German automobile manufacturer, Volkswagen currently offers a wide range of products in India. These include the Polo, Cross Polo, Vento and Jetta, and they also plan to introduce more products in the coming future.
Now Volkswagen India has inaugurated a new facility in Chakan, Pune. This facility is spread across 3,500 sq. metres and it took INR 240 crores to build. At this new facility, the German manufacturer will assemble its diesel mills.
Present at the inauguration was Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis. Also in attendance were Subash Desai, Minister for Industries, Government of Maharashtra, Shivajirao Adhalrao Patil, Member of Parliament, Shirur and Suresh Gore, Member of Legislative Assembly, Maharashtra.
This recently inaugurated engine assembly facility will specifically focus on building diesel engines. These will be fitted into Volkswagen's Polo and Vento, along with Skoda's Rapid model as well. They have a maximum capacity of producing 98,000 engines per year for a period of three shifts.
Previously Volkswagen was importing the 1.5-litre diesel mill from its facility in Poland. They will now locally assemble the diesel mill for their vehicles, which adhere to the BS-3 norms. The German manufacturer confirms pricing of vehicles will not change as they had taken it into consideration a while ago.
All engines assembled at the Chakan facility will have to go through several state-of-the-art tests. Volkswagen India have made provision for a Cold Test station, Hot Test bench, Engine Dynamometer, along with an engine test laboratory.