Registering a 17% growth over last year, the Pune Plant of Volkswagen India recorded its highest ever annual production since 2009. The facility has also been producing left-hand drive cars for export since 2012. The domestic production for 2016 was recorded at over 60,500 units while production of export units stood at just over 84,500 cars.
The Volkswagen Pune Plant has so far attracted an investment of over 825 million Euros (approx. INR 5,720 crores)and it has achieved a localisation level of approximately 82% (without engines and transmissions). This facility is the only German car manufacturing plant that covers the entire production process from Press Shop to Assembly and manufactures a range of vehicles including Volkswagen Polo, Ameo, Vento and Skoda Rapid. In the 2016 calendar year, the plant has produced over 36,700 Polo cars, 15,400 Ameo cars (since the production started in May 2016), 83,300 Vento cars and 9,600 Rapid cars catering to the growing demand from the domestic as well as export market in addition to assembling the 1.5 litre TDI diesel engine.
Dr. Andreas Lauermann, President and MD, Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd. said: This is the 4th year in a row that the Volkswagen Pune Plant has recorded a growth in its production volume. Despite a challenging year, there was a surge in demand for our cars this year. The main contributor for the increased production was the high demand from our Indian customers who have appreciated the made-for-India and made-in-India Ameo.