Volkswagen has always thought of India as a crucial market and the Vento was developed and designed specifically for India before being a popular bet in other markets. The Volkswagen India head also talked of how Indian buyers looked for diesel variants of every automobile brand in the market.
Volkswagen has already announced that it will be investing INR 720 crore for its Pune plant. This plant would produce its India specific compact sedan that will be first shown at the 2016 Auto Expo in Delhi. This is the second component of the whopping INR 1500 investment that Volkswagen had announced last year. The Volkswagen India head recently had a conversation with journalists where he spoke of several crucial aspects. According to Andreas Lauermann, president and managing director of Volkswagen India, the compact sedan market is one of the fastest growing in the country and hence the logical reasons behind Volkswagen launching its new model specifically for Indian customers. Volkswagen remains committed towards being a part of the huge growth anticipated in India over the next few years.
According to him, the compact sedan should be coming with both diesel and petrol variants. Diesel engine evaluations are currently ongoing but there cannot be accurate estimates of how these would influence the market for the long haul. Indian customers expect diesel versions for every brand and Volkswagen will be adhering to the current BS-IV/BS-III guidelines in India when the product is launched.
Lauermann spoke of how the company is still examining the diesel engine issues specifically in relation to India. Volkswagen is supposed to report about the impact of the emissions controversy in India to the Government by month end. This would determine future course of action according to him.