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Corporate Sep 6, 2012

Audi to set up dedicated assembly unit at Aurangabad

New Delhi: German luxury car maker Audi is setting up a dedicated production unit at the Aurangabad plant of Volkswagen group firm Skoda in order to meet increasing demand in the Indian market.

The company, which assembles sedans A4 and A6 along with SUV Q5 at the Aurangabad plant, is looking at an installed capacity of 3,000 cars a year at the new unit.

Coming up with a new plant. Reuters

"We are setting up a dedicated production plant in Aurangabad. It will have a capacity of 3,000 units annually," Audi India Head Michael Perschke said on the sidelines of SIAM annual convention in New Delhi.

The construction of the plant is going on and it will be completed by the end of this year. The company will assemble two models at the upcoming unit, he added.

"Will start the assembly of SUV Q7 by the end of this year and will probably start the assembly of Q3 from next year," Perschke said.

When asked about the investments on the new unit, he said, "We had announced a five year plan of 30 million euro of which 65-70 percent have already been consumed. The investment in the new plan will come from this."

Without sharing details he said, the company will announce another five year investment plan from 2013.

Currently the company has capacity to assemble 6,500 units in India annually.

Audi India is targeting to sell 8,000 units this year and is expecting 20 percent jump in 2013.

PTI


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