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Volkswagen to introduce two more sedans in India this year

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Volkswagen AG plans to introduce two more sedans in India this year and produce 110,000 cars a year there from 2009, when a new plant begins operations, the German automaker said Wednesday.

Consumers in India will soon be able to buy the Jetta and the Phaeton luxury sedan, Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd. President Joerg Mueller said Wednesday. The Jetta will be priced at 1.4 million India rupees (C$37,000).

``We are in a starting phase for India. Jetta will be assembled at Aurangabad from the middle of this year,'' Mueller told reporters at a news conference at Auto Expo 2008.

Volkswagen introduced its Passat sedan in India in September 2007. It is currently assembled at the Skoda Auto India plant in the western state of Maharashtra.

Cars planned for production at the new plant include a hatchback based on the Polo and the Fabia hatchback model.

Volkswagen also said it will begin to make small cars at the new plant from 2010, joining the growing list of foreign automakers looking at the high-volume domestic small-car segment.

On Tuesday, Ford Motor Co. said it would double production in India with a US$500 million investment and begin making an inexpensive car.

A significant part of Ford's investment will go into developing new products, including a new small car, within two years and an engine manufacturing facility by 2010, the company said. The company aims to start manufacturing 50,000 engines within two years and then scale up production in phases to 250,000 engines, the company said.

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