Volkswagen India rolled out the 50,000th car from its manufacturing plant in Chakan, Pune. It’s been less than two years since the Volkswagen plant in Chakan began operations. With the rollout of the 50,000th car, which happened to be a Vento, the company asserts that production at the plant is in line with scheduled ramp-up plans. The Chakan plant currently produces three models, the Volkswagen Polo, the Volkswagen Vento and the Skoda Fabia.
Volkswagen Group has 61 plants globally, of which the Pune plant is claimed to be one of the most modern. 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 the Volkswagen plant in Pune is the largest investment to date by a German company in India.
The dignitaries present at the event included Dr. Arno Antlitz, Member of the Board of Management VW, Dr. John Chacko, VW Group India President & MD and Mr. Holger Nestler, Executive Director, Technical, Volkswagen India.
“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,” expressed Dr. Arno Antlitz on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. John Chacko said, “It is a moment of great pride and satisfaction for all of us at Volkswagen on achieving this milestone in such a short span of time. Volkswagen has focused on introducing new products based on understanding of customer needs. The outstanding acceptance of all our products is a testimony to the success of that approach. The continuous support from our employees has made this possible today. I would like to thank the team at Chakan for their undying spirit and motivation and congratulate them for demonstrating how much can be achieved in a very short period of time.”