• Apr 21, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the VW Lavida for China

Shanghai Volkswagen developed the new VW Lavida in China, for China. Now it's made its big debut before the home-market audience in Beijing. Stylistically, the made-in-China design looks oddly dated, quite frankly. The petal-shaped head- and taillamps look like something you might find on a 1990's Korean import and not a newly-minted VW, regardless of origin.

The Lavida's positioned below the new VW Bora (also introduced in Beijing), with a shorter overall length (around 3 inches) but an identical wheelbase, so passenger comfort should be around the same as the larger car. The interior is a blend of familiar VW partsbin stuff with elements that just seem a little odd-looking in a VeeDub, like the silver audio head unit and the silver HVAC knobs set against a healthy dose of woodgrain trim. Power comes from 4-cylinder engines displacing 1.6L or 2.0L, with a six-speed Tiptronic available to handle shifting duties. It may be all-new, but it's also pretty boring.


All photos Copyright ©2008 Bin Chen / Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: Autoblog Chinese]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      We have the MkV Jetta in China, too...it's called the Sagitar and it's just as ugly as it is everywhere else in the world.

      The MkIV Jetta was called the Bora in China.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As much as I'd like to see the Scirocco come to these shores, if it meant that we would have to accept this car I'd prefer they both stay away. God forbid if I had to look at this car on the streets. Bad enough I have to tolerate the Avalons and Solaras.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A long golf 5 based Volkswagen for china for a price of about 11.000 € is not bad at all. This car replaces the old VW Santana (a 1970s design). So this is a really big leap ahead in the Chinese market.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This thing is not blah and derivative. Looks Korean before their latest cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Meant--it looks blah.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Worst looking VW in a long time. Looks like a Chevota.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why you sirry Americans no rike Volkswagen?
        • 6 Years Ago
        VW is a great brand, I'm american, but I can't speak for all Americans. But I think I am speaking for MOST people when I say this car lacks character.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hey, I like Volkswagen.

        I just don't really like THIS Volkswagen.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like those guys will be livin "lavida" loco!


      Im sorry...
      • 6 Years Ago
      did i use the word "design" too often?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think VW has lost its way quite of bit with their exterior styling. I know their ultimate goal is to challenge Toyota in worldwide sales, but they must not abandon their German heritage to accomplish this goal. What they need to try to do is offer German style and engineering to the mainstream market in an attempt to reach their lofty proposed sales goals (in addition to fixing their quality/reliability issues). The current Jetta/Bora and Lavida suffer from appearing as German/Asian hybrid designs (Jetta-Toyota and Lavida-Hyundai/Kia) instead of designs that proudly declare VW's German heritage.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This should have been the Jetta Mk.V, not the current fugly thing we get as the Jetta Mk.V.
        • 6 Years Ago
        All I know is that the Mk.V Jetta is one of the ugliest cars in its class. The Lavina looks far, far better. The only thing on the Lavina's exterior I'm not fond of is the rear end, but I'll take a strange rear end over a car that's almost entirely fugly.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree with Jordan, the new Jetta doesn't hit a homerun with it's design, mostly because we expected a vw design, not a vw with a hint of toyota design. This thing looks like it should have been a Toyota. Maybe it's the kind of design the chinese are looking for.
        ross
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Jordan....
        I think it's a Hyundai Accent...but I may be mistaken.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The MkV Jetta we have is leaps and bounds better than this POS!

        This car has barely been introduced and you know already that it is a POS. Do you even realize how ridiculous you sound?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Are you effing serious?
        The MkV Jetta we have is leaps and bounds better than this POS! The MkV Jetta's front end looks great, it is the rear end that looks like a Corolla where the design falters. And the interior on our MkV Jetta can hold a candle up to an Audi A3/4. This interior couldn't hold a candle up to a Kia Accent. The reviewer is right when he states this car looks seriously dated and the interior isn't typical VeeDub.
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