• May 14th 2011 at 1:09PM
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FAW-Volkswagen Bora

Back in December of 2010, the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture unveiled the electric E-Bora in the Chinese city of Changchun. The vehicle, built with core components made in China, utilizes the underpinnings of the standard Bora (called the Jetta in the U.S.) pictured above. FAW-VW asserts that the E-Bora will eventually hit dealer lots in China. However, it seems likely that the electric sedan, as well as other battery-powered vehicles manufactured by FAW-VW, will wear a Kai-Li badge.

Why's that? Well, according to China Car Times, Kai-Li is to be the name of the sub-brand of vehicles produced by FAW-VW and sold exclusively in the Chinese market. Furthermore, the report states that FAW-VW's Kai-Li brand will focus solely on electric vehicles. The Kai-Li sub-brand has not been officially launched. Rather, it apparently leaked out of China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology's quarterly report, which listed a mysterious vehicle with the codename of FV7002 under the Kai-Li sub-brand from FAW-VW. Hat tip to Tia!

[Source: China Car Times]


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      harlanx6
      • 4 Years Ago
      When it comes to electric vehicles, the Chinese are coming. They will build their own batteries, government subsidized, and mandate the policy to make the cost advantages compelling. Those are the advantages of an oligarchy. The largest auto market on earth is going electric. It is a strategic advantage for them, as they begin their energy policy to constrict the importation of fuels. We should be paying close attention. This is a fascinating metamorphosis.
        Marcopolo
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        PRC government support is hardly unique to PRC. Nearly every nation with a car industry, protects and supports the industry. Only the US (and UK) encourage the dismantling of local industry. Interesting, the brand controversy. I would have thought Adolf's catchy name for VW, 'Peoples Car' would have fitted in the PRC nicely!
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 4 Years Ago
        @harlanx6
        In China, the government controls the business. In America, the business controls the government. Hate to say it but, look a which side is winning... If we're going to sit around like lame ducks and let this happen then so be it. I will continue to buy Chinese parts since America affords me no real alternatives. Meanwhile i'll sit here and be jealous because they have an electric BRAND whereas all we have is a struggling automaker that only wants to make luxury electrics ( Tesla )
          Marcopolo
          • 4 Years Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          PRC, does not have an 'electric brand' it has a German company making cars in PRC. That's like saying Ford Mexico, is a Mexican brand, or Toyota Thailand is Thai engineering. Go and buy a Volt. The engineering is far more sophisticated.
      Nick
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looking at how disgustingly polluted China's air is, this is good news. I wouldn't even consider vacationing there, the pollution is atrocious!
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