A building block for a successful future: Audi has been building cars for the local Indian market in Aurangabad, in the State of Maharashtra, since 2007. Employees at the Škoda Auto India Private Limited (SAIPL) plant assemble the Audi A4, the Audi A6 and the Audi Q5.
In entering the market and building cars locally in India, Audi is making a long-term investment in one of the most promising car markets in the world. In addition to production of the Audi A4, Audi A6 and Audi Q5, the Audi A8, Audi A8L, Audi Q7 and Audi R8 are imported.
The small-scale production operations for the Audi R8 supercar at the Neckarsulm plant serve as the model for the production concept in Aurangabad. There, Audi holds training courses to prepare its Indian employees for the demanding assembly tasks they will need to carry out in Aurangabad. The Audi A6 takes shape there in a single shift, assembled from around 2,500 parts on two assembly lines, with each of the five working cycles taking 90 minutes. The painted bodies, the engines and the preassembled parts such as the front seats are all shipped from Germany. The parts preassembled at the Indian plant include the cockpit, front end, doors, pedals, rear axle and centre console.
Prior to being assembled at Aurangabad, the individual parts have already made a long journey: they are first transferred by rail freight in containers to the sea ports Hamburg and Bremerhaven. From there, they go by ship via the Mediterranean route and through the Suez Canal to Nhava Sheva port in Mumbai – covering about 11,000 kilometres in 28 days. The final 480 kilometres from Mumbai to Aurangabad are by truck.
Škoda Auto India Private Limited (SAIPL)