Using only the scant resources made available to him by Volkswagen’s Brazilian presence, Marcio Pianncastelli managed to design the sublime Volkswagen SP2. If that’s not making the most of what you’ve got, I don’t know what is.
In college in Eugene, Oregon in the 1970's I almost bought a VW Brazil based Puma. The seller was “motivated” and I remember having it for several days to drive. Excellent fit and finish and did not feel like a part bin car at all. I drove a Peugeot at the time, so I was very open minded regarding cars.