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Old 8th December 2009, 20:22   #31
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Wont that would be really bad for volume sales (of other VW models) in market like india ? It will translate to -

VW :: Very expensive small car !
Depends on which way you look at it, but overall i think not.

The Beetle has its iconic presence, and WILL have a fair amount of takers, even @20L+++. In addition to that, i find it very unlikely that a highly priced CBU will affect the volume sales of the other cars from the same maker in any kind of adverse way, based on perception.

Also isn't "very expensive" interchangeable with "premium" or "desirable" in most cases? So therefore when they pop out the Polo next year at a much more reasonable price, i think it will work in their favour.

VW Polo for 4.35 lakhs - Business Standard

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Old 8th December 2009, 21:54   #32
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Beetle is an ordinary car. Everybody should know that.


In India, the problem is that if a car is sold in "small numbers" and if it is sold "Expensive", it automatically becomes an exotic.

If no one in India is buying a Mini, i dont see why people will buy Beetle.
Both were iconic. Everybody should also know that todays Beetle (which is based on Golf) has nothing to do with the iconic Beetle of the past- except for Looks.

Swift Sport, for example should defeat Beetle in terms of performance.
Now, if Maruti puts SX4 engine or M16 in a Swift, it should be able to tame some Beetles, and for a price we can all laugh about.
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Old 8th December 2009, 22:19   #33
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The Phaeton did not do well worldwide 'coz it was too expensive to be a Volkswagen which translates to "people's car" in English. And selling VW's at such premium prices in India is going to do them no good.
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@aerohit - Nobody is buying Mini in india because it not sold here. The only similar car sold in india is Fiat 500.
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Its really disappointing to see the bug without ACC. Is it only for this model or its the same across.
May I know the spec of earlier version Touareg. Was it not V10?
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Dippy well covered, neither will sell much - due to the pricing -, and frankly as a marketing professional I don't think this will actually do much for them from the marketing point of view even toward selling other vehicles like the Polo or the jetta.

It's all a marketing extravagenza towards other more substatial models that they pin their hopes on, but somehow seem over-the-board.
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That so called 'new' Beetle is already a decade old design. So what's the fuss all about?
I bought the "NEW" Beetle in 2002 for my Daughter!!! 7 years back in the same famous Yellow that they have now launched in. My daughter still has it, and her husband wanted to upgrade to a new one, and I said what for its the same old design and motor?
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Its basically a waste of money. The car sells for 10 lakhs in UK but the 100% import duty levied on it makes it 21 lakhs if you want to buy in India. There is nothing desirable or exotic in buying a car for twice its price even if you are rich.

Its just a policy adopted by the govt to help our local incompetant domestic car manufacturers stay competitive so that they can rest happy without innovating as the high import duty on foreign cars discourage Indian customers from buying them and have to do with local cars

I wouldn't mind buying a BMW 320d for 20 lakh but a beetle.. hmmm no way!
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Remember this Beetle is based on the Golf Mk IV platform which also serves for the Skoda Octavia. ELsewhere, the world has moved on to the Golf VI
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Price .....!

Firstly i would like to congratulate the Mumbai Beetle Club for putting up such a great show.

Well done guys.

As i always say, Nothing to Beat the Classic VW Bug.

And as per price is concerned, Bangalore has already seen 20 bookings and 3 deliveries the day it was launched.

Only the styling and the erstwhile name "Beetle" which is creating all the hype around this car.

If only this car was built in India, we can expect it to sell at around 12-14 lacs.

And not to forget , it will sell.

Someone said a Suzuki sport can beat this car in performance. What a joke.

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I bought the "NEW" Beetle in 2002 for my Daughter!!! 7 years back in the same famous Yellow that they have now launched in. My daughter still has it, and her husband wanted to upgrade to a new one, and I said what for its the same old design and motor?
Hmm, at least you & your daughter might be happy that even 7 years down the line her car isn't outdated/obsolete.

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If BMW launched the mini cooper s for the same price - it would probably do some damage to the beetle, fiat 500 etc. It would be a hoot to own and drive with its 175 hp engine and character
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By the way, for those of you who think they aren't selling anything these days, I just heard from someone (well, a very credible someone) that "they made a big mistake" with the Beetle by allocating "only a few numbers" of the Beetle initially. The waiting period runs into July '10 !!
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May I know the spec of earlier version Touareg. Was it not V10?
Nope. 3.0 V6 diesel.
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Its basically a waste of money. The car sells for 10 lakhs in UK but the 100% import duty levied on it makes it 21 lakhs if you want to buy in India. There is nothing desirable or exotic in buying a car for twice its price even if you are rich.

Its just a policy adopted by the govt to help our local incompetant domestic car manufacturers stay competitive so that they can rest happy without innovating as the high import duty on foreign cars discourage Indian customers from buying them and have to do with local cars
completely agree with this point, but what can you do against the policy - you can't not buy a local car and imports are a waste of money!
Also I would anyday buy a fiat 500 or mini for 15lacs (if they were spec'd at 150bhp) VS a beetle
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