New Top End Volkswagen Vento Trim with Navigation Launched

Volkswagen Vento has just got a new addition – a new Highline Plus trim. Although no mechanical changes can be seen in this new Vento, it does come with certain important updates. With all the available additional features the new Vento will cost Rs.27,750 plus taxes over and above the price of the Vento Highline trim.

Black roof, body colored side mountings, window blinds, scuff plates and black ORVMs make the new Vento look much sportier compared to the standard Vento Highline. However, the most important update that has been made to this car is the addition of a Blaupunkt music system with a seven-inch touchscreen navigation system. This will definitely give the Vento a boost vis-a-vis its competitors in the C-segment.

Volkswagen Vento

As we have mentioned earlier that no mechanical changes has been made to the car. So it will continue to be available in two engine variants that the current Vento is available in i.e. 1.6 MPI and 1.5 MPI. The car will be available with manual transmission

Purpose of launching so many limited edition cars is to cash in on the Indian festive season where customers typically look to buy new cars. How far successful Volkswagen would be in this endeavour given the stiff competition out there only time and sales figures at the end of this year tell.

India-Made Volkswagen Polo To Be Exported To Mexico

It seems to be the high time for Volkswagen as company is reported to have commenced exporting the India-made Polo to Mexico. Earlier, the automaker used to export Vento to that neighboring country of US but now the Polo 1.6 Highline has also followed the trail. The aforesaid are the only VW marked cars that goes on sale in Mexico from India and are produced at the same facility in Pune. Both the cars accounts for the 50% of the cars rolled-out of the manufacturing bay.

As in the Indian innings, Volkswagen started exporting cars out of Pune plant since 2011 to the South Africa initially. But with the expansion going on at an incredible rate the company’s export reached to 32 countries spawned across continents like North America, Asia and Africa. The lot of VW cars that are sent out of country consists of left-hand-drive and right-hand-drive versions both. In addition to the cars, VW does also send parts and components to Malaysia which are then assembled (in Malaysia) for its local market.

India-Made Volkswagen Polo To Be Exported To Mexico

Immaculate effort and continuous refinements had made the Volkswagen Pune plant to roll-out 89,000 best example of German engineering till date.

Commenting about this achievement, Mahesh Kodumudi, President & MD, Volkswagen India was quite excited to share his thoughts. He commented the Polo produced in Pune is the same as made in other countries around the globe. In fact, it was a great achievement when Polo made at Pune manufacturing facility managed to bag four-star Global NCAP rating, means nothing is compromised on the built-quality and desired strength.

Volkswagen India Launches Smartphone App For Customers

Mobile application is the last platform which everyone in this marketing world is trying to get hold of. There isn’t any surprised Volkswagen India launched its new useful mobile service application to get the customers engaged as well as informed.

Likewise to its brand image and the buyers, app is assorted for the iOS and Android based smart mobile devices. The app is claimed to be a manifesto of the company’s latest updates in sales and service tricking. Other functions are of providing explanations to the tots on dashboard, roadside assistance, labour charges at the service stations and the most needful emergency contact details.

Volkswagen India Launches Smartphone App For Customers

A test drive can also be directly booked from the app. All the updates regarding the VW’s India lineup of cars too are going to be send to the base via this app.

Those who are quite impressed by our pitching above can download it from the Google Play Store for Android and iOS admirers shall look for themselves at Apple iTunes Store. And even if they remain unable to find it, then log onto

Volkswagen India Registers 151% Sales Growth in July

Volkswagen India, which has managed to receive a good reception in India, since it was first launched in this market, recently, registered a 151% growth in sales for the month of July, selling 6,529 vehicles, in comparison to the 2,597 vehicles it sold in corresponding period last year.

According to reports, the company’s Polo compact car, as well as their Vento sedan continued to be the main sales booster for the company, having a total sale of 6,353 vehicles last month. The company managed to sell around 109 vehicles of the Jetta in July. VW also announced that the new VW Jetta will be launched on August 17 in India.

