Volkswagen Polo GTI will be listed in China in May

Published on April 18, 2012 by Joey Wang

Volkswagen Polo GTI China

The Volkswagen Polo GTI will be listed on the Chinese car market in May and it will debut at the Beijing Auto Show. It will be the first time Volkswagen sells the Polo GTI in China and it is also the first time the Polo GTI will be made outside Germany, it will be produced locally by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture.

Volkswagen Polo GTI China

Volkswagen aims at young buyers who want something fast, and that market is indeed growing, well, very fast. Making it locally is a smart move because it will keep the Polo GTI cheap enough.

There is some sad news however, very sad: the Chinese-made Polo GTI will not get the 180hp 1.4 TSI that the European GTI gets, instead it will get a 131hp 1.4 turbo that is also used, among others, in the China-made Volkswagen Lavida. Reason is likely price, Volkswagen doesn’t make the 1.4 TSI in China so it would have to be imported, which would make the Polo GTI too expensive anyway.

Via: Autohome.


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  1. Paulzzz- April 18, 2012 Reply

    thats not a real GTI!

  2. Lower-powered, visually identical 131bhp Polo GTI for China - PoloDriver | PoloDriver- April 18, 2012 Reply

    […] Reports are coming in that the latest Polo GTI 6R is to be produced in China, but with one major difference – its 178bhp engine will be replaced with a lower output 131bhp unit. The engine – still a turbocharged 1.4-litre TSI from the locally-produced Lavida – is thought to be cheaper to import than the higher output ‘twincharged’ unit, meaning lower retail prices of each completed car, therefore potentially appealing to more prospective customers. […]

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