Volkswagen has been operational in Chakan for less than 2 years and it has rolled out its 50000th car from this plant today on 15th Feb 2011. This is a remarkable number for Volkswagen India. The major sellers being the small car Volkswagen Polo and the popular sedan Volkswagen Vento which has been making quite a mark on the Indian roads.
Dr. Arno Antlitz, Member of the Board of Management Volkswagen Brand and General Representative of Management Volkswagen Group quoted on this event :
“Touching the 50,000th car production landmark marks the beginning of Volkswagen’s next growth chapter in India. 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,”
The Pune plant is one of the most modern in the Volkswagen Group which globally has 61 plants. It covers all stages in the production process from press shop through body shop and paint shop to final assembly. With a total financial commitment amounting to Rs. 3,800 crores (580 million Euros), the Volkswagen plant in Pune is the largest investment to date by a German company in India. With the investment coupled with the vertical integration of suppliers and the employment of people, Volkswagen India demonstrates its commitment to the new site.