Recent reports suggest that Volkswagen will change its name to Voltswagen in April. The carmaker is working on the new-gen Polo.
According to a recent press release available on the VW's website,Volkswagenwill change its name to Voltswagen in America from April. But the automaker has already removed this document. After looking at the month, we initially thought that this was going to be an April fool’s joke by the carmaker to market its upcoming electric vehicle. Nevertheless, a representative of the VW group said that this wasn’t just a joke. Moreover, an anonymous insider said that this change would be permanent. In spite of these anonymous statements, there’s a legit reason to be doubtful about Volkswagen changing its name to Voltswagen for an extended period of time. Firstly, the searches of US Patent and Trademark Office and World Intellectual Property Organizations show no live trademarks for “Voltswagen”.
Furthermore, rebranding is an expensive affair. Every know entity to the company has to change whether it's an online or myriad document used by the dealer to sell a car. The automaker sells a lot of cars in foreign markets, which do not feature any form of electrification. VW is still working on a lot of electric cars, right now ID.4 is the only EV offered by the automaker in America. Volkswagen CEO Brandstatter said that we still need combustion engines for a while. It seems quite rash to rebrand as Voltswagen because most of the products are not EVs. But, we expect it to be a temporary change, rather than a long-lasting one.
In other news, VW is currently developing the new-gen Polo in the Indian market. It is expected to hit the Indian shores by 2022 or 2023. The upcoming India-spec new-gen Polo will be a sub-4 meter in length and will be based on the company’s MQB-AO modular platform. The same platform will underpin the upcoming Skoda Kushaq and VW Taigun. Many details of the upcoming VW Polo are still undercover. The ongoing model of the car is powered by a 1.0-litre MPi petrol and a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit. The former comes paired with a 5-speed MT, while the latter comes coupled to a 6-speed MT or a 6-speed AT.