Volkswagen India is part of the Volkswagen group headquartered in Germany and established in 2007 to build cars in the Indian market for domestic consumption. While this was true initially, VW also exports its cars manufactured in India to various countries around the world.
Volkswa en has invested over Rs 4,000 crore in its Indian operations, a massive chunk of which went towards setting up its manufacturing facility in Chakan, Maharashtra. The plant has a capacity to manufacture 2 lakh vehicles annually. As of now, the Polo and Vento are key cars built at this facility as well as the Rapid sedan, from Volkswagen’s Czech brand, Skoda.
Volkswagen initially set shop in 2007 when it introduced the previous generation Passat followed by the previous-gen Jetta in 2008. Both these cars have been updated now as has been the Polo hatchback and Vento sedan. Volkswagen briefly also imported the Touareg, Beetle and Phaeton to India but discontinued them in 2013.
A big boost for Volkswagen came in January 2015 when the company inaugurated its engine manufacturing facility at the Chakan plant for the new 1.5-litre diesel engine that now powers the Polo and Vento sedan. The plant holds a capacity to build 98,000 engines annually in two tune states – 90PS and 105PS.
Volkswagen is also known to introduce performance oriented models like the TSI Polo and efficient diesel automatics like the Vento DSG. In addition to its interesting models, VW has gained a reputation for its solid build quality and classy designs.Read MoreRead Less