Volkswagen Polo facelift is the latest one that is raising eyebrows with the famous VW badge, but the automaker also found another reason to celebrate the moment. The Volkswagen plant of Pune is reported to have rolled-out over four lakh cars in a span of just over five years. This implicate that German engineering is in great demand by Indians.
The production at VW Pune facility was started in March 2009 and since then four lakh cars produced that there were sold in the domestic markets and as well as exported in more than 32 markets across the globe. The cars currently being produced at the Pune Plant include Volkswagen Polo and Vento (in both, left and right hand drive version) and Skoda Rapid.
The 400,000th car that saw the daylight from the Pune facility was a Polo Highline for the domestic market equipped with the brand new 1.5-litre TDI engine.
On the successful production of over four lakh cars, Mr. Andreas Lauenroth, Executive Director – Technical, commented, “The roll out of the 400,000th car is a testimony of Volkswagen running its India productions in a higher gear without compromising our highest quality standards. With this achievement under our belt, we plan to keep moving forward with a greater thrust to position ourselves as a committed car manufacturer in the Indian market.”
The cars produced at the VW in India are bolstered of the same standard followed globally. Robust build quality contributed by unique production processes such as laser welding for roof, ultrasonic welding for trim as well as dash and hot stamped A and B-pillars with shedding of German engineering covers the process towards a quality revolution.
On the side-lines of this momentous milestone, Mr. Mahesh Kodumudi, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited said, “With over 400,000 cars produced at our stat-of-the-art manufacturing facility for the domestic as well as export market, we have firmly established our operations. We will continue to focus on productivity and further localisation to cater to the demand from our markets.”