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Meet the Volkswagen Lavida - One of Volkswagen's Most Important Models in the Chinese Market

Meet the Volkswagen Lavida - One of Volkswagen’s Most Important Models in the Chinese Market

It’s awfually familiar isn’t it?

With 3.2 million vehicles sold in 2017, Volkswagen is doing extremely well in China, and it’s not surprising that the company’s current strategy includes the introduction of nine new models in the said market in 2018. One of those cars is the Arteon, which we already saw break cover in Europe and the U.S. But unlike these two markets, China is getting the Arteon with a CC badge. Another new model is the Lavida, which was redesigned after six years on the market and launched at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show.

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2016 Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE

2016 Volkswagen T-Prime Concept GTE

The future of Volkswagen’s SUV lineup shown in the flesh at the Beijing Motor Show

The Chinese automotive market has grown so fast in recent years that all major automakers have opened shop in the country or developed specific models for the Eastern Asian state. In its quest for global domination – not quite successful as of late due to the "Dieselgate" scandal – Volkswagen is looking to increase local sales with new China-spec models, one of which is the Phideon sedan.. At the 2016 Beijing Motor Show, the German automaker pulled the curtains off of a new concept that could conceivably follow in the footsteps of the Phideon as a new offering for this massive SUV-starved market.

The concept is called the T-Prime GTE and for all intents and purposes, this is the model that Volkswagen has chosen to preview its future lineup of SUVs. The list of the T-Prime Concept GTE is that it’s a full-sized SUV that relies on a plug-in hybrid powertrain and comes with all-wheel drive. It also has a full menu of new technologies like the Curved Interaction Area that the German automaker plans to have some use for in the future, presumably related to its entire model lineup, not just to SUVs. Whether we see these features in production VWs is a question best asked another time. For Volkswagen, what’s important is that these features are ready to be showcased for the world to see.

It’s also fitting that the T-Prime Concept GTE is making its debut at the Beijing Motor Show. As one of Volkswagen’s most important markets, it’s imperative for the company to put its best foot forward in the Chinese markets. Showing a model like the T-Prime Concept GTE is a great first step towards introducing the future of Volkswagen SUVs, both in China and all of its other markets in the world.

Updated 04/25/2016: Volkswagen unveiled the T-Prime Concept GTE at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Beijing Concept SUV.

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2015 - 2016 Volkswagen Touareg

2015 - 2016 Volkswagen Touareg

Tested on public roads for more than a year now, the 2015 Volkswagen Touareg, a mid-life refresh for the second-generation SUV, made its public debut at the Beijing Auto Show in China. As expected, the facelift arrives with updated front and rear fascias, the former sporting a slightly more aggressive design and bi-xenon headlamps standard across the entire lineup. There are also new exterior colors and new wheels.

Interior upgrades are less extensive, but Volkswagen has spiced things up with a new button/control configuration, while adding more leather and wood trim options. Although horsepower and torque updates were also rumored, the 2015 Touareg will hit U.S. showrooms with the same engine lineup as the 2014 model. However, the minor aerodynamic improvements and the optimized eight-speed automatic have enabled Volkswagen to enhance the fuel efficiency of the SUV by up to six percent.

Updated 08/06/2015: Volkswagen announced a series of updates for the 2016 Touareg, starting with a price reduction of about $2,000 across the lineup, meaning it is now priced from $42,700. For the new model year, minor changes were made, while the Hybrid version was dropped.

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2014 Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe Concept

2014 Volkswagen New Midsize Coupe Concept

Volkswagen seems to be shaking that bland, boring vibe it’s currently got going on, swapping it in favor for style and attitude in the German automaker’s latest concept just revealed at the Beijing Auto Show. Known as the Midsize Coupe Concept, the car is shorter than the Jetta but wider than the CC,, making for a much sportier appearance from the onset.

Skipping right to the good part, the VW Coupe Concept lives up to its sporty appearance with the familiar 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder banging away 217 horsepower on its way to a 6.5-second run to 62 mph. What’s more, it achieves an estimated 34 mpg while cruising the highway, and its top speed is listed at 152 mph.

Besides its size and sporty character, the VW concept sports some new design cues both inside and out. The three-bar grille’s chrome bars continue into the LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights, while a detail-rich lower air dam and side grilles pull in extra air and extra attention. Around to the side are large 20-inch, multi-colored wheels wrapped in performance 245-series rubber.

