2015 Volkswagen Vento Facelift Spied For First Time

What appears to be a facelift in India sometime doesn’t fit to be a proper ‘facelift’ if happen to go by the proper meaning. As it is working fine with the carmakers here in the country, there seems no one raising the voice against it. Well, we too don’t have a problem with this Vento facelift for the coming year if this is a given case.

Last year, company rolled out Vento with a facelift that was comprised of new headlamps and set of fresh wheels. Now, a more lucrative version is spied clear of the camouflages. Revealing the story about is new avatar, a new nose and some mechanical upgrades would accompany the 2015 badge is speculated.

The test mule was snapped on the outskirts of Pune. And it happens to be a freshly-baked product rolled out of the factory rather than being the test-mule. Clearly showing a makeshift bumper hiding the fog lamps, and commenting the spot under headlamps have been redesigned with its wider smile. The grille appears to be derived from Passat, but some minute quirking had made it compatible for this sedan. On the top of all, bonnet too went under the knife this time. The cut for VW logo is missing and now it gets more engaging new creases. Along with the front bumper, company had also tweaked rear bumper that does the very well for a new finish. The strip running across the trunk (above number plate holder) is likely to be chromed – an engaging idea to connect with the Indians. Hence, with all the new face and creases it gains all over makes it to appear a very modern car that is low slung in aesthetics. From a fraction of investment VW has aimed to get the maximum.

2015 Volkswagen Vento Facelift Spied For First Time

If sources are to be believed, they said the gear ratios will be revamped if the technical amendments are carried out. Especially, it will be on the dual-clutch DSGs which are more in demand with the people of India.

Launch of 2015 Vento is expected to take up the daunting task of rivalry in the festive season of Diwali, where its heat could be felt by Maruti Ciaz, Honda City and Hyundai Verna.

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Volkswagen Vento Preferred Edition Launched

Volkswagen launched a special edition Vento in India called the Vento Preferred Edition.

The Preferred edition sedan of VW is added with the features like alloy wheels, side door protectors, chrome embellishment on the window lines, door visors, boot spoiler and a ‘Preferred’ badge on the bootlid.

On interiors, the car receives a reverse camera display which doubles up as a navigation system. The price of Volkswagen Vento Preferred Edition is still retained under wraps. In addition to the aforesaid features, Volkswagen had said to provide free insurance for first year and 4-years road side assistance.

Volkswagen Vento Preferred Edition Launched

This new exclusive sedan of VW is rolled out in order to beef up the sales against the new Honda City.

The Vento Preferred can be preferred in the fuel trims, petrol and diesel. Both of the powertrains comes displaced with the 1.6L engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

Volkswagen Vento Preferred Edition Launched

Volkswagen Vento of Indian manufacture to be sold in Mexico

Taking on the trailing stride in its favor, Volkswagen India went on with its growth strategy and sets the next milestone in its operations with the commencement of the export of the Left-Hand Drive Volkswagen Vento to Mexico. In the future, Mexico will become the single largest export market for Volkswagen India with every second car produced for exports at the Pune Plant being sold there.

German engineering made in India by Volkswagen is in great demand worldwide. After having entered two continents ¬– Asia and Africa – the Volkswagen Vento, manufactured at Pune Plant, will now be seen on the streets of a third continent – North America.

Volkswagen India commenced export of cars manufactured at its Pune Plant in 2011with the export to South Africa and entered the Left-Hand Drive market in 2012 with the export to Middle East countries. The next big step in the growth strategy of Volkswagen India is the expansion of exports of the Left-Hand Drive Vento to the Mexican market. In a full production year, every second car from the export volumes manufactured at the Pune Plant will go to Mexico, thus making it the single largest export market for Volkswagen India.

The production of Left-Hand Drive Vento cars for the Mexican market has commenced and the first lot of cars has already reached there. The official market introduction of this model in Mexico will be in the beginning of November 2013.The Vento will be offered in the Mexican market in three drivetrain options.

Volkswagen Vento

“The Vento was specifically designed and built for Indian customers. However its success in a competitive market like India has opened up doors for exporting this car to various other markets,” said Mr. Kodumudi.“Expanding the exports to new and demanding markets is a testimony to the high quality and standards of manufacturing followed at our plant. Mexico will be an extremely important market for us as every second export car manufactured at the Pune Plant will be destined for Mexico,” he added.

