Volkswagen Golf 7 debuts early on the 2013 Guangzhou Auto Show

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The China-made Volkswagen Golf has debuted in China, one day before the formal start of the 2013 Guangzhou Auto Show. As usual, Volkswagen organized its own launch party outside the normal show-ceremony schedule. The Volkswagen Golf 7 is made in China by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture.

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The Golf 7 will also be manufactured in a new factory in the city of Foshan in Guangdong Province and in the existing Volkswagen production base city of Changchun in Jilin Province. The Golf 7will be launched on the China car market in December. Price will range from 110.000 to 190.000 yuan. Engines: 105hp 1.6, 131hp 1.4 TSI, 150hp 1.4 TSI, and a 220hp 2.0 TSI for the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

Volkswagen hopes that the new factory in southern China will open the rich southern markets for the Volkswagen and Audi brands. Volkswagen is traditionally strong in the northeast around Beijing and Changchun and in the east around Shanghai, but the deep south is less-conquered territory for the mighty German brand. The Foshan factory will make various Volkswagen and Audi cars, including the new Audi A3 sedan.

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