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FAW-Volkswagen launches Bora HS

HANGZHOU, Zhejiang — FAW-Volkswagen launched its new Chinese-market Bora HS (Hatchback Sports) simultaneously in Hangzhou, Nanjing, Wuhan, Chengdu and Zhengzhou on December 16.
The model had debuted at Auto China 2006 in Beijing last November.
Targeted at the Nissan Tiida, Buick Excelle HRV and Ford Focus hatchbacks, the new Bora HS retails from ¥112,500 to ¥142,800 ($14,062-17,850).

The model is powered by the Volkswage’s 1.6L SMFi engine and has manual and automatic transmission versions. The model is 29 mm longer and 7 mm wider than the Golf, which is also made by FAW-Volkswagen. The new car will be available in 1.6L and 1.8L forms and has a maximum power of 74-92 kW at 6,000 rpm and a peak torque of 145-170 Nm at 3,800 rpm. The Bora HS nose uses Volkswage’s new U-shaped radiator and lower grille styling and comes equipped with twin airbags.
 
    Comparison between Bora HS and Golf in specifications
                              Golf 1.6L                   Bora HS 1.6L
Length (mm)           4,149                         4,178
Width (mm)             1,735                         1,742
Height (mm)            1,444                         1,444
Wheelbase (mm)      2,511                         2,511
Curb weight (kg)     1,270                         1,270
Engine                     L4                               L4
Displacement (L)      1.595                         1.595
Power (kW/rpm)      74/6,000                    74/6,000
Price (¥)                   120,800-146,800       112,500-132,500
 
At the launch ceremony, FAW-Volkswagen also celebrated the Bora’s fifth anniversary on the Chinese market: since its launch in China in 2001, the Bora has sold around 300,000 units.
 
    Comparison between Bora HS and competitors in specifications
                          Bora HS 1.6L            Excelle HRV                 Tiida
LxWxH (mm)      4,178×1,742×1,444  4,308×1,725×1,453    4,205×1,695×1,540      
Wheelbase (mm)  2,511                         2,600                            2,600
Curb weight (kg)  1,270                         1,255                            1,119
Engine                 L4 SMFi                     L4 Twin-Tec                  HR16DE
Displacement (L)   1.595                         1.598                            1.598
Power (kW/rpm)   74/6,000                     78/6,000                        80/6,000
Torque (Nm/rpm) 145/3,800                   142/4,000                      153/4,400
Price (¥)               112,500-132,500         109,800-129,800            119,800-159,800
 
The new model has been introduced to capitalize on the growing popularity of the hatchback, or ‘two-box’ bodystyle, a relatively recent phenomenon in China. FAW-Volkswagen reports great consumer interest in the new model and will launch it nationwide early next year.

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