Shanghai: You'll Never Guess What's Under There…

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

What lies beneath the vaguely Alfa-Romeo-like styling of the FAW Besturn B30? Here’s a hint: it’s the car that China refuses to let die. Still don’t know? Well, believe it or not, there’s a Mk. II Jetta under that sharply-creased sheetmetal, as China’s car industry seeks new ways to keep flogging the same 30-year-old German iron. Because, if it ain’t broke…

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  • BlueEr03 BlueEr03 on Apr 22, 2011

    VW take note; that is the sexiest looking Jetta ever.

  • Benzaholic Benzaholic on Apr 22, 2011

    Probably a stupid question, but wasn't the Mk II Jetta only introduced around 1984 or 1985? So it's not yet 30 years old. I think this is the second recent TTAC article smacking the Chinese for tarting up a 30 year old car. But 27 year olds are allowed, nee expected, to change their outfit. I had an 84 Mk I that I bought new. Fun, honest car.

  • Dr Lemming Dr Lemming on Apr 22, 2011

    That's a surprisingly nice design. I personally don't mind a car with old underpinnings if it has withstood the test of time. But a Mark II Jetta? Eh.

  • Probert Probert on Apr 22, 2011

    Wait - how long has chrysler been flogging old Mercedes parts. The race to the bottom continues - will work for food. i think I'm turning Chinese - I really think so...