There is quite a rumble of excitement surrounding this concept, though VW hasn’t announced any official plans to build it. We do know the automaker plans to incorporate some of the design and styling cues into its product lineup in the future, but whether the Midsize Coupe Concept will actually live has yet to be seen. Beyond it getting a green light for production, we’ll have to further worry about its entry into the U.S. as VW has a tendency to hold back the performance-oriented products from burning rubber on our shores.

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2014 Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept

2014 Volkswagen Golf R 400 Concept

While the Volkswagen Golf R has yet to go on sale in the United States, although it already made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January, the Wolfsburg crew has unveiled an even more powerful version of the hot hatch. Dubbed the Golf R 400, the new machine made its official debut at the Beijing Auto Show as a concept car that takes the familiar Golf design and wraps it into a more assertive package with significantly more power under the hood.

Although Volkswagen isn’t the type of automaker that looks back on past models when designing new vehicles, the R 400 Concept showed up in China with exterior cues taken from two of its most important hatches — the Rallye Golf G60 built in the late 1980s and the VR6-powered R32 model based on the fourth-generation Golf.

Apparently Volkswagen doesn’t plan to put the Golf R 400 into production anytime soon, but the concept car is worth looking into as some of its design features and technologies are likely to go mainstream.

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2012 Volkswagen E-Bugster Speedster Concept

2012 Volkswagen E-Bugster Speedster Concept

Volkswagen is expanding on its E-Bugster Coupe shown at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in early 2012 by bringing a similar model to the Beijing Auto Show. The new model is called the E-Bugster Speedster Concept and shares many of the styling cues as that of its coupe counterpart.

Stylistically, we love this version of the concept because of its drop-top configuration. Nothing evokes images of breathless freedom than driving down the highway in a Beetle with the top down and the wind blowing your hair. The E-Bugster Speedster Concept may still be a concept in every sense of the word, but trust us when we tell you that this is one car that we won’t mind seeing inside Volkswagen dealerships soon.

Will it happen? We don’t know. But rest assured, you can expect a lot of people to clamor Volkswagen to send this one to production.

Find out more about the Volkswagen E-Bugster Cabriolet Concept after the jump.

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Convertible VW Beetle to Debut in Beijing

Convertible VW Beetle to Debut in Beijing

When Volkswagen rid its lineup of the aging New Beetle in 2010 and released the all-new and more stylish Beetle in 2012, the convertible option was left out. V-Dub-Ya gave no real explanation to the lacking of a ragtop, but we all assumed it would eventually become a part of the lineup; much like it took VW five years to put a drop-top on the New Beetle.

It appears that the Beetle won’t have nearly as long of a waiting period before allowing its new-found male buyers to lower the top and let the whole world know they aren’t afraid to drive a “chick’s" car. At the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition – Auto China 2012 for short – Volkswagen plans to unveil a new convertible model.

Now hold your horses before you head out to your local “People’s Car” dealership to reserve your ragtop Bug, as the revealed drop- top Bug is not going to be a production model. It will actually be a convertible version of the E-Bugster, VW’s concept electric Bug.

Regardless of the ragtop being on the top of the concept Bug, just teasing the possibility of a convertible Bug is enough to make Bug lovers happy. VW has yet to even hint about a release date for any convertible models, and we have a sneaking suspicion that it will be a late-2012 or early-2013 addition to the lineup, given the fact they are not displaying a production model.

Keep an eye out, as the Auto China 2012 is coming up soon – it opens to us media folk on April 23rd – and we will let you know the second we get a glimpse at it and any information on a potential release date. Let’s also keep our fingers crossed that VW adds a drop-top option to its sweet 200-horsepower Beetle Turbo model.

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2011 Volkswagen Phaeton

2011 Volkswagen Phaeton

Volkswagen unveiled the new Phaeton today at Auto China 2010 in Beijing. The new luxury sedan features Volkswagen’s new design DNA, meaning a new front section with a new chrome grille, restyled headlights, a three-dimensional moulding of the grille and bonnet, new Bi-Xenon headlamps. The car’s rear has been also redesigned and gets new LED rear light clusters, a new, three-piece chrome bar, modified side trim strips, narrower LED indicators in the wing mirrors and new 18-inch (‘Experience’) alloy wheels.

The 2011 Phaeton will be offered with a choice of two wheelbase options, two back seat versions (three seats / two individual seats) and four engines (a turbo diesel and three petrol engines).

The engine line-up will include: a V6 petrol engine delivering 280 HP, a V8 with 335 HP and a W12 with 450 HP. The diesel engine is a V6 TDI with 240 HP.

