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.