Will Volkswagen PH source more units from Germany?

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Volkswagen Philippines now has its second global model in the country through the Multivan Kombi. This news definitely comes as a welcome development for purists as the newly introduced model — a comebacking nameplate at that – comes from its home country Germany.

This move is seemingly in keeping with the Ayala-backed company's aggressive move to bring in more globally recognized models in the country. Exactly two months back, the company introduced the T-Cross.

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With the newest model recently sourced directly from Germany, does this signal more future models coming from its homeland? 

Volkswagen Philippines President Felipe Estrella III clarified that the company is open to doing that, but is first considering its overall feasibility in the local market.

“We look at what each product can deliver to our customers and whether or not the features and capabilities address what the Filipino customers are looking for. Volkswagen Philippines aims to provide the right product for the market. German sourcing is always considered, but viability and sustainability of the product is also a consideration,” Estrella said.

According to him, one of the perks of working with a global company like Volkswagen is having access “to the various supply points that it has all across the globe.”

“Every unit that rolls out of any of Volkswagen’s four global manufacturing and assembly hubs in China, Brazil, Germany, and India is consistent with the exact design and engineering specifications and standards of Volkswagen Germany,” the Volkswagen Philippines head explained.

Felipe Estrella III

A case in point is the Volkswagen T-Cross, he said. The model, though coming from the China assembly hub, is consistent with the exact design and engineering specifications and standards of Volkswagen Germany.

“It’s as if the T-Cross that will park in every Filipino garage comes straight from Volkswagen’s global headquarters in Wolfsburg,” Volkswagen Philippines earlier claimed in a release.

On the other hand, the pure German-bred Volkswagen Multivan Kombi is from the company's Hanover. The newest offering is offered in 16 color options — the 12 of which are by indent orders. The premium van’s introductory price starts at is P3.595 million for the mono-color option and P3.64 million for the bi-color trim.

Photos from Volkswagen Philippines

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