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On the world premiere of the Magotan: The sedan specially tailored to the Chinese market is a popular car known around the world as the Passat. Technically, the new Magotan is considered a German high-end product. Safety, driving dynamics, engines, quality and ergonomics reflect a standard that is among the best in the world.

It was taken into consideration during the design of the model in Germany that in terms of both design and features this sedan meet every demand of the Chinese market and satisfy the tastes of modern Chinese society. Starting in 2007 the luxurious, sporty and progressive Magotan will be offered in China.



more Magotan pics here http://picture.auto.sohu.com/@....html
 

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Ive only seen one on the road and it seems to have an empowering 'presence' akin to the Chrysler 300c.

Most Chinese cars are smaller, European style, of course there is the usual huge escalade or navigator, as well as a few Hummer H2's/3's but this Magotan is pretty big by Chinese road standards.
 

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CCT have you ever seen a Phaeton on the road ?
Only one. Not surprising seeing as the cheapest is 800k and the most expensive 1.6 million RMB.
 

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Found an article saying that VW hoped for 200 vehicle says this year in China.

Theres a VW Phaeton Lounge - the stretched limo version.
 

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Chinese FAW Volkswagen Magotan goes on sale

its nice, i likeeee

FAW-Volkswagen has launched its new 3.2-litre Magotan luxury sedan.

The Magotan premiered at the Beijing motor show in November 2006 and is virtually identical to the Passat built in Germany. The new car is a competitor for the MG 7, Roewe 750
 

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FAW-VW Magotan

New VW set to stir market
By Jin Jing 2007-7-13

SALES leaders in China's mid-to-high-end car market are cutting sticker prices to defend their market positions in advance of the launch of Volkswagen's highly anticipated Magotan sedan.

Toyota's Chinese venture has expanded production capacity for its popular Camry, aiming to shorten customer waiting times before the Magotan hits the market in October.

The Camry, whose prices start at 197,800 yuan (US$26,026), was the top seller in the profitable mid-to-high sector for more than six months, with monthly sales of more than 12,000 units.

The market price for Shanghai Volkswagen's Passat Lingyu, 183,800 yuan, has been cut by as much as 23,000 yuan to compete with the Magotan, which is part of Passat's worldwide lineup.

The market reshuffle came after FAW-VW, Volkswagen AG's venture with First Automotive Group, debuted the long-awaited Magotan on the Great Wall on Wednesday night. The car, equipped with a 1.8-liter or 2-liter engine, will sell for between 192,800 yuan and 249,800 yuan.

Some analysts expect the FAW-VW's Magotan to challenge Camry's leading position and slow down the sales of the previous generation of Passats sold by Shanghai VW.

"The Magotan should be more attractive to individual buyers, leaving the Lingyu more suitable for business use," said Zhong Shi, an independent analyst. "As a more localized product, the Lingyu could survive through its pricing strategy."

Volkswagen AG, the biggest overseas carmaker in China, held a 19 percent share of the country's car market in the first half after boosting sales by a quarter to 431,369.

Shanghai Daily
 

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FAW-VW hit by double-clutch transmission shortage.

March 31, 2008, 2008 - FAW-Volkswagen Automotive Company, the joint venture between China’s First Automobile Works (FAW) Group and Volkswagen (VW), cannot raise the output of 1.8T Magotans with six-speed dual clutch automated-manual transmissions due to limited supply of these dual-clutch transmissions, which is restricting sales of its Magotan range, reported SinoCast China Business Daily News recently.

The automaker, which fits the transmission to the 1.8T variants of the model, has been receiving the components from the Japanese-based Aisin AW Company, but demand has exceeded supply. According to dealers, the model with this transmission accounts for around 75% of Magotan sales.

The Magotan continues to be hit by shortages of this transmission, with a similar report having surfaced late last year, but problems with the components’ quality had been the issue then. The Magotan has also suffered from lower-than-expected sales as it appears that the government officials at whom the vehicle was aimed have not taken to it in as great a number as expected.

The JV will be hoping that the supply restrictions are eased later on this year, while it will also hope that an additional engine variant will spark further interest in the market.
source: Gasgoo.com
 

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Re: FAW-VW Magotan

Magotan to become first China-made car with DSG transmission,

June 4, 2008 - The first batch of China-made Magotan cars equipped with the DSG (direct shift gearbox) transmission will roll off the production line at the end of this year, and Magotan will become the first China-made car model to use the DSG transmission.

The DSG transmission will complete its trial run by the end of 2008 and its mass-production is expected to start in early 2009. All the locally made Sagitar and Magotan models of FAW VW will be equipped by the DSG transmissions to replace the current 6-speed automatic / manual transmission.

Like the manual transmission, the DSG transmission conveys the power from the engine to the gearbox by using the clutch, and thus it is more likely to achieve energy efficiency than the conventional hydrodynamic coupling convey. This will greatly help the vehicles equipped with it reduce the fuel consumption.

The Chinese-made Magotan powered by the TSI engine has helped customers realize the technological achievements made by Volkswagen in the development of auto engines. In the near future, we will first feel the driving pleasure brought by the state-of-the-art transmission technology.

More importantly, Chinese customers will benefit from the energy-economy vehicle driven by the TSI+DSG power-train.
source: Gasgoo.com
 
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