Shillong Great Escape - Mahindra

Shillong Great Escape – The Ultimat...

There are plenty of driving experiences to suit the different consumer segments in India. Mahindra sponsors the Shillong Great Escape from the 30th of...

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Quanto to get Facelift, to be Calle...

Quanto is a popular SUV from M&M that has been branded as a weekend car for the families to go on vacations. Recently, a heavily camouflaged car w...

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New Avatar of Bolero to be fitted w...

Mahindra and Mahindra, one of the leading automobile manufacturers of India, are planning to launch the new model of their very popular SUV Bolero. It...

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Mahindra Genio to get Facelift in 2...

James Heliwell, who is  the Marketing Manager of Mahindra Australia, has confirmed that the pickup called Genio will get a facelift to make it look pl...

Shillong Great Escape – The Ultimate Off-Roading Experience from Mahindra

There are plenty of driving experiences to suit the different consumer segments in India. Mahindra sponsors the Shillong Great Escape from the 30th of May 2015. One of the more popular off-roading events held in India, the Great Escape offers Mahindra owners a chance to go off-roading in controlled situations created by Mahindra Adventure. The prize trophy awaiting the winner this year is a brand new Thar 4X4.

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Venue

The Great Escape will see Mahindra customers from Tura, Shillong, Guwahati, Jaintia Hills, Nagaland and other neighbouring North-Eastern states. Winners will be sponsored for the main event to be held in Mumbai Nashik finals where they will be meeting off-roaders from other parts of the country in January 2016. The event is scheduled to flag off from Siloam in UCC road, Umiam.

The portal www.mahindraadventure.com serves as a one-point stop for important information about the contest, the drive, the prize, challenges expected along the way, etc. The rally is usually flagged off from Umiam, Orchid Lake Resort, Ri Bhoi district in Shillong.

The event sees participation from the entire stable of Mahindra vehicles including the Bolero, Scorpio, Legend and the extreme off-roader, Thar 4×4.

Offroading Experience

An exceptional thought to display the off-roading competences of Mahindra vehicles, Mahindra Adventure acts as a umbrella of series of adventure and motor sports events organised under its banner.

Mahindra Adventure holds a series of events throughout the year such as the popular off-roading event, the Great Escape, numerous Challenges, which are sporting actions that keeps company’s promise of giving challenges of adrenalin pumping. They also sponsor multi-Day Escapes, such as the Royal New Year Escape (6 days) & Monastery Escape (10 days), Authentic Goa (4 days) and Tri- Nation Escape (India, Nepal & Bhutan – 14 days) and more such off-roading experiences unique to the customer thus, testing their skills.

Why Shillong?

Shillong offers a perfect picture postcard setting for the 1st Great Escape of the season with rolling hills and verdant greens.  Also known as the ‘abode of the clouds’, Shillong offers an undulating hilly terrain of Shillong with streams and obstacles that pose a challenge for the experienced and amateurs.

Every vehicle and its participants have to negotiate their share of challenges. Participants also get a chance to soak in the cool climate and enjoy the one of a kind scenic beauty. These include the swollen landscape, mountainous gorges, steep climbs, forest wilderness full of all species of fauna and flora or singing rivulets.

The Mahindra Great Escape as part of the Mahindra Adventure umbrella brand continues to live up to the promise of encouraging the off-roading culture and demonstrating the tough and rugged DNA of Mahindra vehicles. The concept of an all-India ‘Off-Road Trophy’ championship sees fierce competition as participants get a chance to showcase their off-road driving skills through different obstacles.

Winners from regional Great Escapes, which include Hyderabad, Shillong, Lonavla, Kottayam, Chandigarh, Goa, Chennai, Sakleshpur, Jaisalmer and Gurgaon compete in skills for the ultimate trophy.

Quanto to get Facelift, to be Called Canto

Quanto is a popular SUV from M&M that has been branded as a weekend car for the families to go on vacations. Recently, a heavily camouflaged car was spotted running on roads by a car enthusiast that is believed to be a new model of Quanto. In fact, according to insiders, it is not a new model but same Quanto that is being planned to be introduced with a facelift. M&M will name this car Canto and it will be launched later this year. This facelift aims to infuse new lease of life in Quanto that is not doing that well in Indian car market.

