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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...

Å koda 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 Å koda 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...

Å koda 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...

Å koda 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 Å KODA 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...

Å KODA 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...

Å koda 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...

Å koda Auto Volkswagen India commences production of Å koda 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...

Å koda 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...

Å koda Auto Volkswagen India commences exports of the Å koda 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...

Å KODA AUTO Volkswagen India increases its solar rooftop capacity to 18.5 MW

As India targets net zero emissions by 2070 and plans to meet 50 percent of its electricity requirements from renewable energy sources by 2030, ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India has taken another significant step towards Green Energy. In line with the VW Group’s global ‘goTOzero’ mission, it inaugurated a 18.5 MW solar-power rooftop at its Chakan plant in Pune, Maharashtra. Besides reducing its dependence on non-renewable energy, this move will help meet the Group’s g...

E20-compliant Å koda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun flagged off by PM Narendra Modi at the Alternative Fuels Based Vehicles Rally

The INDIA 2.0 cars - Škoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun, participated in the Alternative Fuels Based Vehicles Rally, flagged off by Honourable Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in Bengaluru on February 6, 2023. The Alternative Fuels Based Vehicles Rally was held at the inauguration of India’s G20 Presidency flagship event - India Energy Week (IEW) organised by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG). Piyush Arora, Managing Director and CEO of Skoda Auto ...

Å koda Auto Volkswagen India launches its first-ever Student Car Project in India

Škoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited (SAVWIPL), which manages the Indian region of five Volkswagen Group brands – Škoda, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and Lamborghini, has announced its first-ever student car project in India. Selected students from the Group Academy's Dual Vocational Training in Mechatronics program have created a unique cabriolet version of the Škoda Rapid sedan. This project offers students a hands-on experience in the automotiv...

Volkswagen India enhances its flagship SUVW Tiguan

Volkswagen Passenger Cars India today announced the introduction of the updated Tiguan for customers with enhanced feature offerings. The flagship SUVW by Volkswagen is now available to customers with new and fresh dual-tone Storm Grey interiors, along with the much in demand wireless mobile charging feature that allows the customer to charge their mobile phone on the move. The enhanced Tiguan is also now RDE norms compliant. The feature enhanced Tiguan is available for customers at an attrac...

Volkswagen India inaugurates eight new touchpoints in eight days across the country

Volkswagen Passenger Cars India today announced the inauguration of eight new touchpoints in eight days, strengthening its pan-India sales and service network. The rapid expansion of the Volkswagen network in the States of Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab and Tamil Nadu is a continuation of the Brand’s endeavours to make its portfolio of German-engineered products and suite of world-class services accessible to a broader base of customers in India. The eight new touchpoints across the four ...

Democratizing its Performance Line, Volkswagen India announces prices across the new variants and the GT Edge Limited Collection on Taigun and Virtus

Volkswagen Passenger Cars India today announced the market introduction of its new variants on the India 2.0 carlines – Taigun & Virtus, along with exclusive online bookings for the marquee GT Edge Limited Collection via the Volkswagen India website. The GT Edge carlines will be manufactured basis customer bookings (via the Volkswagen India website) and deliveries will begin July 2023 onward.   Democratizing the Performance Line on the Taigun and Virtus, Volkswagen Indi...

Volkswagen India announces its annual 'Monsoon Campaign,' offering peace of mind ownership experience

Volkswagen Passenger Cars India today announced its annual ‘Monsoon Campaign’ car care service initiative for its customers across the 120 service touchpoints in India. The month-long campaign starting 1 st July, 2023 will offer a comprehensive service for customers. Under the Monsoon Campaign initiative, customers can avail a complimentary 40- point check-up by trained professionals that examines the vehicle for any existing or possible maintenance and repair services to avoid...

Volkswagen India extends support to customers affected by heavy rains in Chennai

Volkswagen Passenger Cars India has extended service support to flood affected customers in Chennai. With a 'Customer-First' philosophy, Volkswagen India has prioritized support to those customers that are stranded with, complimentary Roadside Assistance. As a responsible brand, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive support to our valued customers during these challenging times. In addition, Volkswagen India will also provide customers with a priority...

Volkswagen India partners with Kendriya Police Kalyan Bhandar, making the Safe, German-Engineered cars more accessible to those who protect and s...

Volkswagen India has tied up with Kendriya Police Kalyan Bhandar (KPKB), a government welfare scheme for serving & retired service personnel and their families, making its portfolio of safer cars more accessible to those who have devoted their lives to the service of the country. As part of this initiative, Volkswagen India is making its entire range of safe and German-engineered cars available to beneficiaries of the KPKB scheme across India. Aimed at enhancing ...

