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Volkswagen India has announced a service cost reduction for their major models such as the Polo, Vento and Ameo. The maintenance costs are cut by 24 to 44 per cent across all Volkswagen products currently on the market.
New Volkswagen customers will get a four-year or 1,00,000km warranty package as standard, plus four years of free RSA (Road-Side Assistance). Previously, the German brand offered two years or unlimited kilometres, and two years of free RSA.
Furthermore, there are three free services included in the first year or 15,000km. Until last year, the only free service was for six months or 6500km. To promote business, the brand has also set up a maintenance price chart across all the authorised service centres. It shows all the potential costs for various maintenance processes. Volkswagen-owned Skoda Auto has also introduced similar service packages.
Volkswagen India did not see major growth in sales last year, but a decline of 22.9 per cent. The company intends to make a difference in 2019 through the above-mentioned service schemes. Moreover, these maintenance packages will also subside the notion that 'VW cars are expensive to live with'.
In December 2018, Volkswagen sold only 2820 units compared to 3335 units in the same month, last year — a drop of 15 per cent. The popular Polo hatchback saw a sales decline of 11 per cent (1569 – 1394 units) and its compact-sedan avatar, the Ameo, faced 36 per cent reduction in sales (1114 – 715 units).
Meanwhile, the Volkswagen Vento attained a marginal growth of five per cent in sales (574 – 548 units) in December 2018. The sales of the Passat doubled (53 – 102 units), but only 35 Tiguan five-seater SUV units were sold. The Jetta and Beetle were discontinued in early-2018.
Thoughts On The Volkswagen India's Service Cost Reduction
Volkswagen sells some of the best-engineered products in the country — superior 'German Engineering', as many say. Compared to the brand's competitors, the maintenance costs are a bit on the higher side, but the newly-introduced service schemes will make a positive impact on the sales chart. What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.