Volkswagen Vento

Volkswagen has been in advanced stages of development of the new Polo in a saloon package lately

And finally the revelation of the month has been the new Vento or the Polo sedan to hit the Indian market followed by other emerging markets

So what convinced VV to step into a new segment using its best-seller? and the answer should not be too hard, as this is a common practice by major manufacturers to use a single platform for multiple shapes and ideas in emerging markets and smile over the sales charts

And in India where this segment is dominated by Honda’s City followed by offerings from Hyundai and Suzuki, and the “whats that car”? – Logan), VV wants to push its no-nonsense built quality to deliver some fresh air in the segment (Vento literally means wind in Latin)

Also the name “Vento” does sound familiar as it was used for the Jetta in the 90’s which did not work at all in their favor and the name was dropped

CAR- It looks pretty good, VV guys have worked out a fantastic finish with the added 500 litre boot to the hatch

One can easily make the front of the Polo, though there are some crease modifications to differ it from the hatch and the new grill and headlamp cluster.

The interiors will be copy-pasted from the Polo and they’re good, so the boot is the only significant change.

Engines:- This is the interesting part and the German marque does not disappoint. There are two options as of now  : 1.6 Petrol and a 1.6 diesel; both churning out a very decent 105 horses and with the diesel you get 10kgm more torque than the petrols 15.5kgm

The real deal here is the diesel as it is derived from the same family of reliable engines which service the Golf (1.2 litre) and Jetta (2.0 litres), along with apt power, this engine will definitely catch volumes than its petrol counter-part

Pricing:- VV plans to make the Polo platform a stepping stone in the emerging markets, so it should be priced along the segment standards in the 7-9lac range [US $14K-18K]

Bottom Line:- A really good attempt by VV to use its frugal engineering to work out a new car along the lines of Polo and given the good diesel option, should prove pretty appealing. Worth a buy

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Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid

We all know about this car, dont we?

Its like those no nonsense SUV’s from VV (which adds the word : practical)

But lately the new gen of UV’s i ‘ll say ; cos thrs no more sport in them ,were cutting the sales out of this car

So what does VV do? They came up with bigger engines and started talking of turbo’s etc etc, and so even the Touareg was as everyone else

But this one here is the 2nd Generation VV Touareg Hybrid (yes, big cars are sometimes green, well actually  light green)

Now, I am confused and yet excited and I’ll tell you why

1. Excited: A Hybrid full size SUV helps you save money (tiny amounts) and yet you can call yourself a nature friendly human being. Also since its immediate rival in Europe still dont have any similar offerings, so this car might swing the deal in VV’s favour.

2. Confused: A car which weighs 3 times Tata Nano has been tweaked into a Hybrid to still consume fuel equivalent of 2 Tata Nano’s and still has a 3 liter supercharged V6 under the hood.

This might sound like an unfair comparison, but cmonn , the agenda here was to go green, which you still havent. Its still a huge car which will guzzle normal amounts of Petro products AND WILL COST YOU HELL MORE

So is it worth? Now VV revealed the Hybrid at the NY Auto Show this week and the initial response has been both ways

Lets get back to the car

LOOKS: It kind of trimmed down, to cut on weight but overall is easier to make out the Touareg shape and features

Engine: 3 liter Supercharged V6 paired with an electric motor with combined power of 375 hp and 428lbs-ft torque

Its to see how this segment of Hybrids will be accepted and will they make sense no matter how many generations of these monsters are born

Bottom Line:- Don’t mix priorities. Either get a normal Touareg and if you really want to contribute to mother nature,get a TESLA.

Volkswagen to enter Formula 1

Volkswagen looks set to step in the grand world of Formula 1

After all the regulations put in place by the FIA to cut costs and make Formula 1 sustainable on a longer run

The prospect looks ever more possible for VV which for long has kept itself away from the sport

This keeping in mind that it holds Lambo and Porche which in the past have had some representation in the elite sport

But the real catch lies in the fact, that since VV has not had any stint here,  starting a stand alone team from scratch is not feasible (read Honda, Toyota )

And so comes Williams F1 into the scenario.

Sir Frank Williams (a legend in the business) has had tough times recovering from the split with BMW earlier in the decade, and the once mighty Williams is now just a mediocre team

A deal for them with VV will not just provide good engines (VV does have a great R&D) and also the financial assistance it desperately needs to again challenge the likes of Ferrari and Mclaren

If this deal does come thru, it should be a win win win situation for VV, Williams and F1 as a whole…..

Volkswagen Polo

Now, this is how the folks at VV tweaked the small and smart Polo.
The looks are updated, and the new nose and side creases are easily identifiable
Although VV calls it a more sporty look, i would say smart rather than sporty.
Interiors look fresh, and there are 3 trim options available, with the high end with real high end fabrics and materials.
ABS, ESP are standard, and so filming 4 The fast and furious part 5 shud not be a concern..
Given the package size, this sure looks to be a more world centric car(than Europe centric), considering the gradual shift in size towards “small is beautiful”
This will make even more sense in India, where VV wants to be a mass player, along with some more emerging markets.
Engine options are good, and adequate..
starts with a 70bhp 1.2 (Skoda Fabia shares the same), upto the 1.6 (Jettas’ powered by same).
So pushing the pedal should be more fun, than in the rivals (read Suzuki Swift, Hyundai i10/20 etc)
and also in the offering is a 1.2CRDI ,70 horses
Pricing the car must have been difficult for VV as they have to commit to their building standards and also challenge the market leaders (Hyundai i10, Ford Figo etc), and after maintaining a premium profile (its costs 15% more than all competition), the car still makes sense for a buyer
Bottom Line:- Go for it, it wont disappoint you
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