The VW group is busy in ramping-up the production at the Chakan based mechanized facility near about Pune. This comes as VW plans to set up production of Skoda Rapid car at this factory. Volkswagen will increase its production from the present 450 vehicles to 500 vehicles a day. The group plans to increase the yearly manufacture to 1.3 lakh vehicles.
Mr. Alexander Skibbe who is Head of Communications of Volkswagen India told that they will reach a production ability of narly1.3 lakh vehicles by the end of this year. As part of their ramp-up preparation, they started the 3rd shift a few weeks backward. The Fabia Rapid car will share a portion of parts with the VW Vento & this might be one of the causes why Volkswagen has selected to manufacture at Chakan plant instead of Aurangabad plant. The Skoda Rapid car will basically be cost below the VW Vento & will be a better choice for the customers who are searching for a mid-sized, well-built, 4 door saloon. The car which is based on the underpinnings of the Vento will be powered with the same powerplants: 1.6 Petrol and a 1.6 Diesel.
During a trip of the plant, the bureaucrat of the company told that the production of the SK25 will begin soon at this factory. By that instance they will boost production to about 500 vehicles a day, from the current 450. At present VW builds the Vento, Polo & the Skoda Fabia car at the Chakan factory with a yearly productivity of 1.1 lakh vehicles per annum. This will increase as soon as the manufacturing of the Skoda Rapid starts.
The Rapid Sedan will get the new Vision D look showcased by skoda at the 2011 Genenva motor show.
We expect the car to be priced on the aggressive side with starting at 6.75 lakhs.
Also see – Skoda to Launch New Rapid as Vento’s Challenger in India this Diwali
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