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First look: Volkswagen Bora - on sale December 2005

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Called Jetta in America, this VW is the next generation Bora, due for launch in the UK by the end of the year.

Based on the new Golf, it is bigger, longer and wider than the outgoing model and features multi-link rear suspension that should offer improved ride.

The usual wide range of engines will be available, including a new 2.0-litre 200bhp T, petrol mated to five/six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmission. DSG, the twin-shift, seven-speed automatic clutch, is also an option.

Production shifts from Germany to Mexico, while pricing will be slightly higher than the current Bora, which starts at £13,574 for the 1.6-litre. Sales targets will remain low, at around 7-8,000 units. VW sells 10 times the number of Boras to Golf in the US, which is the country’s best selling diesel model, but the figures are reversed in the UK.

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