Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Small car for India by Volkswagen!!!

Get set for the first fully original Indian VW. The company’s Indian engineers and designers are said to be building an Indian Volkswagen car, specifically targeted at India.
It is not known when the launch will take place, though most expect it to be in 2010.
And no, this VW small car is not targeted against the Tata Nano. Volkswagen will manufacture its India-specific small car at its upcoming greenfield plant at Chakan in Pune where the company is investing Rs 3,500 crore. The plant will have an assembling capacity of 1.1 lakh cars per annum.
There are no further details available, the car is already in the developmental stages, says Volkswagen India.
The European car behemoth has confirmed that the proposed Volkswagen car will be made in India from scratch. This means that all aspects including basic design of the car on paper to the end product will be done in India. With this plan in progress, VW would soon join the likes of global giants such as Renault, Nissan, Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, General Motors and Ford, who are already preparing to explore the Indian market with their India-specific cars.
Continuing with its India thrust, Volkswagen will also soon launch the Indian version of its Polo hatchback. Incidentally, the Polo hatchback has already carved a name for itself as an international best selling small car. The version for India is currently being built and is expected to hit the Indian tarmac in 2010.
Volkswagen, meanwhile, lifted the wraps off its Jetta, a premium D segment car, in India. The Jetta has been positioned in such a way it would rival Honda’s Civic, Hyundai’s Sonata, Toyota’s Corolla and Skoda’s Octavia. The Jetta which sports a price tag in the Rs 12.97-Rs 16.67 lakh range is available in three variants with a diesel option. The new car is VW’s addition to the Indian car market which is already seeing sales of its luxury model Passat as well as the SUV Touareg. It has been pointed out that the Passat and the Touareg together saw sales of around 340 cars in the first six months this year.
Apart from the plans for the fully-India car, the European giant may also make an entry into hugely potential commercial vehicle soon.