Published on February 20, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
A white Volkswagen Tiguan, Spotted in China in the Sanlitun area in Beijing, straight across the street from Volkswagen’s China headquarters. The vehicle was parked like a professional a*hole with its rear wheels on the pavement and front wheels on the road, blocking the way for poor pedestrians, occupying half of a bicycle parking area, and and occupying about 1.5 car parking lot.
Published on February 5, 2014 by Joey Wang
The best spy shots so far of the new Skoda Octavia sedan for the China car market. The third generation Skoda Octavia will debut on the Beijing Auto Show in April and will be launched on the Chinese auto market in May. The Octavia MK3 was launched on European markets early last year, but China still has to do with the second generation Skoda Octavia.
Published on January 21, 2014 by Joey Wang
There have been rumors for a long time, and they are now confirmed by Volkswagen: the Volkswagen CrossBlue will be made in China from 2017 by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture. The news was confirmed by Zhang Pijie, general manager of the joint venture.
The confirmed story is slightly different than the earlier rumors. The rumors said Shanghai-Volkswagen (the other Volkswagen joint venture in China) was going to make the Crossblue, and FAW-Volkswagen the CrossBlue Coupe. The rumors also said production was going to start in 2015, but it is going to be two years later.
Published on January 3, 2014 by Joey Wang
New spy shots of a new China-only Volkswagen sedan, looking kinda mixed with the front of a Golf and the back of a Skoda Octavia. The new sedan will be positioned above the equally China-only Volkswagen Octavia. The sedan will be based on Volkswagen’s MQB platform. It will be made in China by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture.
Published on January 2, 2014 by Tycho de Feijter
New spy shots of the China-made Skoda Rapid Spaceback, it will be launched on the China car market in March.The Skoda Spaceback is the hatchback version of the Skoda Rapid sedan. The Chinese name is Xindong, best translated as ‘Action-Move’. The Spaceback will be aimed at hip & young people and comes in various variants. On top a mid-range car with a black grille and a gray roof.
Published on December 11, 2013 by W.E. Ning
Spy Shots showing a new Volkswagen sedan testing in China. The vehicle has the front of a Golf and the back of a Skoda Octavia. Chinese sources say this is a new China-only Volkswagen sedan that will be positioned just above the China-only Volkswagen Lavida.
Published on December 9, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
Skoda has released the first official pictures of the China-made Skoda Rapid Spaceback, the hatchback version of the Skoda Rapid sedan. The Skoda Rapid Spaceback will be launched on the China car market in early 2014. The Chinese name is Xindong, best translated as ‘Action-Move’.
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Published on December 4, 2013 by Joey Wang
Spy Shots of the third generation Skoda Octavia testing in China, it will be launched on the China car market in the first half of 2014. The third-gen Octavia was launched on European markets early this year, but China still has to do with the second generation Skoda Octavia.
Published on November 28, 2013 by Joey Wang
Volkswagen has stated it will start mass production of electric cars in China in 2016. Volkswagen will make the electric cars at each of its two Chinese joint ventures; FAW-Volkswagen and Shanghai-Volkswagen. Which cars Volkswagen will built is yet unconfirmed but the rumor mill says the E-up! and the E-Golf will be the starters. The much publicized FAW-Volkswagen Kaili EV will remain a make-the-government-happy pilot project without any form of mass production.
Volkswagen reckons the market for electric cars in China will start to grow in the future, when fuel prices and anti-pollution measures will make the petrol-powered cars less popular.
Published on November 19, 2013 by Tycho de Feijter
Managing Director Jia Mingdi of the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture has told Chinese automotive media that the joint venture is talking with Volkswagen about the production in China of luxury SUV’s. Chinese media say he was referring to the Porsche Macan, the Porsche Cayenne, and the Volkswagen Touareg. They say that production of the Cayenne and Macan is set to start in 2015, and that production of the Touareg will start at a later time.