Volkswagen Opens New Dealership In Mumbai

Volkswagen India has opened one more showroom in Mumbai amidst the ongoing festive season. The dealership is located at Borivali (West) conveyed as under Volkswagen Mumbai North – Mody Auto Corp. Pvt. Ltd.

The showroom also has a workshop in Mira Road consisting of 14-bays. The servicing facility is reported to be bestowed with state-of-the-art accident repair and body paint workshop.

The top hat of VW, Mr. Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, too was present at the inauguration. He said Mumbai to be an important market for the company which has got just braced up with an addition of dealership.

Volkswagen Opens New Dealership In Mumbai

With this new showroom added to the list, Volkswagen completes six (operational) facilities in Mumbai.

In India, German automaker enjoys 122 operational facilities across 106 cities.

Volkswagen Opens New Dealership In Mumbai

Volkswagen Fox Pepper Concept Unveiled

Volkswagen’s hunger for the commuter market is panging more intensively, and when the Sao Paulo Motor Show of Brazil is overhead certain bombastic appearance at the venue can be expected in the form of new concepts.

Hence, one more for down the line, Volkswagen unveiled a “Fox Pepper” concept ahead of the auto show. However, only exterior images are unveiled, which the interiors are explained in the words of: having red colored air-con vents matching the outer shade, 5.5-inch display for GPS navigation and infotainment system, leather seats to entice the visitors in two shades and Fox Pepper badging at certain places.

On the outer, as said the car will be painted in red, and the center of A-B pillar in black likewise to the roof. The 15-inch alloys to fill in the remaining gap left over by new bumpers, front grille – consisted of honeycomb mesh, rear diffuser and dual exhausts.

Volkswagen Fox Pepper Concept Unveiled

Though, the automaker at the most aspirated auto show of Brazil will display it in the conceptual form, and would put it into production if responses will be generous in numbers.

Under the bonnet, a 1.6-liter engine to produce 120bhp running on ethanol. The 0-100km/h will be covered in 9.9 seconds and top-speed will be of 183km/h.

Volkswagen Beetle Covered With More Than 10,000 Coins

Opulence of Beetle cannot be explained better than this!

A woman from China has taken the competition a level above for those who show their inseparable lover for Beetle. As reported, the lady had draped whole car with more than 10,000 coins.

The VW Beetle looked absolutely stunning wearing those coins that the middle-aged woman has collected since past five years.

Underneath the skin, it was given a treatment of wrap and two people were hired to glue those coins that took 40 hours to complete the job. Approximately, the coins stuck onto body equals to $800.

Volkswagen Beetle Covered With More Than 10,000 Coins
The images seen on this blog are aired from the Fuzhou city of China.

However, we loved the job done, but that could have been performed more technically as some of the coins have fallen and left behind the ugly looking spots, which for car of such uniqueness are not bound of seeing the ruined attire on its day out.

Certainly, the women must have faced a tremendous drop in performance and fuel-efficiency due to the immense weight, which she does seem to care about a bit as a result the roof is left intact!

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Volkswagen Volksfest 2014 Commenced From Today – Have A Look

Festive season around the corner is about to bring change to the nation, in terms of political and financial conditions both. Volkswagen then decided to shot one more round in the arm with its‘Volksfest 2014,’ which is a 24-day automotive carnival where prospective and existing customers both can avail various offers, benefits & assured gifts. The fest will be held across all the dealerships throughout the nation starting from today October 8 to 31, 2014.

Under the Volksfest, company has aimed the prospective buyers to provide free insurance on new Polo, and benefits of upto Rs 1 lakh on the purchase of Vento and Jetta. The said offer can be availed at the Das WeltAuto, VW brand’s pre-owned car section. Certainly, the after sales department is also in line to spruce up their sales, as providing offers on road side assistance, selected VW genuine merchandise & accessories, body and paint services.

Volkswagen Volksfest 2014 Commenced From Today - Have A Look

Hence, the recent launch of Polo and Vento facelift, the latter as provided with diesel automatic (DSG), are bound to push the sales more aggressively in the duration. German automaker too rolled out its 1.5L diesel engine delivering the similar output to its replacement.

Hyundai Verna AT vs Volkswagen Vento DSG vs Skoda Rapid DSG: Diesel Automatic Specification Comparison

For a country like India, where fuel prices don’t stop fleeing northwards and traffic snarls getting longer than before, ‘diesel automatics’ are boon to the audience who resides in metro cities. And with the every passing day scenarios are getting better for the said repertoire. Earlier, there used to be only Scorpio and Verna in diesel automatics, but now Germans too taken this segment seriously and rolled out their Vento and Rapid in the same rogue. To an extent, there is also Tata which zest-ed this class with its all new offering called Zest. Though, eluding India carmakers from the list now, we undertook international players for this comparison. Read on to find more how those diesel monsters fare on our Indian roads with regards to on paper specifications.

