Volkswagen Cars in India
Volkswagen (VW) was launched in the year 1937 and is now one of the world’s most respected automobile manufacturers. Volkswagen is a German based organization and it is the original marquee of Volkswagen Group. Volkswagen is a German word and is derived from folks-wagon, or ‘people’s car’. The Beetle was the first car launched by Volkswagen.
Volkswagen is a very successful European car maker now but the organization faced many trials in its journey to achieve this impressive success.
Volkswagen’s first factory was installed in 1938 but the organization was unable to continue operations due to the Second World War and so they produced very few cars at that time. One of Volkswagen’s first vehicles was gifted to Adolph Hitler for his birthday. In 1945, the Americans and British demolished the Volkswagen plant and took control of it to produce military units. Major Hirst, an army officer, was made in-charge of that factory and it was him in fact that rescued them.
In 1947, the Volkswagen factory started to flourish and it pumped 1000 cars per month. Unfortunately, the Volkswagen factory was damaged once again and production was made to freeze. Then no one wished to claim the factory.
In 1960, Volkswagen attempted to manufacture other vehicles and the organization produced a war vehicle named Thing. It was huge and unpleasant and sold for just two years in the United States. Volkswagen rivals like Roots mocked the Volkswagen Beetle by telling them that the organization was wasting lots of money and time trying to improve the Beetle. Unfortunately, Volkswagen sank into deep financial problems in 1973 and stopped focusing on the Beetle.
Volkswagen was constantly facing unpleasant situations and after its long bitter consequences, Volkswagen released the Volkswagen Rabbit in 1974 and Volkswagen Passat in 1973, which became very successful vehicles and they still remain popular in this modern day. During the 1980s, the Volkswagen Golf was sold in the name of Volkswagen Rabbit in the United States and later the name was changed into Volkswagen Golf. However, currently the car is named only as Volkswagen Rabbit. Some of the most famous Volkswagen cars of this era are – Volkswagen Jetta and new Volkswagen Beetle.
Launch of Volkswagen in India
Volkswagen India Private Limited was launched in2007. The organization is a manufacturer, distributor and assembler of Volkswagen units in India. The headquarters of Volkswagen India Private India Limited is situated in Chaken, Maharashtra. Indian Volkswagen plant can manufacture 110, 000 units annually. Some of the popular assembled and manufactured Volkswagen units in the Volkswagen plant are – Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Jetta and Volkswagen Passat and the famous imported models of Volkswagen cars are – Volkswagen Beetle, Volkswagen Phaeton and Volkswagen Touareg. Volkswagen was started in India just two years back and its going on its successful path and planning to release Volkswagen Polo in the near future and this Volkswagen car will be one of many cars in India.
Volkswagen Group has also installed a separate company for sales in India in 2007 named Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited. Its headquarters are in Mumbai.
The Founder of Volkswagen is Ferdinand Porsche and the co-founders of Volkswagen are Bodo Lafferentz and Jakob Werlin. Ferdinand Porsche is famous for producing the first hybrid unit (gasoline-electric) named Volkswagen Beetle. Mr. Joerg Mueller is the founder of Volkswagen India Private Limited, who is the Managing Director and President of Volkswagen India Private Limited
During the 1930s, Germans were not typically rich enough to afford cars. Keeping that in mind, Adolph Hitler decided to bring about vehicles for ordinary people and he chose Volkswagen and sponsored it to create this.
Volkswagen fun, facts, trivia
Roots Car Corporation was one of Volkswagen’s foremost rivals in the 1940’s. The owner of Roots Car Corporation mocked Volkswagen Beetle for making any effort to improve the Beetle as he thought it was ugly and noisy. Ironically though, the Beetle has emerged to become one of the most successful automobiles in the history of the world and still lives on with a fine reputation. Roots, however, stopped production and shut down a long long time ago.
Volkswagen dealers network in India
Currently there are 22 Volkswagen dealerships throughout the country but the organization is planning to expand its dealerships to 150 by 2011.
