The top selling segment in Indian automobile industry since 2013 is the compact sedan and the sub 4 meter compact SUV. Why not? Its the creation of India’s excise tax structure that will put off tax of small car if vehicle length is under 4 meters. It was Tata Motors who introduced this segment of compact sedan with Indigo CS. Though the car could not do well in passenger car market, it was not even hit in fleet operator market. Soon after that, Maruti Suzuki introduced Swift Dzire and this car changed games of this compact sedan market. After success of Dzire, Honda introduced Amaze compact sedan based on Brio hatchback. Hyundai joined market competition with Xcent and Tata Motors is coming up with Zest compact sedan. Ford also showcased Figo Concept as its entry in this hot segment that is booming even in automobile industry sales slowdown.
Now VW has also finalized its entry for this compact sedan market and the internal approval for the project has been made. The car will have project code VW251\2 and development will start in coming months. A time span of 18 months is expected to get this car roll out (SOP) from VW India’s facility in Chakan. The car will be on road by second quarter of 2016.
Current Vento that VW sells in Indian market is built under VW251 program name and the platform is PQ25. By now we all know that next generation VW Vento will be based on MQB platform and that is codenamed as VW271. There is a high possibility that VW will chop current Vento and make its length to sub 4 meter. We just hope that the outcome will not look as ugly as tail of Dzire or even Verito Vibe.
A report on ET talks about possibilities of VW hiring Indian company, Defiance technologies (Hinduja Group) for development of this new compact sedan.
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