Volkswagen's Marketing Strategy in India

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Case Code : MKTG244
Case Length : 15 Pages
Period : 2001-09
Pub Date : 2010
Teaching Note :Not Available
Organization : Volkswagen Group India
Industry : Automobile
Countries : India

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Raj Sawant, Business Head of Automark Motors, a Volkswagen dealer in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, said, "There are already over 170 advance bookings across India, and we have started delivering the cars as well. Going by the initial euphoria, we expect to sell around 300 Beetles in 2010."3

Volkswagen Group India, the Indian subsidiary of leading automobile manufacturer, Volkswagen AG (Volkswagen), based in Wolfsburg, Germany, had entered the Indian passenger car market in 2001 by launching its car brand - Skoda. In 2007, two of its other brands Audi and Volkswagen, were also launched in India.

Over the years, Volkswagen Group India not only launched several products, but also ensured that its brands were well known among the Indian consumers. Although, the company had had a presence in the Indian car market since 2001 and the Skoda and Audi branded cars were well known among consumers, the Volkswagen brand was not well recognized in the country.

Therefore, in November 2009, the company launched an integrated marketing campaign to build its brand image. It also launched a marketing campaign for its iconic model, the Beetle. Volkswagen India expected that with its brand building exercise, it would be able to increase its sales and capture a significant market share in the Indian car market...

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3] "Volkswagen Aims to Sell over 300 Beetles in 2010,", December 21, 2009.


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