Algeria is slowly starting to become one of the prime export markets for made-in-India automobiles.
The African country recently received the India-made Ford Figo. The made-in-India Hyundai Accent is selling in thousands every month! The Maruti Alto K10 will be launched there next month and now, according Auto Algerie, the VW Vento is the next Indian model in line to tap the Algerian market.
The Vento, mostly likely to be called as the VW Polo sedan, is expected to make its debut at the Motor Show of Algiers in March, alongside the Maruti Suzuki Alto K10. It is to be noted that the Vento is manufactured only in Russia and India. VW India's Chakan plant also manufactures LHD Ventos that are exported to the Middle East.
In Algeria the Polo sedan would go head on against cars like the Peugeot 301 and the Citroen C-Elysee.
The Algerian model will most likely carry the 1.6 litre petrol engine with 105 PS on tap. It is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and VW could spring a surprise on the Algerians by offering the 6-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic. A 1.4 liter engine, sold in South Africa, can be an option for low-spec variants.
The export operations of the VW Vento should bring some much needed volumes to VW India.