SinoCast reports that Volkswagen has launched the Sharan Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) in China. The report says that the Sharan is priced between RMB 470,000 and RMB 490,000.

SinoCast says that the market for MPVs in China has shown significant growth this year with models like GM’s Buick GL8 and Honda’s Odyssey (launched in April this year by Guangzhou Honda Motor Corp) selling well. In its first six months on the market, the Honda Odyssey has managed sales of over 9,600 units this year.

The move will strengthen Volkswagen’s leading position in the Chinese passenger car market.