Volkswagen India, claiming yet another milestone, has exported the 2,50,000th Made-in-India car to Mexico. The range of cars exported includes locally-made left hand drive Polo and Vento cars, with the latter witnessing high demand in the geography resulting in a steep incline in exports over the years. In fact, the made-in-India Vento has gone on to become the third highest selling car in the entire passenger car market in Mexico and currently makes up the bulk of car exports by Volkswagen to this geography at 2,10,000.
Said Dr. Andreas Lauermann, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited, “The growing popularity of India-made Volkswagen cars in markets like Mexico and others lays testament to our strong focus on quality products across all our manufacturing investments worldwide – in line with our think global, build local philosophy! India on its part, has offered Volkswagen a rich mix of strong local market opportunity combined with manufacturing prowess that helps us serve the world with cars that are German in their soul and local in their flavour.” He went on to add, “We continue to invest in this opportunity and look forward to more successes from India in the years to come.”
Volkswagen India started exports to Mexico with the Volkswagen Vento in the year 2013, within four years of establishing its production plant in the country in 2009. Since then, the export business for Volkswagen from India has only grown. The export volumes to Mexico contribute to more than half of the total production at the Volkswagen plant in Pune today. The Vento, built at the Pune Plant, replaced the Jetta Classico in the Mexican market. In total, Volkswagen India exports to over 35 countries across four continents of North America, South America, Africa and Asia and has shipped more than 310,000 cars to these geographies till date. The latest shipment to Mexico will be delivered by Höegh Trigger, the largest vessel of Höegh Autoliners which is also the world’s largest pure car and truck carrier.