Volkswagen Polo to Come with More Features

The Volkswagen Polo, though a good hatchback no doubt, has always had certain shortcomings compared to its rivals like the Honda Jazz, Maruti Swift and Hyundai Elite i20. But now it seems Volkswagen will address some of these shortcomings by launching an updated version of the Polo hatch.

Some of the features that were added to the recently launched Vento would now be added to the Polo. Features like cruise control, cooled glove box, electronically controlled mirrors would be added to the car. Most of the specifications will remain same. For instance, the new Polo will not see any change made to it design wise or regarding its power source. Currently it is powered by two petrol (1.2-liter naturally aspirated and 1.2-liter turbocharged) and one diesel (1.5-liter 89bhp) engine. These will remain.

Volkswagen Polo to get more features

As far as price of the updated Polo is concerned, we expect it to be Rs.10-15K higher than current Polo price.

Volkswagen to Offer Discounts on Vento and Polo in Kerala

If you are a resident of the state of Kerala and if you are planning to buy a Volkswagen car then we some really good news for you. German carmaker Volkswagen is offering limited period deals on its Vento and Polo cars in the state to celebrate the upcoming festival of Onam. One would get a gold coin with every booking and Volkswagen would offer free insurance, exchange bonus, roadside assistance and many other services if you buy either of the two cars on or before August 31st.

Polo buyers would get three years of free insurance and one year of free extended warranty, while Vento buyers can avail a Rs.20,000 exchange or loyalty bonus.

Volkswagen to Offer Discounts on Vento and Polo in Kerala

Right now this offer is limited to the state of Kerala, but with the onset of the festive season, Volkswagen would offer similar or even more exciting deals in many of its cars around the country.

2015 Volkswagen Beetle to Come to India by Year End

When the Beetle was first introduced in India back in 2009, it did not get the kind of attention it deserved and fell off the radar afterwards. Well now it seems Volkswagen is ready to take another chance with the car in the Indian market as news reports doing rounds indicate that the new 2015 Beetle would be brought to the country by December this year.

The new Beetle is somewhat evolved and tries to shed its ‘doll car’ image with a bigger body and lower height. The car also gets new and bigger wheels, a smart roofline as well as new bumpers to kind of complete the outer redesign. Although, around the world the new Beetle is available for purchase since 2011, and has been fitted with turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, we don’t yet know if that would be the case for India as well.

2015 Volkswagen Beetle to Come to India by Year End

The new Beetle, like its predecessor, will be sold though the CBU route will cost somewhere around the Rs.30 – 40 lakh mark.

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Volkswagen Opens New Workshop in Kerala

In order to strengthen its after sales service in the state, Volkswagen has opened a new workshop in the city of Kollam in Kerala. Located at Industrial Estate Road, Umayanalloor, the workshop is spread over 7500 sq ft of land.

A 26 member team will take care of things like general repair and servicing of cars, body work, paint etc. The workshop houses 24 bays and will also sell authorised Volkswagen spares to the customers.

Volkswagen Opens New Workshop in Kerala

Volkswagen is planning a series of new launches in India in the coming times and in order to increase sales and enhance customer experience, the company is planning to increase its footprint in the country by opening these workshops. Currently it has 118 showrooms in India and this number will only grow in the times to come.

Volkswagen Opens New Workshop in Kerala

Volkswagen Beats Toyota and General Motors in the First Half of 2015

First half of the current year goes to German automaker Volkswagen. The company has 5.04 million vehicles worldwide, beating its closest rivals Toyota and General Motors. While Toyota registered worldwide sales of 5.02 million vehicles in the first half of this year, the figure was 4.86 million for General Motors for the same period.

While these sales figures may seem staggering, all the three companies have actually experienced a slump in these figures compared to last year. The slump figure for Volkswagen is 0.5 percent, while it is 1.5 and 1.2 percent for Toyota and General Motors.

Volkswagen Beats Toyota and General Motors in the First Half of 2015

What has worked for Volkswagen is the increased demand for cars in Europe. But condition of the carmaker in its biggest market, i.e. China is not so good. It is facing tough competition there from local manufacturers who are offering cars at a much cheaper price. If Volkswagen has to fulfill its dream of becoming the largest car manufacturer in the world by 2018 then it needs reinvent itself as far as the Chinese market is concerned.

