What is this mystery new vehicle outside of Shanghai-VW’s Headquarters? From the looks of the vehicle it seems to be a sixth generation Golf from the front and a Skoda Octavia at the rear, complete with the hatchback Skoda look and possibly a crossover styling (note the black plastic rear arches). Shanghai-VW are developing an entirely new vehicle which…

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The arrival of Skoda’s Yeti has been much awaited, the car strangely came first as an expensive import and then was available as a domestically made product with an updated face just over two months later. The imported version was priced high at circa 300,000RMB but the domestically made one will see the price drop to around 180,000RMB for the base…

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Both Shanghai VW and Shanghai GM were both implicated in Chinese language media for illegal acquisition of government funds which were intended for subsidies of approved energy efficient vehicles. Statements from the National Audit Office, which appeared in the China Business News and on Auto.163.com claimed that Shanghai VW dealers had applied for…

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Volkswagen is to invest 12 billion yuan (1.95 billion USD) to build a new plant in Changsha, Central China, along with its partner Shanghai Auto Industry Corp. The scope and size of the new facility was confirmed today during the official signing of the new facility, Volkswagen senior executives, Hunan Provincial and Changsha city officials were present…

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It seems that when joint venture companies are left to their own devices to design, develop and produce cars for the Chinese market sales volume is sure to be had with a product that is able to capture the admiration and wallet of the local populace. See the VW Lavida for such an example, Wolfsburg apparently provided a platform and power train and…

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