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M&M has codenamed the new SUV U125. The company has reportedly imported bumpers for this new car from South Korea. It is a fact that M&M has bought SsangYong, an automobile parts company in South Korea. It is form this company that M&M is sourcing the bumpers for the new Quanto that will be referred to as Canto after launch.

If one looks at the performance of Quanto in the last 6 months, M&M has been able to sell only 55 units every month on an average. This is indeed a very low number that has alarmed those who matter at M&M. The company, which is considered as a specialist of UV cars, has decided to give a facelift to Quanto to make it look more attractive and stylish in the eyes of the consumers. The new Quanto will not only be fitted with latest features with a redesigned body but it will also be fitted with automated manual transmission. M&M is taking the cue from its sub 4 meter SUV Xylo to give a facelift to Quanto. The company believes that the feature of AMT will add convenience and make the new Quanto look stylish in the eyes of the consumers.

As far as new features are concerned, new Quanto will get a new bumper, grill, and headlights. The images of the new car that have been leaked on internet clearly show that the new Quanto will have LED DRL’s and a head scoop aka Scorpio. This is not all as new Quanto will get the same multifunction steering wheel that is fitted in Xylo. According to insiders, no effort has been spared by the engineers at M&M to make the new Quanto more beautiful for the customers. It looks not only stylish but also has a much better build quality.

There will be no changes to the existing power train as new Quanto will be powered by the same 1.5 liter diesel engine that is fitted in the current model. This engine produces a power of 100BHP. It generates a torque of 240Nm to make the car easily maneuverable in city driving conditions. There will be changes in the interiors too and the new Quanto will get a two color tone interiors like its much fancied siblings Scorpio and XUV 500. Rest of the controls on the dashboard and even air conditioning vents will remain the same as in existing model of Quanto.

New Avatar of Bolero to be fitted with Quanto Engine

Mahindra and Mahindra, one of the leading automobile manufacturers of India, are planning to launch the new model of their very popular SUV Bolero. It is an entry level SUV from M&M that is 7-seater and popular among those desirous of a powerful car that is also affordable. According to latest reports, the new model of Bolero, codenamed U301 has been spotted running on roads not just in India but also Germany. M7M recently revealed that this SUV is being exported to countries like UK and Spain.

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U301 may be the new Bolero but it looks totally different from the current model that is running on roads in the country. M&M engineers have tried to make this SUV more comfortable and attractive for urban drivers. Bolero is one car from M&M that has already been exported to Spain in large numbers. There are reports that the company is planning to introduce three versions of this car. The price of the base version would be Rs. 6.02 lakhs while the middle variant will get a price tag of Rs. 6.65 lakhs. The top variant of new Bolero will be sold at a price of Rs. 7.45 lakhs. These are only estimations and of course actual prices may be a little different when the car is finally launched.

It may be a big surprise for someone looking at new Bolero as it has different looks and does not even share its platform. It actually has the same chassis (ladder frame) that is fitted in Scorpio, another very popular SUV from M&M. Insiders say that U301 will be more agile and amenable for off road driving than the present model. It will also give much better performance during city driving conditions. This modestly priced SUV will be packed with many of the features that are seen in its much fancied siblings Scorpio and XUV 500. These include a world class infotainment system with touch screen, multifunction steering, and Bluetooth connectivity that allows the owner to make use of his smartphone without going for it. There will also the usual safety features like ABS and the airbags.

There are also reports that M&M does not want to discontinue the production of Bolero. In fact, it plans to introduce this model of Bolero at a global level to see how it fares before taking a decision to continue with present model of Bolero or not. Perhaps, M&M wants to evolve the brand Bolero to export it to many countries. It also wants this car to be perceived as a premium SUV better than present Bolero in all respects.

As far as power train is concerned, the new Bolero will be fitted with a 1.5 liter 3 cylinder diesel engine that powers the present model of Quanto. This engine has received modifications to give more power and a better mileage to the new Bolero. The new car will also receive automated transmission technology instead of the older 5 speed manual transmission to make it more user friendly.

Mahindra Genio to get Facelift in 2016

James Heliwell, who is  the Marketing Manager of Mahindra Australia, has confirmed that the pickup called Genio will get a facelift to make it look pleasing to the eyes. He also said that this facelift will take place in 8 weeks after which there will be official launch of Genio in Australia. This launch will take place in the last quarter of 2015. According to Mr. Heliwell, every effort has been taken to make sure that the new Genio looks attractive and stylish.

