Las week we saw the new Volkswagen Lavida Plus sedan, so now it is time for the Gran Lavida Plus, the station wagon version. It will have its public debut later this month on the 2018 Beijing Auto Show.
New photos of the upcoming Skoda Kamiq crossover for China. The Kamiq will have its public debut later this month on the 2018 Beijing Auto Show and launch on the Chinese car market in June. Interestingly, the Skoda Kamiq has a rather large lip under the bumper.
This is the new Volkswagen Lavida Plus. Is it the successor of the best selling Lavida? Yes, and no. In typical Chinese fashion the current Lavida will continue, it will be sold alongside the Lavida Plus. After some time, likely two years, the old Lavida will finally retire. And by that time the Lavida Plus will be the only Lavida around.
New photos of the upcoming new Volkswagen Lavida sedan. It will debut next month on the Beijing Auto Show and launch on the Chinese car market soon thereafter. It certainly looks far more modern than its predecessor, but it also looks bland and boring.
Volkswagen goes on the SUV-offensive in China
Volkswagen has launched two new SUVs in China. The pair will hit the Chinese car market in Q4. They are based on the short-wheelbase Volkswagen Tiguan. The names are a bit odd…
The Skoda Kamiq is a compact crossover for China
This is the new Skoda Kamiq, a compact crossover for the Chinese car market. It will have its public debut in April on the Beijing Auto Show followed by a launch in June.
New Volkswagen Lavida is based on MQB platform
This is the all-new Volkswagen Lavida for China, and it has become a modern looking sedan that one could call trendy. The Lavida has been one of China’s best-selling sedans for many years, but lately sales have been slowing down a bit. The good Lavida is getting old, the current second-generation was launched all the way back in 2012! Time thus for the all-new Lavida.
Today in One Minute Walk-around the massive Volkswagen Teramont, probably the best looking SUV on the market today. The Teramont is the Chinese sister of the North American Volkswagen Atlas. It was launched earlier this year and costs between $46,000 and 76,000.
The Teramont is made locally by the Shanghai-Volkswagen joint venture and is positioned between the Tiguan and the Touareg.
There are three engines available: a 2.0 turbo with 186hp, a 2.0 turbo with 220hp, and the interesting 2.5 liter VR6 turbo with 299hp (not 300). All engines are mated to a seven-speed DCT and all models have four-wheel drive.
The interior is luxurious with loads of leather but sadly its touch screen is far too small for 2017; a problem that Volkswagen seems unable or unwilling to fix. Screen size MATTERS in China.
A good look at the Volkswagen Lamando GTS, the sporty variant of the Lamando, a China-only sedan based on the VW MQB platform. The GTS comes with a body kit, a rear spoiler, sporty seats, and a lot of GTS badges. Power comes from a 2.0 turbo with 220hp and 350nm, this is the same engine that powers the China-made Golf GTI.
List price is a massive $34,000 which is way too expensive. Price at the dealer however is $25,000, a massive incentive of $9,000. But that is still not cheap and the GTS is therefore a very rare bird on the road. I had to go to a Shanghai-Volkswagen dealer for this movie.
Still, we hugely appreciate that Volkswagen really tried to make something seriously special and sporty for China. They have done it before; the GTS can be seen as the true successor of the beautiful Volkswagen Bora R.
Skoda has launched the Vision E concept car, one day before the start of the 2017 Shanghai Auto Show. The Vision E previews a new full electric SUV coupe based on Volkswagen’s dedicated-electric MEB platform, it is scheduled to launch on the Chinese auto market in 2019.