Volkswagen, the German premium automaker has taken a new bold step to enhance the driver safety with the introduction of dual front airbags as standard fitment on variants of the Polo making VW the first automobile manufacturer in the country to offer dual front airbags as standard equipment in the premium hatchback segment. The company is also offering anti-lock brakes (ABS) as standard fitment on the Comfortline variant.
It would have been perfect if ABS too was offered as a standard on all variants considering maximum cars are driven in city and the feature very useful especially during rains and Indian roads. This is a good move to offer more safe cars considering the rising number of deaths due to road accidents. Hopefully you are safer in the VW Polo.
Volkswagen is known for the superb built quality and is the main USP of the Polo and the Vento in the volumes segment. With new safety features, the Polo and Vento have become expensive by 2.7% which translates to Rs. 22,700 for the Polo and up to Rs, 26,800 for the Vento. The price hike will be effective from 1st February 2014.
Volkswagen did not introduce any major new model in the Indian market in 2013 except for the Polo variants, Vento limited editions and Jetta facelift which is mainly a cosmetic upgrade. The Passat has been discontinued to make way for the new Passat which will be launched in the first half of 2014. This is not a generation change is mainly a facelift.
The Polo will also receive a facelift this year and will be available with a new 1.5 diesel engine and will be available on the Vento also. VW will announce their plans for 2014 at the 2014 Auto Expo and will also be showcasing the India bound Taigun compact SUV.