|VW’s flex-fuel sales in Brazil|
Effective this month, Volkswagen Brazil is halting production of gasoline-only models in the country. All vehicles with gasoline engines will now roll off the line flex-fuel-capable.
While a number of manufacturers offer flex-fuel vehicles in Brazil, VW is the first to switch entirely to the technology across its entire line-up.
VW introduced its flex-fuel 1.6-liter Goal in March 2003, followed by the 1.0-liter Fox in October 2003 with the Bosch flex-fuel engine management system (earlier post).
VW has been a leader in the Brazilian flex-fuel market from the beginning, and now has a 35% market share, with aggregate flex-fuel sales of 575,111 units through April 2006. The Goal and the Fox together represent of those 464,087 units.
More than 75% of all new vehicles sold in Brazil are flex-fuel. Brazil offers E100 (100% ethanol) at its gas stations, as well as E25 (25% ethanol and 75% gasoline). About 20% of Brazil’s transport fuel market is ethanol, compared with about 1% world-wide.