Audi AG launches production in India today at parentAG’s Skoda Auto Indian Private Ltd. (SAIPL) plant in Aurangabad, in the state of Maharashtra.
The A6 midsize sedan is the first Audi to roll off the line there, and by 2015 the German brand estimates 2,000 units of the model will be produced at the plant annually. Output of the slightly smaller A4 sedan is to be begin later this year, Audi says.
“Starting our own production (in India) is the best way to adequately serve such a promising growth market,” Rupert Stadler, Audi’s chairman, says in a statement.
He adds expanding its presence in India is part of the brand’s global plan to sell 1.5 million units in a single year by 2015.
Audi credits the SAIPL plant’s large, skilled workforce and “highly developed working processes” for its selection as the second Audi production site in Asia (the first being Changchun, China).
Some 35 employees on a single shift will assemble more than 300 A6s this year for the Indian market, Audi says, adding it trained Indian workers at its Neckarsulm plant in Germany.