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Joint-venture of SAIC and Volkswagen
|Production||2008 - Present|
|Class||Small family car|
|Body style||4-door saloon/sedan|
|Platform||Volkswagen Group A4 (PQ34) platform|
|Wheelbase||2,610 mm (102.8 in)|
|Length||4,605 mm (181.3 in) (sedan)
4,454 mm (175.4 in) (estate)
|Width||1,743 mm (68.6 in)|
|Height||1,465 mm (57.7 in)|
|Related||VW Golf Mk4
VW Jetta/Bora Mk4
VW New Beetle
Audi A3 Mk1
Audi TT Mk1
SEAT León Mk1
SEAT Toledo Mk2
Škoda Octavia Mk1
The Volkswagen Lavida is a four-door compact sedan manufactured by Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive for the Chinese market. Originally launched at Auto China 2008 in Beijing, the Lavida is considered the first mass-produced Volkswagen compact car, which was mainly designed by its Chinese partner. In 2010, the car was the number one seller in China, with 251,615 vehicles delivered.
The model was significantly updated in 2012 with the launch of the "New Lavida" at the Beijing Auto Show and the additional Variant (estate) version expected to be launched at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.
Lavida first generation (2008-12) 
The first generation Lavida is based on the Volkswagen Group PQ34 platform (PQ34L) and competes with a similar Chinese Volkswagen produced by FAW-Volkswagen: the VW Jetta/Bora Mk4. At launch it was equipped with two engine options: 1.6L or 2.0L. The Lavida 1.4 TSI Sport was added to the range at Auto Shanghai 2009, which uses the same engine as the FAW-VW Sagitar TSI and equipped with either the 5-speed manual shift gearbox or the 7-speed direct shift dual-clutch gearbox.
Up to the replacement in April 2012, the Lavida sold more than 700,000 units.
The Lavida has three engine options: the 1.4L Turbo, 1.6L and 2.0L Petrol engine. The 1.6L engine also powers the Polo Mk4 sedan, the 2.0L engine powers the Volkswagen Passat. The 1.4TSI engine is shared with the Sagitar, Magotan, Golf Mk6 and Bora. The 2.0L was dropped in the 2012 facelift model.
The 1.4L can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 9.6 seconds and has a top speed of 190 km/h (118.1 mph). The 1.6L version has a top speed of 180 km/h (111.8 mph).
|name||engine type||displacement||max. power||max. torque||transmission|
|1.4TSI||I4 DOHC 16V||1390 cc||131 PS (96 kW; 129 hp)||220 N·m (160 lb·ft)||5-speed man/7-speed DSG|
|1.6||I4 DOHC 16V||1598 cc||105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp)||155 N·m (114 lb·ft)||5-speed manual/6-speed tiptronic|
|2.0||I4 SOHC 8V||1984 cc||120 PS (88 kW; 120 hp)||172 N·m (127 lb·ft)|
Lavida second generation (2012 - ) 
The range was significantly updated in 2012 with the launch of the "New Lavida" at the Beijing Auto Show. The 1.4 and 1.6 engines carry over and the 2.0 option is axed.
The new Lavida retains the 2610mm wheelbase, but is slightly lower, shorter and wider; 4605mm long, 1765mm wide, and 1460mm tall.
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