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September 7, 2009

INDIA: Volkswagen plans to double Indian headcount

Volkswagen intends to more than double its staffing levels in India, as it brings its production facilities up to full speed in the country.

Volkswagen intends to more than double its staffing levels in India, as it brings its production facilities up to full speed in the country.

News agency Asia Pulse quoted Volkswagen Group India president and managing director Joerg Mueller saying the company currently has 1,000 people but that it will need  2,500 employees once its Chakan plant runs at full capacity, which will be in the next two to three years.

VW expects the plant to be at full capacity by 2012.

“We opened our Chakan facility this year and it is producing Skoda Fabia now, but in small numbers. When we launch the Polo small car next year, the numbers will increase,” Mueller said.

Volkswagen recently said it was targeting 10% of India’s car market within five years. It currently holds 1%.

“We want to move quickly in terms of volume,” Mueller said at the time.

The group currently has less than 1% of the Indian market, the paper noted.

In July, Volkswagen India launched its locally assembled Jetta in Mumbai, promising an expanded range including the Beetle, light commercials and an unnamed small car (likely based on the Up concept).

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