Volkswagen India is set to launch its much anticipated compact sedan, Ameo by the month of July this year. The automaker aims to witness a hike of 15 percent in the production and increase in the demands. VW believes that the upcoming car will be a popular car in the sedan segment as it will target the executive as well as middle class. The company is trying to take lessons from its pasts experiences. The emission scandal has literally shook the VW very badly. The company has lost its major position in the auto world.
In order to regain the position, VW needs to bring more awareness and quality control in its products. The carmaker is also keen in making significant investment in the production facility. The German automaker is positively looking to the country and tries to encounter every aspect before bringing a new car in the showrooms. Last year, Volkswagen India reportedly manufactured around 1.23 lakh vehicles.
The upcoming Ameo Sedan will be manufactured solely for the Indian market. However, the automaker. Upon launch, the VW Ameo will be seen competing against some prominent cars like Maruti DZire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and Ford Figo Aspire, which comes under the price range of Rs 5.2 to Rs 8.57 lakh. Ameo will be based on the VW design philosophy as seen on the Vento and Polo. The extended C-pillar ensures good amount of boot space in the rear. Otherwise, from side it looks close enough to the Vento model.
As far as the power is concerned, it comes with a choice of both petrol and diesel engines; the 1.2-litre mill is good to propel 75 PS and 110Nm, while the 1.5-litre diesel unit pumps out 90PS and 230 Nm. Both variants comes mated to a 5-speed manual transmission, and a DSG gearbox on top variants.
Commenting on the aimed production hike, Volkswagen India President and Managing Director Andreas Lauermann said, “There is an increase of about 15 per cent in production volume expected at the Volkswagen Pune plant in 2016 as compared to 2015.” VW’s Chakan plant's maximum production capacity in two-shift system stood at 1,23,000 cars per annum last year.
Good news is that Volkswagen India won’t be cutting jobs in India and will make sure the employee strength at the Pune plant.
Adding more, Lauermann says, "Volkswagen India recently announced the start of third shift to support the additional production volumes... To meet these higher production volumes, Volkswagen India has also hired additional workforce at its plant in Chakan and the company is not willing to cut down on the workforce."
The bookings for the VW Ameo is starting from tomorrow, May 12.
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