* Cars to be priced between 5,000-10,000 euros-sources
* VW eyeing budget cars but no decision yet-spokesman
* VW Sept group sales up 6.5 pct, slowest gain in 5 months
BERLIN, Oct 12 German carmaker Volkswagen
may launch a new low-cost brand by about 2015 to
take on rivals including Renault's Dacia and Nissan's
Datsun in lucrative emerging markets, two company
sources said on Friday.
Europe's biggest carmaker is eyeing a price range of between
5,000 and 10,000 euros ($6,500-$12,900) for the budget cars
which may include a van, estate and a small sedan, the sources
said, confirming a report in German business daily Handelsblatt.
The vehicles would be aimed at grabbing share in the
fast-growing BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China), but
may also be sold in Europe, the sources said.
"We're regularly looking at new segments and interesting
markets which also include so-called budget cars," VW spokesman
Eric Felber said. "But a decision has not been taken yet."
Wolfsburg-based VW lacks a strong presence in markets such
as India and Southeast Asia, with their mature and growing
small-car segments. VW's partnership with Suzuki from
December 2009, designed to benefit from the Japanese
manufacturer's leading position in India, fell apart last year.
Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn has pledged to tackle such
blank spots as VW strives to surpass Toyota and General
Motors to become the world's biggest carmaker by 2018.
Vehicle sales across VW's multi-brand group including luxury
division Audi and Czech unit Skoda rose 6.5 percent in September
to 801,000 autos, the slowest gain in five months, the company
said on Friday. Nine-month deliveries were up 9.7 percent to
6.71 million cars.
($1 = 0.7726 euros)
(Reporting by Andreas Cremer; Editing by Mark Potter)