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While Taigo, Talagon, Taos, Tayron and Touran are car models manufactured and sold internationally by the German carmaker, Volkswagen, India, too has seen its fair share of their ‘T’ models, in the form of the Touareg, the Tiguan and the T-ROC. Now, as Volkswagen gets ready to introduce their latest model, the brand new Taigun, in the Indian car market, the excitement around the SUV is palpable. But then is the Taigun, which had wowed everybody at the Auto Expo, last year, where i...

Volkswagen India announces the biggest product line-up under its SUVW Strategy

Staying true to its commitment of four SUVs for the Indian market, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India today announced the global bestseller, New Volkswagen Tiguan as the fourth SUV under its SUVW Strategy. With this announcement, Volkswagen India has now showcased its complete range of SUVs for the Indian market for the year 2021, taking a significant step towards its objective of gaining a 3% market share in the country. Additionally, T-Roc and Tiguan Allspace have been a testament to the brand...

Volkswagen India launches its much-anticipated SUVW Taigun at an introductory price of INR 10.49 Lakh

The New Volkswagen Taigun is the first product offering by the brand in the mid-size SUV segment, developed on the globally acclaimed MQB A0 IN platform under the India 2.0 project with a localization level of up to 95 percent. The Taigun has the largest wheelbase in the segment of 2,651 mm that makes the interiors extremely roomy and spacious. The Taigun is a perfect combination of dynamism, power and space that are well complimented by the core DNA of Volkswagen - Build quality, safety a...

Škoda Auto Volkswagen India appoints Berndt Buchmann as Director - Group After Sales & Vehicle Logistics

Škoda Auto Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd has announced the appointment of Berndt A. Buchmann as its Group Director, After Sales & Vehicle Logistics.  Buchmann will report to Mr. Gurpratap Boparai, Managing Director at SAVWIPL and in his new role, will be responsible for supervising the after sales plan of action, ensuring a satisfied customer base for the Group. His appointment comes at a time when the festive season is accelerating automobile sales in the country and &Scar...

The brand-new Škoda Slavia: the next model of the INDIA 2.0 product campaign

Following the launch of the Kushaq, Škoda is set to unveil the second stage in its product campaign for the Indian market later this year. The Czech car manufacturer's latest model, the Slavia, completes their range of sedans and offers generous amounts of space, as is typical of the brand. The mid-size premium sedan will be offered with a choice of two powerful and efficient TSI engines, as well as a host of comprehensive safety features which include up to six airbags and nu...

Škoda Slavia makes its debut

The introduction of the Slavia marks the start of Škoda Auto’s next stage in the INDIA 2.0 project. Following the successful launch of the midsize SUV Kushaq, the brand-new sedan is the Czech carmaker’s second India-specific model. The Slavia’s manufacturing process has a localization level of up to 95%.. As the sedan is based on the MQB-A0-IN platform – an MQB variant specially adapted by Škoda Auto for India – it offers...

Škoda Auto India begins production of New Kodiaq

Škoda Auto today announced the start of production for the New Kodiaq at its manufacturing facility in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. First introduced to India and the world in 2017, the Kodiaq's sales success has fuelled newer features, newer looks, powerful yet efficient engines and the same levels of customer satisfaction for what remains the Czech carmaker’s first-ever global SUV. Adding to the ideology of ‘Power should be beautiful’, the Kodiaq&nb...

Piyush Arora appointed as new Managing Director of ŠKODA Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited

Piyush Arora is the new Managing Director of ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Private Limited as of 1 March 2022. He succeeds Gurpratap Boparai. In this role, the experienced automotive professional will be responsible for expanding the Volkswagen Group’s business in India, including the recent INDIA 2.0 project of the brands Volkswagen and ŠKODA. SAVWIPL oversees the India operations of five Volkswagen Group brands – ŠKODA, Volkswagen, Audi, Po...

ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India marks new milestone in its INDIA 2.0 journey

ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Private Limited (SAVWIPL) has marked another important milestone in its INDIA 2.0 journey with the commencement of the export of the Made in India Volkswagen T-Cross today. The Volkswagen T-Cross is the first of the range of vehicles built on the MQB-A0-IN platform which will be exported from India. The first batch of 1,232 Volkswagen T-Cross units are being shipped to Mexico from the port of Mumbai. Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Christia...

