Volkswagen Cars In India

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Last Updated: 2015-04-15

Volkswagen has 30 cars models available in India out of which 10 are hatchbacks and 20 are sedans. Volkswagen has total of 13 petrol cars and 17 diesel cars. There are 6 automatic cars and 24 manual transmission cars to select from. Polo is the most economical car with an ex-showroom price (Mumbai) of Rs. 5,59,900/- and the most expensive model is Jetta with an ex-showroom price (Mumbai) of Rs. 14,55,490/-. Jetta is the latest car by Volkswagen launched on 2015-02-17 and priced at Rs. 14,55,490/- (ex-showroom price, Mumbai) - Read Expert Review on Jetta. Tiguan, Up and Golf are some of the upcoming Volkswagen cars in 2015. Popular Volkswagen cars in Apr-2015 are Cross Polo, Jetta and Polo. Find details on 102 Volkswagen new car dealers across India.

History

Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited is the wholly owned subsidiary of the German car manufacturer - Volkswagen. VW Group in India offers products under several brands including Skoda, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini. The company started its operations in the country with the launch of Skoda in 2001 with Octavia sedan as its first car. Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt. Ltd. entered in India in 2007, while the ultra-luxury brands- Lamborghini and Porsche were launched in 2012.

Volkswagen AG has 12 brands from 7 European nations, which sells products globally. The 11 automotive brands include Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Scania, SEAT, Skoda, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and MAN; and the maker also acquired Ducati as its only motorcycle brand.

VW entered our market in 2007 and launched its premium saloon - the Passat. To further enhance its portfolio, the German maker introduced the Jetta sedan in the country in 2008. Following year witnessed the arrival of the company's iconic model and globally popular vehicles in the country - the new Beetle and the high-end SUV Tourareg. In 2010, two mass segment Volkswagen car models - the Polo and the Vento - were launched in India. This year also witnessed the arrival of high-end car Phaeton. Out of these seven cars, three Volkswagen car models were imported as CBU (Completely Built Unit).

Indian Operations and Executive Managements

The German car manufacturer appointed Mahesh Kodumudi as the President and Managing Director of the company in India. Other key person in VW India is Thierray Lespiaucq, who is the Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Sales India. He has earlier worked as the company’s Brand Director of its Mexican unit, Volkswagen de Mexico. Mr. Lespiaucq is now responsible for all the operations of the company in India.

Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt. Ltd. has a production unit at Chakan, near Pune, Maharashtra. This manufacturing facility has a capacity of 200,000 vehicles per annum. The Chakan plant is also used by Skoda Auto India for the production of Rapid sedan. This unit was, earlier, also used by SAIPL to develop Fabia hatchback.

The German auto major has invested a total sum of Rs. 3800 crores, which is the biggest ever investment made by a German company in our country. The Chakan unit has a high level of vertical integration. VW Group India employs about 5000 employees that works at various locations in India. Over 3500 employees work at its Chakan unit, while 1000 workers are dedicated to the Aurangabad unit. Its National Group Sales office in Mumbai has around 300 people.

Product & Services

VW India has a decent sales and service network in the country. The company has 122 dealerships spread across 113 cities of the nation. The company is also exporting the India-made Polo hatchback and Vento sedan to various developing countries. For enthusiasts, the company has been organizing Polo R Cup and Vento R Cup in India. 

Environmental Initiatives

The German carmaker is yet to introduce any CNG, hybrid and electric car in our market. However, the company has hybrid cars in international markets that can make their way to India. It is quite early to say if VW will bring electric/CNG vehicles in the country or not. The maker is spending a lot on research & development, and its engines offer fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emission.

Founder & First car

The company was founded as Gesellschaft Zur Virbereitung des Deutschen Volkswagens mbH on 28 May 1937. The company was founded by the National Socialist Deutsche Arbeitsfront (German Labour Front). The first car manufactured by VW was the Beetle. Originally referred as the Porsche Type 60, then the VW Type 1, the Beetle is an iconic model for the manufacturer and is still on sale globally. This model was designed by Ferdinand Porsche's consulting firm, and the company was supported by Adolf Hitler.

USP

Volkswagen cars in India target premium car buyers. The company is yet to introduce an entry-level compact car. The Polo hatchback and other VW car models are known for offering high performance and excellent driving experience. Not just there are performance-oriented models, there are several fuel efficient Volkswagen Cars in India. Though almost all the Volkswagen cars are known for offering high mileage, the most fuel efficient Volkswagen Cars are - Vento, Polo and Jetta.

Resale Value

The resale value of Volkswagen cars in India is decent; however, its contemporaries have better value. The company needs to work on its after sales service and dealership network. The Vento and Polo, the two most fuel efficient Volkswagen cars in India, offer good resale value.

Competition

The company is doing decent business and is planning to launch more mass market products in near future. VW is currently facing stiff competition from the likes of Fiat, Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra and Ford.

Volkswagen Car Models

Volkswagen Cross Polo
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Rs. 7.29 - Rs. 8.62 lakhs
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Volkswagen Cross Polo

The Volkswagen Cross Polo is equipped with a 3-cylinder diesel engine, which has a displacement of 1199 cc. The 1.2-litre TDI engine of Cross Polo is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, which transmits power to its front wheels.

