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Volkswagen Lavida
Volkswagen Lavida III 001.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Volkswagen
Production 2008–present
Assembly Anting, China
Body and chassis
Class Small family car (C)
Layout FF layout

The Volkswagen Lavida is a four door compact sedan manufactured by the German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen. Originally launched at Auto China 2008 in Beijing, the Lavida is considered the first mass-produced Volkswagen small family car to be mainly designed by its Chinese partner. In 2010, the car was the number one seller in China, with 251,615 vehicles delivered.[1]

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 was expected to be launched at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.[2]

First generation (2008–2012)[edit]

First generation
Volkswagen Lavida China 2012-07-15.JPG
Overview
Production 2008–2012
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
Platform Volkswagen Group A4 (PQ34) platform
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
Powertrain
Engine Petrol engines:
1.4 L TSI 131 PS (96 kW; 129 hp) I4
1.6 L EA113 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) I4
2.0 L EA113 120 PS (88 kW; 120 hp) I4
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed Tiptronic
7-speed DSG
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,610 mm (102.8 in)
Length 4,605 mm (181.3 in)
Width 1,743 mm (68.6 in)
Height 1,465 mm (57.7 in)

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. A common design is that the Lavida is a notchback, but it almost resembled a two box fastback, similar to the Lexus LS.

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 five speed manual shift gearbox or the seven speed direct shift dual clutch gearbox.

Up to the replacement in April 2012, the Lavida sold more than 700,000 units.[3]

In July 2015, Volkswagen launched a 'New Lavida' with a redesigned exterior, but more notchback than the first generation Lavida resembling a fastback.[4]

Engines[edit]

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 1.4 TSI engine is shared with the Sagitar, Magotan, Golf Mk6 and Bora. The 2.0L was dropped in the facelift model of 2012.

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).[5]

name engine type displacement max. power max. torque transmission
1.4TSI I4 DOHC 16V turbo 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) 5-speed manual/6-speed tiptronic

E-Lavida[edit]

In 2010, Shanghai Volkswagen unveiled an E-Lavida concept car at Auto China 2010, though no details of production have been forthcoming.[6]

Gallery[edit]

2009 Volkswagen Lavida (China)
2009 Volkswagen Lavida rear (China)

Second generation (2012–2017)[edit]

Second generation
Volkswagen Lavida II 2 China 2016-04-01.jpg
Overview
Production 2012–2018
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
5 door station wagon
Platform Volkswagen Group A4 (PQ34) platform
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
Powertrain
Engine Petrol engines:
1.4 L TSI 131 PS (96 kW; 129 hp) I4
1.6 L EA211 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) I4
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed Tiptronic
7-speed DSG
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,610 mm (102.8 in)
Length 4,605 mm (181.3 in) (Lavida)
4,454 mm (175.4 in) (Gran Lavida)
4,467 mm (175.9 in) (Cross Lavida)
Width 1,765 mm (69.5 in)
Height 1,460 mm (57.5 in)
1,490 mm (58.7 in)

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 was axed. The new Lavida is more notchback than the first generation, that almost resembled a two box fastback.

The new Lavida retains the 2610mm wheelbase, but is slightly lower, shorter and wider; 4605mm long, 1765mm wide, and 1460mm tall. It is built on the platform of the first generation Škoda Octavia and has an extended wheelbase. There is a new model, called the "Lavida Lang Xing", which is the hatchback variant of the New Lavida.[7]

Gran Lavida (2013–2017)[edit]

The Volkswagen Gran Lavida is a compact estate produced by Shanghai Volkswagen in its Anting plant. It was launched in May 2013, and replaced the Lavida Sport saloon. The nationwide launch will be carried out towards the end of July.

In the summer of 2012, the Audi A3 Sportback 8P was used as base for the technical development of a new model. In November, the first test vehicles were seen on Chinese roads. The cars were named Škoda Sportback and had a typical Škoda grille and bumpers using the typical Audi A3 like headlamps. The taillights were resembled that from the Škoda Octavia II Combi.[8]

The fully developed Volkswagen Gran Lavida was presented in April 2013 at the Shanghai Auto Show.[9] Now it was using the front and rear bumpers of the new Volkswagen Lavida. The taillights come this time similarly from the Audi A3 convertible.[10] Until the start of series production, the exterior of the new Lavida were adapted. Only the tail lights are be different from the Lavida saloon.

According to initial information, Volkswagen will use a 1.4 litre engine as standard, followed by a 1.8 litre engine and a two litre as the top engine. A cross themed variant of the Gran Lavida called the Cross Lavida commenced production in November 2013.

Gallery[edit]

Volkswagen Lavida II sedan front
Volkswagen Lavida II sedan rear
Volkswagen Gran Lavida front
Volkswagen Gran Lavida rear
Volkswagen Lavida Cross

Third generation (2018-present)[edit]

Third generation
2018 Volkswagen Lavida.jpg
Overview
Production 2018–present
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
5-door station wagon
Platform Volkswagen Group MQB platform
Related Volkswagen Bora IV
Powertrain
Engine Petrol engines:
1.4 L TSI 131 PS (96 kW; 129 hp) I4
1.5 L 118 PS (87 kW; 116 hp) I4
1.6 L EA211 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) I4
Transmission 5-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,688 mm (105.8 in)
Length 4,670 mm (183.9 in)
Width 1,806 mm (71.1 in)
Height 1,474 mm (58.0 in)
Volkswagen Lavida III rear
Volkswagen Gran Lavida 2018 front
Volkswagen Gran Lavida 2018 rear

The third generation Lavida was launched at Auto China 2018 in Beijing and is based on the Volkswagen Group MQB platform.

At launch, it was equipped with two engine options: 1.5L or 1.4T turbo petrol. It also received a similar exterior design to the VW Arteon and a extended 78mm wheelbase from the previous generation.[11]

In May 2018, the Lavida - along with the Tiguan, Santana, and Lamando - was launched in the Philippines as part of the new ASEAN-China Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA).[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What Makes Shanghai-VW Lavida the Most Popular Car in China?". China Auto Web. 12 March 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Volkswagen Lavida Variant teased for Shanghai". InAutoNews. Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Volkswagen Launches China-Only New Lavida [Beijing Auto Show]". Car and Driver. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  4. ^ "First Images of the Volkswagen New Lavida for China". Retrieved 22 August 2015.
  5. ^ "All-new Volkswagen Lavida". China Daily. 27 August 2012. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Volkswagen debuts E-Lavida in China". Autoblog Green. 3 May 2010. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  7. ^ http://www.chinacartimes.com/2013/03/13/lavida-hatchback-gains-chinese-name-ready-for-shanghai-auto-show/
  8. ^ http://chinaautoweb.com/2012/11/spy-shots-of-vw-lavida-sportback-disguised-as-a-skoda/
  9. ^ http://indianautosblog.com/2013/04/vw-gran-lavida-auto-shanghai-2013-72327
  10. ^ http://www.carsvw.com/2013/04/surprise-at-the-shanghai-auto-show-the-volkswagen-sportback/
  11. ^ "【图】采用MQB平台 全新大众朗逸Plus正式亮相_汽车之家". www.autohome.com.cn. Retrieved 25 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Volkswagen PH launches 5 new models in the local market". Philkotse.com. 21 May 2018. Retrieved 23 September 2018.

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