Volkswagen India has directed its dealers in the country not to sell any Polo variants with immediate effect.
A letter sent to the dealers by the Volkswagen Passenger Cars India states "We request, not to physically deliver any Polo vehicle (all variants) with immediate effect till further notice from VW" reports Economic Times with a photograph of the letter.
The letter is signed by Ashish Gupta, Head of after sales operations and Pankaj Sharma, Head of sales operations, Volkswagen Passenger Cars. The letter has been sent from the head office of Volkswagen Group located at Andheri, Mumbai.
A detailed statement on the delivery halt is expected from the company soon.
The Economic Times report also says the company has clarified that the halt has no connection with the emission scandal that hammered the reputation of the German automaker globally.
A VW official said the EA189 engine installed in a large number of Volkswagen vehicles in the country, along with the software that has caused so many problems for the European giant in developed markets, is not a reason for the directive to the dealers.
Volkswagen India sells Polo hatchback in 74bhp, 1.2-litre MPI petrol engine and 89bhp, 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine, both mated to 5-speed manual transmission. Both the petrol and diesel variants sells in Trendline, Comfortline and Highline variants.
The high powered GT version comes in two variants- GT TSI and GT TDI. The GT TSI is powered by 1.2-litre turbo petrol engine developing 104bhp of power mated seven-speed DSG transmission. The GT TDI is powered by 1.5-litre TDI engine that develops 104bhp mated to five-speed manual transmission.
Additionally, Volkswagen India sells a rugged version of the Polo named as Cross Polo with the engine specifications of the regular Polo hatchback.