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Volkswagen Group Celebrates Milestone of Manufacturing 1.5 Million Vehicles in India

Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited (SAVWIPL), a subsidiary of the renowned European automotive company Volkswagen Group, has announced a significant milestone: the production of over 1.5 million vehicles at its Chakan facility in Pune. This achievement underscores the company’s robust manufacturing capabilities and its commitment to the ‘Make in India’ initiative.

Since the Chakan plant’s inauguration in 2009, it has been a pivotal hub for the production of both Volkswagen and Skoda models. Starting with the Skoda Fabia, the facility has expanded its portfolio to include a diverse range of vehicles such as the Volkswagen Vento, Polo, and Skoda Rapid. The latest additions, the INDIA 2.0 project vehicles – Volkswagen Taigun, Virtus, Skoda Kushaq, and Slavia – have been particularly noteworthy, recently surpassing the 300,000 units production milestone.

SAVWIPL’s dedication to quality and innovation is evident in its strategic approach to manufacturing. With over 30% of its production being exported to nearly 40 global markets, the Chakan plant plays a crucial role in the company’s international operations. This global reach is a testament to the high standards maintained at the facility and its ability to meet diverse market demands.

The success of the Chakan plant is not limited to vehicle production alone. The facility’s Engine Shop has also made remarkable progress, producing over 380,000 engines in the past decade. These engines are primarily built using components sourced from within India, highlighting the company’s commitment to supporting local industries and contributing to the national economy.

Andreas Dick, Skoda Auto a.s. board member for production and logistics, expressed pride in the company’s achievements. “The accomplishments of Skoda Auto Volkswagen India resonate far beyond national borders, reflecting our commitment to excellence and innovation on a global scale,” he stated. This sentiment was echoed by Piyush Arora, managing director and CEO of SAVWIPL, who emphasized the plant’s significant contributions to India’s automotive industry. “Our substantial output at the Chakan plant and the success of our MQB models are testament to our dedication to India’s automotive sector. As we outline our expansion plan in India, we aim to elevate the country’s position as a global hub for automotive manufacturing,” Arora remarked.

This milestone aligns with Volkswagen Group’s broader strategy of leveraging India’s potential as a key player in the global automotive market. The ‘Make in India’ initiative has been a driving force behind the company’s operations, fostering growth and innovation within the country’s automotive sector. By continually investing in local manufacturing capabilities and enhancing its product lineup, SAVWIPL is well-positioned to contribute to India’s economic development and technological advancement.

In conclusion, the production of 1.5 million vehicles at the Chakan facility is a significant achievement for Skoda Auto Volkswagen India. It reflects the company’s unwavering commitment to excellence, innovation, and the ‘Make in India’ initiative. As SAVWIPL continues to expand its operations and product offerings, it is poised to play a leading role in shaping the future of the automotive industry in India and beyond.

Jhumpa Lahiri

Jhumpa Lahiri

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