1.5 Litre Diesel Engine Starts Rolling Out From Volkswagen`s Chakan Plant In Pune
Volkswagen cars may not be selling in huge numbers but nevertheless it is still strong on India as a promising present and future market. This is evidenced by the huge investment of over Rs. 240 crores the company has made to set up a diesel engine assembly and test plant in Chakan, Pune. The Chakan plant focuses on production of an India-specific 1.5 litre TDI engine in two variants. One will output 105 PS and another 90 PS currently powering the facelifted Polo 2014 Model and Polo GT TDI. It is also likely to power the Vento sedan and Skoda Rapid models. Localization of car and engine components is likely to help Volkswagen cut costs without affecting quality and thus making it more competitive.
The diesel engine assembly unit is integrated into the Volkswagen Pune facility in which the company has invested a total of over 680 million Euros so far. The entire facility occupies an area of 575 acres of land. Volkswagen becomes the first German company to have made the largest investment in the country so far and the manufacturing unit has a body shop, an R&D centre and press shop. Now the diesel engine assembly plant covering an area of about 3,500 square meters with a capacity to manufacture 98,000 engines is integrated into its manufacturing facilities, creating over 260 jobs.