German carmaker, Volkswagen may end the production of sub-4 metre sedan, Ameo in India. The compact-sedan was introduced in June 2016. The car was launched specially for Indian automotive fans. The popularity of the sub-4 metre range in India pushed the company to build Ameo, but the results are really disturbing. Hence, Volkswagen no longer wants to produce cars in the range.
In the Indian market, the hatchback Polo based model rival against the likes of popular sub-4 metre sedan including Maruti Suzuki Dzire, Honda Amaze, Hyundai Xcent and the Tata Tigor. Although, it was badly defeated by its competitor Dzire, which was already the king in the range. Last year, Maruti Suzuki Dzire and the Hyundai Xcent was declared as the most popular cars among the Indian customers.
In only three years of sales, the company has to take off Ameo from the segment. In the 2018 calendar year, Volkswagen sold only 9,800 units of the model, which comes down to about 980 units per month. In 2018, the company sold only 820 units per month of the Ameo. Ameo sales drastically decreased by 40% last year. So, the car maker will finally stop the production of the model before BS6 emission norms come into effect by 1st April 2020.
Head of Volkswagen Group India, Gurpratap Boparai, told The Economic Times, “We will not do any products like the Ameo. The sub-four-metre sedan is a very, very tricky product. It works only when the hatch that it’s based on is significantly below four metres (in length), otherwise, the aesthetics of the car won’t work”. He also said that the Ameo is also a reason for decreasing the sales of premium hatchback Polo and Vento sedan in the Indian market.
The compact sedan failed to increase the overall sales of the company which was the main objective of introducing the car in India. Volkswagen Polo is more pricey compared to Ameo. It is available in both petrol and diesel powertrain. It runs on a 1.2-litre MPI naturally aspirated petrol engine as well as a 1.5-litre diesel unit. The petrol unit generates 74 Bhp at 5,400 rpm and 110 Nm at 3,750 rpm torque whereas the diesel unit offers 109 Bhp and 250 Nm torque. It is the first car to get the dual-clutch 7-speed transmission in the range.
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