“With the increase in exports of fully built cars, Volkswagen India can tackle the volatilities in the domestic automotive market and in the currency,” Mr. Kodumudi said. “However, despite the increasing export volumes, the primary focus for Volkswagen India will continue to be on the domestic Indian market,” he added.

Mr. Andreas Lauenroth, Executive Director – Technical, Volkswagen India Private Limited, said, “Export to Mexico is the second major step for us in2013 after having commenced the export of parts and components to Malaysia earlier this year in April. We, at the Pune Plant, are ready to ramp-up production of the Vento to meet the growing demands of our export markets.”

Volkswagen Pune Production Plant currently produces the Volkswagen Polo, the Volkswagen Vento, the Skoda Fabia and the Skoda Rapid. The exports from Pune Plant include the Right-Hand Drive Volkswagen Polo and Right- and Left-Hand Drive Volkswagen Vento.

VW rolled out 3,00,000th vehicle from the Pune plant

Success is not always about numbers but at times you just cant ignore them. It was announced earlier that Ford is celebrating the production of its 300,000th Figo. When the auto world was rejoicing this proud moment, reports of another achievement reached the masses. The mighty Volkswagen Group’s Indian subsidiary has reported that on the 5th of August 2013, it manufactured its 300,000th vehicle at the Pune plant. Looks like the number 300,000 is hot amongst the car manufacturers these days.

VW is not new to India. It has been a part of the Indian automobile market since 2001. The VW group in India has a hold over 5 leading brands viz. Audi, Skoda, Lamborghini, Porsche and Volkswagen. The company launched itself in India with Skoda in the year 2001. The marques Volkswagen and Audi arrived much later in the year 2007. The latest to enter the Indian market were the Lamborghini and Porsche in the year 2012. All of these 5 brands are renowned globally and have their own esteemed positions in the Indian market. Overall the VW group has 25 of its model running in India. The group is selling its cars through 262 dealerships all across the nation.

The cars are being manufactured for the group at the production plants in Aurangabad and Pune. The plant in Aurangabad largely manufactures the luxury models for Skoda, Audi and Volkswagen which are sold in India and has an annual production capacity of 89,000 cars. The Pune plant located in Chakan, was started in 2009 and has an annual production capacity of 1,30,000 cars. This plant produces the Skoda Fabia and Rapid and Volkswagen Vento and Polo. The Volkswagen Group is a division of Volkswagen AG and globally it is represented by 12 renowned and magnificent brands which are Volkswagen Passenger cars, MAN, Volkswagen Commercial vehicles, Volkswagen, Skoda, SEAT, Scania, Porsche, Lamborghini, Ducati, Bugatti, Bentley and Audi.

VW rolled out 3,00,000th vehicle from the Pune plant
The 300,000th vehicle that we are talking about is a left hand drive, white coloured VW Vento. The Pune plant with its high quality production and large production volume, fulfills the company’s Indian demands and at the same time offers it with optimum exports. Vento is being produced at this plant since the year 2010 but its export started in this year to the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) member states Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar. The company exports its models to 30 countries which mainly include African and Middle East nations.

Commenting on this achievement, The Executive Director Technical at Volkswagen India Private Limited, Mr. Andreas Lauenroth said that “The roll out of the 3,00,000th car is indeed a matter of pride for us. The left hand drive Vento is a proof of the international quality products being manufactured at our plant in India. The Vento and Polo are being exported to over 30 countries from our facility in Pune. I would like to congratulate the entire team of Volkswagen India which has contributed greatly to achieve this landmark today.”

President and Managing Director of Volkswagen India Private Limited, Mr. Mahesh Kodumudi, said that “The Vento in itself is a milestone for Volkswagen in India. Though it was a car designed and built for India, it got wide acceptance in the international market as well and slowly grew to reach even the left-hand drive markets. Today, this car has achieved another milestone by being the 3,00,000th car to roll out of Pune Plant.”

