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2021 Volkswagen SMV

2021 Volkswagen SMV

The SMV concept goes into production as a midsize SUV, but only for the Chinese market

The 2021 Volkswagen SMV is a brand-new SUV that the German firm will unleash on the Chinese market sometime in 2020. Based on a concept vehicle unveiled at the 2019 Shanghai Auto Show, the SMV is slightly bigger than the Atlas, currently the company’s longest SUV.

Specifically, at 201 inches long the SMV is almost three inches longer than the Atlas, sold as the Teramont in China. The production model doesn’t have an official name yet, but it was spotted testing in cold weather in Sweden. But don’t get your hopes up, although Volkswagen is testing it in Europe, the SMV will be a China-only vehicle. Let’s find out more about it in the speculative review below.

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Volkswagen To Tackle Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road with I.D. R

Volkswagen To Tackle Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road with I.D. R

The Pikes Peak-winning electric marvel will soon face another challenge against virtual competitors

Volkswagen’s bespoke electric prototype racer that was the fastest at last year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event will most likely add another record to its cabinet. Romain Dumas will pilot it in September on the so-called "Road to Heaven" that features 99 bends along 6.83 miles of road, longer than the original Spa-Francorchamps road course.

This year, Volkswagen will finally introduce the first model from its much-advertised I.D. family of electric models that are supposed to make us all rethink our lives, ponder on existence as a whole and so on and so forth. To keep the ball rolling and the buzz going, Volkswagen is yet to park the glorious LMP-like I.D. R in a museum and, instead, it will take the 670 horsepower beast all the way to China to compete on a strip of road that’s not opened to the public.

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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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Volkswagen And JAC Sign MOU For Joint Collaboration Of EVs In China

Volkswagen And JAC Sign MOU For Joint Collaboration Of EVs In China

Landmark agreement could turn into a massive deal for both sides

In the midst of all the issues plaguing the company right now, the Volkswagen Group is still finding time to wheel and deal with new partners in an effort to further expand its business empire. The latest example of this comes as the German auto conglomerate has signed a memorandum of understanding with China’s Anhui Jianghuai Automobile, more commonly known as JAC in the auto industry, for a possible joint venture centered around developing electric vehicles for the Chinese market.

Specific details surrounding the partnership, including the investment size and business model of the possible joint venture, have yet to be revealed because no formal deals have been signed. The MOU, as it stands now, is also not legally binding until a final agreement is signed and approved by relevant bodies. According to Automotive News Europe, a formal agreement isn’t expected for another five months.

The German automaker did say in a press release that both parties intend to enter discussions on partnerships involving a variety of avenues, including research and development, manufacturing, sales, and zero-emission mobility services.

The two companies also plan to enter into a joint venture to develop, build, and sell electric vehicles in the Chinese market, a potentially lucrative arrangement for both Volkswagen and JAC given the growing popularity of electric vehicles in the market – sales of electric and plug-in hybrid models quadrupled in the country in 2015 and has no signs of slowing down – and the Chinese government openly embracing the models and pushing for consumers to buy them.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

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2017 Volkswagen Phideon

2017 Volkswagen Phideon

VW’s new Chinese sedan could preview the next-generation Phaeton

2015 was a year Volkswagen would rather delete from the collective memory using Agent K’s neuralyzer. The "Dieselgate" scandal caused sales to collapse, executives to resign, and spawned a massive investigation that could change the way production cars are tested before they hit dealerships. Moreover, it will cost the brand millions of dollars to handle all the recalls that resulted from the case and probably more to fix its public image. However, this didn’t stop Volkswagen from developing new models, one of which is the Phideon.

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show alongside the T-Cross Breeze Concept and the new Up!, the Phideon is a large sedan that will slot above the Passat in the company’s lineup. Interestingly enough, the Phideon is about the same size as the Phaeton, which suggests that the Germans have finally decided to offer a new flagship sedan. On the other hand, and this is somewhat strange considering the car made its debut in Geneva, the Phideon will be produced and sold in China, with no plans to offer it in Europe or North America.

As for the awkward name, Volkswagen says it is a made up name that stands for elegance and reliability, while symbolically evoking Fides, the Roman goddess of fidelity.

Is the Phideon a preview of the next-generation Phaeton that VW will sell in Europe and the U.S.? It’s very likely, but we won’t know for sure until Volkswagen spills the beans. Until that happens, let’s have a closer look at the brand’s new flagship sedan.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Phideon.

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China to develop a Volkswagen for the U.S.

China to develop a Volkswagen for the U.S.

Volkswagen may be betting the world’s largest car market and the world’s fastest growing market will like the same car. VW is having its Chinese subsidiary, Shanghai Volkswagen, develop a new mid-sized car for the U.S. and China. This new car should be about the size of a Camry, and will replace the China-only Volkswagen Passat Lingyu by 2010. Since the car will be Passat sized, it may also be a replacement for the Passat in the U.S.

The ‘New Midsize Sedan’ or NMS may be produced at the new Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee by 2011. The car’s body - including exterior and interior parts - will be developed by Shanghai Volkswagen.

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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 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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