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Polo 1.6 Petrol discontinued in India

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Polo 1.6 Petrol discontinued in India

Volkswagen has stopped production of the Polo 1.6 in India. The German automaker has discontinued the Polo 1.6 variant from the Indian market due to poor demand. Dealers will be having a few units of the Polo 1.6 with them and will be offering discounts to clear stocks. While rumors of Maruti Suzuki bringing in the Swift Sport are doing the rounds since quite some time now, this move by Volkswagen clearly reveals that there is very little demand for petrol powered performance hatchbacks.

Last month Volkswagen sold a respectable 3498 units of the Polo hatchback, with majority of the sales coming from the 1.2-litre diesel version. The 1.2-litre petrol is also quite popular with petrol hatchback buyers, as it offers very good economy compared to the 1.6-litre petrol variant. The Polo 1.2 is cheaper as well and benefits from lower excise duty, something the 1.6-litre Polo misses out on. The Polo 1.6 is available in Highline trim only, at a price of Rs. 7.58 lakhs. The Polo 1.2 Highline is priced at Rs. 7.27 lakhs. (all prices on-road, Mumbai). For just Rs. 26,500/- you get a much faster car but buyers in India always put mileage over performance. If you do the excise maths, the Polo 1.6 is priced lower then what it should be. Could VW be absorbing lower margins on the Polo 1.6?

Another reason for the poor sales of the Volkswagen Polo 1.6 could be the diesel Polo. The Polo 1.2 TDI Comfotline is just Rs. 8000/- more than the Polo 1.6. The Polo 1.6 uses the same engine which does duty in the petrol Vento and Skoda Rapid. This 1598cc, petrol motor produces a power output of 105 PS at 5250 RPM and a torque output of 153 Nm at 3750 RPM. This engine is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and performance is quite strong. The Polo 1.6 nudges past 100 km/h in just 11.1 seconds and will go onto a top speed 180 km/h. It is easily the fastest hatchback on Indian roads (MINI aside).

Source: http://www.motorbeam...o-1-6-in-india/

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This week has seen a demise of 2 Gem of the Petrol cars -Honda CIVIC & VW Polo 1.6 petrol.

For a relatively shorter period of time, India remained obsessed with few of the Gems like above ones, but shifting market trends have taken the toll on cars liked by Heart.

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The Indian automotive market has taken another drastic step backwards. Now, more people looking for an upgrade will opt for a sedan, though a power hatch would have been ideal for them. This would have been a new segment, but the withdrawal of the car suggest VW in India is in very poor shape.

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May or may not be, Exactly.

VW India is planning to launch the 1.5 TDi version of Polo Diesel to cater the wider range audience, which demand for Fuel efficiency to Power from their hatchbacks, as the current Polo 1.2 TDi is meant more for its frugality than straight-out power.

So, probably it seems to be a void created for the new baby to come in VW family.

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First the Civic and now the Polo. Looks like the fuel prices are taking a toll on enthusiast cars in India. The Polo 1.6 was the only true hot hatch in India after the demise of the Palio GTX. If demand is poor I dont see many 1.6s in dealer inventories. If one gets a massive discount, its a killer buy for the petrolhead.

@dr-nishu: Are you sure about the 1.5 tdi launch?

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The demise of the Palio 1.9 diesel was also a sad one.. It was certainly THE most powerful hatch and even by today's standards, still remains.

Also, @Dr Nishu, IMHO, VW won't come with the 1.5 TDI, its going to put it right into the Rapid and Vento price range. Again, this may see the same fate that 1.6 has seen today.

I would really like to check out the Swift Sport though.. with the KB14 engine into its bay generating close to 100 bhp, this may really be one of the hot hatches around!! Plus, the frugality of Suzuki's engines will mean that it would be easy to run and maintain as well..

My Swift 1.3 gives me a decent 15 kmpl with AC in city driving conditions.. A little more powerful engine may return around 12-13 kmpl - which is not bad for a sport hatch.

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As read on some other forum, a Polo AT was seen at one of the dealership workshop in Mumbai and was a test car. God knows VW might be launching a Polo AT to replace 1.6 Polo. Looking forward to this possiblility as the increasing traffic in cities require Polo with AT option also.

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Skoda Fabia 1.6 + 70K in hand = VW Polo 1.6

Guess what, I'd rather buy a Fabia 1.6 and spice it up with the 70K than get the Polo.

Well that is a sensible thing to do but personally the Polo has more of the hot hatch looks than the Fabia.

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