Used Volkswagen Vento vs New Hyundai i20 Asta

New things have been kept on sprouting every now and then in automotive industry which we say is the necessity of horizon for staying ahead against the time, and moreover the comparison that we are going to do here is that of the used car versus the new one.

Though, many of us maybe very familiar with these types of things going in India but still certain issue lacks importance on the immediate note of second-hand purchase due to some of its drawbacks-related results pinned underneath the buying psychology. Buying a used car for many of us feels a bit tad to the money value in our country, which hence many of the people bet to avoid going for second hand version. To be true, due to the rising cost of fuels and as well as cars, used car industry had now been witnessing large chunk of footfalls in their respective showrooms and even the exclusives like BMW and Merc aren’t left for exception. Hence, to get the best out of both i.e new and old, we pitted the used German i.e. Volkswagen Vento and a new Korean Hyundai i20 against each other to see how they fare in the fight of vying price bracket. The badges that we have taken here are of the following categories:

  • Used Volkswagen Vento: 2012 make, Highline variant, Diesel;
  • New Hyundai i20: 1.4 CRDi Asta variant, Diesel.

Hyundai i20 Asta

The diesel engine is chosen here because whole of country is running after the same and even the price rise of oil burners not even loosing the grip in spite of many downturns.

Let’s start the things, taking a lot of time is pushing us harder to the end of both, because we love both of them and does not tend to miss out any of them at any point. The price band of Rs. 9 lakh is what we had found the catching trend of our local market which is gradually drawing powerful hatchback, and in an opposite a used car dealer is also selling the three box sedan in immaculate condition for, just a year old, at almost the same cost. Clearly stated, the 1 year old used car is as good as our daily usage car, not many nick nacks and the maintenance issues, condition slated as if maintained very suavely. Well, finding that sorted one is not an issue in India, plenty of showrooms and dealers here to help out with. One of the used Vento that we had seen at a dealer, was of nothing to say bad at it, everything was working perfectly, not even a minute electrical issue to come up for barging in trade-offs at, but in actual the German cars are famous for the disturbances with electrical gremlins, so it’s better to have a second view at them, and moreover the maintenance service history book will give in a perfect idea of what lies inside creeps.

Used Volkswagen Vento

Meanwhile, an additional help of an expert is also a recommended option. However, the 1 or 1 and a half year old Vento will be in a stealth condition if maintained correctively, but we say also ask for the warranty of it. VW provides warranty of two years which it will bestowed on the name of first owner itself, and can be easily transferred to the second owner too, where just needed to fill in the form at dealership and the things will be done on your way easily. On the other hand, Hyundai is providing two years-unlimited kilometers warranty with free service on first year duration. Talking about the service we got trickled something in our mind, being a German VW badged cars runs very well on road but all those swifts need cool amount of money in pocket for servicing them at their respective centers. In short, the single service of Vento will fall between Rs. 6,500 – 17,000 which the i20 will notch between a mere Rs. 2,000 – 7,500 gap, depending upon the duration and the usage of car, these are normally expected figures it may be lesser or more seeing as per the situation and conditions of one’s metal. And in the case if it happens, the need is felt to replace spare parts and such then German will munch a good amount of money from the pocket comparatively to the Korean counterpart.

Very importantly, enquire about the reasons for which the seller is selling his bug in used car market, if the reason is genuine then it is okay, but when something fishy like accident or other this type of plethora is smelt underneath his/her decision then leave that bonk, lot of others lay there in market waiting tentatively for good buyers.

Used Volkswagen Vento Interiors

Coming to the i20 for a while, it is a big rocket packed in a small carton, and truly the 1.4L CRDi diesel feels tempting to surf throughout the city roads. No clogging here and there at all, thank to swift yet fluidic dimensions, light steering wheel, soft suspension setup and many more. Talking drivability, the steering that was felt comfortable in the city comes as a drawback factor when given stroked high on an open stretch, we mean highways, even those cute aerodynamics also tend the car to dangle on turns in high revs. This is the point where Vento scores more than this, the 1.6L diesel producing 104 bhp mated with a five speed manual gearbox given in that bolster of rigidity, can be handled on any of the stretch thrown at it. Even the 454 liter boot space is an added advantage, as need not worry about anything for any kind of trips. Ending the technical here itself, the 1.4L mill of i20 Asta is good for the city rides, the 84bhp power and six speed manual gearbox whips more than the desires quotations on town roads, in terms of efficiency and as well as performance, which the highways will not feel it sufficient to grope in.