  • Engine

On the powering front, Volkswagen is the parent company of Skoda, so both the cars – Vento and Rapid – are belted by the same engine of 1.5L powering out 103bhp and 250Nm of torque mated to a  seven-speed DSG. The Hyundai Verna on the other side is fixed with 1.6L CRDi engine getting out the max power of 126bhp and 260NM of torque, mated to a 4-speed automatic.

Hyundai Verna AT

Hence, amongst the lot, Hyundai fares best with the most powerful engine.

  • Fuel-Efficiency

When talked about diesel automatics, fuel-economy matters, because it’s what compelled the buyers to have their purchase towards this fuel-option. On this note, DSG gearboxes are touted of delivering more economy than manual transmission – because of two additional cogs placed. The case here with Rapid and Vento are not an exception, former delivers 21.66kmpl whereas latter is not far away from the catch as returning 21.21kmpl. The least in this scenario is Hyundai Verna that is bound to fetch a not so impressive 17.61kmpl.

Volkswagen Vento DSG

  • Dimension

Dimensionally, Rapid and Vento are similar on the height and width except the length where Rapid is longer by a mere 2mm and 3mm higher than its German sibling. On the flipside, Korean’s offering is quite shrugged than the rest two, which is only 1mm broader than the rest. In fact, Verna’s wheelbase is the longest, but the ground clearance is lowest than all.

The wheels/alloys used on all the Rapid measures 15-inch as well as on all the Vento, except for a base VW trim which drives 14-inch wheels. All of them are shod by disc brakes on front and drum on rear. The story with Verna is quite different than both of them. Hyundai seems to believe in quantity and hence the wheel-size of its entry-level sedan in India is 16-inch, which gets the halting from discs on all four sides.

Skoda Rapid DSG

  • Overview

As on paper, there aren’t many differences between the Vento and Rapid, but Verna decided to stand a leap apart. Hence, from the said suggestion it can be taken note VW and Skoda stand hand-in-hand to beat down Hyundai, but in reality all three are largely different from each other.

2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI Unveiled At Paris Motor Show

When it comes to GT terminology, Volkswagen Polo with the GTI badge fares better than rest of the rivals. As quite adequate in size and peppiness appeal on outers makes it to put up the persona of workhorse. Well, for a more precise saying, the new Polo – that was unveiled to the world some days back – now gets a GTI variant at the Paris Motor Show 2014.

The new GT hatchback had gained remarkable changes on the cosmetic and technical front both. LED running lights, (optional) LED headlamps, sportier front bumper, red accents on front grille and honeycomb mesh inputs, differently designed 17-inch alloys and dual exhausts to name them.

The interiors are mostly carried over with sport seats, contrasting stitches and more. The official words of VW confirm it to be similar of the elder sibling Golf GTI.

2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI Unveiled At Paris Motor Show

The major changes on the technical note are sport-tuned suspension that will come to its original color at the push of a button. A 6-speed manual gearbox is standard along with the infotainment system, while the 7-speed DSG gearbox to be offered optional.

Under the hoods a fresh engine option is added i.e. 1.8-liter TSI petrol, which is a replacement of 1.4-liter TSI. The outcome from new powerplant yields 192PS and 320NM of torque, 12PS more than the predecessor, with the 0-100km/h sprint crossed in 6.7 seconds and 236 km/h of top-speed.

2015 Volkswagen Polo GTI Unveiled At Paris Motor Show

Launch in Europe is going to happen soon with deliveries stated to commence in February.

Volkswagen Eyeing SEAT Car Brand Launch In India

Volkswagen always played premium in India since the beginning. And it’s the only point where it failed to eat up the volume. But not tempt to leave that space isolated without the VW badge, German automaker is reported of bringing SEAT to the shores. The new sub-brand of VW hailed from Spain will roll out their hatchback in the vicinity of Rs 3-5 lakh that could rival the likes of Hyundai, Maruti on a stern note.

It’s not only India that could be awarded with this new model plate. Chinese and other emerging markets are also in the queue to get it soon from VW as the volume eater.

At present, SEAT manufactures a couple of sedans, four hatchbacks, and a 7-seater MPV all of which comes in number of variants and different sizes, we mean 3 and 5 door coupe and all.

Volkswagen Eyeing SEAT Car Brand Launch In India

Products like Ibiza and Mii (based on the Volkswagen Up) pose strong feasibility of entering India. And while in the country, they are bound to face heavy localization at the Volkswagen’s Chakan manufacturing facility. In fact, automaker too had invested approximately Rs 240 crores for expanding the facility and churning out more numbers from the bay.

Hence, it will take 3-4 years for SEAT to get into India. There aren’t any official words from the officials yet.

