Volkswagen, the second largest automobile manufacture has recently started the Engine assembly and testing facility in India. The facility is situated inside the Volkswagen car assembling plant in Pune, Maharashtra and was inaugurated by Hon’ble Chief Minister, Mr. Devendra Fadnavis. Built with an investment of Rs 250 crore, the plant will manufacture 1.5L TDI engines with two power ratings- 90 ps and 105 ps units.
Manufactured in a total floor space of 3,450 sq.m, the engine unit was built in a record period of 11 months. Experts from Volkswagen’s plants in Salzgitter, Germany and Polkowice, Poland helped in building the plant. Over 260 employees will be working in the plant and they were given training at the Volkswagen Polkowice Engine Plant in Poland as well as in the ‘Profi-rooms’ set up at Pune Plant.
Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, said on the occasion of the inauguration of the Engine Assembly Plant, “Volkswagen is one of the top car manufacturers in the world and they have brought their German Engineering to India. I am glad to see that the company is committed to their production operations in Chakan in Pune and is investing further for increasing manufacturing here even in difficult market situations.” He also added, “It is really encouraging to see that Volkswagen is creating so many jobs in this industrial belt.”
The testing facility will include a Cold Test station, a Hot Test bench and an Engine Dynamometer besides an extensive engine test laboratory. The plant has an annual capacity to assemble over 98,000 engines annually in a 3-shift system. The 1.5 litre unit will find its place in the Volkswagen Polo, Volksewagen Vento and CrossPolo. Volkswagen also revealed the 2014 global sales figures which crossed 10.17 million units.
Mr. Mahesh Kodumudi, Chief Representative, Volkswagen Group India and President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited, said, “The new Engine Assembly Plant including the Engine Testing Facility is our very first in India and emphasizes our commitment to offer technology that is best suited to the requirements of the local market. The 1.5-litre TDI engine was specially developed for the Indian needs and is now being assembled locally too. With this step, we take an important step towards achieving our long term goal of increasing local content.”