Registering 3.45 percent year-on-year growth in production over 2016, Volkswagen India’s Pune Plant has recorded its highest ever annual production since 2009 in 2017. The plant has now witnessed a growth in production for the sixth year in running. This, the company says, is from due to higher demand from the domestic as well as export markets where the ‘Made in India’ cars have been a success.
The Volkswagen Pune Plant facility, which has an annual manufacturing capacity of 200,000 units, 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 Volkswagen Polo, Ameo, Vento and Škoda Rapid. In addition to the cars, 1.5-litre and 2.0-litre diesel engines are also being assembled at the facility.
The production for domestic volumes for the year 2017 reached over 57,000 units from Pune Plant for Volkswagen and Škoda combined. The production of export units which includes Polo and Vento stood at over 93,100 cars. Overall, the total number of cars produced from this plant has crossed 870,000 units.
According to Dr Andreas Lauermann, president and managing director, Volkswagen India, “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 customers’ expectations. 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.”
The Volkswagen Pune Plant has so far attracted an investment of over € 825 million (₨ 5,720 crore). The plant has achieved a localisation level of approximately 82 percent (without engines and transmissions). With a workforce of 3,600 employees, the plant has been operating in three shifts since March 2016.