Volkswagen Jetta
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Rs. 14.55 - Rs. 20.75 lakhs
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Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen Jetta is the Executive sedan offered by the German car maker in the country. This model is available in diesel-powered variants only with six speed manual and automatic (DSG) transmission options. The car has won a host of awards in India, including Executive Car of the Year and Auto Commercial of the Year (Car) (Overdrive Awards), Mid-size Sedan of the Year (NDTV Car & Bike Awards 2011), Best Automobile Award of the Year (Bloomberg-UTV Autocar Awards 2012) and Executive Car of the Year (Car And Bike India Award 2012).

Volkswagen Polo
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Rs. 5.6 - Rs. 8.73 lakhs
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Volkswagen Polo

Volkswagen Polo is the premium hatchback offered by the company in India. This model suits Indian requirements like sufficient power, attractive looks, ample seating space, decent luggage area and great handling. With four petrol and three diesel variants, it is one the preferred choices of Indian families. It has been bestowed with awards like Best Premium Compact Car (JD Power Asia Pacific), Premium Hatchback of the Year (CNBC Overdrive), Car of the Year (Business Standard Motoring), Entry-level hatch of the Year - Diesel (Subros Car India Awards 2011) and Car of the Year (NDTV Car & Bike Awards 2011).

Volkswagen Vento
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Rs. 8.1 - Rs. 11.87 lakhs
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Volkswagen Vento

Volkswagen Vento is the entry level sedan in the automotive giant's domestic portfolio. It is the perfect sedan for families which want powerful performance and premium comfort features in a quality package. It is available in three petrol and three diesel variants with manual and automatic gearboxes. The model has won various honours in India, including Premium Compact Sedan of the Year (ET Zigwheels Awards), Saloon Car of the Year (BBC Top Gear), Mid Size Car of the Year and Car of the Year (Subros Car India) and Design of the Year (NDTV Car India Award 2011).

Upcoming Volkswagen Cars in India

Volkswagen Up Images
Volkswagen has decided to launch its smallest car Volkswagen Up in India. The company expects to compete with Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki by its small car range. It is expected ...more on Volkswagen Up
Expected: early 2016, 0 comments.
Volkswagen Tiguan Images
The Volkswagen Tiguan is synonymous with power packed performance. Indeed, in its compact format it is a true performer with some of the best features rolled into one. While ...more on Volkswagen Tiguan
Expected: End 2016, 0 comments.
Volkswagen Golf Images
The Volkswagen Golf is all set to hit the Indian roads as a hatchback model with compact and sleek looks. Volkswagen has not announced the final launch date, but it is expected ...more on Volkswagen Golf
Expected: early 2016, 0 comments.
Volkswagen Taigun Images
It has been almost a decade since Volkswagen is present in the domestic auto market. Auto experts from around the world unanimously agree that the German car makers are among ...more on Volkswagen Taigun
Expected: mid 2015, 0 comments.
Volkswagen Rocktan Images
Volkswagen, a German automotive manufacturer, is an original and best-selling marque of the Volkswagen Group. With its entry in the Indian market, Volkswagen launched many cars ...more on Volkswagen Rocktan
Expected: end 2015, 0 comments.
Volkswagen Passat Images
Volkswagen Passat was launched originally in 1973 and was available only in sedan and hatchback forms. The exterior design of Volkswagen Passat was done by an Italian designer, ...more on Volkswagen Passat
Expected: end 2015, 0 comments.

Discontinued Volkswagen Models

Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen Beetle is the latest iteration of the iconic Beetle that became the first recognisable model from the stables of this German auto maker. Despite many modifications over the years, the latest edition of the car is still characterised by features like cute and appealing looks, reliable performance and a powerful engine, which also defined the original Beetle. This three-door car is quite compact in size but offers sufficient seating space for four occupants.


Fueltype:Petrol,Transmission:Automatic
Volkswagen Jetta Old

Fueltype:Diesel,Transmission:Manual
Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat is the company's premium sedan in India that comes in three variants Trendline, Comfortline and Highline. It is integrated with BlueMotion Technologies that make it an environmentally responsible, eco-friendly vehicle that is replete with all the luxury features. This luxury car has been conferred with titles like Best Interiors of the Year (BBC Top Gear Awards), Premium Sedan (ET Zigwheels Awards) Green Car Award for BlueMotion Technology (Bloomberg-UTV Autocar Awards 2012).


Fueltype:Diesel,Transmission:Manual
Volkswagen Phaeton

Volkswagen Phaeton, the flagship model of the company, is a luxury sedan that comes with all the premium comfort and convenience attributes as well as safety features in a powerful package which make a drive enjoyable. The handcrafted car exhibits unmatched workmanship and the attention to detail that the company has rendered while developing it. This makes each model unique unto itself and provides the buyers an individualised product rather than a mass produced vehicle.


Fueltype:Petrol,Transmission:Manual
Volkswagen Touareg

Volkswagen Touareg is a mid sized crossover Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) that comes in only one trim in India. The car is a powerful off-roader that is said to represent a landmark in SUV performance and a surprisingly strong frame that makes it one of the most stable SUVs in the world. It is indeed one of the best and most underrated SUVs in the country today and is capable of doing equally well on all types of off-road terrains as well as city roads.


Fueltype:Diesel,Transmission:Automatic

News for Volkswagen

Volkswagen sales increased by 18 per cent during April 2015
05 May, 2015, 16:49 IST by Roger Dsouza  
The largest car manufacturer of Europe, Volkswagen has declared sales growth of 18 per cent during April 2015 at 3,572 units under the review of 3,033 units sold in the month of corresponding...

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