BMW India's Chennai production facility is celebrating the 11th anniversary today in the country. Legendary Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and students from the College of Engineering of Anna University, launched 'Skill Next', a technical skilling initiative. They also assembled a BMW engine and transmission together for a BMW X3 at the main assembly line of the Chennai manufacturing unit to commemorate the beginning of the project. The company will deliver engine and transmission units to campuses of engineering colleges, industrial training institutes (ITIs), and ploytechnics at no cost by end of 2018.
Mr. Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India said, "The luxury automotive segment in India has witnessed tremendous growth in the last decade and with the growing number of cars on road, there is a high requirement of good technical talent in the industry. 'Skill Next' will strongly promote the development of technical competencies in students across the country by enhancing their practical knowledge of advanced automotive technology. This initiative will also contribute in increasing the availability of skilled technical staff required at automotive dealerships in India." The BMW TwinPower Turbo in-line 4-cylinder diesel engine and the BMW 8-speed steptronic automatic transmission, will serve as a valuable learning tool for students.
Since 2007, this engine has proved its mark in India by powering close to 50,000 units delivered to customers. The engine presently powers six cars locally-produced at the Chennai facility: 3-Series (320d), E Series Gran Turismo (320d GT), 5 Series (520d), X1 (xDrive 20d), X3 (xDrive 20d) and the upcoming Mini Countryman Cooper D. The BMW 8-speed steptronic automatic transmission is presently featured in five cars locally-produced at the Chennai plant - 3 Series, 3 Series GT, 5 Series, X1 and X3. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Sachin Tendulkar said, "I strongly feel that initiatives like Skill Next will promote development of automotive engineering skills in our country. It is an opportunity for technical students in every state and union territory to get directly trained on BMW engine and transmission."