What Brand/Model Car Is This?

March 27th, 2009

dscn20861Can you tell us what this car is? I have a vague idea, but what do you think? It’s surely utilitarian transport, and you see a lot of that in Mexico. But the automobile is very much a means of personal expression, and Mexicans love to pimp their rides, just like we do. I’ll show you some of both varieties—utilitarian and artistic—from the streets of San Cristobàl de las Casas, way down in Chiapas.


Cars are a mobile platform to make sales, while Kombis and vans of all kinds are everywhere. You’ll see lots of mostly older Toyota Corollas used as taxis.

You also see many variations on the ever-present Beetle. In another post I’ll talk about the history of VW in Mexico and how important it’s been to the economy.

Jettas, Pointers, and Tiguans are spotted frequently here. VW México’s website shows their many models, far more than we see in the U.S.

dscn2082 We’re too intimidated to paint cars like this jive Jetta.

dscn2078I’ve seen some beautiful new small cars, like this Ford Ka, and lots of SUVs—Chevys, Jeeps, etc.—so somebody’s doing well here, even in this economy.

If you have pix of Mexican cars that you want to share, please leave them in the comment section for us. Thanks! Hasta luego.


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  1. jgoods
    July 29th, 2009 at 09:19 | #1

    Thanks, Luis! Scott was close but you got it. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Brasilia

  2. Luis
    July 28th, 2009 at 13:46 | #2

    The oragne car is a VW Brasilia, produced in Mexico between 1974 and 1982… I’m not sure wich countries it was sold (apart from Mexico)… but I believe mostly latinamerican countries.

  3. March 29th, 2009 at 15:39 | #3

    I believe its a VW of some kind…looks sort of like the old 411/412 from the early 70’s

  4. shaun noon
    March 29th, 2009 at 14:29 | #4

    this car is a fiat 127 ???

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