Volkswagen’s Chinese partner FAW Group is expected to put the VW Passat CC into production in China early next year, China Car Times said last week.
The Passat CC is likely to have its name changed to Magotan CC for the Chinese market and may be equipped with the locally built 1.8TSI or 2.0TSI engine which is shared by the regular Magotan sedan line-up.
The Passat CC is currently sold in China for just over 500,000 yuan ($73,200) with a 3.6l AWD setup, and the future Chinese built one is likely to be FWD and with only the 4 cylinder engines available, China Car Times said.
Volkswagen’s Chinese line-up has varying generations of cars sold side by side, yet they still manage to sell well despite the overlap.
While the Passat B5 (and 5.5) may have died in overseas markets by 2005, sales continued in China with various facial updates for several years. The Passat Mk6 is built and marketed as the Magotan by FAW-VW, and the new Passat is sold by another Chinese venture Shanghai-VW.
The Passat R36 is also sold in China, via the VW import dealership networks alongside the Toureg, Scirocco, and Multivan.
By George Gao From:Gasgoo.comOctober 12, 2009