2013 Hyundai i20 Asta Interiors

Talking cosmetics now, not the outer crisps instead, but here we will learn what the interiors had to say, where does actual monetary value fills in the block. As we all are aware, i20 is very well equipped with the gadgets-type-frenzies Bluetooth connectivity for music system, dimming function for mirrors, reverse parking camera, automatically controlled ORVMs, with further advancements like airbags and rear disc brakes as an optional deal, and many more, making itself a strong contender in the segment, which the Vento is also not leaving battle ground very easily, grueling with features like CD player, climate control and rear AC vents amongst others for this league. Hopefully both of them are perfect in their ways, tending an extra mile type of clipping in the advancements of their respective level. Comparatively the overall aura of Hyundai is the factory fresh and Vento’s is of a bit old cladding, but the fit and finish of latter is derived via true German quality, build to last longer than anything else. And one will also miss those steering mounted controls in Highline, which the Asta sweeps credits in just a single take.

Used Volkswagen Vento Back View

However many of you’ll would have understood what we are trying to say. Hence, clearing the clutter by ourselves we conclude “Vento” to be the winner in this naked rivalry. No glamorous buff and such, but practicality had made German to stand tall in this shootout. The only factor that had kept us pinching from inside is the maintenance cost of VW, freaks to be costlier than any other model plate in this segment. And yes, the 0-100 kmph sprint of Vento is also faster by a whole two seconds against the i20, must say those additional 200cc really pays off.

2013 Hyundai i20 Asta Back View

Also check the competitive difference in the mentioned table below:

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Hence, if seen overall then it will be known that Vento is beneficiary in all the dimension, whereas the only tradeoff between both of them is a mere amount of ‘mileage’, which is considerable when given such a big lot of booties.

Volkswagen Vento TDI New Hyundai i20 Asta

Volkswagen Launches Vento Style Limited Edition at Rs. 8.33 lakh

Since some couple of months back Volkswagen had kept rolling the odd balls down our local market, in order to gain some of the cool pie of fraternity shares, and to be true we had witnessed an increment in the number of VW diehards. Now again, it is a time for those German loving guys to rejoice as their favorite brand had launched the “Style” edition of Vento in India. This C segment sedan had always remain in the limelight due to its youth appeal and a number of utilities being attached with it in terms of pricing and so, taking on competition with hot and famous hatchbacks under its stride.

Here as usual, the Style limited edition is a cosmetic treat rather than a technical brush up, so don’t expect something extraordinary in the driving level refinements. Meanwhile, tweaks had been done up to the mark of Indian context which can be named as ‘Signature Chrome Package’ on whole, henceforth to be further bifurcated into bits namely, chrome front grille, stylish new alloys, doorstep garnish, dual feel seat covers and ‘style’ badging on dashboard, inclusive of interiors as well as exteriors clutters.

Volkswagen Launches Vento
It can be easily said, Volkswagen had rolled out ‘IPL edition’ during the last premier league and had found lot of buyers for same, while here it seems to be the stereotypic strategy as well that had gained those miraculous figures during the previous cricket season, and one thing can be chalked as, Indians love to drive out new Vento during the famous IPL time, now it is been forming a tradition as it looks from the perception of VW.

No to disappointment for any of the variant buyers, Vento Style edition comes in package of 1.6 liter TDI diesel and 1.6 liter MPi petrol, being mated with 5-speed manual gearbox giving a same output of 105 bhp from both of them, contradicting the torque differences very vastly, and as said, oil burner covers 250 Nm comparatively to 153 Nm from the gasoline powertrain.

Volkswagen Vento Style launch
Pricing of Rs. 8.33 lakh (ex showroom Delhi) is not something too high for this limited edition German bug, and we say it is the most sorted offering in market right now to buy a newbie in the particular price range.

Honda to roll out Brio based diesel sedan by next year

Honda Motors will roll out a new diesel sedan based on the Brio platform by the first quarter of the coming year.

