Volkswagen Virtus production begins in India – Auto News , Firstpost



The Volkswagen Virtus will be produced at the Chakan plant in Pune.

Production of the Volkswagen Virtus began at the company’s Chakan plant. (Image: Volkswagen)

Volkswagen recently announced the start of production of the upcoming Virtus sedan. The latest entrant to the premium mid-size sedan segment will be manufactured at the Chakan plant in Pune, India. The Virtus falls under VW’s India 2.0 project and is the second offering developed on the MQB A0 IN platform with localization levels up to 95 percent. The first, of course, was the Taigun. Volkswagen India has already opened reservations for the Virtus. It also comes in six exterior colors including Wild Cherry Red, Carbon Steel Grey, Reflex Silver, Curcuma Yellow, Candy White and Rising Blue.

“The new Volkswagen Virtus is an unparalleled offering that brings novelty and excitement to the premium mid-size sedan segment. The overwhelming response we received to the world premiere has further fueled our confidence. The new Virtus has been built to perfection for ambitious Indian customers and with the start of production we aim to introduce the eye-catching, exciting and German-designed sedan to the Indian market at the earliest.” said Ashish Gupta, Brand Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India.

When it arrives, the Virtus will be available with two TSI engine options: 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol and the 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo petrol. As with the Slavia, the gearbox options remain the same. A six-speed manual transmission, common between both engines; and a seven-speed DSG (1.5-litre TSI) and a six-speed torque converter (1.0-litre TSI). Both engines are equipped with a stationary start/stop system and more than 40 active and passive safety features. In addition, the larger TSI engine also gets Active Cylinder Management Technology (ACT).

The all-new Virtus is said to be the longest car (4,561mm) in the premium mid-size sedan segment and also offers 521 liters of boot space. The Volkswagen Virtus is expected to arrive in India in May and will compete with the Skoda Slavia, Honda City, Hyundai Verna and Maruti Suzuki Ciaz upon arrival. We expect it to be priced at a slight premium, compared to its sibling – Skoda Slavia.

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