Volkswagen India Pune Plant turns five
Volkswagen’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chakan, Pune celebrated its fifth anniversary on 31st March 2014. The plant which has been a fine example of “German Engineering Made in India” is also Volkswagen Group India headquarters.
Production began in 2009 starting with Fabia, followed by Polo, Vento and Rapid, all volume models in the Indian auto market. A total of 367,000 cars have been crafted in the Chakan Plant, housing nearly 3,400 employees. Apart from inhabiting Indian homes, cars are exported to 32 countries across 3 continents, Asia, Africa and North America, which include left-hand drive markets like Mexico and AGCC (Arab Gulf Cooperation Council).
Volkswagen Pune plant also contains the Parts & Components Business Unit (PCB Unit), which exports Polo and Vento components to Malaysia where they are assembled for the Malaysian market.
“The Volkswagen Pune Plant is one of the most modern car production facilities in India. With the inauguration of Pune Plant, Volkswagen not only brought “German Engineering made by Volkswagen in India” to the Indian Subcontinent, but also kicked off the production of car models for the volume segments in India. And we are not only producing cars with highest quality for the domestic market in India; we are also currently exporting our Volkswagen Polo and Vento models to more than 30 countries across three continents. This is clear proof of the high standards we have achieved at our Pune Plant over the past five years,” said Mr. Mahesh Kodumudi, Chief Representative of Volkswagen Group India and President and Managing Director of Volkswagen India Private Limited.