Volkswagen India is investing
Rs 720 crore (approx. Euros 85 Million) towards development, setting up new
equipment and ramping up the production of a new compact sedan that will be
rolled out of the company’s plant by the first half of 2016. This is a part of
the Rs 1,500 crore (approx. Euros 176 Million) investment that was announced by
Volkswagen India at the beginning of 2014.
With the investment in the new
compact sedan, which has been specifically designed and developed for India,
Volkswagen will add a new model to its product portfolio. The production of the
compact sedan at Volkswagen Pune Plant is scheduled to commence in the first
half of 2016. India is one of the strategic markets for Volkswagen and the
Indian automotive market is expected to be one of the largest by the end of the
“We are following a long term
investment plan in India and with our latest investment we have reaffirmed our
confidence in this growing automotive market”, said Dr. Andreas Lauermann,
President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited. Michael
Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars India added: “With our new compact
sedan, we will focus intensively on the specific requirements of our Indian
Dr. Lauermann added, “This is
the second step of investment after the Engine Assembly Plant a year ago.
Additionally, we will continue to invest further in increasing our productivity
and efficiency.” Volkswagen Pune Plant is getting ready for the production of
the new model with changes and installation of new equipment at its existing manufacturing
facility in Chakan. The plant will start producing the new India-specific
Volkswagen car from the first half of 2016 and its world-premiere is scheduled
at the AutoExpo in February 2016.
With the latest investment in
the new compact sedan, Volkswagen has now invested approximately Rs 5,500 crore
(approx. € 795 Million) in India at the Pune Plant since it started its
operations in 2007. Currently, about 3,200 employees are working at this
manufacturing facility where the Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Vento and Skoda
Rapid are being produced. “With the ramp-up of the new model, we will add more
manpower and also create more jobs at our suppliers’ end”, said Dr. Lauermann.
Source: Volkswagen India
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