Volkswagen plans to make India low-cost export hub

Tech News - Also, as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Make in India' initiative, the company will be investing Rs 1,500 crore for localisation and produce cost effective products, Volkswagen India chief representative Mahesh Kodumudi told media on the sidelines of the Hannover Fair.
"We are looking at making India a low-cost manufacturing hub catering to emerging and developed export markets. In 2014, we exported 65,000 cars which is 60 percent of our production from the Chakan plant," Kodumudi said.
"We are looking to export 70,000 cars this year," he said. The company will also increase production capacity at the Chakan and Aurangabad units in the next two years.
Volkswagen AG chief executive Martin Winterkorn said: "India is and will remain an important strategic growth market for the Volkswagen Group. We are convinced that VW will take on a key role in the Indian automobile market in the long-term. We are driving localisation forward with our new engine assembly plant in Pune."
VW plans to increase production to 200,000 units by 2018 and add more new models from the 130,000 units Chakan plant.

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