The Besturn B30 is an all-new car from Chinese manufacturer First Auto Works (FAW) with a striking, modern appearance, but under the skin it’s not quite as contemporary as you may think.

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Unveiled at Auto Shanghai 2011, the Besturn B30 is actually built on the same platform as the second-generation Volkswagen Jetta, which first went into production in 1984.

The platform has a long history in China. The Mk II Jetta was the first vehicle produced in China by the FAW-Volkswagen partnership. It went into production domestically in 1991 and is still being manufactured today.

Since then it has undergone two revisions and over the years has established itself as a popular and desirable model in many parts of the country.

Looking beyond the ancient underpinnings, the Besturn B30 is actually quite a sexy and aggressive little four-door coupe. FAW engineers are reportedly putting the final touches on the production design.

The B30 will be offered with a choice of two different drivetrains: a 75kW/140Nm 1.5-litre petrol engine teamed with either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission, and a 90kW/200Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged unit with a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

The Besturn B30 will go on sale in China in 2012 with prices expected to range between 60,000 and 100,000 yuan ($8460 and $14,100).