Volkswagen Cars In India

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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 History

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.

Volkswagen Founder

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

Volkswagen motive

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.

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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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