Volkswagen India

Photo: Volkswagen Group India Headquarters in Pune

Through Volkswagen Group India, headquartered in Pune, Maharashtra, the Volkswagen Group is represented by five passenger car brands in India: Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche, ŠKODA and Volkswagen.The Volkswagen Group has been present in India for the last 15 years and began its Indian journey with the introduction of the ŠKODA brand in 2001. The Audi and Volkswagen brands were launched in India in 2007, and the Porsche and Lamborghini brands followed in 2012. Each brand has its own character and operates as an independent entity in the market.

Volkswagen Group India has over 25 models and over 240 dealerships in India and operates two plants in Pune and Aurangabad. The Pune plant has an annual manufacturing capacity of 200,000 cars (using a three-shift system) and currently manufactures the Volkswagen Polo, Ameo, Vento, as well as the ŠKODA Rapid. The Aurangabad plant produces various premium and luxury Audi, ŠKODA and Volkswagen models sold in India and has an annual capacity of approximately 89,000 vehicles.

2015 Highlights

“By reducing the amount of waste generated in its plants by 30.5%, VW India was able to meet an important environmental protection objective.”

VW Vento (not available in Europe)

Mobile Health
Clinic

Since the reporting year, Volkswagen Group India has been running a mobile health clinic in Kahnewadi Tarfe Chakan and Sangurdi, two villages near the Pune site. The mobile clinic visits these locations five days a week, spending three hours a day in each village. This enables around 2,200 people living in these villages to receive care. Previously, the medical provision was very poor; the nearest health center is some five kilometers away. Among the staff “on board” the clinic are two doctors and a compounder. Examinations and medication are provided to patients free of charge.

Key Environmental Goal Achieved – Three Years ahead of Schedule

The Volkswagen plant in Pune is one of 27 Volkswagen car production plants worldwide participating in the “Think Blue. Factory.” environmental program. With this initiative, Volkswagen is seeking to reduce the impact of its vehicle production on the environment by 25% per vehicle around the world. The program was rolled out in 2011 and the Pune plant has been working to achieve this goal since 2012.

During the reporting period, the plant celebrated an important achievement: by the turn of the year 2014/2015, waste generation had been reduced by 30.5%. This meant that the Pune plant had met an important target three years ahead of schedule.

However, successes were also achieved in other key areas: CO2 emissions fell by 21.2% and specific energy consumption decreased by 20.6%.

Digging against
Drought

The village of Naiphad, located in Pune district and home to 500 inhabitants, has suffered water shortages in the past and is among the drought-affected villages identified by the state government for focused interventions aiming to make it drought-free.

For this reason, in 2015 Volkswagen Group India began the spadework to extend and enhance the water reservoir. The new system enables the storage of an additional 7.5 million liters of water. An old reservoir was repaired and existing waterways were cleaned up.

This support from Volkswagen will give the residents of Naiphad, a farming community, improved access to much-needed water for their fields. Naiphad is the second village in which Volkswagen Group India has undertaken a project to overcome water shortages.

Other Projects

Promoting Women in Pune

In the reporting period, Volkswagen Group India launched an initiative to promote women at the Pune plant. The aim of this program is to increase the number of women in the workforce to 30% by 2025. Currently, only around 12% of employees are female. The starting shot was fired at a kick-off meeting in March, attended by more than 120 female employees, who were given the details of the skills development initiative aimed specifically at women. In practice, there are three cornerstones to the initiative: the Sakhi (friend) Group, the Compass Program and the Mentor Program. The Sakhi Group seeks to encourage communication between women on a range of different topics, for example the impact of women on the world economy, best practices, Volkswagen’s business, networks and personal careers. Under the Compass Program, a select group of women, all of whom have already made progress and established themselves in their respective fields, meets on a regular basis. They are given several months of training to enable them to further develop their high potential. The Mentor Program supports women who have already progressed to another level. The focus here is on mentoring, training, strategy and best practice.

Dual Education Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program

In 2011, Volkswagen India Academy introduced a 3.5-year dual education Mechatronics Apprenticeship Program. Based on the German dual vocational education and training system (VET), the program imparts theoretical and practical knowledge across fields such as mechanical, electrical and electronic engineering, as well as IT. This is complemented by training in interpersonal skills. Each year the program recruits 16 students who have graduated from class X and meet other eligibility criteria. A unique feature of this program is its focus on recruiting academically bright and financially deserving students from local towns and villages. The students are provided with stipends for the duration of the program. VW also endeavors to ensure that each new intake comprises at least 25% female students.

The students take the tests administered by the National Council for Vocational Training India and Deutscher Industrie-und Handelkammertag (IGCC). The curriculum is made more challenging by giving the students opportunities to participate in both national and international skills-based competitions. Two cohorts of students have successfully completed the program and are now employed at VW. The fifth cohort was enrolled in 2015.

Awards

Volkswagen India Awarded ISO 9001:2015 Certification

The Pune-based German automaker became one of the first companies in India to receive this international quality certification. Volkswagen India is also the first company in the Volkswagen Group to be awarded the ISO 9001:2015 certificate. The certification underlines the consistent quality of the company’s products and services for customers, and of the company’s streamlined processes for more efficient operation.

Volkswagen Polo Ranks Highest in J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2014 India APEAL Study

The Volkswagen Polo was the highest-ranked car in the premium category of the Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study, based on a customer survey conducted by J. D. Power Asia Pacific.