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Old 13th May 2009, 18:19   #46
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European cars have simply not cut it in the 4 - 6 lakh segment, the list of failures goes on. Peugeot 309, Fiat Palio, Skoda Fabia, Mahindra Logan....it's only the Fiat Uno which met with some level of success (but was botched up anyways).

This price-sensitive segment is dominated by low cost masters like Maruti, Hyundai, Tata etc. The Jap & Korean competition has proven simply too strong for the Europeans. Can they match them on cost? Can they offer maintenance as low? Or reliability as good?
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This price-sensitive segment is dominated by low cost masters like Maruti, Hyundai, Tata etc. The Jap & Korean competition has proven simply too strong for the Europeans. Can they match them on cost? Can they offer maintenance as low? Or reliability as good?
Fantastic points. If there is any European firm that can crack this segment it will be VW. Volkswagen may be an understated competitor, but they have cracked the big emerging markets better than the Japanese / Koreans. VW is the biggest global car maker in China and a big one in Brazil - two of the biggest emerging markets. VW Gol (not Golf) in Brazil is a low cost sub-compact and is the largest brand with more than 5 million cars sold to date. So they have been successful with a hatchback in a market similar to India.

No doubt this will be VW's toughest market in that segment; but Volkswagen seems to be showing great determination to have a meaningful presence in India. The fact that they are making a sedan of one of their most successful hatchback models only for India goes to show the same. The group also has capacity for making about 130,000 - 140,000 cars which is 10% of today's car market. So they do seem to have a plan.

Further Polo (as I recall of what I read in AutoBild) has the latest diesel tech (blue series or so) that VW claims will be the most efficient diesel engine in production when launched - 26 kmpl. Now that can be a game changer!

BTW, 3 of the 10 largest selling / ever sold cars in the world come from VW - Golf, Beetle and Passat. Ford is the only other car maker to have 3 cars in the top 10. Toyota and Honda have only one each (Corolla and Civic respectively)!

Rediff.com: The top 10 best-selling cars ever!

Fun times ahead!

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The picture attached on first page is of Polo Sedan from Germany. I think company just brought that polo in India just to check the engine reliability and other factors. The Real Indian VW polo pics can be seen on this thread http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/indian...olo-sedan.html
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Well these are pictures of the old sedan which totally looks ugly. Here are some pictures of the new sedan, which is going to be sold in India. Proper drool stuff.
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OMG, its so ugly from the back!
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Well these are pictures of the old sedan which totally looks ugly. Here are some pictures of the new sedan, which is going to be sold in India. Proper drool stuff.
this one is gonna take toyota etios' share of pie... looks great!
the old pic (scooped one) was too ugly!
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