The luxury sedan will be offered with Dynamic Light Assist (camera-based dynamic main beam regulation) and a navigation system that, if desired, can integrate online data from Google into the map display.

Updated 06/07/2010: Volkswagen today revealed new images of the new generation Phaeton. Check the gallery to see them all!

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Volkswagen E-Lavida

2010 Volkswagen E-Lavida

Volkswagen has decided that out of the many markets available, they would choose China as the place to, not only introduce their electric vehicle, but to launch an e-mobility program. Sounds like a good decision to us. China is so grossly overpopulated that, based off of a 2008 census, one out of every five people in the world lives in China. So, the decision of many to introduce hybrids and electric vehicles to China isn’t a big shocker. Volkswagen’s choice is the E-Lavida which made its debut at the Beijing Auto Show as one of the first previews for the future Volkswagen’s strategy for e-mobility on the Chinese market. The first electric models on the Chinese market will be revealed between 2013 and 2014.

"The Volkswagen Group has its global strategy for the development of e-Mobility launched in March this year and will soon begin mass production in the e-mobility," said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen AG, at the Auto Fair. "The heart of the brand will soon also beat electric. Our goal is market leadership in the e-Mobility 2018. China is the world’s most important market for the Volkswagen Group, and the success of e-mobility in China is crucial to the global implementation of e-mobility strategy."

The Volkswagen E-Lavida is based on a Golf MKIV platform and is powered by an electric motor and batteries, but there are no other details on it just yet.

"The e-mobility strategy for China is perfectly tailored to local needs. Volkswagen will provide its entire BlueMotion technology to the two Chinese joint ventures for local production. The Volkswagen Group China has a hundred percent committed to the aim of providing Chinese consumers with innovative, energy-saving and environmentally friendly technologies available to achieve sustainable development. We are confident that will develop the Volkswagen Group China through our commitment to the market leader for e-mobility technologies in China," said Winfried Vahland, CEO of Volkswagen Group China.

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2008 Volkswagen Bora

2008 Volkswagen Bora

Volkswagen is presenting the New Bora in a dual world premiere at Auto China 2008 in Beijing. The New Bora is to be recommended especially for families as a practical, high-end, versatile and dynamic companion for every day of the year.

The new models should contribute to further solidifying Volkswagen’s successful position as market leader in China. In 2007 the Volkswagen brand sold more than 780,000 vehicles – a new record. At the same time, this sales record validates the Volkswagen strategy of systematically bringing German knowhow into harmony with Chinese culture.

At its market introduction, FAW Volkswagen will be offering the New Bora with two modern Euro-4 gasoline engines. Both engines are distinguished by very refined performance and low fuel consumption. The four cylinder engines can be paired with a six-speed automatic (Tiptronic) as an option.

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2007 Volkswagen Bora HS

2007 Volkswagen Bora HS

In the classic and extremely successful mid-class the Volkswagen Group China is presenting the new Bora HS. Based on the popular sedan and most successful car in the world, the Golf, an especially dynamic hatchback version was created here, which among other things is impressive with its exceptionally good handling characteristics and practical rear hatch.

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2007 Volkswagen Magotan

2007 Volkswagen Magotan

In a world premire FAW-Volkswagen is presenting its new VW flagship: The Magotan. Specially adapted to the Chinese market is a successful model sold worldwide under the name Passat. Technically speaking, the new Magotan is a high-end German product. Safety, driving dynamics, engines, quality and ergonomics reflect a standard that is among the best in the world.

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2007 Volkswagen Neeza

2007 Volkswagen Neeza

Volkswagen has revealed the Neeza concept car at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition. The Neeza concept is a crossover between a sports coupé and an estate with an off-road appearance, and has been designed in China for China. The study combines Chinese and German design philosophies, signifying the future of new models from Shanghai Volkswagen. Produced with Chinese culture, tastes and requirements firmly in mind, it is a mix of traditional Chinese and modern European features.

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Volkswagen at Auto China 2006

Volkswagen at Auto China 2006

Volkswagen is today igniting a fireworks of superlative innovations at Auto China 2006: Three world and four China premieres will ensure that visitors to the motor show get a picture of the new Volkswagen models being offered in China in the coming years.
As an exhibition highlight and world premiere Volkswagen is showing the Neeza concept, a crossover of a coupé and a station wagon, self-confident and powerful, designed for China in China! In another world premiere Europe’s most successful (...)

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VW Neeza

VW Neeza

Neeza is the last concept car from Volkswagen.
This concept is full of Chinese characters. The inspiration is from a archaic Chinese myth.

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