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RSS Report: VW pondering low-cost sub-brand for China?

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<p>Filed under: <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/economy/" rel="tag">Budget</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/china/" rel="tag">China</a>, <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/category/volkswagen/" rel="tag">Volkswagen</a></p><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/photos/2012-volkswagen-up-review/#photo-5345079"><img height="417" src="http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2013/01/volkswagenupbudget.jpg" vspace="4" width="628" /></a><br /><br />More detail is being sketched into the <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/volkswagen">Volkswagen</a> Group's plan to launch a low-cost brand for emerging markets. Late last year <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2012/10/14/vw-planning-new-ultra-low-cost-model-to-take-on-dacia-datsun/">a German report</a> quoted a VW rep saying that the brand has been interested in building a no-frills car, the kind that would challenge <a href="http://autoblog.com/tag/dacia">Dacia</a> and <a href="http://autoblog.com/tag/datsun">Datsun</a>, for a while. With <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2012/07/26/volkswagen-looking-to-acquire-proton-lotus/">both Proton</a> and <a href="http://www.autoblog.com/suzuki">Suzuki</a> effectively out of the partnership picture, a report in <em>Reuters </em>suggests VW could go straight to China, developing a car with its joint venture partners and building and selling it there.<br /><br />Officially, company CEO Martin Winterkorn said the issue of a model for emerging markets would be decided this year but VW isn't any closer to confirming any kind of plan for a car in its portfolio underneath the Up!, remarking to <em>Reuters</em> about the China possibility, "That's an issue we're currently looking at."<p style="padding:5px;background:#ddd;border:1px solid #ccc;clear:both;"><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/01/30/vw-pondering-low-cost-sub-brand-for-china/">VW pondering low-cost sub-brand for China?</a> originally appeared on <a href="http://www.autoblog.com">Autoblog</a> on Wed, 30 Jan 2013 08:27:00 EST. Please see our <a href="http://www.weblogsinc.com/feed-terms/">terms for use of feeds</a>.</p><h6 style="clear: both; padding: 8px 0 0 0; height: 2px; font-size: 1px; border: 0; margin: 0; padding: 0;"></h6><a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/01/30/vw-pondering-low-cost-sub-brand-for-china/" rel="bookmark" title="Permanent link to this entry">Permalink</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/forward/20439892/" title="Send this entry to a friend via email">Email this</a>&nbsp;|&nbsp;<a href="http://www.autoblog.com/2013/01/30/vw-pondering-low-cost-sub-brand-for-china/#comments" title="View reader comments on this entry">Comments</a><div class="feedflare">

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