ŠKODA AUTO VOLKSWAGEN INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED represents the passenger car subsidiaries of the Volkswagen Group in India. ŠKODA AUTO VOLKSWAGEN INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED has been formed following the merger of ŠKODA AUTO India Private Limited (SAIPL), Volkswagen India Private Limited (VWIPL), and Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Limited (NSC). Headquartered in Pune, ŠKODA AUTO VOLKSWAGEN INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED will be responsible for the business operations of five automotive brands in India: ŠKODA AUTO, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and Lamborghini.
The Volkswagen Group has been present in India for the last 18 years; its India journey began with the entry of the ŠKODA brand in 2001. Audi and Volkswagen entered India in 2007, while Porsche and Lamborghini followed in 2012. Each brand has its own character and operates independently within the Indian market. Between the five brands, ŠKODA AUTO VOLKSWAGEN INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED offers more than 25 models to its customers via 225 plus dealership facilities and operates two production units: in Chakan, Pune and Shendra, Aurangabad.
Between the two production facilities, ŠKODA AUTO VOLKSWAGEN INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED has a production capacity of 200,000 cars per year. The facility in Pune currently produces the Volkswagen Polo, Ameo, and Vento and the ŠKODA Rapid. The Aurangabad plant produces various premium and luxury models of ŠKODA, Volkswagen, and Audi.
ŠKODA AUTO VOLKSWAGEN INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED also boasts of an ultramodern Technology Centre that has been set up as part of the ‘INDIA 2.0’ project. The Technology Centre has laid the foundations for the development of products based on the MQB-A0-IN platform, which will be engineered and localized for the domestic market.
Between the two production facilities and the sales and marketing teams of the five passenger car brands, ŠKODA AUTO VOLKSWAGEN INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED employs over 4,800 people across different locations in India.
With the ‘INDIA 2.0’ project, the Volkswagen Group has already set in motion the next big move in one of the world’s most dynamic automotive markets. In mid-2018, the Group made the announcement that ŠKODA AUTO will lead the ambitious project that will see the development of a sustainable model campaign for the ŠKODA and Volkswagen brands in the Indian volume segments. The Group also announced an investment of EUR 1 billion for the implementation of this program.
Using the versatile MQB platform, all-new models will be designed and produced locally. Preparations for the India-based development and production of the new, technologically pioneering volume models are already in full swing. The introduction of the first model under the ‘INDIA 2.0’ project based on the sub-compact MQB-AO-IN platform – a mid-sized SUV – will be unveiled as early as 2020-21.
The MQB platform offers fundamental advantages like standardizing of components, dimensions and production processes, lowered costs, and reduced production times. It also offers increased flexibility whilst developing new models. The platform also meets forthcoming safety and emission norms in India, while achieving up to 95 percent localization. What’s more, most of the technical development of the new models under the ‘INDIA 2.0’ project will take place within the country.
Towards this mission, in January 2019, ŠKODA AUTO and Volkswagen Group India inaugurated a new Technology Centre at Chakan, Pune where 250 engineers are developing vehicles tailored to meet the needs of customers in the Indian subcontinent. This essential component of the ‘INDIA 2.0’ project sees Indian engineers taking responsibility for project management, electronics, infotainment, body design, interior, chassis, etc.
Another critical milestone in the ‘INDIA 2.0’ journey has been the merger of the three Indian passenger subsidiaries of the Volkswagen Group – Volkswagen India Private Ltd (VWIPL), Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Ltd (NSC) and ŠKODA AUTO India Private Ltd (SAIPL) – into one entity. The merger of the three companies was orchestrated with an aim to make more efficient use of existing synergies, combine the technical and managerial expertise of the three companies, enable faster and coordinated decision making and to unlock the true potential of the Volkswagen Group in the extremely competitive Indian market. In April 2019, the merger was approved by the Boards of the three companies and in October 2019, it received all the necessary regulatory and statutory approvals.
The new company, ŠKODA AUTO VOLKSWAGEN INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED is helmed by Mr. Gurpratap Boparai and the five Group brands – ŠKODA, Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, and Lamborghini – will work under his leadership. These brands will maintain their individual identities, dealer network, and customer experience initiatives to serve the Indian market in their own distinctive way.
In the second phase of the ‘INDIA 2.0’ project, ŠKODA AUTO VOLKSWAGEN INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED will be assessing the possibility of exporting vehicles manufactured in India. It also envisages gradually creating 4,000 to 5,000 jobs as part of the program.
We want the Volkswagen Group (and ŠKODA AUTO VOLKSWAGEN INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED, a part whereof) to be a company with integrity through and through and to be respected in the best sense of the word. To meet this requirement, we have created the Group-wide integrity and compliance program Together4Integrity (T4I for short). It bundles all the activities for integrity, compliance, culture, risk management, and HR and thus creates the basis for our success. T4I is our common path towards a corporate culture that enables every manager and every employee to act with integrity and in accordance with the rules at all times and everywhere.
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