Volkswagen India rolls out 5,00,000th car from Chakan Plant
Volkswagen India`s Chakan plant in Pune has rolled out its 5,00,000th car, which happens to be a Polo GT TSI, that comes with a turbo charged petrol motor producing 105 bhp coupled to a 7-speed DSG gearbox. The plant commenced operations in March 2009 with the production of the Skoda Fabia. By the end of 2009 the plant began production of the Polo hatchback while manufacturing of the Vento started in August 2010.
The achievement of the milestone was mainly possible due to the strong demand from the export market, while the German carmaker is still struggling to find a foothold in the domestic market. Volkswagen`s plant in Pune caters to both domestic as well as international markets. The facility produced cars initially for the domestic market, but started exporting its vehicles to other countries from 2013. Volkswagen India currently exports left hand drive as well as right hand drive cars to over 32 countries spread across three continents.
VW`s Chakan plant is spread across 572 acres consisting of assembly lines, body shop and paint shop. The company currently produces the Polo, Vento, and the Skoda Rapid from this facility. The plant operates in two shifts and has a 3200 strong workforce, with 430 cars rolling off the production line every day. Volkswagen`s next offering in the Indian market will be a compact sedan based on the Polo hatchback and it will also introduce the 2015 Vento facelift.