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Volkswagen (VW) is one of the world''s largest automobile manufacturers. The company is headquartered in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany. Volkswag...read more

Volkswagen (VW) is one of the world''s largest automobile manufacturers. The company is headquartered in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, Germany. Volkswagen is the original marque within the Volkswagen Group, the company includes Audi, Bentley Motors, Bugatti Automobiles, Automobili Lamborghini, SEAT, Škoda Auto and heavy goods vehicle manufacturer Scania. Volkswagen translated in German means "people''s car" It got its name in 1933, when Adolf Hitler declared his intentions for a state-sponsored "Volkswagen" program. Hitler required a basic vehicle capable of transporting two adults and three children at 100 km/h (62 mph). The "People''s Car" would be available to citizens of the Third Reich through a savings scheme at 990 Reichsmark, about the price of a small motorcycle.

From 1948, Volkswagen became a very important element, symbolically and economically, of West German regeneration. Heinrich Nordhoff (1899-1968), a former senior manager at Opel who had overseen civilian and military vehicle production in the 1930s and 1940s, was recruited to run the factory in 1948. In 1949 Major Hirst left association with the company, as it had now been re-formed as a trust, controlled by the West German government, and the government of the State of Lower Saxony. Apart from the introduction of the Volkswagen Type 2 commercial vehicle (van, pick-up and camper), and the VW Karmann Ghia sports car, Nordhoff pursued the one-model policy until shortly before his death in 1968.

Volkswagens were first exhibited and sold in the United States in 1949, but only sold two units in America that first year. On its entry to the U.S. market, the VW was briefly sold as a "Victory Wagon". Volkswagen of America was formed in April 1955 to standardise sales and service in the United States. Production of the Type 1 Volkswagen Beetle increased dramatically over the years, the total reaching one million in 1955.

VW expanded its product line in 1961 with the introduction of several Type 3 models, which were essentially body style variations (Fastback, Notchback, Squareback) based on Type 1 mechanical underpinnings, and again in 1969 with the larger Type 4 (also known as the 411 and 412) models. These differed substantially from previous vehicles, with the notable introduction of monocoque/unibody construction, the option of a fully automatic transmission, electronic fuel injection, and a sturdier powerplant. Volkswagen added a "Super Beetle" (the Type 113) to its lineup in 1971.

Volkswagen was in serious trouble by 1973 VW''s ownership of Audi / Auto Union proved to be the key to the solution - with its expertise in front-wheel drive, and water-cooled engines which Volkswagen so desperately needed to produce a credible Beetle successor. Audi influences paved the way for this new generation of Volkswagens, known as the Passat, Scirocco, Golf and Polo.

While Volkswagen''s range of cars soon became similar to that of other large European automakers, the Golf has been the mainstay of the Volkswagen lineup since its introduction, and the mechanical basis for several other cars of the company. There have been six generations of the Volkswagen Golf, the first of which was produced from the summer of 1974 until the end of 1983.

Though the VW Group already had their presence in India with Škoda Auto, Volkswagen introduced the Passat and Touareg with TDI engine to India''s automobile market in September 2007. The Volkswagen plant in Chakan occupies a total area of over 575 Acres, with buildings covering about 115 thousand square metres, which means, the total premises is 2 kms. The plant was built with an investment commitment of INR 3800 Crores (580 million Euros) by Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd. It is the largest investment by a German company to date in the Indian growth market. The plant has a production capacity of 110,000 vehicles a year. The construction of the plant commenced in 2007 and has been built in a record time of 17 months. Full-fledged production has taken off at the plant with the production of the Skoda Fabia in May 2009, followed by a Polo based model in December 2009.



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  • Volkswagen Cross Polo
    Volkswagen Cross Polo

    Charles Pennefather, 26 Dec 2013

    The small SUV segment is a booming one in developing markets like India, and with good reason; we don’t want cars that can make us happy when we’re screaming around a ...

  •  Volkswagen Polo GT TDI
    Volkswagen Polo GT TDI

    Venkat Desirazu, 26 Nov 2013

    We take a spin in Volkswagen latest little hot hatchback, the GT TDI, to see how much it can live up to the Grand Tourer moniker as well as the mark set by the GT TSI that was ...

  • Poles Apart
    Poles Apart

    Ninad Mirajgaonkar, 27 Apr 2013

    With 100bhp turbocharged petrol engine and dual-clutch automatic transmission, this hatchback is certainly not for the masses. Are you then one of the few looking for a niche ...

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Volkswagen User Reviews

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  • Good car but Pathetic service Center

    on Volkswagen Polo by Bharath123, 19-Apr-2014
    Exterior Polo has the best styling in its class, Straight lines across the door look solid and paint job is just brilliant. Interior (Features, Space & Comfort) Very less legroom [...]

  • Murali

    on Volkswagen Vento by Murali, 03-Apr-2014
    Exterior Poor qulaity painting. Full paint gone in front Interior (Features, Space & Comfort) Very bad. Like sitting in wooden bench . All shocks we have to take. Vento is made [...]

  • My vento my love

    on Volkswagen Vento by Boby Sebastian, 30-Mar-2014
    I was in to change my car since quite some time. I was doing  reserch for a decent mid size diesel sedan. options were new Honda City, Hyundai Verna, Vento and Niassan-Renault [...]

  • Style, Value, Comfort and safety ...Polo bolo

    on Volkswagen Polo by Ajay Venkatesh, 24-Mar-2014
    Exterior : This car is extreamly well styled, the paint quality is superior than other hatchs, good aerodynamism, sturdy looks    Interior (Features, Space & Comfort) [...]

  • Blend of sturdiness and comfort

    on Volkswagen Polo by Shreyans Bhatt, 19-Mar-2014
    Exterior  Made of galvanized uni-body steel gives sturdy feeling. Best in class design. Powerful headlamps for huge visibility at night on highways.  Interior (Features, [...]

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Volkswagen Taigun Volkswagen Taigun
August 2014
Rs. 9-14 lakhs
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November 2014
Rs. 3.50-5.50 lakhs
Volkswagen Polo Facelift Volkswagen Polo Facelift
September 2014
Rs. 5-8.50 lakhs
Volkswagen Vento Facelift Volkswagen Vento Facelift
September 2014
Rs. 7.50-11 lakhs
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