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Volkswagen Bora (China)

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Volkswagen Bora
2019 FAW-Volkswagen Bora.jpg
Body and chassis
ClassCompact car (C)
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PredecessorVolkswagen Citi Golf

The Volkswagen Bora for the Chinese market is a compact car manufactured and marketed by FAW-Volkswagen since 2001. Originally started as the fourth generation Volkswagen Jetta in North America and the Volkswagen Bora in other parts of the world, it went through a few heavy facelifts, and production carried on with new updates long after the international Volkswagen Bora was out of production.

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First generation (1J; 2001)

First generation
Volkswagen Bora CN Xiamen 01 2022-06-04.jpg
Also calledVolkswagen Jetta
Volkswagen City Jetta (Canada)
Volkswagen Clásico (Mexico)
Volkswagen Bora Classic (2006–2008)
AssemblyChina: Changchun (FAW-VW)
Body and chassis
Body style4-door notchback sedan / saloon
5-door hatchback
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive
PlatformVolkswagen Group A4 (PQ34) platform
RelatedVolkswagen Golf Mk4
Audi A3 Mk1
SEAT León Mk1
SEAT Toledo Mk2
Škoda Octavia Mk1
Engine1.6 L EA113 I4 (petrol)
1.8 L EA113 I4 (petrol)
1.8 L EA113 I4 (turbo petrol)
1.9 L TDI I4
Transmission5-speed manual (02J)
4-speed automatic (01M)
Wheelbase2,511 mm (98.9 in)
2,513 mm (98.9 in)
Length2001–2005 sedan: 4,376 mm (172.3 in)
2006 sedan:4,383 mm (172.6 in)
Bora HS: 4,178 mm (164.5 in)
Width1,735 mm (68.3 in)
Bora HS:1,742 mm (68.6 in)
Height1,446 mm (56.9 in)
Bora HS:1,444 mm (56.9 in)

The original Volkswagen Bora started out as a rebadged MK4 Jetta. There is also a heavily modified Jetta called the Volkswagen Lavida for the Chinese market, developed by Shanghai Volkswagen on the same platform.

2006 facelift

The Bora in China received a facelift in the summer of 2006, with a Passat Mk5.5 lookalike face which is a rebadged City Jetta. The model available in Mexico, Canada, Brazil and Argentina from 2008 was likewise facelifted with the same design found in China.

Bora HS

A hatchback version (i.e. the Golf) is also available after the facelift, and is badged as the Bora HS.[1] Production began in 2006 and ended in 2008.

Second generation (2008)

Second generation
2010 FAW-Volkswagen Bora (pre-facelift, front).jpg
Model years2008–2015
AssemblyChina: Changchun
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
PlatformVolkswagen Group A4 (PQ34) platform
RelatedVolkswagen Golf Mk4
Volkswagen Lavida
Engine1.4 L EA111 I4 (turbo petrol)
1.6 L EA111 I4 (petrol)
2.0 L EA113 I4 (petrol)
Transmission5-speed manual
6-speed manual (02M)
7-speed DCT
Wheelbase2,610 mm (102.8 in)
Length4,523 mm (178.1 in)
Width1,775 mm (69.9 in)
Height1,476 mm (58.1 in)

The Bora received a complete makeover in 2008, being marketed as the New Bora, and from 2010, only as the Bora. This new model was developed by FAW-Volkswagen and is still being based on same platform as Golf IV, but using some components from the newer PQ35 platform. Engine options for the second generation Bora are a 131hp 1.4 liter TSI engine,a 120hp 2.0 liter engine and a 100/104hp 1.6 liter engine.

2013 facelift

The Bora had a major facelift in December 2012, and a sportier and more premium trim level was created called the Volkswagen Bora Sportline.[2]

Third generation (2016)

Third generation
Volkswagen Bora CN III China 2016-04-13.jpg
Also calledVolkswagen Bora Classic (2018–present)
Model years2016–present
AssemblyChina: Changchun
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
5-door wagon
PlatformVolkswagen Group A4 (PQ34) platform
RelatedVolkswagen Golf Mk4
Volkswagen Lavida
Engine1.4 L EA211 I4 (petrol)
1.5 L EA211 I4 (petrol)
1.6 L EA211 I4 (petrol)
Transmission5-speed manual
6-speed manual (02M)
7-speed DSG
Wheelbase2,614 mm (102.9 in)
Length4,562 mm (179.6 in)
Width1,793 mm (70.6 in)
Height1,468 mm (57.8 in)

In March 2016 the model received another complete makeover featuring a completely redesigned exterior while continuing the platform, the engines, and the interior of the previous generation.

Two engines are available, both are updated units from the previous Bora models, with a 1.6 liter engine with 110hp and 155nm, and a 1.4 liter turbo engine with 131hp and 225nm. The 1.6 liter engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic transmission, and the 1.4 liter turbo engine is mated to a seven-speed DCT.[3]

This generation is still available as of May 2019 as the Bora Classic with three trim levels and pricing is between 106,800 and 116,800 yuan (15,440 to 16,890 USD).[4]

Volkswagen C-Trek

The FAW-Volkswagen later launched a lifted wagon version of the updated Bora called the Volkswagen C-Trek.

Fourth generation (2018)

Fourth generation
Volkswagen Bora CN IV 01 China 2019-03-28.jpg
AssemblyChina: Qingdao
Body and chassis
Body style4-door sedan
PlatformVolkswagen Group MQB platform
RelatedVolkswagen Lavida Plus
Engine1.4 L EA211 I4 (petrol)
1.5 L EA211 I4 (petrol)
Transmission6-speed manual (02M)
7-speed DSG
Electric range270 km (170 mi)
Wheelbase2,688 mm (105.8 in)
Length4,663 mm (183.6 in)
Width1,815 mm (71.5 in)
Height1,473 mm (58.0 in)
Kerb weight1,560 kg (3,440 lb) (e-Bora)[5]
2018 Volkswagen Bora rear
2018 Volkswagen Bora rear
Volkswagen e-Bora
Volkswagen e-Bora

In April 2018, FAW-Volkswagen revealed a new Volkswagen Bora sedan based on the MQB platform. The new model is similarly sized compared with the just revealed Volkswagen Lavida Plus which also stands on the MQB platform. The new Volkswagen Bora is available in the Chinese car market in September 2018 with prices starting from around 115,000 yuan.[6]


  1. ^ "Volkswagen FAW Bora HS 1.6 Chinese Version". Retrieved 22 April 2007.
  2. ^ "Facelifted Volkswagen Bora hits the China auto market -". 14 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Facelifted Volkswagen Bora hits the Chinese car market -". 22 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Volkswagen Bora Classic".
  5. ^ "Volkswagen e-Bora: Everyday EV". Jordan Times. 21 March 2022.
  6. ^ Ning, W. E. (16 April 2018). "First Photos Of The All New Volkswagen Bora For China".

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