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12 years on, Volkswagen Polo India manufacturing to finish quickly | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

VW has bought greater than 2.5 lakh models of the Polo in India thus far, however gross sales have tapered off in latest months.

Volkswagen Polo manufacturing in India will quickly come to an finish after practically 12 years. The premium hatchback has been produced at VW’s plant in Chakan, Maharashtra since 2010 and was the model’s first regionally produced mannequin. The premium hatchback is by far VW’s bestselling mannequin in India, with over 2.5 lakh models bought.

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So, why is VW Polo manufacturing ending? The easy reply is, in fact, its age and dwindling gross sales, however within the bigger scheme of issues, it’s a matter of streamlining manufacturing. With the upcoming launch of the VW New International Sedan, tipped to be referred to as the Virtus, manufacturing of the VW Vento sedan that it’ll change may also be ending.

The Vento and Polo are the one remaining fashions to make use of the model’s outdated PQ platform, and conserving a manufacturing line alive for only a single mannequin (which sells roughly 1,000 models a month) merely isn’t viable. This manufacturing capability will doubtless be transferred to the Taigun and the brand new sedan.

12 years of the Volkswagen Polo in India

Although changed by an all-new sixth-generation mannequin globally in 2018, the fifth-gen Polo has soldiered on in India for over a decade. Throughout its 12 years, it has been given a number of small updates to assist preserve it related, and has been powered by as many as 10 totally different engines throughout its lifespan. What by no means modified was its enchantment to Indian patrons as a distinctly European-feeling premium hatchback with a tricky construct and very good inside high quality.

March 2010 – The Polo makes its debut with a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.2-litre turbo diesel engine. Neither engine is especially sturdy, however the package deal on the entire has plenty of promise within the rising premium hatchback market in India.

September 2010 – To supply a bit of additional oomph for fanatics, a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine is added to the vary. Although heavier within the nostril, the handbook gearbox ensured it was a enjoyable driving expertise.

April 2013 – The 1.6 petrol is changed by a high-tech, direct-injection turbo-petrol engine with as a lot energy however extra torque, and a quick-shifting dual-clutch auto gearbox. The letters ‘GT TSI’ are indelibly etched into the minds of petrolheads in India, and it stays one of the vital standard variants to at the present time.

September 2013 – The Vento’s 1.6 TDI diesel engine is shoehorned beneath the Polo’s bonnet together with a GT TDI badge on the tailgate and a handbook gearbox. Although it didn’t discover the identical success because the GT TSI, its sturdy low-end torque supply had an enchantment of its personal.

July 2014 – Each the 1.2 and 1.6 TDI diesel engines are changed by a new-generation 1.5 TDI with two outputs – 90hp and 105hp. The previous crammed the usual mannequin ranks, whereas the latter powered the brand new GT TDI.

November 2016 – The fabled GTI badge involves India within the type of a three-door Polo hatch with a 192hp 1.eight TSI turbo-petrol engine. Offered in restricted numbers, this CBU-imported high-performance mannequin value Rs 25.99 lakh at launch – practically thrice that of the usual hatchback.

March 2020 – Strict BS6 emissions norms see all the VW Group ditch its TDI diesel engines in India. With the model’s outdated petrol engines additionally unable to fulfill the norms, they too had been changed with a brand new three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine, in naturally aspirated (MPI) and turbocharged (TSI) types. The TSI engine was additionally added to decrease variants, not simply the GT TSI, and a brand new torque-converter auto changed the dual-clutch from earlier than.

What’s going to change the Volkswagen Polo in India?

Volkswagen is at the moment specializing in its new made-for-India MQB-A0-IN-based merchandise which are closely localised, particularly the Taigun SUV and the upcoming ‘new world sedan’ (Virtus). The model sells the brand new sixth-gen Polo on the same platform in rising markets like Brazil, and VW India model director Ashish Gupta has hinted that they’re ‘evaluating’ it.

He did counsel, nevertheless, that it could require some re-engineering to convey it beneath the four-metre size cutoff for tax advantages, however that it could possibly be potential with the MQB-A0-IN platform. Nonetheless, that’s a while away, and the short-term precedence for VW India is the success of the Taigun and Virtus, that are anticipated to make up the majority of the model’s gross sales.

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