Old cars that they still make abroad

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  1. Yup, the Volkswagen T2 Kombi still soldiers on in Brazil, but is likely to be killed soon by new safety legislation.
  2. The Hindustan Ambassador is basically a 1957 Morris Oxford Series III sedan that is still produced in India. Choose between a 53kW 1.8 petrol or 26kW 1.5 diesel. There is also a luxury model that offers a digital clock among other niceties.
  3. VWSA exported the Jetta 2 to to China in the early nineties. They loved it so much that they started building it themselves and it still exists today, after a comprehensive facelift with new front and rear ends and a more curvy dashboard.
  4. The ghost of the 1984 Suzuki Alto still haunts India as the Maruti 800. Probably not the safest place to put your family but it sure beats a scooter, or an elephant for that matter. On the upside, prices start at the equivalent of R33 500.
  5. The Renault Clio II lives on in Brazil, where it has just been tarted up to resemble the very latest European Clio, at least at the front end.
  6. This Russian go-anywhere compact 4x4 has changed little since it was first launched back in 1977.
  7. The Fiat Mille started life as the Uno in Europe back in 1983 and it is still made in Brazil today. They gave it a facelift a few years ago and even tried to flog them in South Africa for a brief while in 2007. Thankfully that fling was brief.
  8. The Nissan Tsuru is a 1991 North American market Sentra (SA had the European Sunny model) that still serves as a popular runabout and taxicab in Mexico.
  9. This English classic has been lovingly handcrafted since 1950. They actually stopped building them a few times, only to revive it again and again. The modern version is powered by a 106kW 2-litre Ford engine, which has just 877kg of car to tug along.
  10. Who could forget the continent-conquering Land Rover Defender? Barring the many mechanical upgrades, the basic shape that we see today has been around since 1983.
  11. Like the Defender, the Mercedes G-Class is a legendary off-roader from the old days that has been upgraded in dribs and drabs over the years. The Merc is even older than its English counterpart, hailing from 1979.
  12. The Royal Enfield 500 Bullet has been continuously in production since 1948, first in Redditch in the British West Midlands and, since 1955, in Chennai, India. It has a 499cc, single cylinder, dry-sump, air-cooled, pushrod engine producing 20.3kW at 5250rpm.

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