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Insiders say that changes in the exterior design of Genio could be inspired by the similar changes being effected in Mahindra Quanto. The leaked images of this new Quanto reveal new air intakes, new grill, raised facade, and LED daytime running lamps. Even the interiors of this pickup will get many modifications. These include safety features like ABS and dual airbags, DDAS, and cruise control. It is the belief of the company that making all these changes will give the owner of new Genio a more car like feel when he drives it.

It is not clear if there are any plans of the company to introduce changes to the power train of Genio. The existing model of this pickup is fitted with a 2179cc engine (4 cylinder). This engine generates a power of 120BHP and a torque of 280Nm with a manual 5 speed transmission. The Indian version of Genio comes fitted with a 2.5 liter diesel engine that produces a power of 75BHP and a torque of 220Nm. Australian consumers will get the option to choose between 4X2 and 4X4 wheel drives.

Other SUV’s made by Mahindra such as U301 and XUV 500 have already been fitted with automatic transmission. It is to be seen if Mahindra decides to give this feature to Australian consumers with the facelift of its Genio or not.

The facelift being given to Genio aims to make it more functional and luxurious. Some of the features being added to this commercial pickup are those that are not commonly seen in other pickup vehicles. These include a charging point for mobiles, a can holder, a coin holder, and a glove box. There are also cases for wallet as well as mobile on the dashboard of this vehicle.

Company plans to introduce the new Genio in 4 attractive colors namely diamond white, silver shine, skyline blue, and marvel granite. It will be a powerful vehicle to manage all kinds of payloads. New Genio will be fitted with radial tubeless tires. This is a revolutionary new feature not seen in pickup vehicles made by the competitors of M&M.

For Indian market, Mahindra has deliberately kept the price of new Genio low at just Rs. 4.99 lakhs. High end version of the pickup will be available at a price of Rs. 5.3 lakhs. This makes Genio a very affordable commercial pickup for those who are looking for a stylish vehicle that gives them the comfort of a car while being very functional. It will certainly be very pleasing to the eyes.

Mahindra & Mahindra unveils new strategy to beat the competition and ramp up revenue

Mahindra and Mahindra have formulated a new strategy to win over the markets. Nicknamed Play to Win, the company will set in motion different types of plans to take the competition head-on and ramp up market share.

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Mahindra Rise New Logo

Once the darling of the masses, Mahindra dominated the Indian SUV market; however, with the introduction of newer models and other variants, it lost out to rivals Renault and Ford Motor Company. It now also faces competition from vehicles to be produced by Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai Motor Company. These two companies are now coming up with their brand of popular, cheaper and more sustainable SUVs starting with Ertiga and more in the offing.

New Plans

To cover lost ground, Mahindra and Mahindra flew down 200 executives from 100 traders to the Doubletree Hilton hotel in Warsaw to look into the way they prepared cars and outfitted them. There they unveiled their own plans to attain 26 percent growth in the automotive section by the end of the year.

The company spokesperson further elaborated on the plans to be implemented at the vendor’s meet and said that the company could not reveal further plans.

Though, reliable sources confirm that there would be no more model launches or fresh additions to the stable. Since there was nothing to add to Xylo, XUV 500 and Scorpio, the sales sagged and ended the financial year with a 37.4 percent in the Utility Vehicle segment. The firm eventually lost its 3rd spot in the whole market to Honda Cars India. Hyundai and Maruti Suzuki are the top two.

Quick Turnaround

According to experts, M&M were the erstwhile undisputed leaders in the UV segment, but things had changed considerably. “Competition has heated up in all the segments — from brand to price points to satisfaction. Players with attractive and latest products are offering an increased choice to Indian buyers,” he said. Mahindra is eyeing a quick turnaround in the current financial year, the vendors said.

Mahindra is trying hard to script a comeback in the current financial year. If the rains were normal, M&M predicts sales of 5.37 lakhs units in its automobile business that incorporated pick-up trucks, small commercial vehicles, UVs and cars.

The UV segment makes up for just about half a million units, has catches attention of many new competitors, which include Renault’s Duster and the EcoSport from Ford. With Hyundai, Maruti Suzuki and others new SUVs, competition will heat up in this segment in terms of price and versions and satisfaction index of customers.

New Models in the offing

Mahindra is banking on fresh models — S101, the micro SUV for small-car buyers and U301 the compact SUV. It is aimed at compact sedan buyers and will sell close to 45,000 to 50,000 units. “Mahindra’s price value equation is its forte. If it clicks well with its 2 latest compact SUVs, it can make a great return,” said Vangaal.

