Volkswagen Polo India Production will Soon Come to an end After 12 years

The Polo has sold over 2.5 lakh units in India so far, but sales have slowed in recent months.

After nearly 12 years of production, Volkswagen Polo will be phased out in India. Since 2010, the premium hatchback has been produced at VW’s Chakan plant in Maharashtra, and it was the brand’s first locally produced model. With over 2.5 lakh units sold in India, the premium hatchback is by far VW’s most popular model.

  • No replacement for Polo planned as of now
  • Gen 5 Polo replaced by Gen 6 model globally in 2018
  • VW India to focus on India 2.0 models like Taigun and Virtus

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Volkswagen Polo India Production will Soon Come to an end After 12 years
Volkswagen Polo India Production will Soon Come to an end After 12 years

So, why is the VW Polo being phased out? Of course, its age and dwindling sales are the simple answers, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s a matter of streamlining production. With the introduction of the VW New Global Sedan, rumoured to be called the Virtus, production of the VW Vento sedan it will replace will come to an end.

The Vento and Polo are the only models that still use the brand’s old PQ platform, and maintaining a production line for a single model (which sells around 1,000 units per month) is simply not feasible. This capacity will almost certainly be transferred to the Taigun and the new sedan.

In India, the Volkswagen Polo has been around for 12 years

The fifth-generation Polo has been in India for over a decade, despite being replaced globally in 2018 by an all-new sixth-generation model. It has received several small updates over the course of its 12 years to help keep it relevant, and has been powered by as many as 10 different engines. What never changed was its appeal to Indian buyers as a premium hatchback with a distinctly European feel, a tough build, and excellent interior quality.

The Polo is introduced in March 2010 with a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a 1.2-litre turbo diesel engine. Although neither engine is particularly powerful, the package as a whole holds a lot of promise in India’s growing premium hatchback market.

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Volkswagen Polo India Production will Soon Come to an end After 12 years
Volkswagen Polo India Production will Soon Come to an end After 12 years

October 2010 – A 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine has been added to the lineup to give enthusiasts a little more oomph. Despite the fact that it was heavier in the front, the manual gearbox ensured a pleasurable driving experience.

April 2013 – The 1.6 petrol engine is replaced with a high-tech direct-injection turbo-petrol engine that produces the same amount of power but more torque, as well as a quick-shifting dual-clutch auto gearbox. The letters ‘GT TSI’ are indelible in the minds of Indian petrolheads, and it is still one of the most popular variants today.

September 13th, 2013 The Polo gets the Vento’s 1.6 TDI diesel engine, as well as a GT TDI badge on the tailgate and a manual transmission. Though it didn’t have the same level of popularity as the GT TSI, its strong low-end torque delivery had its own appeal.

July 2014 – The 1.2 and 1.6 TDI diesel engines are phased out in favour of a new-generation 1.5 TDI with two outputs: 90 and 105 horsepower. The former powered the new GT TDI, while the latter powered the standard models.

November of 2016 The fabled GTI badge will be available in India on a three-door Polo hatchback powered by a 192hp 1.8 TSI turbo-petrol engine. This CBU-imported high-performance model, which was sold in limited numbers, cost Rs 25.99 lakh at launch – nearly three times the price of the standard hatchback.

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Volkswagen Polo India Production will Soon Come to an end After 12 years
Volkswagen Polo India Production will Soon Come to an end After 12 years

The deadline is March 2020. In India, strict BS6 emissions regulations have forced the entire VW Group to abandon its TDI diesel engines. Because the brand’s old petrol engines couldn’t meet the standards, they were also replaced with a new three-cylinder 1.0-litre engine, available in both naturally aspirated (MPI) and turbocharged (TSI) versions. The TSI engine was added to all models, not just the GT TSI, and a new torque-converter automatic replaced the previous dual-clutch.

In India, what will take the place of the Volkswagen Polo?

Volkswagen is currently focusing on its new made-for-India MQB-A0-IN-based products, namely the Taigun SUV and the upcoming ‘new global sedan,’ which are heavily localised (Virtus). VW India brand director Ashish Gupta has hinted that they are ‘evaluating’ the new sixth-generation Polo, which is sold on a similar platform in emerging markets like Brazil.

He did say that bringing it under the four-metre length cutoff for tax benefits would require some re-engineering, but that it might be possible with the MQB-A0-IN platform. However, that is some time away, and VW India’s immediate focus is on the Taigun and Virtus, which are expected to account for the majority of the brand’s sales.

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