Cars built for third countries – The world’s auto giants only sell these models in developing countries.


Tata Tigor

The Tata Tiago hatchback looks nice enough, but the Tigor sedan based on the same chassis looks like it was shot in the soft spot with salt. The Tigor (like the Tiago) has been recently upgraded, and after the restyling it lost its diesel powertrain – it was too costly for Tata to adapt it to the new environmental standards. The 1.2L (86bhp, 113Nm torque) petrol engine, on the other hand, is still in place.

The Tigor can be equipped with either a five-speed manual or a robot transmission with the same number of speeds. In the basic package sedan includes two airbags, ABS, as well as rear parking sensors – without them in India now sale of cars is prohibited.

Maruti-Suzuki Alto

In Japan, Alto is a stylish chopped K-car that can be made a little bit meaner in Turbo RS version. In India, Chile and Algeria, an unremarkable hatchback is sold under this name and its roots go back to 2008. Of course, the non-Japanese Alto has been regularly updated since then, but its proportions and obviously alien face give away a non-young car.

Depending on the market, such Alto can be equipped either with 800 cc or liter engine. And in the case of India, it can also run on gas. Like the above vehicles, Alto is equipped with ABS, two airbags and rear parktronic already in the base. All of this came standard after the 2019 restyling. As an option for the hatchback, a decent Bluetooth multimedia with the Android operating system is available.

Chevrolet Joy

Chevrolet has had quite a few models in its biography that would make the Camaro blush with shame, but when it comes to current models, even the baby Spark and crossover Trax don’t look as ridiculous as the Joy hatchback. The car is sold in the Brazilian market and is a slightly updated version of the first-generation Onix. Which was also sold in Brazil.

Joy is also available in a sedan version – and this is the rare case when the sedan looks much better than the hatchback. In terms of technology, no revelations: a single liter engine, whose power is 78 or 80 horsepower, depending on the fuel in the tank (the car runs on both gasoline and gasoline-ethanol mixture). The transmission is only a six-speed manual.

Ford Aspire

Do you think the Fiesta-based sedan looked clumsy? How about a sedan based on the Ford Ka? These are sold in India, and are called the Aspire. Unlike the Figo Aspire, which can be found in South American markets, the Indian Aspire has a very short trunk. It’s hard to say what the Indians have earned such a “privilege”, but it’s not for us to judge.

There are two engines for Aspire – one and a half liter turbodiesel with 100 horsepower and non-supercharged gasoline engine. Its power is 96 horsepower. And there is only one gearbox – manual, five-speed. Aspire options include a multimedia system with a touch screen and navigation, six airbags and fog lights.

Volkswagen Gol

At one time, Russians had the opportunity to taste such a fruit as the Volkswagen Gol – in our market it was sold under the name Pointer. And although the price of the most affordable Volkswagen was pleasant, sluggish power units, cramped interior and overly modest equipment prevented it from becoming really popular. In many other countries the Gol is sold to this day. And even managed to change several generations.

Now the Gol is available in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. They are mainly equipped with 1.6-liter MPI engines, with a capacity of 105 and 110 horsepower. The hatchback is available with manual and automatic transmissions (in some markets, such as Mexico – only with “manual”). Options vary slightly from market to market. So do the prices.

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