Beijing 2008 Live: SAIC-VW Lavida
SAIC-VW joint venture has unveiled its first all-new vehicle the Lavida already reported by Petrol-Head.
At first glance, the Lavida is a well designed car although it won’t win any awards. Despite sharing its platform with VW model, the link with the German carmaker is hard to spot except with the front fascia. At 4,608 mm long, 1,743 mm wide and 1,465 mm high, the Lavida is a four-door saloon with similar dimensions to that of the Peugeot 407.
The interior is a bit better than the exterior styling thanks to a dashboard which combines wooden panels and Volkswagen wheels and buttons. However the overall shape takes its styling cues from the Ford Focus. With a 2,610 mm wheelbase the Lavida should be roomy enough for four people.
When the Lavida goes on sale in China this summer it will be powered by two four-cylinder engines that can be combined with a manual or a six-speed Tiptronic. The entry level will be powered by 1.6-litre while the topping engine will be a 2.0-litre. VW Shanghai’s saloon will be available in three trims, "Trendline", "Comfortline" and "Highline".
The base vehicle will be equipped with standard ABS, driver and front passenger airbags, climate control, MP3-capable CD-Radio, power windows and anti-theft warning system. The more luxurious versions "Comfortline" and "Highline" also get 16in alloy wheels, a chrome package, sliding sunroof, leather seats, side and head airbags, cruise control, parking sensors, automatic climate control system and CD changer.
Posted by: Automobile | Apr 25, 2008 8:31:51 AM
I think that SAIC-VW has released a beautiful car with this Lavida...