Volkswagen India unveiled its first designed-for and made-in-India compact sedan, the Ameo, ahead of its public unveiling at Auto Expo 2016 starting 3 February (media day). The Ameo has been designed and engineered for the Indian market and will be manufactured at the Volkswagen plant in Chakan, Maharashtra.
The Ameo is unmistakably a VW car with design inspired by its elder siblings, the Vento and the Jetta. It is at the rear where the Ameo has a distinct character. The boot is small to keep the car under 4 metres in length, which will invite reduction on excise duty. The creases on the either side of the number plate look similar to Skoda Rapid. It is commendable that despite the boot, the car is good to look at.
Volkswagen Ameo will be available with a 1.2-litre three-cylinder MPI petrol engine or a 1.5-litre four-cylinder TDI diesel engine. The diesel engine is available with five-speed manual and seven-speed DSG transmissions, while the petrol engine will available with only five-speed manual transmission. The company has reserved power figures for the market launch in the Q2 of 2016.
All variants of the Ameo will come equipped with dual front airbags and ABS as standard. The new VW car also boasts of segment-first features like cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, static cornering lights, touchscreen multimedia music system with Mirror link, iPod connectivity, and phonebook and SMS viewer.
"Today is a very special day for Volkswagen in India, as we unveil our first ever made-for-India carline, Volkswagen Ameo. The compact sedan segment continues to garner much interest among Indian consumers and we are happy to mark our presence in this competitive and dynamic segment. Through the Volkswagen Ameo, we bring the highest technology and safety standards to the compact sedan segment. We have had a successful couple of years in India, and look forward to further expanding the Volkswagen India family," said Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India, in a statement.