Skoda, VW launch new tech centre in Pune

ST CORRESPONDENT
Sunday, 20 January 2019

“This technology centre perfectly fits the strategy of Make in India and I congratulate Skoda and Volkswagen for that. I am delighted that Skoda Auto is expanding its presence and involvement in India with such significant investments and promising projects,” said Babis.

PUNE: Skoda and Volkswagen Group India launched a new technology centre in Chakan, Pune, on Saturday, which was inaugurated by Prime Minister of Czech Republic Andrej Babiš. This is the first technology centre in Indian region - an important stepping stone of the Skoda-led India 2.0 project, as it will design and develop the next generation of cars from the Volkswagen Group for the Indian market.

At this technology centre, 250 engineers will be developing vehicles tailored to the needs of customers. Volkswagen Group and Skoda are investing around Rs 2,000 crore in research and development for the India 2.0 project. Products developed under the India 2.0 project will achieve up to 95 per cent localisation.

“This technology centre perfectly fits the strategy of Make in India and I congratulate Skoda and Volkswagen for that. I am delighted that Skoda Auto is expanding its presence and involvement in India with such significant investments and promising projects,” said Babis.

“India is the fastest growing economy and will also become third largest automobile market in the coming year. This technology centre will lay the foundation for the development of products that are specially tailored for the Indian market,” said Gurpratap Boparai, Head, Volkswagen Group India. 

“The vehicles developed in India will meet the same core standards for safety, quality and design that the Volkswagen Group represents worldwide. At the same time, both Skoda and Volkswagen will be showcasing models with their own typical characteristics on the market,” he added.

“By opening the technology centre, we underline our determination to make the India 2.0 project a success. India has excellent universities and highly qualified staff; this state-of-the-art facility will help us to unlock that huge potential - especially in regard to design and development,” said Christian Strube, member of the board for technical development, Skoda Auto.

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