The famous Volkswagen dealers in India are – Automark Motors Private Limited at Ahmadabad, Elite Motors and Volkswagen Palace Cross at Bangalore, Genes Motors, Swami Automotives Private Limited at Chandigarh, Volkswagen Chennai at Chennai, Volkswagen Cochin at Cochin, Ramani Cars Private Limited at Coimbatore, Orion Motors at Hyderabad, Tanya Cars Private Limited at Jaipur, OSL Exclusive Private Limited at Kolkata, Viraj Distributors Private Limited at Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, Prestige Motors, Lally Motors India Private Limited at Ludhiana, DD Autoworld Private Limited, Kashyap Vehicle Works Private Limited and Worldclass Automobile Private Limited ate New Delhi, Caculo Automotive Private Limited at Panji, Goa; Vidyut Motors Private Limited at Pune; Navjivan Auto Square Private Limited at Surat, Volkswagen Downtown at Mumbai and many more.
Volkswagen Used car markets
Volkswagen is known for its production of sturdy and reliable cars. They typically have good resale value. However, it is always advisable to buy used Volkswagen cars that are under the Used Approved Scheme because these cars are not only more reliable but also better priced.
Volkswagen Future Plans
Volkswagen is planning to release the new NMS at the North American Auto Show 2011 and this model will replace the existing Volkswagen Passat.
A New Compact Sedan of Mexican build will be replacing the Volkswagen Jetta, which is supposed to release in June 2010.
Regarding Volkswagen Polo, the organization has been unsure about whether or not to release the model in United States. Volkswagen plans to do minor changes on existing Eos and Tiguan.
Volkswagen is planning to release larger, luxurious cars at fair prices in North America in the near future. The organization is mainly targeting a high volume segment for the next few years. Volkswagen is planning to release these cars with basic strategies like localization, larger size, cheaper pricing, familiarization, simplification and so on for next three years.
Volkswagen Car Models and Volkswagen Prices
The popular Volkswagen car models are – Volkswagen Amarok, Volkswagen Beetle, Volkswagen Bora, Volkswagen Caddy, Volkswagen Caravele, Volkswagen Compact Roadster, Volkswagen Concept A, Volkswagen Concept R, Volkswagen Crafter, Volkswagen CrossGolf, Volkswagen CrossPolo, Volkswagen E-Up, Volkswagen EcoRacer, Volkswagen Eos, Volkswagen Fox, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Jetta, Volkswagen Kombi Beach, Volkswagen L1, Volkswagen Microbus, Volkswagen NanoSpyder, Volkswagen Neeza, Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Passat CC, Volkswagen Phaeton, Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Scirocco, Volkswagen Sharan, Volkswagen Tiguan, Volkswagen Touareg, Volkswagen Touran, Volkswagen Transporter, Volkswagen Up, Volkswagen Up-Lite and more.
Volkswagen Beetle classic is the very first model of Volkswagen and the model is still running, after having received a facelift in 1998. A new Volkswagen Beetle –costs Rs. 22 lacs. Currently Volkswagen has launched only one variant in India. The New Beetle has a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder petrol engine that comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. Additionally the New Beetle consists of Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), FOUR Airbags, engine immobilizers and Electronic Stabilization Program (ESP).
The Volkswagen Jetta is another hit model of Volkswagen and this model comes as Jetta petrol or Jetta diesel version. VW Jetta is a D-segment car that comes in two variants Volkswagen Jetta 1.6 Tradeline and Volkswagen Jetta 1.9 TDI. Volkswagen Jetta TDI was launched in 2008 in India. Volkswagen Jetta 1.6 is the cheapest Jetta and this Volkswagen Jetta price is 13 lacs. Top model of Jetta is Volkswagen Jetta 1.9 TDI Comfortline (diesel) that comes with DSG automatic transmission and its Delhi ex-showroom price starts from 17 lacs.
Volkswagen Passat was launched in 2007 in India. Globally, since its launch in 1973, it has sold 14 million units. The new Volkswagen Passat comes with a 2000 cc engine. Volkswagen Passat only comes with a diesel engine. It is available in two variants - Volkswagen Passat TDI and Volkswagen Passat Highline TDI. Volkswagen Passat prices are between 22 – 22.4 Lacs. Volkswagen Passat Highline DSG S is the top variant of Passat and it is a sedan with five seats that cone with a 1968ccengine and Triptonic six-speed transmission.
Volkswagen Touareg Review - Volkswagen Touareg was launched in 2002 globally and in India at the end of 2009. Volkswagen Touareg TDI is a mid-size crossover SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) priced around 53 lacs. Volkswagen Touareg V6 3.0 TDI comes with a 3000 cc engine with a six-speed automatic transmission and it has eight Airbags with ABS.
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