Volkswagen And Skoda Took 15 Years To Reach This Significant Production Milestone In India!

  • May 27, 2024
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The VW-Skoda group has come a long way since rolling out the first Skoda Fabia from the Chakan plant in 2009

  • Volkswagen and Skoda group have collectively produced 15 lakh units in India

  • First car to roll out the Chakan production line in 2009 was the Skoda Fabia

  • MQB-A0-IN platform-based cars account for 3 lakh units produced, many of which are exported globally

  • Chakan plant’s engine shop has crossed 3.8 lakh production milestone for made-in-India engines over 10 years

Volkswagen and Skoda really hit it home with their India 2.0 strategy. Call it a second wind, a revival or just simply brilliant strategy, there’s no denying the fact that the MQB-A0-IN platform, developed specially for India while maintaining European standards, has worked out well for the group. Its success is reflected by the success of the brands as they cross the 15 lakh production milestone in India!

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Yes, the VW and Skoda group has now produced over 15 lakh units combined at its Chakan plant near Pune. Their journey started with the Skoda Fabia premium hatchback as the first vehicle that rolled off the production line in 2009. 

That production line has seen some legends throughout its time, from the likes of the fabled Volkswagen Polo and Skoda Rapid to the new-age models like the Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Virtus. The new India 2.0 models have in fact played a significant role in expediting the process as they account for more than 3 lakh of the total units produced. In fact, 30 percent of the current production output is for export to over 40 countries, further highlighting the standards and capabilities of the Chakan production line.

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There’s another production milestone being celebrated back at the plant, and that comes in the form of 3.8 lakh locally made engines, as the ‘Engine Shop’ completed its 10th anniversary. 

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Here’s what Piyush Arora, managing director and CEO, Škoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited, said: “I am immensely proud of these achievements within our local landscape. The significant output of 1.5 million vehicles at our Chakan Plant, coupled with the production milestone of four successful MQB models and the 10-year journey of our Engine Shop, stand testament to our dedication to India's automotive industry and SAVWIPL’s significant contribution to the nation’s talent and workforce.”

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As it stands, only the Skoda Kushaq and Slavia, and Volkswagen Virtus and Taigun, are being produced at the factory. The Skoda Superb is now a fully imported model, while the Volkswagen Tiguan and Skoda Kodiaq are CKD (locally assembled) units. 

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