VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT INDIA

Volkswagen Passat for India launched

The VW Passat in India will be diesel, price Rs 22 - 25 lakh.

6 September, 2007

Volkswagen Passat India Photo

Vokswagen has launched its lyxury car Passat for India with a 2000cc diesel engine and state of the art features. There will be two versions of the Passat, both diesels, powered by four cylinder TDi 2.0 litre Highline engines. Maximum power will be 103 kW (140 BHP) and torque of 320 Nm at 1750-2500 RPM. Top speed claimed for the Volswagen Passat versions in India is 209 kmph, while the car would reach 0-100 kmph in 9.8 seconds. It is also an acknowledgement to the realities in India that VW has launched the car without a petrol version to begin with.

Passat and the other models will be assembled at the Aurangabad plant of Skoda, a VW subsidiary, until its own Rs 2,450 crore plant coming up in Pune is ready.

VW Passat in India

In two variants priced at Rs 22.35 lakh and Rs 24.35 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), Passat will take on the likes of Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Skoda Superb. It will be available only in the diesel version through a dealership network of three, which is to expand to 10 by the end of the year.

“Passat will set the pace for our future product launches in India as it is the key market for our overall strategic growth plans,” said Joerg Mueller, managing director, Volkswagen group sales India. The Passat one one of Volkswagen's most succesful cars in the world, notching up sales of 14 million units since its launch in 1973.

Two popular VW cars namely Phaeton and Touareg are already being imported by dealers. Passat will be imported in India as CKD kits.

Safety features in the Volkswagen Passat are impressive, including eight airbags, Anti-brake locking system (ABS) and electronic stabilisation programme (ESP).

The top end VW Passat for India will feature additional features such as front seats with electronic 12-way adjustment, rear and front parking sensors, bi-Zenon headlights with self-cleaning system, electric sliding/tilting glass roof, anti-theft warning system and a multi-function steering wheel with operating facility for gear change.