The Volkswagen Gol is a low cost subcompact car designed in Brazil and sold by German automaker Volkswagen since 1980. It is Volkswagen's entry-level car in the South American market, beneath the other superminis, the Fox and Polo. It has uninterruptedly been the best-selling car in Brazil since 1987, and since 1998 in Argentina. Gol sales in South America are also high; over 5 million Gols have been produced since 1980. Gol has also been produced in Iran under the same name. Its project was started in 2nd half of 1970's due the need for a liable sucessor for the VW Beetle (Fusca, in Brazil), since the European cars would not be liable for sales due the road conditions (that required more resistant platforms) and different customer needs. The Gol takes its name from the Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish word for "goal."