The center will enhance the company’s export operations in the ASEAN region, commencing with exports to Vietnam in 2024.
Skoda Auto Volkswagen India has officially opened its Parts Expedition Centre (PEC) at the Volkswagen Group’s headquarters in Chakan, Pune. This expansive 16,800-square meter facility is poised to accelerate the company’s export operations in the ASEAN region, with Vietnam being the initial export destination starting in 2024. The center will play a crucial role in shipping Indian-made kits to Vietnam for final production.
Andreas Dick, Skoda Auto Board Member for Production and Logistics, highlighted the significance of this inauguration, stating, “With the opening of the Parts Expedition Centre, we are building a bridge between India and Vietnam and setting the stage to unleash significant synergies between these two key markets. While Vietnam will be the first phase, the PEC is geared to serve several emerging markets in the ASEAN region in the future.”
Piyush Arora, Managing Director and CEO of Skoda Auto Volkswagen India, emphasized the company’s export achievements, remarking, “This year marked the 600,000th car export for Skoda Auto Volkswagen India from India. We have been serving key international markets from India, which is a testament to our engineering capabilities. The establishment of the Parts Expedition Centre represents a strategic advancement in our export capabilities. This facility combines modern infrastructure and sustainability, allowing us to cater more effectively to emerging markets. At the same time, we will carry on with our vision of making sustainable, quality mobility accessible worldwide.”
Exporting Indian CKD Models to Vietnam
Skoda Auto introduced the Kushaq model to the Indian automotive market in 2021, with production taking place in Pune. This mid-size SUV, designed and based on the MQB-A0-IN version of the modular transverse matrix, was developed to cater to Indian preferences and needs. Following suit, Skoda launched the Slavia sedan one year later, also originating from Indian development roots. Both models will be exported to Vietnam, following the CKD (Completely Knocked-Down) assembly approach, showcasing Skoda’s commitment to delivering quality automobiles to a global audience.