2015 VW Vento Facelift India Launch On June 23

How a carmaker can do without a sub 4-metre sedan and a compact SUV in India, but Volkswagen had proven it so far with a saying, nothing can replace the passion for making automobiles. The last facelift to Vento in current year had provided a slight forward skid to the car, but for a major one it needs another facelift, which it said to launch on June 23, 2015 across India.

The new facelift of VW Vento is reportedly unveiled in international markets, where the same may turn to India as well. The changes are on exteriors as well as on interiors. The equipment list also gets elongated.

On outer, the fresh set of headlamps, alloy wheels and new grille makes up at the first sight, replicating a clear sibling of the flagship model Passat. New bumper and fog lamps with infused cornering lights take the baton further. One can also find the rear bumper tweaked along with the tail lamps. Chrome finishes on door handles and boot will entice the buyers in India.

    2015 VW Vento Facelift India Launch On June 23

For occupants inside the cabin, a lighter color scheme is selected this time to lift the mood, whereas cooled glove box, dead pedal, cruise control and powered ORVMs are placed to match the rising standards of industry.

However, VW India doesn’t intends to change the engine options. It will continue with the ongoing options of 1.2-litre turbo petrol of 103bhp, and 1.6-litre petrol of 104bhp. The diesel will get its proportion from a 1.5-litre engine of 103bhp. A 5-speed manual transmission and 7-speed dual-clutch DSG automatic gearbox too will get carried over from the last update of 2015 Vento facelift.

Buyers can book a one for as low as Rs 50,000 and as high as Rs 75,000, where one can assume a slight increase in price in the range of Rs 15,000-25,000 (as per trim levels), considering the new car holds minor update.

Volkswagen Sales Up 57% In May 2015

It took an uphill task for Volkswagen India to reach this spot and post an outcome which its masters in Europe were waiting for. Finally, during the month of May VW India reported an increase of 57% in sales with 4,167 cars sold. Clocking this wide gap in sales against the past year, it came surprising for everyone to take a note of that, VW has backed this success due to the launch of new Jetta, and the performance Polo – GT TSI.

Yesteryear, the same month recorded sales of 2,657 cars, which posts a clear picture the new car in lineup had finally added oomph to the brand to surge ahead in the market. Sharing his insights about the achievement, Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited said, it is a delighting moment for Volkswagen to announce the achievement of 57% in the month of May 2015. Apparently, buyers in India now started noticing the positivity of German quality and techniques used to make every VW car. Thus, VW had also inaugurated a new showroom in Mumbai last month. Adding the last bit on the top is its Polo GT TSI, which is a class leader due its ultimately refined petrol engine combined to a 7-speed DSG gearbox.

Volkswagen Sales Up 57% In May 2015

Volkswagen Opens New Showroom In Mumbai

Germans very sceptical for their approach of venturing into a new arena, VW too as a German in nature had finally zeroed on opening a new showroom in Mumbai. Thankfully, the maker didn’t take too long to do that, and finally inaugurated a one at the New Link Road, Andheri, during last week. It marked the 118th showroom across 100 cites of India. But it is noteworthy VW pays preference to the residents of this city, as it had got 6 showrooms in the Greater Mumbai itself.

Tagged as Mumbai West, this new outlet of VW belongs to the Landmark Group, a one of the nation’s largest automotive dealership chain which also looks after the sales-service across Mumbai, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Gujarat.

Volkswagen Opens New Showroom In Mumbai

The sales floor at Andheri holds large display area of cars, and is boasted with dedicated as well as highly trained sales staff to meet the international standards of VW. It has also setup a 24-bay workshop at Parsi Panchayat Road, Andheri (East), which is fully functional with its 24 servicing bays. Full of spare and well-trained technicians, it undertakes the jobs like regular and general maintenance, body paint and other repair work.

Speaking at the inauguration of new showroom, Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India, commented that the India’s financial capital – Mumbai – is one of the fastest 4 four growing markets which truly aspires more VW cars. Volkswagen Mumbai West as the 6th dealership in the city is another stepping stone to reach a wider audience. The reason, Volkswagen India has aimed to enhance its market presence in the coming months. And Mumbai will surely help a lot.

