Volkswagen’s Chakan plant produces its millionth car

Volkswagen India's plant in Chakan, Pune has rolled out its millionth automobile, 10 years after operations started. The 1 millionth mannequin, the Volkswagen Ameo, was rolled off the meeting line within the presence of Gurpratap Boparai, managing director, Volkswagen India; Steffen Knapp, director, Volkswagen Passenger Vehicles India, the highest administration of Volkswagen Pune Plant and a few of the oldest staff who’ve been a part of the manufacturing division since a decade at Volkswagen Pune Plant.  

The manufacturing facility grew to become operational on March 31, 2009 – the primary automobile that it produced was the Skoda Fabia. Three extra fashions – the Volkswagen Polo, Vento and Skoda Speedy – quickly began rolling off the manufacturing website by finish of 2010. The plant, which was initially set as much as cater to the Indian market, additionally started exporting automobiles to worldwide markets equivalent to South Africa in 2012.

Mexico went on to turn out to be some of the vital locations for the made-in- India automobiles and the Vento shortly grew to become the highest-selling Volkswagen in that market. In the present day, greater than four,00,000 automobiles manufactured on the Volkswagen Pune Plant have been exported to over 50 nations in Asia, Africa, North America and South America.

India undertaking to drive future progress

As we had reported earlier, the Volkswagen Group is seeking to strengthen its dedication to the home market by way of its regional India undertaking. The main focus of this undertaking is to develop extra automobiles which are related to the necessities of the Indian market on a platform that has been localised. The Volkswagen Group is investing a billion Euro (about Rs eight,000 crore) on this undertaking and has already arrange a Expertise Centre on the Pune Plant for native growth to start. The model is laying the inspiration for growth of merchandise based mostly on a closely localised MQB-A0-IN platform tailor-made to the wants of shoppers in India. 

Earlier this month, the Volkswagen Group announced its intent to merge its three Indian subsidiaries – Volkswagen India, Volkswagen Group Gross sales India and Skoda India. The Volkswagen Group manufacturers – Volkswagen, Skoda, Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini – will keep their particular person identities, vendor community and buyer expertise initiatives. The manufacturers will work below the management of Gurpratap Boparai with a typical technique for the Indian market.

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