Volkswagen expected to become world’s biggest automaker this year

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 24, 2011

Volkswagen has great chances to achieve its main goal in becoming world’s largest carmaker this year, way ahead of its targets. For those who don’t know, Volkswagen was planning to become world's biggest carmaker by 2018 but it appears that this goal will be achieved this year. The main reason are emerging markets, such as China and India.

Volskwagen sales in 2011 are expected to rise 13 percent to 8.1 million vehicles, while GM will gain about 8 percent to 7.55 million.

The biggest loser will be Toyota which is expected to post a drop of 9 percent to 7.27 million. Vw’s sales in China may rise 20 percent this year and 40% in India, while Toyota is suspending plants in Southeast Asia because of floods in Thailand. Toyota was also hit earlier this year by the earthquake in Japan.

"Emerging markets are at a stage of car-adoption by consumers and there is still a large space for sales to grow." said Jenny Gu, Shanghai-based senior markets analyst for J.D. Power.

"VW realized this and put a lot of effort on emerging markets." Still, Toyota is expected regain the lead from Volkswagen next year as the recovery from the march earthquake may bring a total of 8.4 million cars sold in 2012.

Volkswagen Passat has sold more than 15million cars units, putting it among the most successful cars around the globe. The seventh generation Passat is now out in the market. The design on the bestselling model has been completely overhauled and the front end follows the same styling that you see on the Phaeton.

Passat has always followed the course of technological advancements. And this is unequivocally true with the seventh Passat generation that will be sold both as an estate car and a saloon. The range of technology included in the Passat may be seen in the entry level Trendline, the midlevel Passat Comfortline and high end Passat Highline.

Superior design

After the Phaeton was presented in 2010, the new Passat Volkswagen is the second line to have a grille that has four crossmembers. The grille’s height matches the headlights and a narrow radiator grille has a pair of crossmembers that is typical of the vans and other cars below the Phaeton and the Passat.

Head of design for the Volkswagen Group Walter de Silva and Head of design for the Volkswagen Brand Klaus Bischoff deliberately selected this distinctive radiator grille feature to underline the status of more luxurious vehicles. Now the Passat design also adheres to the Volkswagen "design DNA."

The wholly redesigned front end gives the Passat a dominant appearance. The Passat now measures 1,820 millimeters wide and 4,769 millimeters long. The car retains the same width as its predecessor but it still has greater visual dynamism and presence.

Dominant looks of the Passat have been further strengthened by the new twin headlights that have an optional LED and bi-xenon daytime running lights. The daytime running lights have 15 LEDs each. You also have a bumper section that matches the body color, and there is another air intake that is framed by chrome winglets, which mimic the wing tips of an aircraft.

You would also find the low profile fog lights here. On the Highline, you would find another chrome trim strip located at the middle of the air intake. And closest to the ground, you will find the front spoiler, which is designed like the splitter you find on motorsports vehicles. The Comfortline has a similar spoiler with a chrome trim strip.

Topics: vw, production

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