VW Vento to be launched in China to replace an old Jetta
Aravind Jayachandran, It goes without saying that I'm a huge petrolhead and can apparently convert all my driving emotions into words you can read.
Volkswagen India pulled a masterstroke by introducing the Vento in India. Take a Polo, stretch it, attach a boot and BANG! you have a winner. It didn't end there - You then mildly redesign the front and rear fascias to sell it as a Skoda and almost double your sales.
The Vento also went to many international markets after its India debut. In South Africa, it is sold as the Polo sedan. Next, the Vento heads to China to replace an old generation Jetta.
The Vento that heads to China has slightly different headlamps if you compare it to the Indian version. It will be offered with 1.4L and 1.6L petrol engines. It will be manufactured in Chengdu via the FAW-VW joint venture. The company has restricted the production this year but the capacity will be expanded to 270,000 vehicles in 2013.
ChinaCarTimes reports that the 1.6L Vento will mostly become taxis, police vehicles, government fleet cars, etc. Chinese family customers will mop up the 1.4L version of the Vento.