Volkswagen India has expanded its production foothold in the country with the establishment of a new diesel engine assembly line and a full-fledged testing facility at its plant in Chakan near Pune. The new engine assembly line is slated to start building the new 1.5-litre TDI diesel unit by the end of 2014.
Volkswagen India have announced to have to infused an investment of Rs 240 crore in the new assembly line, which will only help the company to increase the local content in the vehicles produced at this plant. The brand new 1.5-litre diesel powerplant that has been specifically designed and developed for the Indian market was recently, introduced with the new Volkswagen Polo that made its commercial debut in the country in July 2014.
The new assembly line occupies a total floor space of 3,450 square meter and will be integrated into the existing structure of the Volkswagen Pune plant in Chakan. The new line function is said to create 260 additional jobs and will also spawn new Indian suppliers who will be providing with certain parts and components for the aforementioned engine production. The new assembly line will be able to build over 98,000 engines in a three-shift-system at full capacity and the locally produced 1.5-litre diesel engine will power the new Polo and the Polo TDI in the Indian market.
Commenting on the development, Mahesh Kodumudi, group chief representative of Volkswagen Group India said, “Our investment in this state-of-the-art engine assembly line, which incorporates a sophisticated and full fledged engine testing facility at our Pune plant in Chakan is the next important step in strengthening our commitment towards India. With this, we take a significant leap towards enhancing our localisation in India.”
Andreas Lauenroth, executive director of Technical remarked, “We are looking forward to commencing the assembly of this new engine here at our Pune plant. It is an honour for us because this is a testimony of the high maturity levels achieved by our production facility and a proof of the confidence that our workforce can follow the same, high global Volkswagen quality standards.”