Volkswagen India has achieved another feat in the country by producing the highest number of cars in a year. The company's Pune plant is the hub for manufacturing these cars.
Volkswagen's Pune manufacturing plant is a state of the art facility, it produced 1,45,145 cars in 2016. The previous highest annual production was recorded back in 2009.
The Pune plant is also exporting cars to the foreign markets. Currently, the plant produces the Polo, Vento, Ameo and the Skoda Rapid for the Indian market.
Volkswagen has been exporting the Polo and Vento to the overseas markets such as Middle East, Argentina, South Africa and Mexico. In 2016 the plant produced 36,700 Polo's, 15,400 Ameo sedans, 83,300 Vento sedans and 9,600 Rapid sedans.
Despite the demonetisation effect in the country, Volkswagen managed to post strong growth in the month of December 2016. The domestic production for the year 2016 stands at 60,500 units from the Pune facility.
Volkswagen exported over 84,500 units of Polo and Vento which is 22 percent rise compared to 2015. Although Volkswagen has not revealed its plans to export the Ameo.
President and Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Limited, Andreas Lauermann said, "This is the fourth year in a row that the Volkswagen Pune Plant has recorded a growth in its production volume. Despite a challenging year, there was a surge in demand for our cars this year."
He added, "The main contributor for the increased production was the high demand from our Indian customers who have appreciated the made-for-India and made-in-India Ameo. Along with that, the Vento whose success in India and around the world, has been noteworthy contributor too."