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2013 Volkswagen Bora launched in China

 2013 Volkswagen Bora launched in China
2013 Volkswagen Bora

Based on the PQ34 platform

Volkswagen has launched in China the 2013 Bora based on the group's PQ34 platform.

The Bora name is still going strong in China where the new model year borrows some of its styling cues from the U.S.-spec Jetta with those angular headlights and chrome inserts.

Power comes from a 1.4-liter TSI gasoline engine producing 122 hp (91 kW) and fitted with the BlueMotion technology that includes stop/start and brake energy recuperation. Those ponies are sent to the front wheels via a standard six-speed manual gearbox or an optional DSG dual clutch transmission.

Inside the cabin there are several wooden and chrome details, along with navigation system and automatic climate control.

Source: autoforum.cz

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Karl+WCF
VW is like P&G...making different products to insert in to different tight empty market space.. quite annoying..
Nov 23, 2012 5:40 am
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pzxpjy
@adrian.padeanu, I have found you some pics of the rear axles on the Bora and Lavida. FAW-VW and Shanghai VW has never indicated which platform they use to underpin these two models. However, many Chinese auto journalist reported PQ34 after a careful inspection on the chasssis. Moreover, before their original launch in 2008, there are some rumors shown that VW is using PQ34 to save cost, in order to build a pair of sub-jetta family sedans for Chinese market.
Nov 23, 2012 1:28 am
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adrian.padeanu
OK man, I believe you. It's not that important anyway. :)
Nov 23, 2012 1:36 am
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pzxpjy
Ok, sorry for my rudeness. I enjoy the discussion with you. :)
Nov 23, 2012 1:39 am
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adrian.padeanu
You weren't rude. We both came with arguments. Have a good day.
Nov 23, 2012 1:43 am
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pzxpjy
Wish you the same :)
Nov 23, 2012 2:31 am
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mongo
That's why Chinese are so successful these days. They are persistent!
Nov 23, 2012 2:00 pm
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LeoSilvestri
This is the ugliest piece of conservative rubbish I have ever seen! This looks like a 3yo's scribled crayon drawings that they've actually put into production! BAHH!
Nov 23, 2012 12:09 am
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Cohiba-lover06
Never let a good platform go to waste. The dimensions resemble that of the new Skoda Octavia as well.
Nov 22, 2012 5:15 pm
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pzxpjy
More tips for you: the Chinese-spec new Bora (codename Model X) shares its platform with the VW Lavida (codenamed Model Y) in China. By using a modified PQ34 platform, these two models could slot between the Polo and the Sagitar, namely the Jetta 5th gen & 6th gen in China. And both of them enjoy a huge success. They are among the top selling cars in China.
Nov 22, 2012 2:29 pm
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adrian.padeanu
Here is an official document: http://www.faw.com/faw_online/news/dzjy_jybj/jyzb/20050322142100030.htm "The newly established 25 year joint venture, with Volkswagen AG hold a 60% share and FAW Group 40%, will produce running gear components including front and rear axles related to Volkswagen's new PQ35"
Nov 22, 2012 4:04 pm
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pzxpjy
Sorry, that does not necessarily mean the Chinese-spec Bora is based on the PQ35. Currently many PQ35-based models are in production here in China. Including FAW-Audi Q3, FAW-VW Golf 6th-gen, FAW-VW Sagitar (Jetta 5th-gen & 6th gen) , and Shanghai-VW Tiguan, Shanghai-VW Touran. Actually, my family owns a 2006 VW Sagitar (Jetta 5th-gen), which is definitely based on PQ35 platform. However, the PQ34 platform did not retire, believe it or not, even the PQ32 platform (VW Jetta MK2) is still in production in China.
Nov 23, 2012 12:35 am
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pzxpjy
For the limit of word numbers on WCF, I could not provide you more stories in this thread. Please scroll down to see my additional comments.
Nov 23, 2012 12:35 am
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pzxpjy
Nov 23, 2012 1:23 am
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pzxpjy
Hey WCF, I am a reader from China. As far as I know, this car is essentially a facelifted 4th gen VW Bora, built from a stretched PQ34 platform, not the PQ35 that you mentioned in your article. I know this car well and I've also driven it, so trust me.
Nov 22, 2012 2:13 pm
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adrian.padeanu
From our knowledge, is based on the fifth-gen Jetta so riding on the PQ35 platform. http://es.autoblog.com/2012/11/21/nuevo-faw-volkswagen-bora-2013-diferente-estilo-para-un-clasico/ es.autoblog.com says the same. It is a facelift of the 2008 Bora which is based on the fifth-gen Jetta http://www.worldcarfans.com/10804211505/vw-bora-debuts-for-chinese-market-in-beijing In the article you will find that it's specified that's based on the fifth-gen Jetta (PQ35). http://www.motortrend.com/auto_shows/112_0804_2008_beijing_auto_show_roundup/viewall.html MotorTrend says the same: PQ35
Nov 22, 2012 3:03 pm
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mongo
pzxpjy is right!
Nov 22, 2012 3:44 pm
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pzxpjy
Here is the pics of the rear axle on Chinese Bora, which is obviously the torsion beam suspension that utilized on Golf IV, not the independent multi-link suspension from the Golf V http://news.52che.com/list/sdcp/2010-07-29/1003893-4.html http://www.huizhou.cn/auto/dbcs/200901/t20090108_196799_1.htm
Nov 23, 2012 12:51 am
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pzxpjy
Wikipedia also stated that VW Lavida, which is the twin of Chinese Bora,is PQ34
Nov 23, 2012 12:54 am
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pzxpjy
Here is more pics of Bora's rear axle, the typical torsion beam suspension http://www.huizhou.cn/auto/dbcs/200901/t20090108_196799_1.htm
Nov 23, 2012 12:56 am
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pzxpjy
More pics on rear axle http://www.huizhou.cn/auto/dbcs/200901/t20090108_196799_1.htm
Nov 23, 2012 1:10 am
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adicretu
the back looks like citroen c5
Nov 22, 2012 1:41 pm
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http://content.worldcarfans.co/templates/0/18