A very speedy Volkswagen Santana Variant, Spotted in China in the Sanlitun area in Beijing. The good Volkswagen is painted in an original yellow brown paint that somehow loox incredible cool on a Santana with lowered suspension, black window frames, darkened windows, and extra large wheels with black alloys.
New spy shots of the Volkswagen NMC testing in China. The Volkswagen NMC, or New Midsize Coupe, debuted as a concept on the Beijing Auto Show in April. The production version will debut on the Guangzhou Auto Show in early December, with a launch on the Chinese car market just before the end of this year.
New spy shots of the Volkswagen NMC testing in China. The Volkswagen NMC, or New Midsize Coupe, will be launched on the Chinese car market just before the end of this year. It debuted as a concept on the Beijing Auto Show in April, and the production version will debut on the Guangzhou Auto Show in early December.
The Volkswagen Santana sedan will get a 1.4 turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine under the bonnet, the Santana 1.4T will debut in September on the Chengdu Auto Show and launch on the Chinese car market in October. The 1.4 TSI engine delivers 131hp and will be mated to a 5-speed manual or a six-speed DSG.
The Volkswagen Santana was launched in December 2012 and is currently available with a 90hp 1.4 and a 110hp 1.6, both mated to a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Price starts at 84.900 yuan and ends at 123.800 yuan. Price for the Santana 1.4T will start around 110.000 yuan. The Santana is manufactured in China by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture.
The third generation Skoda Octavia has been launched on the China car market, giving Skoda an up to date entry in the crucial compact-sedan segment. Price starts at 119.900 yuan and ends at 179.900 yuan, and that is slightly cheaper than the previous Octavia.
Volkswagen’s supervisory board approved plans for a range of low cost models, and they will be launched in 2017 onto the Chinese market, The Nikkei reports from Volkswagen’s shareholder meeting in Hanover, Germany. CEO Martin Winterkorn said the car will be targeted at first-time car buyers. At a rate of around 60 cars per thousand people in China (USA: more than 800), there is no shortage of first-time buyers in the Middle Kingdom. According to the Nikkei, Winterkorn “did not touch on specifics, such as pricing, he hinted a final decision will be soon made.”
Volkswagen has been thinking more or less aloud about a lower priced brand for several years now, so the decision does not come as a big surprise. The Nikkei, along with the better informed parts of the industry, expect Volkswagen “to keep the price under 7,000 euros ($9,643) and to use a different brand name.”
It will be interesting to see what brand name is used, and the choice will indicate how serious the company is about the budget range. Read more »
The Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture will celebrate its 30th birthday with four ’30 Limited’ special editions based on the Volkswagen Tiguan, Santana, Passat and Touran. Shanghai-Volkswagen started business all the way back in 1984 with the old Santana, which is actually still in production for taxi and fleet companies.
The Volkswagen e-up! EV will be launched on the China car market in the second half of the year. The Volkswagen e-up is the electric variant of the Volkswagen up! which is currently not sold in China. The e-up! is powered by an electric motor with a peak power of 82hp and 210nm. Top speed is 135km/h and 0-100 is gone in 11.3 seconds. Range is an impressive 160 kilometer.