On its weak two-wheeler and truck business, the company said the comeback will help script the teething troubles and help make a grand comeback.

Maharashtra Adventure Rally 2015: Gaurav Gill and Musa Sherif claimed the tittle again on Sunday in Nashik

This was the third year in a row, when the Maharashtra adventure rally was being sponsored by Mahindra adventure as the title sponsor. The Maharashtra adventure rally is a part of IRC (Indian rally championship).It took place in Nasik this year. By way of sponsoring this championship, Mahindra adventures was planning to make its presence stronger in the motorsport area. Team Mahindra adventure has the credit of winning the last years IRC league and is again aiming at the same this year in Nasik which is their home ground. Mahindra also has their vehicle manufacturing unit here in Nasik. Infact it is the only entrant which also has a manufacturing unit.

2015 Rally of Maharastra

This year the Mahindra adventure rally was scheduled from 11 June’2015 to 14 June 2015. There was a ceremonial flag off from the City Center Mall here. The WISA (Western Indian Sports Association) changed the format of the rally this year. The super special stage which was always started on Friday has been replaced by main stage which was run on Friday and Saturday. Earlier the main stages were run on Saturday and Sunday. Hence, this year the cars started the race from city center at around 6:30am on 12 June 2015 which was Friday.

All the super Bikers and rally cars made a start from the city center this year to ABB circle from where they went to the Bhosala military school and then took a turn towards the college road. The XUV500’s were all set again to win over the hearts and fill our spirits with joy in their very own terrain of Nasik. The super XUV500’s had a group, all mixed up, with the navigators and drivers this year.

The stages in this rally had been physically divided in to three parts. To and from the special stages, the total distance was exactly 471 kms.On 14 June 2015, we got our overall winning team for the year. Musa sheriff and Gaurav gill, driving their Mahindra XUV 500, won the rally of Maharashtra 2015 by a margin of 3 minutes and 39 seconds. This is his 5th rally of Maharashtra tittle.The driver of the day went to Arjun Rao Aroor who was the co driver with Satish Rajagopal.He drove the Volkswagen Polo R2 beautifully to create a 10 second deficit and went ahead Mahindra Adventure’s Amittrajit Ghosh (Ashwin Naik) and finished the race to come second overall. The gap of a second proved to be an important factor in determining the second and the third winner of the rally.

Rally of Maharashtra is organized by the WISA (Western Indian Sports Association) with the support of FMSCI. It is the initial round of IRC (Indian rally championship).It is the only tarmac rally of the season. The announcement about the rally of Maharashtra 2015 was made in a press conference on 1 June, 2015 in Nashik itself.

New Mahindra Quanto spied while testing, expected to get updates including DRLs

Mahindra & Mahindra, India’s SUV master is busy working on several upcoming projects. The Indian car major is expected to launch many new models in the next two years’ time. One of the upcoming launches from the stable of Mahindra is the new upgraded Quanto.

Mahindra Quanto spied

The Quanto had witnessed good amount of success as a compact SUV for its maker. However, stiff competition as well as lack of refinement quickly saw the Quanto down the sales charts. While it was rumored that Mahindra might drop the Quanto off its product portfolio, now it seems that the car major is going to try and revive the Quanto’s sales by launching its new avatar.

The new Mahindra Quanto is expected to come in its fresh avatar braced with many updates and new added features in order to make it more attractive to the buyers and subsequently boost its sales rates. Mahindra has already started the road test schedule of the new model of the compact SUV, and it has also been spied by several sources while it was busy going about its road tests. The new Mahindra Quanto has been spotted during its road tests in Bengaluru. As per the spy shots of the test prototype model, among the many updates the vehicle is also expected to receive new LED Daytime Running Lights.

The upcoming new refreshed Mahindra Quanto compact SUV is expected to retain its powertrain that powers the ongoing model. Thus, it is likely to be equipped with the same 1.5 Liter 3 cylinder diesel mill that does the duty currently fleet. This diesel engine is capable enough to churn out a max power output of around 100 Bhp and a peak torque value of 240 Nm. However, the engine is expected to be given some amount of tweaking by the company in order to make it more refined and to reduce its noise and vibration levels. On top of this, the new Mahindra Quanto is also expected to be empowered by the company’s new regenerative braking system which offers power to the engine while braking.

