Skoda, VW group open new Tech Centre in Pune, India

Skoda And Volkswagen Group India Inaugurate New Technology Centre In Pune, India. Here, 250 engineers will be developing vehicles tailored to the needs of customers in the subcontinent, and this centre will help to achieve up to 95 per cent localisation on its upcoming products in India. The opening ceremony was attended by Czech Prime Minister Andrei Babk and other government officials.

The Technology Centre in Chakan, Pune represents the first major step in implementing the India 2.0 project. The Volkswagen Group and Skoda are jointly investing around ₹ 2,000 crore (Euro 250 million) in research and development projects in India. The Indian engineers will be responsible for project management, electronics, infotainment, body design, interior, chassis and complete vehicle.

Christian Strube – Member of the Board for Technical Development, Skoda Auto said, “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 with regard to design and development. Local development is the key to success.”

Gurpratap Boparai, Head – Volkswagen Group India, said, “The Technology Centre will lay the foundation for the development of products that are specially designed for the Indian market. We expect to roll out the first products, for both the Skoda as well Volkswagen brands, by 2020-21, starting with a mid-sized SUV based on MQB AO IN platform. A model campaign, led by SKODA, will follow.”

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