Volkswagen India announces ‘Monsoon Campaign’ for its customers

Through this initiative, Volkswagen reiterates its ‘Customer-First’ philosophy that emphasizes on customer safety and hassle-free ownership experience. Across the Volkswagen authorized service workshops, the trained and qualified service professionals will conduct a complimentary 40-point vehicle health check-up, that examines the vehicle for any existing or possible maintenance and repair services to avoid any potential breakdowns and ensure a smooth comfortable drive experience....

Nalin Jain appointed as Executive Director – Finance and IT at SAVWIPL

Nalin Jain has been named as the Executive Director - Finance and IT of ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Private Limited (SAVWIPL). He succeeds Martin Mahlke who successfully steered the financial strategy for the Group’s crucial INDIA 2.0 project over the last three years. In his role as CFO, Nalin Jain will be responsible for steering the future growth of Volkswagen Group in India within and beyond the INDIA 2.0 program. SAVWIPL oversees the India operations of five brands w...

Škoda Auto Volkswagen India starts exporting Volkswagen Virtus

Škoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited (SAVWIPL), which manages the India region for the five Volkswagen Group brands – Škoda, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and Lamborghini, has today expanded its exports from India to include the India-built Volkswagen Virtus. With this move, the Group marks another significant milestone in its INDIA 2.0 journey as the Volkswagen Virtus joins the Volkswagen Taigun, which was the first in a range o...

Škoda Auto Volkswagen India commences production of Škoda Kushaq LHD

Škoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited (SAVWIPL), which manages the India region for the five Volkswagen Group brands – Škoda, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and Lamborghini, has announced the Start of Production (SoP) of the Left-hand Drive version of the ŠKODA KUSHAQ. This was the first model to be launched in the country under the Group’s INDIA 2.0 project. The ‘Made in India’ Škoda Kushaq LHD...

Škoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun achieve a 5-star rating in Global NCAP crash tests

The INDIA 2.0 cars Škoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun from Škoda Auto Volkswagen India have been accredited with Global NCAP ratings of 5 stars, the highest in the segment. With this recognition, the Škoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun have become the first models ever to achieve 5 stars for both adult and child occupant protection.  The Group’s INDIA 2.0 project set out to custom-make cars of European quality stan...

Škoda Auto Volkswagen India commences exports of the Škoda Kushaq from India

Škoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited (SAVWIPL), which manages the Indian region of the five Volkswagen Group brands – Škoda, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and Lamborghini, has announced another significant milestone in its exports program with the start of the shipment of the Made-in-India Škoda Kushaq LHD (left-hand-drive). This is a landmark achievement, as the Kushaq is the first-ever locally-built Škoda model to...

Škoda Auto Volkswagen India’s Aurangabad Plant switches to 100% Green Energy

Global auto leader Volkswagen Group’s Aurangabad facility has transitioned to 100% ‘green’ energy, well ahead of its 2025 target. With this achievement, Škoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited (SAVWIPL), which manages the Indian region of five Volkswagen Group brands – Škoda, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and Lamborghini – has taken another significant step towards fulfilling the Group’s goTOzero mission. The facility...

VW set to turn the corner in 2021

Volkswagen recently unveiled the new Tiguan and the brand-new Taigun. Who are these new SUVWs being targeted at, how will they be priced, what are the new changes that VW has brought about in its style of functioning, these were some of the questions that we were seeking answers to. Excerpts from the interview with Ashish Gupta, Brand Director, VW India. TOS: Tell us about VW’s Sarvottam 2.0. AG: The whole thinking is that with the product, the customer is not only buying a p...

BULLSEYE

Not one to mince words, Gurpratap Boparai, Managing Director, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd., has no qualms about calling a spade a spade. In this interview, he talks to TURN OF SPEED about their hugely successful MQB A0 platform, the need to lower import duties, the group’s readiness to be a global EV leader, and the unfurling of their EV journey in India. Excerpts from the interview… TOS: How are you coping with the semiconductor shortage?...

"The proof of the pudding is in the driving": Ashish Gupta

Volkswagen India just introduced the Virtus, one of the most awaited sedans in India today. We caught up with Ashish Gupta, Brand Director, Volkswagen India, and he had some rather interesting things to say about the past, the present and the future of Volkswagen cars. Read on… TOS: What have the reactions to your brand-new sedan, the Virtus, been like so far? AG: Reactions are positive. The car is a brilliant package in every sense. I would like to believe that it is the be...