As for the new upgrades of the upcoming new Mahindra Quanto compact SUV, the vehicle would be flaunting many changes in the cosmetic level in order to make it look more aggressive and appealing. The new Quanto would be flaunting new headlight enclosures, new redesigned front radiator grill, new front as well as rear bumper designs with a more sculpted styling for better SUV like rugged appeal. More details regarding the upgrades of the new model of the compact SUV are expected to be revealed later as the launch date of the vehicle approaches closer. Mahindra has already endowed new flexible and more comfortable yoga seats at the rear of the vehicle in order to resolve the issue of a cramped up back row which has also affected the sales of Quanto.

The new refreshed Mahindra Quanto is expected to launch in the domestic car market of the country within this year.

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Upcoming cars from the house of Mahindra

While launching XUV500, the Indian vehicle maker Mahindra & Mahindra has confirmed that another 3 new cars will be brought to market by the end of this year. Besides the three new cars, the company is also planning to launch 6 facelifts of the existing cars in the coming few months. The S101 micro SUV, U301 Bolero and the Quanto are the cars by the homegrown UV maker, which are found testing very often in last few months of interval and are very likely to be launched in this year.

2015 Mahindra Bolero Spy Shot

Mahindra U301 Bolero: The company is working to replace its Bolero by the new SUVs, and is expected to start business from the festive season onwards. It will be powered by a 1.5 liter twin-turbo diesel engine, which can produce 100PS power along with 240Nm torque. The new bolero is expected to come with a different body size associated with a sub-four meter and a 7 seater arrangement. Besides this, the other features that are available are Bluetooth based music system, USB and aux-connection setups, silver accent added with a black dashboard, 3-spoke steering wheel, chrome lined instrument cluster and a gear knob. This new model is expected to be AMT based to challenge the other manufacturers. This model’s hydroformed ladder frame chassis design makes it compact and lighter as compared to current Boleros. However, research is still going on to increase its fuel efficiency and is expected to enter the market by the next September.

Mahindra S101: The increasing demand for compact SUVs has forced the leading homegrown UV maker Mahindra & Mahindra to plan for launching a micro SUV in India’s domestic market. The sub-four meter SUV is designed on a new monologue base and will be powered by the company’s new engine both in diesel and petrol version. The petrol version is available with a 1.2-litre capacity engine. With bench type seat arrangement in the front, the vehicle will be having 3+3 seating system. Studded with features like Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), electronic brake-force distribution, anti-lock braking facility and four airbags, the new Mahindra S101 is priced in a range around Rs 4 to Rs 4.5 lakh and expects rivals like Ecosport (Ford), Tata Motors and Nissan made upcoming SUVs.

Mahindra U215: This model (expected new generation Quanto SUV) is expected to come with new designs and a more rugged looks. This is expected to hit the domestic market by the mid of this year and will be the rival of Renault’s Duster and Ecosport by Ford. It will come with a five seater option leaving behind the boxy design. This model is also expected with new 3-pot motor to provide better fuel efficiency and to provide perfect value for money product. Though any major change in design and engine is not expected yet any cosmetic and mechanical tweaks are yet to be confirmed. This will be powered by a 1.5 litre, three cylinder turbocharged engine (produces 100bhp power) associated with a five speed manual transmission system.

Leading Fuel Efficient Diesel Cars in our country

Even a single penny counts in our cost effective economy and this matters immensely at the time of purchasing a car. The plethora of choices and widened price gap between the diesel and petrol gaps has compelled buyers to opt for diesel cars. Henceforth, we will go through the list of leading diesel cars in our country.

Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire

Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire

Considered to be one of the most fuel efficient cars, DZire is manufactured by the India’s largest car manufacturers. This car has revolutionized the automobile industry by offering optimum performance and mileage. This has recently undergone a modification with few mechanical features. With three diesel trims, DZire possess the capability to offer an excellent mileage of 26.59 kmpl. In addition, this car has been adorned with new exterior along with some interior changes. The car competes directly with Hyundai Xcent, Tata Zest and Honda Amaze in the compact sedan segment.

