Volkswagen and Skoda Reach Milestone in Indian Production After 15 Years

The VW-Skoda group has made significant progress since the initial rollout of the first Skoda Fabia from the Chakan plant in 2009.

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Key points:
– The Volkswagen and Skoda group have collectively manufactured 1.5 million units in India.
– The inaugural vehicle to roll off the Chakan production line in 2009 was the Skoda Fabia.
– Cars based on the MQB-A0-IN platform contribute to the production of 300,000 units, many of which are exported globally.
– The engine shop at the Chakan plant has achieved a milestone of producing 380,000 Made-in-India engines over the past decade.

The India 2.0 strategy by Volkswagen and Skoda has proven to be highly successful. Whether termed as a second wind, a revival, or simply a brilliant strategy, there’s no denying the effectiveness of the MQB-A0-IN platform. Specifically developed for the Indian market while adhering to European standards, its triumph is mirrored by the brands’ achievement of surpassing the 1.5 million production milestone in India!

The Volkswagen and Skoda group has now surpassed the milestone of producing over 1.5 million units combined at its Chakan plant near Pune. Their journey commenced with the introduction of the Skoda Fabia premium hatchback as the inaugural vehicle to roll off the production line in 2009.

Over the years, this production line has seen the emergence of iconic models such as the Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Rapid, alongside modern models like the Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Virtus. Notably, the introduction of the new India 2.0 models has significantly expedited the production process, with these models contributing to over 300,000 units of the total production.

Furthermore, it’s worth mentioning that a substantial portion of the current production output, accounting for 30 percent, is designated for export to more than 40 countries. This underscores the high standards and capabilities of the Chakan production line on a global scale.

Another noteworthy production milestone is being celebrated at the plant, this time in the form of 380,000 locally manufactured engines, marking the ‘Engine Shop’s’ completion of its 10th anniversary.

Piyush Arora, Managing Director and CEO of Škoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited, expressed his pride in these accomplishments within the local automotive landscape. He emphasized the significant achievement of producing 1.5 million vehicles at the Chakan Plant, along with the success of four MQB models and the decade-long journey of the Engine Shop. Arora highlighted the company’s commitment to India’s automotive sector and the substantial contribution of SAVWIPL to the nation’s talent pool and workforce.

Currently, the factory is exclusively producing the Skoda Kushaq and Slavia, as well as the Volkswagen Virtus and Taigun. The Skoda Superb has transitioned into a fully imported model, while the Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq are assembled locally as CKD units.