A brief report of the tour and meet
As all of you know that this wonderful idea was initiated by Sethu Murugan and also he was very active in getting permission from VW for this. As all the members responded well on the thread and confirmed their participation. So after some additions and deletions, members from out station started towards Pune.
On 6th members from Bangalore Varun560061,Vishwas,karthick, Sethu(who started on 5th night to Bangalore and joined Bangalore members on 6th morning)started in varun's Enjoy and reached Pune in the evening.
Anshuman and VarunV started from Bangalore on 6th evening by Volvo and reached Pune on 7th morning. Amit from Pune picked them up early morning and dropped at the stay and he was with us till the night.
Dhaya,Appu,Bikerboy(ajay) and Appus friend went to Mahabaleshwar trip and reached on 7th morning to Pune.
My self started on 6th by train and reached Pune in the late night where our members Varun560061,Sethu,Vishwas were waiting for me at the station at 11pm. We all went to the stay later on checked in to the service apartment arranged by Pune members Amit,Ashish,Suvendu.
On 7th morning Anshuman,VarunV reached they with the help of Amit. We got ready and reached a restaurant where our other Pune members where waiting and finished our breakfast.
Sandy and other members from Mumbai started and gave us a call that they are reaching VW plant by 10am. We were bit late at the breakfast and started towards the VW plant at 9.15am. I had a chance to drive Ashish's Vento(thanks buddy) till VW and finally we reached at 10.30am and assembled together and total members were 29 as per my count.
It is really a huge gathering exchanged hello to each other.
Then we were welcomed by the VW manager Mr.Chaitanya and took us to the conference hall. He has briefed us with a Video on VW cars and also given us the instructions while we visit the plant. He gave us ear phones to hear what he is explaining as the plant is very noisy. All in a group followed him to the plant.
We have seen the assembly line and paint shop and inspection area. Believe me guys the plant is awesome I remembered my visits to BMW and Merc in Europe. They maintain the same kind of standards in this plant and use all the advanced technologies for various processes like laser welding all. We have witnessed doors,body assembly, entire power train fixing, complete dash fixing in few seconds and understood their working process which are international standard. He explained us continuously for a hour with same kind of energy and we got delight looking at different LHD,RHD Polo,Vento,Rapid. He has also explained about VW academy and how they induct +2 finished students into the course and include them as employees in VW.
After the plant tour, we again assembled at the conference hall where he allowed our members with questions and answered them at his best. Then we went to see the test track of cars and there the plant tour ended. VW has provided us with a table top calender and a information booklet about their company,plants,various brands and cars and a beautiful blue cap. They we took a group photo with VW person at Vento which was their 1,00,000th car produced in that plant. They source complete power train from abroad and all other parts are getting manufactured in Pune plant. They assemble Skoda Octavia,Luara,Superb,VW Jetta,Passat and few AUDI models at their Aurangabad plant.
After the wonderful tour we came out and did some photo session at the parking lot and left to Talegoan for the lunch. Here few of Pune members have to go back due to their office commitments. I drove HuruH's City this time(thanks buddy) till Talegoan. We all finished our excellent lunch and clicked some pics there. Then it was time to bid bye bye to all the Mumbai members except Johnyboy. Mumbai guys left to Mumbai, VarunV,Varun56061,Vishwas,Karthick left for Lonavala for a short trip and rest of us headed towards Pune. Here I drove Punto of Johnyboy(thank you buddy) till our Stay.
Finally we had our dinner meet with Amit,Ashish,Kalinga from Pune along with JB and other outstation members at our apartment.
I was the first to leave on 8th morning with the help of JB's car, Anshuman,Sethu who dropped me at the station at 5.30am to enable me to get into Shatabdi for Hyderabad. Later on JB left to Mumbai and Chennai and Bangalore members left to Bangalore/Chennai. As per their info Bangalore members reached around 9.30pm in the evening Appu and his friend reached Vellore at around 2am today and Chennai members reached at 5am this morning finishing a long drive of around 21hrs and Dhaya was driving his Jetta for all this distance, hats of to you buddy
Thanks to Sethu for initiation, Sandy and amit,Ashish,Kalinga for excellent coordination and arrangements at Pune.
Thanks to Mumbai team(Keith,Superbad,HaruH and others) for your friendliness and enthusiasm.
Thanks to all Pune members who made it to the meet and carried us till VW plant.
Thanks to all other out station members for making it to the tour and meet. My subjective experience of cars I drove
Vento diesel : Excellent car with awesome power, easy gear, light steering, clutch. I really enjoyed driving this car except little seating comfort for me as my legs were touching the steering and I was not able to stretch my hands completely, otherwise a beautiful car.
Honda City(3rd gen): Excellent seating comfort and easy steering,clutch,gear. At times I felt the car is not able to cope up with overtaking as I want it to be. Overall very good comfortable car. I found little knocking in 2nd gear in slow speeds
Punto petrol : Again a beautiful hatch and better in power delivery than City and raced along with Jetta for a while. A good car overall and very strong and never vibrates at any speed or while braking.
Overall it was a nice tour and meet and look forward for such meets in near future