The novel car will be catered by a slighter four-cylinder diesel engine resulting from the 1.6-litre ‘Earth Dreams’ unit, which was exhibited with the 2013 European spec Honda Civic during the last month of 2012.

The vehicle will be sub-four meters in length permitting the company to get tax concession and value it in rivalry with the Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Toyota Etios.

Keeping in proportion to Takanobu Ito’s (CEO of Honda Japan) objectives, declared recently, Honda India will localize a lot of the constituents of the engine to maintain costs down, permitting for a cutthroat price.

Honda to roll out Brio based diesel sedan by next year
The diesel mill is expected to encompass a yield between 70 bhp to 100 bhp and obtain the i-Dtec badge. The identical engine will later on give power to the next generation editions of models such as the Brio hatchback as well as the City sedan.

This sedan (nicknamed-Honda 2TP) will be the Tokyo based maker’s primary diesel vehicle in the nation and will be a model the firm trusts on to revitalize its declining sales facts.

While talking more regarding the forthcoming Honda Brio Sedan, he stated that Brio sedan will come in both petrol and diesel engine editions. During a press meeting in Japan during September 2012, Honda Motors Global chief executive officer Mr. Takanobu had also stated that the firm is working on a latest diesel engine for the country.

Talking regarding India, Mr. Takanobuhad said, “In the country, a bran new diesel engine will be taken up in a consecutive manner to novel models commencing in FY2014. Besides the high fuel competence, the cost fight of the bran new diesel engine will be increased via local sourcing and local fabrication to build new diesel models more reasonable for clients.”

The company had also declared to roll out a bran new Jazz (Fit) series internationally in the coming year (2013) that would also be coming in India in addition. The all new Brio will oppose the likes of Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire, Toyota Etios, Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid and some others.

Renault Scala and its key competitors: A comparison

French car manufacturer Renault’s recently announced the launch of the Scala – a new C-segment Sedan based on Nissan Sunny. The Scala claims to be a premium over its Japanese sibling, and is available in both petrol and diesel versions. The Renault Scala is based on Nissan Sunny, thus it shares many of its features with its Japanese sibling, but the French car manufacturer has reworked on the car to give it a distinguished look and feel from the Nissan Sunny. The petrol Scala comes equipped with a 1.5 HX2 engine that is capable of running 16.95 kilometers per litre, and the diesel version comes with a .5-litre K9K engine that allows the vehicle to cover an impressive distance of 21.64 kilometers per litre.

There are two petrol and two diesel models of the Scala. The RxE Petrol and RxL Petrol cost Rs. 6.99 lakh and Rs. 7.85 lakh; while the RxL Diesel and RxZ Diesel variants cost Rs. 8.69 lakh and Rs. 9.57 lakh, respectively.

The Renault Scala will have to face tough competition from the likes of Volkswagen Vento, Skoda Rapid, Hyundai Verna and many more. Let’s have look at the Renault Scala’s main competitors.

Renault Scala

Renault Scala versus Volkswagen Vento

Like Renault Scala, the Volkswagen Vento also comes in both petrol and diesel versions.

The petrol variants of the Vento start from Rs. 7.10 lakh and go up to Rs. 9.21 lakh; while the diesel variants cost in the range of Rs. 8.30 lakh to Rs. 9.99 Lakh. The Vento comes equipped with a 1.6-litre engine that delivers a mileage of nearly 20kmpl for diesel versions and around 15kmpl for petrol variants. Thus, Scala can give a tough competition to the Volkswagen Vento in terms of price as well as mileage.

Volkswagen Vento

Renault Scala versus Skoda Rapid

Skoda Rapid petrol is available in the range of Rs. 6.75 lakh to Rs. 8.99 lakh, while the diesel versions cost in the range of Rs. 7.95 lakh to Rs. 9.9 lakh. Thus, Renault Scala and Skoda Rapid are neck to neck in terms of pricing. Rapid gives customers a large variety of permutation & combinations to choose. It offers five options in petrol and one automatic transmission variant and two manual transmission option variants in diesel. On the other hand, Scala offers merely two petrol and two diesel variants. The Skoda Rapid offers a mileage of around 15kmpl and 20kmph in petrol and diesel, respectively.