Maruti Suzuki Ciaz

The renowned car manufacturer has proved it again with its Ciaz. It is available in a DDiS diesel engine of 1.3 litres which produces a power of 89 BHP and torque of 200 Nm. Competitor of Honda City, this car offers a mileage figure of 26.3 kmpl. Ciaz has performed well in the areas of comfortable seating, style and other requisite features. It is offered with a 5 speed manual transmission along with a choice of 4 speed AMT gearbox. It is a rival of Volkswagen Vento, Ford Fiesta, Hyundai Verna, and Honda City.

Honda City

Being admired immensely, new generation Honda City was launched last year with a lot many changes. It exhibits excellent interiors, impressive looks and has diesel engine of 1.5 litre as that of Amaze. City has sustained its position of delivering high mileage, 26 kmpl. This car is in direct competition with Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai 4S Fluidic Verna, Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento.

Honda Amaze

Honda has recently come with another fuel efficient car, Amaze. The increasing demands of compact sedan urged Honda to bring forth Amaze based on Brio. It is offered with a iDTEC diesel engine of 1.5 litre that generates a power of 98 BHP and torque of 200 Nm. The mileage offered by Amaze is 25.8 kmpl and has become a preferred choice of regular commuters in India. It is trying to establish its superiority over Hyundai Xcent, Maruti Swift DZire as well as Tata Zest.

Chevrolet Beat

This car has remained quite popular in the Indian market since its formation. Impressive mileage and quality interiors have made this a sought after car and until it bagged number 3 position in the list of cars offering highest mileage in India. This has a XSDE diesel engine of 1.0 litres that produces a power of 59 BHP and torque of 160 Nm. Car is available with 5 speed manual transmission and offers a mileage of 25.44kmpl.

In addition to the aforementioned cars, there are numerous other diesel cars that offers excellent mileage. These comprises Ford Fiesta with a mileage of 25.01 kmpl, Hyundai Grand i10 with 24 kmpl, Maruti Suzuki Swift offering 25.2 kmpl and more. There are plenty of options in diesel cars and the above mentioned are so far the best-in-lead cars till date.

Volkswagen is busy on increasing the localization of its 1.5 diesel engine in India

German auto major is actively working on the localization of its 1.5 diesel motor in India. Currently, Volkswagen India has started the second phase of the 1.5 diesel mill’s localization program.

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Volkswagen Taigun Concept

For the first phase of the localization process, Volkswagen India selected a total of 18 suppliers to locally source 25 components of high value required for the 1.5 liter diesel engine.

Now, the company is working on the second phase to further localize its very important 1.5 liter diesel mill at the company’s manufacturing facility located in Chakan, Pune.

For the phase two, Volkswagen India plans to choose select some more local suppliers in order to locally source 15 other important crucial engine components for the engine.

Volkswagen’s 1.5 liter TDI diesel engine is a really important powertrain for the company in India, and its heavy localization would help the company make its diesel car models powered by this motor, more affordable ensuring higher sales.

In the first phase of the local assembly of the 1.5 TDI engine, Volkswagen India chose to source 25 components including turbocharger, vacuum lines, connecting rods, flywheels, oil sumps, engine brackets, while the others were sourced from 18 different local suppliers.

The executive director of the corporate purchase department Volkswagen India revealed that while till now, 25 components have been locally sourced for the first phase of the engine’s localization, the company is presently working on the second phase of the engine’s localization and would add approximately 15 other parts.

Few of the suppliers that are already supplying the currently sourced engine components to Volkswagen India include the Bangalore based Sansera Engineering, Honeywell Turbo Technologies India, Maharashtra based Mahabal Group and Rane Engine Valves, all of these suppliers are well known companies.

Volkswagen India has been busily working to gain operational profitability by various forms of localization at its Chakan as well as its Aurangabad production facilities. For this, the company has already invested 30 million Euros which is around Rs. 240 crore which went into the setting up of its new engine assembly facility at its Chakan plant. The engine assembly line is adjacent to the primary car assembly line in the facility and is spread over an area of 3,450 square meters.

Festing added by saying that the company has invested on setting up several areas including the engine assembly facility, engine testing line, localization, manpower training and others. The company has a single assembly facility for the engine production with total assembly capacity of more than 98,000 units per year. This engine assembly line has the capacity of running on a three shift system. Currently, the facility is working in a single shift system and assembling the engines as per the current market demand in India.

At present, the 1.5 liter diesel engine drives all three Volkswagen car models that are manufactured at the company’s Pune facility, namely the Polo, Vento and the Skoda Rapid. The engine is offered in two power outputs – 90PS and 105PS.