Volkswagen India has started the production of soon-to-be-launched Ameo sedan at the Chakan facility in Pune, Maharashtra. The German automaker rolled out the very first Volkswagen Ameo today. The first Ameo, painted in Blue Silk, came with a 1.2L 3-cylinder MPI engine. Just so you know, Volkswagen Ameo had its global debut at the 2016 Auto Expo in February, while it is expected to launch in June in the country. The bookings for the sedan have already started at all the company authorized dealerships.
Volkswagen has invested approximately Rs. 720 crore (around € 85 Million) in the development of the Ameo, setting up new equipment for its production as well as ramping up the manufacturing of this compact sedan at its Pune Plant in Chakan. Available in two fuel options, 1.2L 3-cylinder MPI and 1.5L 4-cylinder TDI engine, the Volkswagen Ameo is a car designed and developed specially for the Indian market. The Ameo sedan would boast of dual front airbags and ABS as standard fitment across all variants. The Ameo would also get segment-leading features such as cruise control, rain sensing wipers and static cornering lights.
Honourable Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis, said “Volkswagen India adds yet another feather in its hat as the all new made-for-India and made-in-India Ameo is rolled out today. It is not only a matter of pride for Volkswagen but for all of Maharashtra and I would like to share my heartiest congratulations with the company. This roll-out means a lot to us as it explains to the world what ‘Make in India’ actually means.” He further added, “Be it in the area of skill development among the youth, employment generation and Jalyukt Shivar Abhiyan to make Maharashtra drought-free by 2019, Volkswagen is playing an active role in all aspects and I am thankful for this.”
Commenting on this major development, Dr. Andreas Lauermann, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited, said, “This day marks an important event in the journey of Volkswagen in India. The Ameo symbolizes yet another first as it has specifically been created for the Indian customers.” He continued, “Due to the expected high demand for the Ameo, we have recently added a third shift to support the extra production volumes at our plant. We are committed to ensuring that our customers get their Ameo as soon as possible.” The total investment by Volkswagen in India currently stands at approximately Rs. 5,720 crore (around €825 Million).