Skoda Rapid

Renault Scala versus Hyundai Verna

Hyundai Verna also offers a large varsity of options to choose from. It is available in five petrol and five diesel models. The petrol and diesel variants are available in the range of 6.99 Lakh to Rs. 9.72 lakh, and Rs. 8.19 lakh to Rs. 10.99, respectively.

Hyundai Verna

Renault Scala versus Toyota Etios

Toyota Etios can also be purchased from various available petrol and diesel. The petrol variants start with a price tag of Rs. 5.03 lakh and goes up to Rs. 7.03 lakh. The diesel variants start at Rs. 6.56 lakh and goes up to Rs. 7.99 lakh. Etios comes with 1496cc manual petrol variant that delivers a mileage of around 17kmpl. The 1364cc diesel variant delivers a mileage of 23kmpl. In terms of appearance, the Etios is classier than the Scala.

Toyota Etios

Volkswagen announces new value added traits in the Polo and the Vento

Volkswagen has announced the debut of its well known carline comprising the Vento and the Polo with innovative value added traits.

Europe’s top car maker will begin sales of the freshened up Polo and Vento by last half of the existing month (Sep 2012) via all its 108 franchises crosswise the nation.

The completely laden Polo Highline will now make appearance with an attractive price of around Rs. 6.94 lacs ex showroom New Delhi whilst the Vento Highline at a price of approximately Rs. 9.89 lacs ex showroom New Delhi.

Volkswagen Polo

While talking to the reporters on the occasion, Mr. Arvind Saxena, Managing Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt. Ltd. stated that the launching of novel characteristics in the popular models Polo and the Vento will further electrify the clients as both the models will offer added value at this time.

Mr. Arvind Saxena also stated that the introduction of these traits will pave the pathway for advanced volumes for these popular models. Here are the highlights:

Volkswagen Vento

Polo

  • Black headlights
  • Alloy wheels boasting novel design
  • Leather coated steering wheel
  • Leather coated gearstick knob and handbrake lever handle
  • RCD 310 music system together with USB link
  • Speed detecting volume control for music system
  • Multi-job steering wheel
  • Bluetooth Device*

Vento

  • Novel design alloy wheels
  • Black headlights
  • Four Speakers
  • Navigation system with back view camera along with Bluetooth*

With festival time approaching, Volkswagen India proposes to roll out highline editions of Polo and Vento at discounts of around Rs 20,000 to Rs 50,000 respectively.

Mr. Saxena also said that both Polo and Vento have been enjoying good market for around 3 years, that’s why they are bracing them with the intention to offer value to the clients.

Volkswagen Vento launched as Polo sedan in Malaysia for the price of Jetta

Few motivating facts have surfaced which throw light on the authenticity of certain beliefs that the countrymen have associated with Indian automotive industry. As per the facts, Indians are surely not paying more for vehicles unlike their counterparts in other foreign nations. The Indian government is definitely not anti-motoring and VW isn’t charging any premium for its vehicles. Purportedly, Malaysia will soon be witnessing the introduction of one of the less expensive sedans from the Volkswagen stable, the Volkswagen Polo sedan. In India, the VW Polo sedan has been named as Vento. In Malaysia, the Polo sedan is available for the price of RM 99,888 and will be reaching Malaysian car market as completely built units (CBU) that will be exported from Volkswagen’s facility in Chakan near Pune in India.

Volkswagen Polo Sedan
In consequence of Vento being imported as completely built units its price in Malaysia has notched up crazily. In India, it would be offered for Rs. 16 lakhs and this proves the fact that Indians don’t always pay more unlike other nations. Motivation for the Volkswagen Polo Sedan will come from an inline four-cylinder 2.0 liter turbocharged diesel powerplant, which is good for pulsating 140PS of power @ 4200 rpm. The engine is mated to a manual six-speed transmission. It is offered with metallic color options like Reflex Silver, White Gold, Blue Graphite and Platinum Grey and other shades like Black Uni, Salsa Red and Candy White. VW Jetta is also rich on the safety end with antilock braking system, eight airbags and electronic stability program.

Volkswagen Polo Sedan