VW India to start assembling engines at Pune Plant - Press Release


Published on

VW India to start assembling engines at Pune Plant - Press Release from IndianAutosBlog.com

Published in: Automotive
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

VW India to start assembling engines at Pune Plant - Press Release

  1. 1. Page 1 of 2 Volkswagen India to start assembling engines at Pune Plant in Chakan  Volkswagen strengthens its commitment towards India with an additional production footprint  Volkswagen India invests 30 Million Euro (INR 240 crore) in new 1.5 litre TDI diesel engine and engine assembly line  Start of production at the new engine assembly line scheduled for end of 2014  New engine assembly line creates over 260 jobs Pune, 19 August 2014 - Volkswagen deepens its production operations in India with the establishment of a new diesel engine assembly line and full-fledged engine testing facility at its plant located in Chakan, Pune. With this important step, Volkswagen India will further increase the local content in the vehicles produced at this plant. The assembly of the new 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine is scheduled to commence at the end of 2014. Volkswagen India has invested 30 million Euro (INR 240 crore) in this first step of engine assembly and production of parts and components at suppliers in India. The Volkswagen Group entered India with a long term strategy and a strong focus on the domestic Indian market. Thus, step by step the company is increasing the level of localisation of the models produced at the Pune plant. Therefore Volkswagen India has invested in a new engine assembly line. The motor to be produced in India will be the new 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine that was specifically designed and developed for the Indian market and recently unveiled at the launch of the new Volkswagen Polo. It underscores the importance of the Indian market and the focus on the Indian customers’ needs. Mr. Mahesh Kodumudi, Group Chief Representative, Volkswagen Group India and President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited said: “Our investment in this state- of-the-art engine assembly line which incorporates a sophisticated and full-fledged engine testing facility at our Pune Plant in Chakan is the next important step in strengthening our commitment towards India. With this, we take a significant leap towards enhancing our localisation in India.” The new engine assembly line will be integrated into the existing structure of the Volkswagen Pune Plant in Chakan. The line will function over a total floor space of 3,450 square meter. Over 260 additional direct jobs will be created in the Pune Plant alone, not counting the additional jobs created at the Indian suppliers who will be producing and supplying certain parts and components for this engine in India. The new line can assemble over 98,000
  2. 2. Page 2 of 2 engines in a three-shift-system at full capacity. The locally assembled engine will be used in the recently launched new Polo and the Polo GT TDI. Mr. Andreas Lauenroth, Executive Director – Technical said: “We are looking forward to commencing the assembly of this new engine here at our Pune Plant. It is an honour for us because this a testimony of the high maturity levels achieved by our production facility and a proof of the confidence that our workforce can follow the same, high global Volkswagen quality standards.” With an initial investment of 580 Million Euro and an additional investment of 100 Million Euro, Volkswagen Pune Plant represents the single largest investment of a German company in India so far. Spread over a total land area of 575 acres, the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility houses the entire automotive production process – from Press Shop through Body Shop and Paint Shop to Assembly. The Pune Plant also has an in-house R&D facility that works towards customising products to suit the Indian customer’s requirements. About Volkswagen Group India: With its headquarters in Pune, Maharashtra, the Volkswagen Group is represented by five brands in India: Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche, ŠKODA, and Volkswagen. The Volkswagen Group has been present in India for the last 13 years and began its India journey with the entry of the ŠKODA brand in 2001. The Audi brand and Volkswagen brand entered India in 2007, while Porsche brand and Lamborghini brand followed in 2012. Each brand has its own character and operates as an independent entity in the market. Volkswagen Group India has over 25 models in India and 262 dealerships and is operating through two plants – Pune and Aurangabad. The Pune plant has a manufacturing capacity of 130,000 cars per year (in current two-shift system) and is currently manufacturing Volkswagen Polo and Vento and ŠKODA Rapid. The Aurangabad plant caters to various premium and luxury models of Audi, ŠKODA and Volkswagen sold in India and has an annual capacity of approximately 89,000. Volkswagen Group India is a part of Volkswagen AG, which is globally represented by 12 brands - Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ducati, Lamborghini, Porsche, Scania, SEAT, ŠKODA, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge), MAN and Volkswagen Passenger Cars. Volkswagen Group India Communications Contact: Hermann Prax / Adhish Alawani Phone: +91-8554997356 / +91-7875557435 E-mail: hermann.prax@volkswagen.co.in / adhish.alawani@volkswagen.co.in 6-Degrees PR Contact: Naina Shetty / Suhaib Abeer Phone: +91 9819703379/ +91 9867455550 E-mail: nainas@sixdegresspr.co.in, suhaiba@sixdegreespr.co.in