First, it becomes available in Europe in 1974 just a few months before the Golf. With a displacement between 1.1 and 1.6 liters, all produced were with two valves per cylinder. Four headlights were set because of its shape. The most potent version was the TS model with 84 hp followed by L and S with 50hp. In 1975 is added automatic transmission mainly for North America.
The TS version was with 1.4L 4-speed manual transmission and right-hand drive first in 1976. In 1977 GTE and LS were offered with a 1.5L engine with fuel injection technology. GTE was either with four-speed manual transmission or 3-speed automatic transmission. The LS was only with automatic transmission. The primary market for this model was Japan which is also the main reason for the small engines, which were necessary to make the vehicles affordable. Larger battery and air conditioner were offered in 1975. Orange lens five-speed transmission and two-piece shrouder mirror were added. A five-speed manual transmission was also suggested to North America in 1980, and in 1981 it became the only one offered. First for that market in 1975 the models were with 1.5 liters 1471cc, 1.6liters with 76hp in 1976 and 1977 and 1.5L 1457cc 71hp in 1978. Because of complaints about the low performance in 1979 again is introduced 1.7l 1715cc.
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