Volkswagen India top personnel changes and 25,000th plant visitor

Pune/Mumbai, December 19, 2013: Mr. Mahesh Kodumudi, President and Managing Director Volkswagen India Private Limited, takes over additional responsibility as the Head of Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited with immediate effect.

In his new position, Mr. Mahesh Kodumudi is succeeding Mr. Gerasimos Dorizas, former Chief Representative Volkswagen Group India and former Managing Director Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited, who is returning to Europe for personal reasons.

Mahesh Kodumudi

Mr. Mahesh Kodumudi (48) completed his Engineering and Management degrees in India and USA. Following a successful career in the Automotive Industry in the USA, Mr. Kodumudi joined the Volkswagen Group in 2008 and was appointed Executive Director – Corporate Purchasing for the Volkswagen Group in India. From 1st March 2013, he took over as President and Managing Director of Volkswagen India Private Limited at which time he assumed responsibility for the Indian Production Company of Volkswagen in Chakan, Pune.

25000 visitor at VW Pune Plant25,000th visitor takes a tour of Volkswagen Pune Plant

Volkswagen India, through its Visitor Services which commenced in September 2011, achieves a milestone by hosting and showing the 25,000th visitor to its Chakan, Pune Plant, how the German Engineered Volkswagen car is manufactured in India.

Hrishikesh Kashikar, the 25,000th visitor, was amongst the group of 55 youngstudents of Mahaveer English Medium School in Pune.

Pune, December 17, 2013: Volkswagen India welcomed on Monday, 16th December, its 25,000th visitor at the Pune Plant in Chakan. Started in September 2011, the Visitor Services at Volkswagen Pune Plant has been offering plant visits to all types of visitors to its manufacturing facility in Chakan. Out of the 25,000 visitors so far, there have been more than 17,000 students from various educational institutions who have visited the facility.

The Visitor Services at Volkswagen Pune Plant was started in September 2011 to allow people to visit the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility of the German company in India. The idea behind the Visitor Services was to give an opportunity for the common man to witness the manufacturing process of a Volkswagen car and understand what makes it different and special.

The plant tours conducted under Visitor Services at Volkswagen Pune Plant covera short company presentation followed by a walk through the Body Shop and Assembly Shop along with an overview of the Press Shop and Paint Shop. In the Body Shop, key processes like Laser Welding and Inline Measurement Systems are shown to the visitors, whereas in Assembly, the Cockpit assembly and the Engine-Chassis Marriage are the highlights for the visitors. Based on the target audience, tailor-made plant visits have also been designed.

Apart from the 17,000 plus students, various corporates, investors, dealers, customers and other external people have been visiting the plant for tours since the commencement of the Visitor Services. On an average, two plant visits are conducted every working day and each group of visitors can have the plant visit with the plant tour guide giving information in Marathi, Hindi, English and German.

Today, the group of students visiting from Mahaveer English Medium School had the 25,000th visitor – Hrishikesh Kashikar, who was gifted with a scale model of the Volkswagen Polo. Speaking on the occasion, a teacher from Mahaveer English Medium School, commented, “It was a pleasure to have had the opportunity of showing our students how Volkswagen cars are manufactured. The information given through the tour and the processes shown clearly reveal what all goes into the manufacturing of world class cars.”

Mr. Mahesh Kodumudi, President and Managing Director Volkswagen India Private Limited, said, “A Volkswagen is everywhere in the world a Volkswagen and meets always the same international standards. At the Pune Plant, we are following this philosophy and rolling out international quality cars. The plant tours that we conduct at our facility help greatly towards highlighting our culture of high quality, robust engineering, and top-class technology. We are proud that we have been able to show as many as 25,000 visitors what a Volkswagen stands for.”

For all who are interested in a visit, a Volkswagen Pune Plant Tour, can be booked at http://www.volkswagen.co.in/en/volkswagen_world/request-a-plant-tour.html