Volkswagen Gran Lavida hits the China car market
Published on June 30, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
The Volkswagen Gran Lavida has been launched on the China car market. Price starts at 115.900 yuan and ends at 163.900 yuan. The Gran Lavida is a new China-only sporty wagonhatchback based on the China-only Volkswagen Lavida sedan. The Gran Lavida debuted on the Shanghai Auto Show last month.
The Lavida sedan and Gran Lavida are made in China by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture. The Gran Lavida is slightly shorter than the Lavida sedan, 4454 against 4605, wheelbase is the same 2610. Engines as in the sedan: a 130hp 1.4 turbo and a 104hp 1.6.
The Gran Lavida sits in a segment of its own. There aren’t any other small hatchbackwagons on the market today. Volkswagen seems to like the concept an rumors say a Gran Santana is on the way.
No ‘Gran’, just ‘Lavida’.
For the dog. Dogs are fast becoming fashionable in China. Up until five years ago a dog was for farmers only, or for diners, or for lonely old women who had a Pekinese. Now all those young people suddenly need a dog as well! Shitting all over the place and barking through my dreams at night. Horrible. But the Gran Lavida can take at least four.
Not bad in red. More a wagon than a hatch to me, but most Chinese media call it a hatchback.