VW India which has a huge fully integrated manufacturing facility at Chakan near Pune is celebrating five years of export operations. The factory shipped its first consignment outside India in 2011. South Africa was the lone export market for the plant at that time.
At the beginning, only 6.4% of the facility’s production was accounted for by exports. Fast forward 5 years, VW India is shipping its produce to over 35 countries across 4 continents. Exports accounted for 55% of production in 2015. In addition to supplying fully built cars to international markets, the Chakan plant also serves as a parts and components hub to Malaysia.
Both LHD and RHD versions of the Polo and Vento are being exported from India. Mexico emerged as the single largest overseas customer for VW India with over 80% of the exports heading to the nation last year.
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Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Andreas Lauermann, President & Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited, said that though the plant was set up in 2009 to focus primarily on the domestic market, fluctuations in market conditions and foreign exchange prompted the company to establish a second leg of operations. He also added that increased acceptance of made-in-India models in other nations stands testament to the VW India Chakan plant’s world class manufacturing standards.