The Volkswagen Fox was a subcompact car produced and designed by Volkswagen of Brazil and sold in Latin America since 2003 and in Europe from 2005 to 2011. The Fox was produced in three-door and five-door hatchback options. A mini SUV version called CrossFox was also produced, as well as a mini MPV/station wagon model called Suran, SportVan, SpaceFox, or Fox Plus depending on the market. Moreover, no matter what variation of the Fox you work on, having a Volkswagen Fox workshop manual can prove useful.
In South America, it fitted into the lineup between the low-cost Polo and the Gol. It was called the Lupo in Mexico. Volkswagen of Mexico dropped the Lupo after the 2009 models, due to a decline in sales, and replaced with the VW Novo Gol. The SportVan has also been discontinued leaving only the CrossFox.
In 2005, the Fox was introduced to Europe at the AMI Leipzig Motor Show. In Europe, the Fox was only offered as a three-door hatchback with three different engine options: the 1.2 L 55 hp (40 kW) I3 and 1.4 L 75 hp (55 kW) I4 petrol engines and the 1.4 L 69 hp (51 kW) TDI engine.
The Fox replaced the Lupo city car, in the European auto market, as the entry-level car in the lineup. VW replaced the Volkswagen Fox with the Up in Europe in 2011. Like the contemporary Polo, the Fox was based on Volkswagen's PQ24 platform.
The Fox was a descendant of the Gol manufactured by Volkswagen in Brazil and marketed by VW in North America, from 1987 to 1993, as an entry-level subcompact. Originally, sold as a two-door or four-door sedan as well as a two-door wagon, the wagon was discontinued in 1991. Moreover, that same year the four-door sedan (as well as the two-door, in the United States) received a minor facelift.
The Fox featured a longitudinal mounted 1.8 L, which produced 80 hp (60 kW;81 PS) 4-cylinder gasoline engine, along with a 4-speed transmission for the standard two and four-door sedan and 5-speed manual transmission was offered for the ""GL"" sport model. No power steering was available, or ABS was offered. The Fox had power assisted disk brakes in the front and drums in the rear.
Early Fox models were given the Bosch CIS-E, also known as KE-Jetronic electro-mechanical fuel injection, which used an oxygen sensor to help in fuel management. Later models had Bosch Digifant electronic fuel injection. In Canada, the early Fox models were offered with the more straightforward Bosch CIS fuel injection (K-Jetronic), which didn't have an oxygen sensor for the engine fuel management system.
To this day, VW Foxes can still be found. Although they are no longer in production, the likelihood of finding yourself working on one is not out of the question. So, if you do find yourself in such a situation and need help, grab a Volkswagen Fox repair manual and get to work.