Volkswagen India has produced the 50,000th car from its manufacturing plant in Pune. It has been less than two years since the beginning of production at the Volkswagen plant that currently produces three models, the Volkswagen Polo, the Volkswagen Vento and the Skoda Fabia. The 50,000th car rolled out of the plant was a Volkswagen Vento.
Volkswagen India was set up in 2001 with the Skoda brand. The Audi brand and Volkswagen brand were added in 2007.
Touching the 50,000th car production landmark marks the beginning of Volkswagen’s next growth chapter in India, says Dr. Arno Antlitz, a member of the board of management Volkswagen Brand and general representative of management of Volkswagen Group.
“Realizing this target in just over a year’s time from the start of production is a testimony to the popularity Volkswagen cars enjoy in the Indian market. I wish the Volkswagen team great success for their future initiatives and I am confident that the team here will continue this momentum of growth,” expressed Dr. Arno Antlitz on the occasion.
Dr Antlitz’s sentiments were mirrored by Dr. John Chacko, Volkswagen Group Chief Representative India and President & Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited: “Volkswagen has focused on introducing new products based on understanding of customer needs. The continuous support from our employees has made this possible today.”
The Rs. 3,800 crores (580 million Euros plant in Pune is the largest investment to date by a German company in India.
The India plant is one of the most modern of the Volkswagen Group’s 61 plants worldwide. The Pune plant has facilities for all stages in the production, from press shop through body shop and paint shop to final assembly.
The Pune plant can produce 110,000 cars annually.