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Volkswagen Russia has managed to sell 200,000 units of the Polo Sedan (called the Vento in India) manufactured in its Kaluga plant. The 200,000th unit sold was a petrol model in the Comfortline trim. The Polo sedan was first produced at the Kaluga plant back in 2010. The Kaluga plant by itself has produced over 700,000 VW cars, with the 700,000th unit rolled out last November. The Kaluga plant was...

Volkswagen’s push to increase sales in India has been given an impetus with the appointment of Michael Mayer as the Director for Volkswagen Passenger Cars India, taking over from June 1. He will report to Thierry Lespiaucq, managing director of Volkswagen Group Sales India. Mayer currently holds responsibility for market planning for Volkswagen Passenger Cars European Sales division in Wolfsburg,...

Volkswagen is celebrating the 40th birthday of the Golf which is one of the most successful cars of all time. The first series production VW Golf with a front-engine rolled off the assembly line in Wolfsburg on 29 March 1974, when vehicles with rear-mounted engines and rear-wheel drive dominated the scene. Its been 4 decades since the first Volkswagen Golf was produced. Over 30 million units have been...

The 2014 VW Polo GT TDI facelift was caught on test near VWs manufacturing facility in Pune, Maharashtra. The Polo facelift was world premiered earlier this month at the Geneva Motor Show, with European sales having commenced yesterday. The Polo facelift is expected to go on sale in India in the middle of this year. Launched last year, the GT TDI is basically a Polo using the Vento’s 1.6-liter...

The VW Group has announced that it would consolidate the production of the next-generation Tiguan and from 2016, produce it at its facility in Hanover. This is done in order to capitalise on the flexibility offered by the MQB platform which will underpin the Tiguan. The 2017 VW Tiguan will be built on the MQB platform, unlike the current-version pictured above. The production at Hanover will be in...

VW India is planning model year refreshes for its bread-and-butter models, the Polo and Vento, this year. The refreshed Polo has been spied testing near the company’s manufacturing base in Chakan, Maharashtra, and is scheduled to go on sale from the middle of this year. The refreshed VW Vento will launch by the end of this year. Seen here is our artist’s rendering of what it would look...

The VW Group had its annual press conference in Germany last week. Apart from announcing sales and profits for the past year, the Group outlined its future and investment plans. The VW Group brands will launch 100 models in 2014 and 2015. Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, announced that this year and next year, the VW Group brands (comprising...

In today’s feature story, we are throwing the spotlight on 6 B-Segment family hatchbacks that are expected to launch in India in the next 12-18 months. These B-Segment vehicles are all-new or variants and facelifts of currently running models. These form the core of the Indian auto market. 1. Honda Jazz Honda will re-introduce the Jazz hatchback in the B+ segment in the first quarter of the next...