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Volkswagen unveiled the second generation of the Chinese-specific Bora in 2007 at the Beijing Auto Show to increase its sales on that market.

The German carmaker considered the Chinese market a significant one since the '80s. It started a joint-venture with First Automobile Works to assemble cars in the People's Republic of China in 1988. Over time, the company developed and produced country-specific vehicles to fit the market's needs and exceeded 780.000 sales in 2007. The second Bora generation was based on the same platform as the Golf IV and was adapted to the Chinese market.

At the front, the 2008 Bora showed a front fascia that resembled the EOS, with its headlights' specific design. It was longer than the European or the U.S. cousins, thanks to its longer wheelbase. In the rear, the taillights looked closer to the Passat range than the Bora/Jetta siblings.

Inside, the car offered more legroom for the rear passengers and a dashboard design that looked closer to the Golf MKV than to the Golf MK IV. Another good point scored by Volkswagen was the trunk size, which was important for the Chinese market. It reached up to 450 liters (15.9 cu-ft), and its loading area could have been increased by folding down the rear bench seatback.

Under the hood, Volkswagen installed Euro4 gasoline engines paired as standard to a 5-speed manual. The carmakers offered an option for a 6-speed automatic transmission for the range-topper 2.0-liter version.

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VOLKSWAGEN Bora (China) 2008 - Present
  2 gasoline engines
  • 1.6L 5MT (100 HP)
  • 2.0L 5M (120 HP)

VOLKSWAGEN Bora (China) 1.6L 5MT (100 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 5MT (100 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1595 cm3
Power
74 KW @ 5600 RPM
100 HP @ 5600 RPM
99 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque
107 lb-ft @ 3800 RPM
145 Nm @ 3800 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
112 mph (180 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
12 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
DIMENSIONS
Length
178.7 in (4539 mm)
Width
69.8 in (1773 mm)
Height
57.7 in (1466 mm)
Wheelbase
102.7 in (2609 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.9 cuFT (450 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2788.8 lbs (1265 kg)

VOLKSWAGEN Bora (China) 2.0L 5M (120 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 5M (120 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1984 cm3
Power
88 KW @ 5000 RPM
120 HP @ 5000 RPM
118 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
132 lb-ft @ 3750 RPM
179 Nm @ 3750 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
118 mph (190 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.9 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Discs
DIMENSIONS
Length
178.7 in (4539 mm)
Width
69.8 in (1773 mm)
Height
57.7 in (1466 mm)
Wheelbase
102.7 in (2609 mm)
Cargo Volume
15.9 cuFT (450 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2811 lbs (1275 kg)
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