VW Apollo

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Volkswagen Apollo

Now this is an unexpected one. Did you know that the Brazilian arms of Ford and Volkswagen once formed a joint venture? Nope, me neither.

The pair formed Autolatina in 1987. The first product was the Ford Verona/Volkswagen Apollo, essentially a European Ford Orion with a two-door body and unique rear-end styling.

The Apollo was the sportier and more expensive to the two, powered by VW’s own 1.8-litre engine. It had a new dashboard as well, but apart from that, the Verona and Apollo were identical. Performance was okay, though it suffered from the same dodgy rear suspension design as the Orion. It was dropped after three years in ’92.

Da Top 5 badge engineering disasters – Only Motors.

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