Spy Photos Of The Volkswagen Lavida, VW's First "China Only" Car

Fans of the vee-dub in China have been chomping at the bit for their very own, super special people's wagon. And while the Volkswagen Lavida may be just a longer version of the Jetta/Bora, it gets a visual treatment more in-line with Chinese tastes. These photos from AutoHome show that this A-class luxury sedan will be ready to compete at the Beijing Motor Show with new cars such as the 2009 Buick Excelle, which moved further up-market this year.

The car will be produced as part of a partnership between Volkswagen and Shanghai Auto (SAIC). How much does a premium, stretched Jetta go for? Rumors say about $14,300 USD to start with. Not a bad deal. [AutoHome via The Tycho]