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Volkswagen might adopt new nomenclature for Asian markets

December 17, 2014, 04:57 PM IST by Selvin Jose

An announcement made by Volkswagen Group Malaysia (VGM) managing director, Armin Keller suggests that the company will adopt a new nomenclature for VW cars sold in the Asian markets. All VW cars will get an additional badge along with the existing ones. This new badge will be based on the torque output of the engine. 

“In addition to horsepower, torque is a crucial factor that tells of the car’s performance – high torque offers better acceleration, better performance, better drivability, more driving fun as well as a more convenient driving experience,” said Keller at the ongoing Volkswagen Das Event in Shah Alam.

VW sells the Polo with two petrol engines – 1.2-litre TSI and 1.6-litre MPI and with the new system in place the cars might get an additional badge 175 MPI and 153 MPI to signify the torque these engines make. Similarly once this naming system comes into effect in India, the Polos will be named 230 TDI for the diesel and 175 TSI and 250 TDI for the GT siblings. 

In Malaysia, the CC and Passat will be the first two models to get this new nomenclature. We aren’t sure if the Polo will be the first to get this new naming system in India, and we aren’t sure if this is a great move.


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