Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited (SAVWIPL) today expanded its exports with the Made-in-India Volkswagen Virtus. Under the brand’s India 2.0 journey, the Volkswagen Virtus joins the Taigun that is built on the MQB-A0-IN platform, to be exported from India. Initially, 3,000 units of the Volkswagen Virtus will be sent to Mexico from the Mumbai port.
“With this move, we are closer to realising our aim of making India an export hub for the VW Group globally, which is a significant pillar of our India strategy. The growth in our export numbers testifies to the success of the INDIA 2.0 programme. As a true Volkswagen, the Virtus embodies the same quality standards we adhere to globally, and we are delighted it will be driven in other countries soon, ” says Piyush Arora, Managing Director of Skoda Auto Volkswagen India.
SAVWIPL launched its export programme in 2011 with 6,256 units of the Made-in-India Volkswagen Vento for the South African market. Since then, the company’s export market has continued to grow incrementally, broadening the Volkswagen’s ‘Made in India’ presence to 44 countries across South America, Central America, Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, the GCC countries, and the Caribbean region.
By June 2022, Skoda Auto Volkswagen had exported over 550,000 cars, with Mexico being the largest export market for SAVWIPL followed by South Africa and Central American countries (Columbia, Ecuador, Argentina), and ASEAN countries.
The export programme enables SAVWIPL to sustainably manage production volumes, with a balanced production share between domestic and export markets, says the official statement.