Volkswagen Vento Facelift Launched In India At Rs 7.44 Lakh Ex-Showroom Delhi

The list of festive-season launches is dragged infinitely with numerous additions taking place every now and then. One more added to it is ‘Vento facelift’ rolled-out for Rs 7.44 lakh ex-showroom Delhi.

However, the new 1.5L diesel engine deployed underneath is the same fitted in new Polo GT TDI, delivering 105PS of max power and 250 Nm of torque. Earlier, it used to be a 1.6L diesel.

The cosmetic changes are making the VW’s compact sedan to stand in-line with new hatchback. New alloys, revised front fascia, redesigned front and rear bumpers, tweaked head and tail lamps and impressive use of chrome missed earlier, are some of them that could be named.

Volkswagen Vento Facelift Launched In India At Rs 7.44 Lakh Ex-Showroom Delhi
Inside the cabin, it comes garnished with Polo’s steering wheel having mounted controls, and black piano finish contrasted with silver finish. Rests of the plethora are carried from the existing version. As a part of company’s commitment to safety, the new Vento possess standard ABS and dual-front airbags, exception to the base variant.

In addition, VW too has added 7-speed automatic DSG gearbox.

Hence, the pricing is slotted between Rs 7.44 lakh and Rs 8.87 lakh for 1.6L MPI petrol variants (Trendline, Comfortline and Highline).

The 1.2L TSI with DSG gearbox comes tagged between Rs 9.35 and Rs 9.92 lakh (Comfortline and Highline).

The diesel engine of 1.5L TDI with DSG is provided for Rs 10.49 and Rs 10.94 lakh in Comfortline and Highline variants.

Last but not the least, 1.5L diesel in manual transmission comes priced between Rs 8.57 lakh and Rs 9.90 lakh for Trendline, Comfortline and Highline variants.

It can be now safely uttered diesel automatic has started taking shape, where recently it was only the Fluidic Verna to have the said drivetrain.

Volkswagen Beetle Classic Limited Edition Launched In US

A retro with a modern tint, Volkswagen unveiled the Beetle Classic edition in US for a price of $21,015 inclusive of $820 freight. The car is delved in coupe and convertible both, powered by a 1.8L TSI 4-cylinder engine of 170bhp/240 Nm mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Power is send to rear wheels delivering the mileage of 33mpg in hard top, 32mpg for soft-top.

Cosmetically, Beetle Classic edition mimics the old charm in its first sight with 17-inch “Heritage” wheels made out of aluminum, and rear spoiler. The exterior can be ordered in shade of white, black or silver.

Exclusivity is then continued inside cabin narrating its story with Sioux leatherette for upholstery, and checked cloth for seating space. Navigation planted on panel and steering mounted with controls complements it for a modern feel. Leather draped handbrake lever and shifter talks the tale of luxury, whereas the driver’s seat is taken care by side lumbar support.

Volkswagen Beetle Classic Limited Edition Launched In US

Car is about to hit the showrooms soon.

Volkswagen Beetle Classic Limited Edition Launched In US

Top 5 Expensive And Luxurious SUVs That Are Fuel-Efficient

SUVs are always confined of gas-guzzling attitude when mated to automatic transmission and loads of features. Here, in the haystack, there are some who are outstandingly efficient. Listed out, are the five best examples that are packed with pocket-friendly fuel-economy. Read on to find more…

Audi Q7

First in the filtered list is Audi’s flagship SUV Q7. Available with a bulgy engine and loads of premium features, the beasty Ring of Ingolstadt too have a Quattro based all-wheel drive.

Audi Q7

2014 Volkswagen Touareg – MPG City 20 | Hwy 29

Volkswagen Touareg has defined class of a conventional SUV by outstanding capabilities from its powerful engine. It’s no exception that VW is a parent company of Audi, Porsche and many more; their added tranquilities are obvious.

2014 Volkswagen Touareg

2014 Porsche Cayenne – MPG City 20 | Hwy 29

Nothing can match to the driving experience of a Porsche; and here with the Cayenne it was made sure the Stuttgart manufactured SUV sips-in liters of fuel. But it remains a lesser known fact – with regards to size – the fuel-consumption is quite low. Hence, driving Cayenne on a daily basis isn’t a costly affair.

2014 Porsche Cayenne

2015 BMW X5 – MPG City 23 | Hwy 31

Not a V or W, the BMW X5 sits as admiration for those who looking to have a taste of Munich at every drive. The 18-inch alloys, loads of features on-board, it doesn’t disappoint owners at the fuel-stations either.

2015 BMW X5

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander – MPG City 25 | Hwy 31

Japanese couldn’t stand isolated when talked about efficiency. And with the Outlander, Mitsubishi lacks on the number-count that marks it for bigger displacement, but succeeds on fuel-efficiency comparatively to the performance outputs of others.

2015 Mitsubishi Outlander