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VW Polo - Now made in India

By CheeJun on 29 Dec 2009

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The Volkswagen Polo has made its presence known in India.

Eagerly awaited by the Indian market, the Polo will now be available in showrooms by March 2010. Volkswagen is not the only car-maker to venture into the Indian market, Nissan, Ford and General Motors have also taken the plunge and started manufacturing their cars in India.

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The Chakan factory has an annual capacity of around 110,000 cars and Volkswagen claims it to be the most state of the art amongst the Volkswagen group worldwide. The plant was set up with an initial investment of 580 million Euros and is also one of the largest investments done by a German company in India. It is also the only car manufacturing factory that is operated by the Germans that includes the entire range of the production process from the press shop, body and paint shop to the assembly.

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Large automakers like Volkswagen, General Motors, Ford and Nissan have now awoken to the fact that Indian consumers prefer small affordable cars rather than the huge luxury models that sell well elsewhere. I think that Volkswagen have taken a huge step to cater to the Indian market, but I'm starting to wonder whether the Polo's in Singapore will come from the same factory in India. If that does happen, it is possible that the price may go down due to the lower cost of production.

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However, we all know that whenever a car company outsources their production process to other countries like Thailand for instance in the case of Honda and Toyota, the quality has never really been the same as when they were originally produced in Japan. The standard set by the Polo from South Africa is the benchmark and I do hope that the Polo will be equally good wherever its made.

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Hi everyone, I’m Chee Jun and cars have always been a passion for me since young and writing about them is one way to express myself in the motoring world.

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Darkseed73 Dec 29 2009 01:42 PM
That is for the India market, just like China made VW was never exported outside china.
Da_editor Dec 29 2009 04:41 PM
Its not confirmed that they will not export it to other countries.

Some of our premium cars like BMW and Mercedes-Benz are manufactured in South Africa.

Fishnchip Dec 31 2009 03:19 AM
singapore one is make in germany one right?
bellboy Dec 31 2009 10:05 AM
Yupz, our Polo is from Germany... for now at least.
CheeJun Dec 31 2009 11:50 AM
Actually the Singaporean version is made in South Africa
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