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From the outside, China's upcoming Besturn B30 looks like an appropriately modern, cheap, and cheerful econocar. Under the modern skin, though, lurks the skeleton of the second-generation Volkswagen Jetta. That's right, China's newest widely-affordable small sedan is little more than a rebodied 30-year-old German sedan.

It may seem totally insane a little strange to try and market a new car based on wheezy old VW architecture, but if cost cutting is your goal, it starts to make a little sense. Money saved on new technology can be put to use giving the car a sleek wrapper, while still keeping the MSRP in the basement.

The second-generation Jetta is apparently extremely popular in China, which means Besturn could have made an extremely shrewd move by updating the car's looks and leaving its mechanicals alone. Thanks to its yestertech origins, the B30 benefits from an enormous base of spare parts and mechanical know-how even before its debut this week at the Shanghai Motor Show.

[Source: ChinaCarTimes]


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      avinash Machado
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not bad looking.
      murciered
      • 4 Years Ago
      interesting...
      • 4 Years Ago
      A2 VWs kicked ass.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Long Live the Jetta Mk II...
      Sneeko
      • 4 Years Ago
      So strange. A Volkswagen skeleton with a blatant Mazda Shinari design ripoff. :\ http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_FoXyvaPSnVk/THv0P1m0edI/AAAAAAADP4c/PTsKh5r2Sls/s800/Mazda-Shinari-Concept-001.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      Even if you're rounding, the second-generation Jetta is closer to 25 years old than 30, since it was introduced in Europe in early 1984.
      anandsarwade
      • 4 Years Ago
      Test
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well done china! You even managed to copy concept cars!

      This looks remarkbly like the Mazda SHINARI and MIYAGI concepts!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Slightly better than the Russians (GAZ) building "new" 2002 Chrysler Sebrings.
        • 4 Years Ago
        At least those Sebrings had some safety standards and an engine that didn't completely wheeze.
      • 4 Years Ago
      i thought it was a subaru for some reason
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a CONCEPT car
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd like to see a comparison road test between the two. Looking at you Top Gear, it's right up your alley.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Top Gear China, I presume?
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