The joint venture of First Auto Works (FAW) and Volkswagen was exposed road-testing a stripped-down version of its Jetta compact (a derivative of the PQ25 platform and not the sixth-gen "Jetta" based on the PQ35), which would lower the starting price of the popular sedan to around 70,000 Yuan (US$11,400).
FAW-VW Jetta, an all-time best-seller in China, got its first re-design in more than two decades for the 2013 release. The upgrading, while well-received, created a problem by raising the car’s price range by about 20,000 Yuan. Many looking for a cheap ride have turned to native brands.
Spy shots suggest the upcoming entry model of Jetta does away with front fog lamps, chrome grille, and alloy wheels–among other things. Inside, we were told, the passengers have to crank down the windows manually and try to enjoy music coming from only two speakers. As expected, the bare-bones version will get the 66kW 1.4 liter, paired to a 5MT.
In the market of low-cost models dominated by native players, Volkswagen prepares to launch several assaults. With SAIC, it is working on a deprived Santana and recently brought back the retired, 2012 Lavida (selling it on the new car market as "Classical Lavida"). FAW-VW also plans to re-enlist an old Bora.