2003, with a facelift at the end of 1999. It was available in hatchback, sedan and wagon body styles. Although the Polo Mk3 hatchback didn't share the same platform as the Seat Ibiza, saloon and estate models were rebadged as Seat Córdoba.

Honda Civic (second generation) Motor vehicle

The second generation Honda Civic debuted in June 1979 with a more angular shape, increased engine power, and larger dimensions in all models. The design was closer aligned to its larger sister, the Accord and the car was generally more comfortable and sophisticated than the first generation Honda Civic.

Honda Civic (third generation) Motor vehicle

The third generation Honda Civic is an automobile which was produced by Honda from 1983 to 1987. It was introduced in September 1983 for model year 1984. The Civic's wheelbase was increased by 2–5 inches (13 cm) to 93.7 inches (hatchback) or 96.5 inches (sedan). A three-door hatchback/kammback, four-door sedan, the five-door "Shuttle" station wagon, and sporting CRX coupé shared common underpinnings. This included MacPherson strut suspension with torsion bars in the front and a rear beam with coil springs. However, the body panels were largely different between models. The Civic-based Honda Quint five-door hatchback also underwent a model change, and became the Honda Quint Integra, available as both a three- and five-door fastback. The Quint Integra was sold at the Japanese Honda Verno dealership along with the CR-X. The Civic in Japan was now exclusive to Honda Primo, along with Honda's kei cars as well as superminis like the Honda City.

Volkswagen Polo Mk5 Motor vehicle

The Volkswagen Polo Mk5 is the fifth generation of the Polo, a supermini-class car manufactured by Volkswagen since 2009. The vehicle unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show in March 2009, while the three-door version was unveiled at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2009. A four-door long-wheelbase sedan version has been produced and sold outside Europe in several emerging markets since 2010 either as the Volkswagen Vento or the Volkswagen Polo sedan. A short-wheelbase sedan version was sold in India between 2016 and 2020 as the Volkswagen Ameo.

Volkswagen Passat (B1) Motor vehicle

The Volkswagen Passat (B1) is a large family car produced by Volkswagen in West Germany from 1973 to 1981.

Honda Civic (ninth generation) Motor vehicle

The ninth generation Honda Civic was launched in the North American market in April 2011, Europe in February 2012 and Asia-Pacific in early 2012.

Volkswagen Golf Mk7 Motor vehicle

The Volkswagen Golf (Mk7) is a small family car, the seventh generation of the Volkswagen Golf and the successor to the Volkswagen Golf Mk6. It was introduced in Berlin on 4 September 2012, before a public launch at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Cars reached Volkswagen dealers in the Golf's European domestic market on 10 November 2012.

Honda CR-V (third generation) Automobile

The third generation Honda CR-V was launched for the 2007 model year. It went on sale in the U.S. during late September 2006. Unlike preceding models, it features a rear liftgate rather than a side-opening rear door and no longer has the spare tire mounted on the rear door. The new CR-V is lower, wider and shorter than the previous models; the length decrease is attributed mostly to the fact that the spare wheel no longer adds length to the back of the vehicle. A lowering of the center of gravity is another benefit of the spare wheel being located underneath the rear cargo area. The center rear seat pass-through was also introduced as a new feature on the third generation.

References

  1. "BRAZIL: Volkswagen launches Crossfox 'SUV'". just-auto. 7 April 2005. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  2. "Volkswagen Fox hatchback (2005 - 2011)". Carzone.ie. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  3. "FAQs - Vehicle information model changes". Volkswagen UK. Retrieved 24 May 2015.
  4. "Not und Spiele: Die 50er Jahre...". Auto, Motor und Sport . Heft 13 1996: Seite 58–65. 14 June 1996.
  5. Stark, Harry A., ed. (1989). Ward's Automotive Yearbook 1989. 51. Detroit, MI: Ward's Communications, Inc. p. 211. ISBN   0-910589-00-9.CS1 maint: ignored ISBN errors (link)
  6. Glen, Simon (2003), Volkswagens of the World: A Comprehensive International Guide to Volkswagens not built in Germany... and the unusual ones that were, Veloce Publishing Ltd., ISBN   978-1-845844-71-4
  7. "Nuevo Volkswagen Fox 2010" (in Spanish). Argentina: 16 Valvulas.
  8. Bilger, M. (2005-04-08). "Der Volkswagen Fox - alle Details" [The Volkswagen Fox - all details]. Planet-Polo (in German). Archived from the original on 2016-09-24.
  9. "Model Changes". Volkswagen. Retrieved 2012-10-20.
  10. "Nuevo Suran" [The New Suran] (in Spanish). Volkswagen Argentina. Archived from the original on 2010-02-03.
  11. "Novo SpaceFox" [The New SpaceFox] (in Portuguese). Volkswagen do Brasil. Archived from the original on 2010-07-26.
  12. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2011-12-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. Archived December 12, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  14. 1 2 "automobile en algérie - L'automarché Une alternative "Plus" dans le monospace". lautomarche.com (in French). Telemly, Algeria: L'Automarche. 31 October 2006. Archived from the original on 18 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  15. "Volkswagen Argentina S.A." (PDF). 15 July 2015. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  16. "Volkswagen Annual Report 2019" (PDF).