For today's Dose, we'll cover the Saviero, which is a Brazil-market latter-day old school Caddy, if that makes any sense.

The Sav is actually a variant of the Gol platform, which is a subcompact manufactured by Volkswagen do Brasil and serves as VW's entry-level car in that and other markets (and is sometimes called the Pointer). North Americans know/knew the Gol as the Fox, which sold here from the late 80s through early 90s. The Saviero (apparently a type of fishing boat in Brazil) has always been an available Gol variant since introduction in 1983, so there's a long history of these little guys. Being subcompact class, you're looking at small displacement, low output 4 cylinder engines.

There have been 3 actual generations of the Gol/Saviero, with G2 and G3 versions both available today. G2, originally introduced in 1994, is still sold in Egypt and Iran.

There have been a number of looks for these, and not all of them have been good, with what I guess would be the MKIV-ish version serving as the absolute low point. The styling loosely follows the typical Golf generations and some Passat looks that the NA market knows well, so it shouldn't be too hard to pick them out. Still, here's the range in chronological order. I think the ugly duckling is pretty easy to spot regardless.

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Above is the "Scout" trim, which is actually the most expensive with 15" black steel wheels and a number of chunky off road tack-ons. I think this looks marginally better than the Saviero Cross from the lede image, just because it might actually get driven in the dirt. Still FWD though. Of course there's a bunch of daydream threads over on VWVortex about importing one and putting 4MOTION and a VR6 in.

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And if you're so inclined, here's some kind of promotional video of the little guy tooling around, accompanied by some rockin music and the soothing sounds of spoken Portuguese