The Candango is a Brazilian automobile produced by Vemag under license from the German DKW factory between 1958 and 1963 . 5607 units,[1] but some sources say in 7868 or 4400 [2] units were produced unidades.[3]

The name was given in honor of the workers who participated in the construction of Brasília , inaugurated in 1960 , called candangos.

Was derived from the German off road Munga, which was produced between October 1956 and December 1968. Munga The name was created from the expression in German: "Universal Mehrzweck Geländewagen mit Allradantrieb" , which means "universal car use for any terrain four-wheel drive."

The Munga was sold to the German police and the armed forces of several NATO member countries, the Organization of the North Atlantic Treaty, and has been successful in applications related to agriculture and all kinds of activity that requires movement on roads with low quality. The same success was expected in Brazil, but production was ended prematurely Candango mainly due to lack of interest by the military. In total, about 46,750 copies of Munga were produced.


In October 1956 started production of the DKW Munga in the Auto Union factory in Ingolstadt, Germany.

In 1957 Munga is officially launched at 38th International Motor Show in Frankfurt .

In 1958 the sedan ( the "Great DKW Vemag " ), the truck (the " turkey DKW " ), derived from the F -94 German, and Jeep Candango, derived from the German Munga jeep, with large domestic content are presented. These models were equipped with the 900 cc engine. From 1959 shall be equipped with 1000 cc engine.

In 1961 the "Great DKW-Vemag" and a "Turkey DKW-Vemag" shall be termed as Belcar and Vemaguet.

In 1963 the production of Candango closed, mainly because the military showed no interest in their acquisition.

In September 1967, Volkswagen of Brazil acquires Vemag promising not to shut down production of its vehicles. In December, however, following a global trend of withdrawing two-stroke engine market, the production line is closed.

In December 1968 closed the production of Munga, after delivery of about 46,750 units.

The two main models Candango Edit

The Candango a copy under license from 4 Munga German, who appears in the photo to the left , was commercialized in Brazil with few variations basically two models: the 4 and Candango Candango 2. The difference is in the amount of wheels tensioned by the engine. The 4 Candango had four-wheel drive, while the 2 Candango had only pull the two front wheels.

As the 4 Candango had permanent traction and had a less than that of its competitors in the asphalt performance, Vemag had to follow the needs of their buyers and also offer a model with traction on only two wheels. Many homeowners who used the Candango predominantly on asphalt , dug the drive shaft to let the " looser " utility. [2]

4 in Candango the parking brake is located right next to the driver, between the two front seats to and activates a small drum at the entrance of the rear differential, thus immobilizing the drive shaft. In 2 Candango the parking brake was moved to the left side of the driver and triggers, by means of cables, the rear brakes. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag. Tag has more than one name associated with reference. The " Candango 2 ", had an performed very well on asphalt, behaving like a passenger car. (contribution Allan Wagner Breder).

There was also a third version of Candango, the Praiano , far less numerous in terms of production, it was actually a simplification of Candango 2. Was a model for use in the city and coastline in leisure activities, provided only in light blue color, with wheels rim 15, doorless enm bonnet. [2]

The Vemag did not produce the steel bonnet and gave the Candango with a canvas top. The bonnets of steel were produced in different models by independent companies. [4]

The windshield of the car was folding and ignition system was done by key and switch on the panel as the other brand cars.

See AlsoEdit

Automobile DKW Auto Union Vemag DKW-Vemag Belcar DKW-Vemag Vemaguet DKW-Vemag Caiçara DKW-Vemag Pracinha DKW-Fissore Vemag Malzoni GT Puma DKW Puma Vehicles and Engines Carrocerias Fissore Combustion engines four-stroke engine Automobile Industry in Brazil List of automobile manufacturers List of Brazilian cars List of technologies in the automotive Two-stroke engine


  1.  Sandler, Paulo César. DKW, a grande história da pequena maravilha. São Paulo: Alaúde Editorial, 2006. 384p. ISBN 85-98497-44-4.
  2. ↑ Ir para:a b c d Clube do Candango, o Candango no Brasil. Acesso em 09 de outubro de 2007.
  3. Ir para cima Clube DKW Vemag do Brasil, Candango. Acesso em 12 de março de 2007.
  4. Ir para cima Clube do Candango, características técnicas. Acesso em 05 de outubro de 2007.

​External linksEdit

  • Blue Cloud. Site do Clube DKW Vemag do Brasil, que organiza o Blue Cloud, um encontro anual de colecionadores de DKWs que teve sua quinta edição em setembro de 2007, em Pouso Alto, em Minas Gerais.
  • Clube do Candango. Site dedicado ao jipe Candango e ao seu antecessor alemão Munga, trazendo várias informações históricas e técnicas sobre os dois modelos e sobre a Vemag e um cadastro de proprietários.
  • Best Cars Web Site, DKW e Vemag. Site dedicado aos automóveis da  DKW e à  Vemag, com várias informações históricas e técnicas, várias fotografias sobre os modelos mais comuns no Brasil e ainda com algumas curiosidades.

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