Beetle, the original people’s car from German carmaker Volkswagon, is set to roll out on Indian roads. The company has planned to introduce the brand in the country by 2009.
Speaking to media, Joerg Mueller, president and managing director, Volkswagon India said: “Beetle will come here after we strengthen our dealership network within the next year.” The company currently has eight dealers in the country and plans to increase the number to 15 by the end of this year. “We are planning to have around 15 dealers this year and add around 120 by 2011,” Mueller added.
Volkswagon is also investing around 580 million euros (Rs 3,600 crore approximately) in setting up a manufacturing facility at Chakan in Maharashtra from where it will roll out its small car for the Indian market. The plant, from next year, will also produce Skoda’s new hatchback – the Fabia.