It is been a good year for Volkswagen India in 2017 with its Pune plant registering highest ever capacity production since 2009. Production is up for the sixth year in running. The contribution towards the increased volumes comes from a combination of higher demand from the domestic as well as export markets where the ‘Made in India’ cars have been a success.
The Volkswagen Pune plant is the only German car manufacturing plant in India that covers the entire production process from pressing parts to final assembly. The plant manufactures a range of vehicles including the Polo, Ameo, Vento and Škoda Rapid. In addition, 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines are also being assembled at the facility.
The production for domestic volume for the year 2017 reached over 57,000 units from the Pune facility for Volkswagen and Škoda combined. The production of export units which includes Polo and Vento stood at over 93,100 cars. Over all, the total number of cars rolled out of the plant in 2017 crossed 870,000 units.
Dr Andreas Lauermann, president and managing director, said, “Volkswagen India has once again registered positive growth thanks to our customers from India as well as around the world who have trusted in us and who have invested in our products. We believe in delivering top quality cars that are engineered to the customer’s expectations.” He further added, “Volkswagen is committed to India. We believe in the potential of this market and we are setting ourselves up as a serious competitor for the future.”
Investment in the Pune plant has so far exceeded € 825 million (₨ 5,720 crore). The plant has achieved localisation level of approximately 82 per cent (without engines and transmissions). With a workforce of 3600 employees it operates in three shifts since March 2016.
The Volkswagen group in India is represented by five passenger car brands- Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche, Škoda and Volkswagen. The group is present in India for the last 15 years and began its journey with the entry of the Škoda in 2001 followed by Audi and Volkswagen in 2007 and the Porsche and Lamborghini in 2012. Each brand is operated as an independent entity in the market.
The group has about 30 models, 240 dealerships and operating two plast, in Pune and Aurangabad. While the Pune plant has a manufacturing capacity of 200,000 cars per year, the Aurangabad pPlant assembles various premium and luxury models of Audi, ŠKODA and Volkswagen. It has an annual maximum capacity of approximately 89,000.
The Volkswagen group in India is a part of Volkswagen AG, which is globally represented by 13 brands.