Škoda Auto Volkswagen India showcases Future-ready Technologies at Bharat Mobility Expo 2024

Škoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited (SAVWIPL) received an overwhelming response at the Bharat Mobility Expo 2024. SAVWIPL exhibited Germany’s top-selling electric model - Škoda Enyaq SUV, alongside the ‘Engineered in India, driven by the world’ – Volkswagen Virtus, luxury BEV models Audi RS E-Tron GT and Porsche Taycan, and also the Lamborghini Revuelto – brand’s first series-production hybrid supercar. At Indi...

Volkswagen India reinvigorates product line-up with the showcase of new GT Plus Sport and GT Line variants on Taigun, unveils ID.4 in India

Volkswagen India at its Annual Brand Conference 2024, unveiled a slew of new product offerings for the Indian market. Reinvigorating its product line-up, the Brand showcased new GT Plus Sport and GT Line variants for Taigun, while also announcing a refreshed line structure for the SUV. Paving the way for the Brand’s new leap towards electrification, Volkswagen India showcased the ID.4 amidst great fanfare. Sparking excitement amongst SUVW buyers, Volkswagen India today opened bo...

Volkswagen India announces its customer community initiative ‘Volkswagen Experiences’ for customers and fans of the Brand

Volkswagen India today introduced its new community centric initiative ‘Volkswagen Experiences’, a program that has been designed to bring customers and fans of the Brand together for a more enriching experience with Volkswagen. With the commencement of ‘VWe’, Volkswagen India has also rolled out ‘The 1st Chapter: An Exhilarating Expedition to Ladakh’ that will offer customers a curated lifestyle, self-driving expedition across the Himalayas and into Ladakh. Volkswagen Exp...

Volkswagen India introduces latest edition of Indian Blue Book alongside Das WeltAuto and Mahindra First Choice

The preowned cars sales market in India is set to reach 10.92 mn. units in FY28 as per the latest edition of Indian Blue Book (IBB) report by car&bike and Das WeltAuto. by Volkswagen. The Indian Used car industry was valued at $32.44B in FY23 and will more than double to $73B by FY28. Upgrading to a new pre-owned car is the top reason for owners to sell cars while budget buyers are predominantly looking for quality cars. Customers are also becoming more informed about car technicalitie...

India Takes Centre Stage: Škoda Auto Volkswagen India Celebrates Engine & Vehicle Production Milestones

Škoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited (SAVWIPL) is celebrating a series of significant achievements at its state-of-the-art vehicle and engine manufacturing facility in Chakan, India. Since its inception, SAVWIPL has played a pivotal role in India's automotive landscape. The company has surpassed a remarkable milestone, having produced over 1.5 million vehicles at its Chakan Plant since it rolled out the first car – the Skoda Fabia in 2009 from the facility. This ach...

Volkswagen India enhances its corporate business program with the introduction of ‘Volkswagen Prime’

Volkswagen India today announced the launch of its new Volkswagen Prime program that has been designed to offer enhanced value with exclusive benefits for its corporate customers. Corporate businesses and customers, are a strategic priority for Volkswagen owing to their preference for premium mobility solutions. Over the years, Volkswagen has made significant investment towards enhancing the engagement and experience for its customers. Under the Corporate business, V...

Volkswagen India makes 6 airbags standard across its 5-Star GNCAP rated model line-up

Volkswagen India announced the standardization of 6 airbags across all the variants of the 5-Star GNCAP safety rated Taigun and Virtus, making India’s safest portfolio of cars even more safe. Over one lakh Indian families have made the safer choice of owning the GNCAP 5-Star safety rated Taigun and Virtus as their preferred mobility solution since their market introductions to India. Taigun and Virtus both offer customers a 5-star GNCAP rated safe mobility experie...

Volkswagen India announces Monsoon Car Care campaign

Volkswagen India announces its annual Monsoon Car Care campaign, enabling customers to drive safe and hassle-free this monsoon season. The onslaught of monsoon typically brings with it challenges of visibility, braking, skidding and unforeseen situations. To prepare our customers better for the season, Volkswagen India is providing customers a complimentary 40-point vehicle health check-up across our 142 service outlets in India. The vehicle inspection includes che...

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...

Interview: Ashish Gupta, Brand Director, Volkswagen India

At Volkswagen’s state-of-the art Chakan plant, we caught up with Ashish Gupta, Brand Director, Volkswagen India, who spoke to us about all that they’ve been up to in the last two years and what customers can look forward to in the coming months. Read on… TOS: Over the last two years, you’ve introduced a beautiful sedan and some robust SUVs besides keeping the momentum going with new variants, what is next at Volkswagen India? What can customers expect to look ...