Volkswagen Lavida

Volkswagen Lavida
Shanghai Volkswagen,
Joint-venture of SAIC and Volkswagen
Anting, China
Body and chassis
Subcompact car
Body style
4-door saloon/sedan
5-door estate/hatchback
Front engine,
front-wheel drive
Volkswagen Group A4 (PQ34) platform
Audi A3 Mk1
Audi TT Mk1
SEAT León Mk1
SEAT Toledo Mk2
Petrol engines:
1.4TSI 131 PS (96 kW; 129 hp) I4 DOHC 16V
1.6L 105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp) I4 16V
2.0L 120 PS (88 kW; 120 hp) I4
5-speed manual
6-speed Tiptronic
7-speed DSG
2,610 mm (102.8 in)
4,605 mm (181.3 in) (Lavida)
4,454 mm (175.4 in) (Gran Lavida)
1,743 mm (68.6 in) (Lavida)
1,765 mm (69.5 in) (Gran Lavida)
1,465 mm (57.7 in) (Lavida)
1,460 mm (57.5 in) (Gran Lavida)
The Volkswagen Lavida is a four-door compact sedan manufactured by Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive for the Chinese market. Originally launched atAuto 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 (2008-2012)

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).
Engine type
Max. power
Max. torque
1.4 TSI
1390 cc
131 PS (96 kW; 129 hp)
220 Nm (160 lbft)
5-speed man/7-speed DSG
1598 cc
105 PS (77 kW; 104 hp)
155 Nm (114 lbft)
5-speed manual/6-speed tiptronic
1984 cc
120 PS (88 kW; 120 hp)
172 Nm (127 lbft)


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

Lavida second generation (2012-present)

Volkswagen Lavida 2012 model
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. 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 a hatchback variant.

Gran Lavida (2013-present)

The Volkswagen Gran Lavida
The Volkswagen Gran Lavida is a compact station wagon produced by Shanghai Volkswagen in its Anting plant. It was launched in May 2013 and replaced the Lavida Sport sedan. The nationwide launch will be carried out towards the end of July.
In summer 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 grill and bumpers using the typical Audi A3-like headlamps. The taillights were resembled that from the Škoda Octavia II Combi.
The fully developed Volkswagen Gran Lavida was presented in April 2013 at the Shanghai Auto Show. Now it was using the front and rear bumper of the new Volkswagen Lavida. The taillights come this time similarly from the Audi A3 Convertible. Until the start of series production, the exterior of the new Lavida were adapted. Only the tail lights will be different from the Lavida saloon.
According to initial information, Volkswagen will use a 1.4-liter engine as standard, followed by a 1.8-liter engine and a 2-liter as the top engine.

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Last updated on 28 March 2014 at 23:07.

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