This is a 30 year old car – Besturn B30 at the Shanghai Auto Show

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Besturn B30 300x199 This is a 30 year old car   Besturn B30 at the Shanghai Auto ShowThe Shanghai Auto Show is home to quiet a few different oddities and surprises, think of it as a modern day automotive freak show if such a thing were to exist. Look at the car to the left of this text, that car is the Besturn B30, and its riding on the mk2 Jetta platform, a platform that first went into production in the West in 1983, production of this platform started in China in 1991 so to Chinese consumers its old – but not that old. It’s amazing what a talented designer can do with an old platform and a strong imagination, the B30 is a fantastic looking futuristic machine that really does not show the age of its underpinnings.

When the car finally launches in China it will be an economy model aimed at low income and rural buyers, if the end product looks anything like the concept, then the Baojun 630 might have some competition also.

Picture by Mark Andrews

About the author  ⁄ FrankF

Frank entered the automotive industry via his father's instructions. He grew up with cars around him, especially as his father was a major auto restorer, Frank's childhood was spent passing beers, tools and coffee to his father whilst he explained the ins and outs of engines. Frank now works in the Chinese car industry at a specific manufacturer.


  • Gong
    April 27, 2011

    I dont think this is a prototype of B30. It may be only a concept car for show

  • April 28, 2011

    I agree. If the B30 looks anything like this it would have no relationship to the rest of the range which so far have all looked pretty bland oops I meant similar.

  • dragin
    April 29, 2011

    The coupe-like appearance is deceiving on this 4 door sedan. Hearsay has it going on sale in the 4th quarter but I would be surprised at that.

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