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VW??s first locally made Passat in India launched

MUMBAI: Europe??s largest car maker Volkswagen yesterday announced the launch of its first locally assembled premium car, the Passat Sedan, in India.

Volkswagen said India??s fast-growing car market was an important area for expansion by the company.

???The Passat will set the pace for our future product launches in India, which is a key market for strategic growth,??? Joerg Mueller, president of Volkswagen (VW) India, said.

The car is VW??s first locally assembled model in India. The Passat TDI 2.0-litre highline will be available in two versions in India, priced at between $54,645 and 59,535.

Passat is among the most successful VW cars after the Golf and the Beetle, with sales of 14mn units globally since its launch in 1973, a company statement said.

???The Passat embodies the best of VW??s engineering, design and technology,??? said Andreas Orinz, managing director of VW group sales India.

Other popular VW cars ?? the Phaeton and Touareg ?? are imported into India.

The Passat??s launch will increase competition in the premium passenger car segment that includes the Toyota Camry, Nissan Teana, Mercedes C Class, BMW 3 series and Audi A4, industry experts say.

The Passat will be assembled at the VW group company Skoda Auto??s assembly plant in Aurangabad in the western state of Maharashtra, which produces about 25,000 Skodas annually for the Indian market.

The Passat??s features include airbags, an anti-brake-locking system and electronic stabilisation programme and a top speed of 206 kilometres per hour - AFP

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