Volkswagen India Registers 151% Sales Growth in JulyNeeraj Garg, the company’s director and board member of VW Passenger Cars, was quoted as saying that they are quite pleased about the response they have received for their products, specifically the Polo that has managed to sell so much in spite of the present scenario in the market. These changes reflect the growing confidence of customers towards their product line up in India.

100,000th VW Car Leaves Chakan Facility

It’s just been over 18 months, since Volkswagen began production at their Chakan facility in Maharashtra, and the facility just rolled out the 100,000th car yesterday. Volkswagen manufactures variants of their Polo, Vento and Skoda Fabia from this facility.

Volkswagen India’s MD and President, Dr. John Chacko, said that was a significant milestone for the company, and it market completion of their first development phase in India. Their next phase will be about checking the viability for new launches.

In 2010, Volkswagen India had managed to sell about 53,341 models in this market, whereas they sold about 55,257 models in the first half of 2011 itself. Dr. Chacko, added that they have on board 115 suppliers, that includes 66 suppliers in Maharashtra, while 61 suppliers handle export components. He also added that they had increased localisation levels in their cars to 70% from the earlier 40%.

They are also planning to strengthen their network of dealerships to more than 160, and are striving to increase their market share, which currently stands at 5%. He said that their average market share in global markets is about 10%, and he doesn’t see, why it cannot be 10% in this market as well.

With utilisation of the entire installed production capacity of about 1,30,000 models, at their Chakan facility in the offing, it was logical for them to consider expanding their production capacity and also setting up their powertrain facility. He, however, added that there were some obstacles in taking this step, referring to the MVAT amendment that took place in March. They believe that the government has not kept their commitment, explaining that it resulted in an unsteady environment, and they were adopting a wait and watch strategy.

VW Director Projects 12-14% Growth in Indian Auto Market This Year

Though the auto market in India grew by 30% last year, the expectations for growth this year are lower, thanks to hike in interest rates and fuel prices. According to the director of Volkswagen, the auto market in India is expected to record a slow growth this year, about 12 to 14%.

The board member of Volkswagen’s division of passenger cars in India, Neeraj Garg, said that with hikes in fuel rates and lending, coupled with not so positive macro-economic conditions in India, the situation is quite gloomy for auto manufacturers in this market. He however, added that his company’s sales growth would be significantly higher this year. Last year, Volkswagen managed to sell about 32,500 vehicles in India; however, they have managed to record sales of 39,366 vehicles in half yearly sales alone.

When asked if his company could sustain this growth in the second half of this year, Garg was quoted as saying that it is difficult to project the outcome, however he indicated the possibility of slowing growth. He said that prospective customers were delaying their purchases, because of which they are witnessing lesser bookings. He also said that they would introduce their new Jetta soon. Their new Passat was launched a while ago, and their new Jetta will hit markets in a couple of months.

He was reported as saying that their company are finalising their strategy for entering the used car market, having already covered some groundwork. The company is also experiencing a shift in their customer’s’ preference for diesel variants following the rising cost of petrol. Of the overall sales of their Polo model in this market, about 62 to 63% of buyers bought petrol variants last year. This year, the preference is 50% for both variants. Garg also mentioned that this was the case with their Vento models as well.

Volkswagen India Posts 166% Growth in Sales for June In Spite of Slowing Auto Market

Volkswagen India has achieved a sales growth of a whopping 166% for last month according to the company. The European auto major managed to sell a total of 5,397 models last month, in comparison to 2,032 models they sold in June 2010.

The main sale boosters for the company continued to be the Volkswagen Vento and the Volkswagen Polo, with both accounting for almost 5,136 models sold last month. According to the company, their newly launched Passat sedan managed to sell 197 models last month.

The company’s sales India board member and director, Neeraj Garg said that in spite of the market going through a current slowdown facing increase in fuel price hikes and loan rates, they have managed to weather the month quite well because of their strong portfolio in the Indian market.

