Volkswagen India has begun production of its first made-for-India, made-in-India sedan, the Vento, at its plant in Chakan near Pune.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Joerg Mueller, Volkswagen Group Chief Representative India and President & Managing Director Volkswagen India Private Limited, said, “India is a strategic long-term growth market for the Volkswagen Group. The start of production of the Vento is more than just the roll-out of a car. Not only does it mark another milestone in our journey together into a successful future for the Volkswagen Group but also reiterates Volkswagen’s commitment to India. In fact, in the last 3 years, the Volkswagen Group has launched a new model in India every two months which reflects our strong belief in the potential of the market here.”
The Vento is the 18th model from the Volkswagen Group in India of which 3 are fully produced in Pune and 8 are assembled in Aurangabad. VW is also in line with the planned ramp-up curve of achieving the full annual production capacity of 110,000 cars at the plant by end 2011.
Mr. Mueller added, “The Vento is a true reflection of our motto “Best Hands behind the Best in Class”. It would not have been possible for us to start the production of the Vento in record time without your hard work and support. I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to every single employee who has contributed in making the Vento a reality in India and helping us write another glowing chapter in Volkswagen’s India journey.”
The petrol Vento is equipped with a 1.6 litre engine with an output of 104 bhp at 5250 rpm and torque of 153 Nm at 3800 rpm. The diesel Vento is also equipped with the 1.6 litre engine delivering 104 bhp at 4400 rpm and torque of 250 Nm at 1500-2500 rpm.
Vento will be available as the Trendline and Highline. The petrol variant is paired with a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic gear box and the diesel variant is paired with a 5-speed manual gearbox.