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Latest on Volkswagen: 28 July, 2015

Globally well acclaimed German automaker Volkswagen has reportedly surpassed Toyota in terms of sales to become the world's biggest automaker, as shown by the figures for the first half of the year. Toyota said it sold 5.02 million vehicles worldwide between January and June, falling below earlier figures from Volkswagen of 5.04 million units shifted in the same period.


Volkswagen has 26 cars models available in India out of which 10 are hatchbacks and 16 are sedans. Volkswagen has total of 12 petrol cars and 14 diesel cars. There are 6 automatic cars and 20 manual transmission cars to select from. Polo is the most economical car with an ex-showroom price (Mumbai) of Rs. 5,49,395/- and the most expensive model is Jetta with an ex-showroom price (Mumbai) of Rs. 14,57,423/-. Vento is the latest car by Volkswagen launched on 2015-06-23 and priced at Rs. 7,70,000/- (ex-showroom price, Mumbai) - Read Expert Review on Vento. Tiguan, Up and Golf are some of the upcoming Volkswagen cars in 2015. Popular Volkswagen cars in Jul-2015 are Cross Polo, Polo and Vento. Find details on 102 Volkswagen new car dealers across India.

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.


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, Jetta and Cross Polo.

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.


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. 6.78 - Rs. 8.62 lakhs
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Volkswagen Cross Polo

Like the Fabia Scout, the Cross Polo is a compact crossover from Volkswagen stable. It is basically a jagged up version of the popular Polo hatchback. With some visual makeovers and added features, the car looks bigger and sportier than the regular hatchback variant. Volkswagen has positioned the compact crossover above the hatchback. With this cross, the company targets young buyers who look for a combination of sportiness, spaciousness and fuel efficiency. It is the first hatchback-based crossover of the country, followed by Fiat Avventura, Toyota Etios Cross and Hyundai i20 Active.

Volkswagen Jetta
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Rs. 14.57 - Rs. 20.74 lakhs
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Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen has launched a reworked version of Jetta in the Indian auto market. The most noticeable changes in the model are upfront. The front fascia now features a Passat-like chrome front radiator grille, larger air intake and reworked bumper. The bi-xenon headlamps are also new, equipped with company’s flagship Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS). However, the technical configuration of the car remains same. Notably, the company has retained all its variants, including Trendline, Comfortline and Highline, in order to give several options to buyers.

Volkswagen Polo
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Rs. 5.49 - Rs. 8.72 lakhs
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Volkswagen Polo

The Volkswagen Polo is a premium hatchback which has been on sale in the Indian market since 2009. The hatchback has been the top selling product for the German carmaker in India. In a bid to further improve its sales, the company introduced the updated Polo hatch in the country in 2014. The premium car comes equipped with new age features and refined powerplants. Adding to it, the German maker also introduced the updated Polo TSI and TDI models.

Volkswagen Vento
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Rs. 7.7 - Rs. 11.64 lakhs
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Volkswagen Vento

Over the past few years, German car maker Volkswagen has carved a niche for itself in the Indian market by delivering excellent quality in its vehicles. Despite being a pretty high-end brand to be a mass seller, the company has created its own fan following. One of the models that have contributed to its success is the Volkswagen Vento – the mid-sized sedan. Good looking, efficient and high quality in terms of performance, Vento has done well while remaining in a highly competitive segment.

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.
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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.
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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
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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.

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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).

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.

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.


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