German carmaker Volkswagen has posted a growth of 107 percent in India in November at 4,014 units as compared to 1,942 units sold in the corresponding month last year.
The company attributed the increase in sales to its new compact sedan, the Ameo. The Ameo, the made-in-India, made-for-India compact sedan that is pitted against Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire, Honda Amaze, Ford Figo Aspire, Tata Zest and Hyundai Xcent, has been clocking sizeable numbers since its launch in June.
The sedan, which was originally launched in petrol version, is now also available with diesel motor. While the petrol-powered Ameo is sold with a 1.2-litre three-cylinder MPI petrol engine that develops 74bhp of power and 110Nm of peak torque, the diesel variants get 1.5-litre four-cylinder mill that is tuned to dish out 108bhp at 4,000rpm and 25Nm of torque at 1,500-3,000rpm. The engine comes mated in two transmission options- seven-speed DSG and five-speed manual.
"We have witnessed an encouraging growth with our November sales welcoming new members to the Volkswagen family. Earlier this year, we launched the Ameo and were positive that the vehicle would succeed in drawing car buyers' attention and it has lived up to our expectations," said Michael Mayer, director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India.
Meanwhile, Volkswagen also announced the Introduction of ABS with Dual Airbags as standard fitment for all variants of the Polo and Vento. With this, Volkswagen becomes the second carmaker after Toyota in India to offer airbags and ABS as standard across all the variants.