Volkswagen India exports its 2,50,000th car to Mexico
Volkswagen India has exported about 2.10 lakh Vento sedans to Mexico till date becoming one of the most exported cars from the country. Overall the Indian arm of the German car manufacturer has exported over 2.50 lakh made-in-India cars to Mexico that includes various variants of left-hand drive Polo hatchback and the Vento sedan. Volkswagen also claims that the Vento has now become the third highest selling passenger car segment in Mexico. Production of Volkswagen Vento started in 2009 and the company began its exports to Mexico after four years with the Vento in 2013. The export volumes to Mexico contribute to more than half of the total production at the Volkswagen plant in Pune, Maharashtra. The India-made VW Vento replaced the Jetta Classico in the Mexican market and since then the demand for the car has increased drastically due to its design, build quality, safety standards, comfort as well as space. Volkswagen India exports its vehicle to over 35 countries across North America, South America, Africa and Asia. Till date, the company has exported over 3.10 lakh cars. 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.
During FY 2016-17 the company exported a total of 86,852 cars registering a growth of 14.3% making it the fifth largest auto exporter from India. Volkswagen India had exported 75,989 units in FY 2015-16.
Dr. Andreas Lauermann, President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited, said, “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 has invested about € 825 million (₨ 5720 crore) at its Chakan plant, which has achieved a localisation level of approximately 82 percent, without engines and transmissions. The facility has a workforce of 4000 employees and it has been operating in three shifts since March 2016.