To keep the focus on track, the German carmaker had also lined up various fresh launches over the coming two years and beyond, but hadn’t revealed any of them yet.

Volkswagen’s Pune Manufacturing Facility Rolls Out 5 Lakh Cars

Always glorious to call everyone for a celebration. Volkswagen India celebrated the roll-out of 500,000 lakh from its Pune facility in India. The car with 500,000 number is painted red and is a Polo GT TSI (high-performance variant) fuelled by a petrol engine with a 7-speed DSG gearbox, manufactured for the domestic market. The journey of Volkswagen India at its Pune manufacturing facility dates back to March 2009. And since then without stopping the maker had attained this height of business.

Working on the statistics, Volkswagen India has sold more than 400,000 cars in the domestic and 32-export markets around the world since the factory turned operational. Vento & Polo in both left and right hand drive trims are produced, alongside the Skoda Rapid. Skoda Fabia was also manufactured at this same assembly line of Pune once it was in production.

Spawned across 572 acres of land in Chakan, near Pune, VW’s India production bay includes a body shop,a  paint shop and an assembly bay. The whole facility is systemized to produce 200,000 units a year running in two-shifts, but presently it is rolling out only 130,000 units (which mean 430/day) in couple of shifts, all thanks to the soaked market demand. Approximately 3,200 employees are associated (indirect and direct both) with the process of car manufacturing, says VW. Apart from the domestic market, cars produced here are sold to 32 different countries in 3 continents, namely North America, Asia and Africa.

Volkswagen's Pune Manufacturing Facility Rolls Out 5 Lakh Cars

Volkswagen Pune Plant Chronicles:

March 2009:  Inauguration of Volkswagen Pune Plant, and Fabia was rolled out

December 2009: Production of Polo commenced

August 2010: Production of Vento commenced

December 2010: Production for exports to South Africa commenced

July 2011: 100,000th car rolled out

October 2011: Production of Rapid commenced

July 2012: Production of left-hand drive vehicles commenced

October 2013: Production for exports to Mexico commenced

April 2014: 50,000th export car rolled out

December 2014: 111,444 units produced in a year – the highest number of cars ever produced during a year at the Pune Plant; the same month 100,000th export car was also produced

19 May 2015: 500,000th car rolled out

Volkswagen Vento Facelift Unveiled

If the change is need of the hour, do it on time. That’s is better exemplified by the Volkswagen with its Vento. Since eight months it received the update, the maker now revealed a fresh facelift for that sedan in India.

Talking from the front, grille has grown like that of new Passat. The headlamps too get a revision. A new bumper with chrome inserts, fog lamps and cornering lights are also found. The rear isn’t left with some miniscule details thrown complimentary. Indeed, the revised bumper with chrome strip, chrome touches for exhaust, door handles and revised tail lamps are some of the tricks seen used here. And those 15-inch alloy wheels add more charm to the entire deigning.

Moving inside, the cabin was airy and easy on eyesight, unlike the dark and aggressive toned of those usual German cars. Lighter color scheme has made the presence more attractive to Indian tastes. The top-end variant of Vento facelift is reported to adopt a cruise control, auto-fold mirrors, dead pedal, cooled glove-box and external boot release.

Volkswagen Vento Facelift Unveiled

However, the engine bay will fire the adrenaline from 1.2-litre turbocharged-petrol producing 103bhp, and a 1.6-litre petrol churning out 104bhp. The diesel side is fixed with the 1.5-litre motor to produce the max power of 103.2bhp. A five-speed manual transmission passes on the traction as standard, but some can also opt for the 7-sped DCT (dual clutch transmission) as optional given away with the previous 2014 update.

Volkswagen Vento Facelift Unveiled

Hence, the competition in sedan segment has picked up a new aggression, with every of them shown a new face recently, for example Honda City, Hyundai Verna and more. Volkswagen launched the two facelift in a matter of less than one year has made everyone wonder about its keenness for this segment.

Volkswagen Vento Facelift Unveiled