The meeting between Devendra Fadnavis and Dr Leif Ostling was forward looking to make India, and Maharashtra a global hub for manufacturing of small cars. Discussions included positioning Volkswagen in the domestic market, increasing component manufacturing in the state, and participation in Hannover Messe in April 2015.
In strengthening Maharshtra’s manufacturing hub reputation, Volkswagen India reported 111,444 cars produced at its Pune plant in 2014, it’s highest ever in the country. For the year, Volkswagen reported 11.4 percent growth over 2013, with increased demand from export markets, a total of 32 countries. In 2014, almost every second car manufactured at the Indian plant was exported to Mexico. Exports helped deal with domestic market volatility and currency fluctuations. Mahesh Kodumudi, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited says the company’s main focus is on the Indian market with great potential to grow in time.
With Germany being a major player in Maharashtra, Fadnavis emphasised on the need to strengthen India’s marketing efforts in Germany. Volkswagen expressed its satisfaction with support given by Government of Maharashtra. Volkswagen India will inaugurate its diesel engine manufacturing line at its in Chakan plant on 27th January 2015.
Apart from a new diesel engine assembly line, an engine testing facility too is planned in Chakan, Pune. Further expansion lets Volkswagen India increase localisation in vehicles manufactured in India. New 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine production caters to the Indian market and is seen in the new Volkswagen Polo, and Polo GT TDI. The new engine assembly line at Volkswagen Pune plant also creates new job opportunities for over 200 people, apart from adding to Volkswagen’s supplier base.