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 17 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 30 models and more than 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 builds the Volkswagen Polo, Ameo and 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.
The three highlight projects 2018
“Volkswagen India has succeeded in reducing the environmental impact of its manufacturing processes by over 31% – surpassing the original target of 25% a full year ahead of schedule.”
Since 2015, Volkswagen India has been bringing healthcare for minor ailments to the doorsteps of 2,200 people who live in the villages of Kanhewadi tarf Chakan and Sangurdi in the Pune district. Neither of these villages has a primary healthcare center or a resident doctor.
A team comprising two doctors (senior and assistant), and a compounder employed by Volkswagen India, visits the two villages and communities residing between the villages five days a week, Tuesday to Saturday, excluding company and national holidays. Patients are provided with free medical consultations and medicines. The service is also available to guests and others who visit the two villages.
Since it was launched Volkswagen India’s Mobile Health Clinic has provided over 36,000 free medical consultations and free medicines worth €8238. The team also refers patients to nearby hospitals for further medical consultation and/or hospital admission based on their condition. The Mobile Health Clinic runs awareness programs on various health-related topics, and organizes special health-check camps for senior citizens , women and adolescent girls, school children and the youth.
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.
By the end of 2017, the plant had succeeded in reducing the total impact of production operations on the environment by over 31%. Multiple factors contributed to this result: water consumption was reduced by over 47%, waste by over 38%, energy consumption and CO2 emissions by over 31%, and VOC emissions by about 7%.
Fighting Water Shortages
Volkswagen India has joined the State- wide effort to make villages in Maharashtra drought free and since 2013 has undertaken projects to support water conservation in villages affected by severe water shortages. In 2016-2017, the company built a series of embankments (bunds) for water storage in a drought-affected village in the State of Maharashtra. The water bunds have capacity to store more than 7,500 cubic meters of water and are especially beneficial for irrigating farmlands.
Prior to that the company undertook de-silting and widening of waterway to recharge water resources in the village of Guilani in 2013.
With a view to promoting an evidence-based approach to water conservation and improving access to water, Volkswagen India also sponsored a scientific evaluation of water availability in a drought-affected district. The study encompassed factors like natural groundwater recharge, natural water balance and identification of key water users. The findings will be used to create implementable strategies and identify areas for stakeholder participation.
In November 2018, Volkswagen India embarked on a year long mini-watershed management project in 4 villages of Latur district in Maharashtra. This project will reach 6120 people and will cover an area of 6177 acres. The main components of the project are community mobilization and capacity building, afforestation, artificial groundwater recharge, water and soil conservation, and farmer field school. Interventions for water and soil conservation will be based on remote sensing data and field data and will be designed by domain experts.
Volkswagen Polo Ranked Highest in J. D. Power Asia Pacific 2018 India Initial Quality Study
The Volkswagen Polo was the highest-ranked car in the premium compact category of the Initial Quality Study (IQS) by J. D. Power Asia Pacific, based on a customer survey conducted in India. The Polo has received this recognition 3 years in a row.
BG Deshmukh Award for excellence in CSR
Volkswagen India was recognized for its CSR activities in 2018. The award is called the B G Deshmukh Award for Excellence in CSR and was given to the company by the Maharatta Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture (MCCIA).