Volkswagen India Announces 2.2% Price Hike for Diesel Vento Sedan

Volkswagen India has announced that they will be increasing the prices of their Vento diesel model by 2.2% from July 1 so as to offset the increasing costs of inputs. They will, however, not raise the prices of their Vento petrol variant.

The diesel Vento variant is currently has a price range of Rs.7.99 lakhs to Rs.9.24 lakhs, according to ex-showroom prices in Delhi, whereas the petrol Volkswagen Vento variant has a price range of Rs.6.99 lakhs to Rs.9.22 lakhs.

Neeraj Garg, Board member of VW Group Sales India, and Director of VW Passenger Cars, said that they have not witnessed any concede in input costs for months now. This has forced them to hike the price of their Vento compact sedan.

He further added that they are aware that their customers who opt for petrol variants will have to face the burden of fuel price hikes as well as, and therefore decided to carry on absorbing additional prices for their petrol variants.

According to the company, all their customers who order their diesel variant Vento before June 30, 2011 can buy the model without facing any price hike. Volkswagen India also said that they would reduce the interest of 6.99% on selected Vento petrol variants beginning June, 2011. The Vento sedan was launched by VW India in September, last year. The company has managed to sell around 23,649 models of their Vento sedan up till May, 2011.

Volkswagen India Witnesses 244% Sales Growth in May

Volkswagen India recently posted a sales growth of 244% for the month of May. The European auto manufacturer managed to sell around 6,185 models in comparison to the 1,796 models they sold in the corresponding period, last year. Volkswagen managed to sell around 5,889 models of the Vento and Polo last month, as well as 184 models of their new Passat, which is equipped with BlueMotion Technology.

For the January to May period this year, the company reportedly sold around 33,958 models, in comparison to the 32,627 models they sold in the corresponding period, the year before.

Neeraj Garg, the companies, Director and Member of Board, Passenger Cars, said that they are pleased with their company’s overall performance and the acceptability that their products have received in India, which enabled them to outshine their sales for last year, in just five months time.

He also said that they hope to carry on with their performance in the following months, in spite of the present market scenario. Their flagship brand made a late entry in the Indian auto market; however it is continuing to win hearts with its German technology.

Volkswagen to Use 2011 Polo Cup for Showcasing their Diesel Power

Volkswagen’s Polo Cup India will soon begin its second edition from June. Their forthcoming season will be used as a platform for showcasing their diesel cars which will prove the efficiency and reliability of their diesel variants.

The Managing Director and President for Volkswagen India, Dr. John Chacko, said that they want to prove that diesel engines can be as reliable as other variants and survive two difficult racing seasons. He also added that their company wanted to up their diesel quotas. They are not able to get sufficient diesel engines for fulfilling the demand. Europe has been facing high growth, and this being a diesel market, they have to compete in it.

Volkswagen India currently offers the Polo in 1.2l diesel and petrol engine, whereas their Vento sedan is equipped with a 1.6l engine. Volkswagen Motorsports India had earlier announced that their second season of Polo Cup would commence with a race on June 17 at the Kari Motor Speedway. Twenty drivers ranging from 16 to 14 ages along with a mix of veterans and rookies would be participating in six races which will take place from June till December.

Dr. Chacko also said that the inaugural season of their Polo Cup had far exceeded their expectations last year. This year the Polo Cup will be faster, bigger and full of action, adding that they are devoted to motor sport events in India. VW received as many as 1600 registrations for the Cup and after having two selection rounds, they chose 20 drivers pan-India which include 6 from the inaugural season.

The races will take place in Delhi, Chennai and Coimbatore. VW recently unveiled their new and sportier Polo for the 2011 Polo Cup. While it is powered by the same Vento 1.6l diesel engine that was offered last year, they have made new additions which include an improved exhaust, an electronic water bottle to be used by the driver, a steering wheel with the bonnet now features a cooling duct.