Lavida (VW)

Apr 01, 2019

On March 25, VW debuted three EVs developed for the Chinese market—the EV version of SAIC VW’s Lavida sedan, EV version of FAW VW’s Golf, and EV version of FAW VW’s Bora. The EVs underpinned on VW’s MQB platform will be launched in China in mid-2019. The automaker also debuted the ID.BUZZ EV concept and VW’s ID.R race car.
The EV version of the Lavida is equipped with a motor that has an output of 100 kw, integrating a single-speed transmission and a differential.
The EV version of the Bora is powered by a motor that has an output of 100 kW mated to an integrated differential single-speed transmission and a 37.2 kWh battery pack (consists of 16 modules/192 batteries).
The EV version of the Golf is powered by a motor that has an output of 100 kW and an instant torque of 290 Nm. Production of the vehicle will start soon at FAW VW’s Foshan Plant.
The debut of those EVs marks the second stage of VW’s NEV strategy targeting China. For the first stage, VW introduced the Tayron GTE Concept, Magotan GTE Concept, and next-generation Touareg PHV, which will all be launched within the next 12 months. The number of PHVs launched by VW will double for the next year.
In 2020, VW will introduce its fourth EV, so it will have about 10 NEV models in China as of 2020. It aims to achieve sales of 300,000 NEVs that are produced in China. The third stage of the company’s NEV strategy will start from 2020 or 2021, during which VW will introduce a number of EVs underpinned by the newly designed MEB (modular electric toolkit) platform.
From a VW China press release

Mar 05, 2019

Volkswagen Philippines, distributed its sales performance in 2018, which 1,363 units was recorded. Though the number is significantly lower than the company’s expectation, its 2018 sales showed 7% increase compared to 2017.
Coinciding with an expected recovery in overall vehicle sales, Volkswagen Philippines expects to see 50% sales growth in 2019, driven primarily by two things. Firstly, Volkswagen’s local distributor, AC Industrial’s decision to synergize their overall product strategy alongside the newly-acquired Kia, which will enable Ayala to flex their corporate muscle and give them the leverage to complete in several market segments without any danger of overlapping.
Secondly, Volkswagen Philippines’s announcement of 2 new models that will arrive in the country, which will effectively increase their product offering from the current 7 to 9 models by the end of 2019. The most obvious source would be the German automaker’s China joint-venture with SAIC where the Santana, Lavida, Lamando, and Tiguan are currently sourced.
(From an article of CarGuide.PH on March 2, 2019)

Jan 16, 2019

On January 2, SAIC VW announced that it sold 2,065,077 vehicles in 2018 (1,713,000 units are of the VW brand and 352,000 units are of the Skoda brand for a 5.7% y/y increase.)
The Lavida Family sold 503,825 units in 2018. Sales of the next-generation Lavida totaled 166,217 units since its launch in May. In 2018, the Lamando brand reached sales of 134,746 units and the Passat brand reached sales of 179,028 units for a 12.2% y/y increase. In the same year, the Phideon flagship vehicle reached sales of 24,471 units for an 80.5% y/y increase. Skoda’s Superb sold 42,234 units in 2018.
541,981 SUV units were sold in 2018 for a 16.1% y/y increase. For the VW brand, 303,374 units of the Tiguan Family were sold. 86,182 units of the Teramont flagship SUV were sold for a 13.3% y/y increase. The Tharu launched in October reached total sales of 24,873 units. For the same year, Skoda’s SUV family reached sales of 127,552 units, a 189.5% y/y increase.
The automaker will launch a number of models in 2019 including the T-Cross SUV, next-generation Polo, next-generation Lavida (EV version), new Superb, and Kamiq GT.
From SAIC VW press release

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