Date: 20th December 2018
Mumbai: With an aim to achieve a market share of 3% over the next five years, Volkswagen, Europe’s leading car manufacturer is taking strategic initiatives towards enhancing its core brand pillars. Out of its six pillars, ‘People’ has been key that aptly reflects the Brands strongest capital in the Indian region. Strengthening it further, Volkswagen conducted the second edition of National HR Managers’ Connect 2018 in Jaipur.
A one-of-a-kind platform wherein HR Leads across Volkswagen dealerships in India congregate over a two-day peer-to-peer engagement conference to exchange opinions and views on the best HR practices conducted across zones. With the all-encompassing theme of ‘Engage, Educate and Excite’, the HR Leads imbibe and share the core responsibilities of its HR function i.e. recruitment, training and motivation of employees. The forum also created the opportunity for participants to interact with selective Volkswagen Management Heads including the Brand Director – Mr. Steffen Knapp to receive leadership guidelines and perspectives.
Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars said,“India is gearing up towards being the third largest automotive market in the globe and with this, we, at Volkswagen are working continuously towards a holistic growth of our organization. With dynamic changes witnessed within the industry, it is imperative for our Brand to focus on enhancing our talent development and retention practices. Together, with all HR leads present across India, we strategize on creating and adopting the best practices of motivating and training our employees across levels to ensure they have the perfect mind, body and soul balance. This in turn creates a positive environment and working space for all our employees across India.”
Further, the forum conducted activities that allowed participants to create, innovate and manage optimization of their resources. Additionally, top 6 HR Managers were awarded for their performance in the area on Human Resource Management.
Date: 19th December 2018
Mumbai: Further strengthening its testament of celebrating ten years, thousand cars and countless accolades, Lally Motors Pvt. Ltd from Punjab today received the Diamond Pin award from Volkswagen, Europe’s leading car manufacturer in India. Under the able leadership of Mr. Saravdeep Singh Lally, Director, Lally Motors Pvt. Ltd., the network has been consistently enhancing its year-on-year performance across the last decade in its sales, services and customer satisfaction rating.
The Diamond Pin is an annual award given to select Volkswagen dealers across the globe to those who continuously perform and display operational excellence over the years. With over 10,000 touch points globally, Volkswagen has awarded 53 Diamond Pins to its dealer partners this year.
Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars said,“The Diamond Pin is a global award bestowed upon dealerships worldwide that outperform in operational excellence and customer satisfaction. Today, with immense pleasure I would like to congratulate the entire team of Lally Motors for showcasing exemplary Volkswagen standards across sales and after-sales programs. Our dealer partners are an integral part of solidifying our presence in the country and this milestone achievement stands testament to our collaborative efforts.”
Commenting on receiving this award, Mr. Saravdeep Singh Lally, Director, Lally Motors Pvt. Ltd. said,“We are extremely honored to receive this recognition from Volkswagen India. With customers at the centre of our business priorities, it’s been an absolute pleasure to be serving our customers, globally renowned standards of Volkswagen in India. We look forward to many more awards and will continue to fortify this rewarding partnership.”
Lally Motors Pvt. Ltd. has over the years received numerous accolades including – a Platinum Award for Service from Volkswagen India, two-time recipient of the prestigious Volkswagen Gold Pin Award and ‘Dealer of the Year 2017 & 2018’ by FADA (The Federation of Automobile Dealers Associations). This partnership began with a single customer touchpoint and grew to a network of four state-of-the-art dealerships and workshops in Chandigarh, Hoshiarpur, Jalandhar and Ludhiana. The collaborative efforts have resulted in selling over 10,000 units across carlines.
Date: 7th December 2018
Mumbai: Volkswagen, Europe’s leading car manufacturer today announced an upward revision of up to 3% in the prices of its product range with effect from January 2019.
Following the dynamic changes within the economy and rising input costs followed by a depreciating rupee, there has been a foreseen requirement to increase prices in the passenger vehicle segment.
Speaking on this announcement, Mr. Steffen Knapp, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars says, “Over the last few months, we have been facing several fluctuations within the economy particularly the rise in input costs. At Volkswagen, we have tried our best to absorb the increasing costs but in order to maintain quality standards that a Volkswagen customer expects, this is an essential move. A diminutive percentage increase will assist the company in restoring equilibrium for the upcoming months.”
Date: 6th December 2018
Wolfsburg (Germany) – A drive revolution celebrates its birthday: Exactly 15 years ago, Volkswagen introduced the first dual clutch gearbox (DSG) for large-scale production. Automatic transmission for the modern age.
The USA and Europe – two separate “gearbox worlds” until a few years ago: Automatic transmission has always been preferred in North America. At the turn of the millennium, 88 percent of all motorists there opted for automatic transmission. Western Europe, which is dominated by compact vehicles, presented a completely different picture in 2000: Here, only 14% of cars – predominantly premium models – had automatic transmission. And this was not only due to the higher price of automatic transmission: A manual gearbox was usually more economical and sporty. And so more than 90 percent of Golfs - the most successful of all Volkswagen cars - came off the production line with manual transmission. The triumph of automatic transmission was introduced in 2003 by the Golf R32 with 177 kW / 241 PS. As the first Volkswagen, it was on sale with an optional 6-speed DSG. This new type of automatic gearbox shifted extremely athletically and was up to 20 percent more economical than the automatic gearbox with hydraulic torque converter. And that changed everything.
In 2018, the DSG installation rate for the Golf is over 40 percent. It is even almost 30 percent for the smaller Polo. The Golf Sportsvan has an installation rate of 50 percent. The DSG figures for the T-Roc and Tiguan have settled at a similarly high level. For the large Tiguan Allspace, the DSG installation rate is even around 90%. In the Passat, the average is between 60 percent (saloon) and 70 percent (estate). The Arteon constantly breaks the 80 percent mark.
Depending on the model, engine and type of drive, today Volkswagen offers various 6-speed and 7-speed DSGs. They are currently designed for torques up to 250 Nm (type “DQ200-7”), 400 Nm (”DQ260-6” and “DQ400-6”), 420 Nm (”DQ381-7”) and 550 Nm (”DQ500-7”). In addition, there is a 6-speed hybrid DSG (“DQ400E-6”, up to 400 Nm) as a module with integrated electric motor for plug-in hybrid models such as the Golf GTE1) and Passat GTE2). The gearboxes are constantly being further developed. A coasting function, where the DSG decouples the engine from the drive train in order to use the kinetic energy of the vehicle and thus further reduce fuel consumption, is becoming increasingly standard.
All dual clutch gearboxes are united by an extraordinarily good shifting performance without tractive effort interruption. The shifting process takes place within a few hundredths of a second. During cruising, the DSG shifts up a gear very early – this saves fuel. It is also a fact that the dual clutch gearboxes are a perfect match for the hybrid systems of tomorrow. This is another reason why the future belongs to the DSG.
1) Golf GTE: fuel consumption in l/100 km: combined 1.8 - 1.6; power consumption in kWh/100 km: combined 12.0 - 11.4; CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 40 – 36; efficiency class: A+. The vehicle is not sold in Germany.
2) Passat GTE: fuel consumption in l/100 km: combined 1.8 - 1.7; power consumption in kWh/100 km: combined 13.7 – 13.2; CO2 emissions combined in g/km: 40 – 38; efficiency class: A+. The vehicle is not sold in Germany.