The Terrifying VW Lamando Looks Just Like A Manga Monster

The new Golf-based sedan is headed to China with a children-eating smile.

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While the U.S. mostly gets rehashed versions of the iconic Volkswagen Golf design repackaged into same-looking vehicles of various sedan and crossover configurations, the automaker is putting out all-new designs for the Chinese market and they certainly look interesting.

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The new Chinese-market VW Lamando is in its second design generation, and to my eyes it looks like the automaker took inspiration from recent French cars and the terrifying apple-eating character from the Death Note manga. The overall look seems to, we’ll say “borrow” a lot, with the low, wide curved grille smile, curvy flared headlights and a rear taillight bar that looks nearly identical to the current Peugeot 508 sedan.

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The creepy smile the grille and headlights manifests also looks like the character of Ryuk from the Death Note manga. I can’t unsee it and I don’t know how VW would feel about the association. Ryuk does wreak havoc and chaos down on Earth for his own entertainment, but somehow I don’t think this entry-level Chinese-market sedan will have the same hunger for fun.

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The Lamando is based on the widely-shared Golf-focused MQB platform underpinning many Volkswagen family vehicles. So far, the car will only be available in front-wheel drive with a 1.4-liter engine paired with a 7-speed DSG transmission, putting out 148 horsepower. It’ll go on sale in China and other regional markets like the Philippines, as CarScoops reports.

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While I’m terrified of staring the Lamando straight in its face, I have to admit it looks much cleaner and is certainly a more-interesting car design compared to the current U.S. market VW Jetta, which looks like it was designed by a computer with the headlight variable too large and propped up on stilts.

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We may not get the Lamando in the U.S., but I always love to see how automakers tailor to the Chinese market in different ways than they often tailor to us, though the gap has been rapidly closing to a fairly cohesive consumer singularity across both countries and cultures for decades. I’m mostly just curious if some of the panels would work on any cars over here.

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DISCUSSION

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hoser68

Just the name of the car implies the seats suck.

“Ow! My Lamando!”