Saturday, 1 October 2011

Audi’s next plant to come up in Gujarat

Gujarat is the next place to be for the automobile manufacturers and auto component manufacturers. Gujarat is emerging to be a potential automobile hub for India.
After Maruti, Ford, Peugeot and Tata, its now the turn of India’s Luxury Car maker Audi to set up its manufacturing facility in India.
"Gujarat has good port connectivity for exports. Secondly, it has got good industrial policy and the state is well connected to the upcoming Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC). Gujarat, in recent times, has come up as an interesting investment destination," said head, Audi India, Michael Perschke.
Speaking on the sidelines of Audi's A - Drive Experience at Jaipur, Perschke said that the foreign direct investment (FDIs) inflow in Maharashtra has gone down. "And Gujarat is gaining in FDIs. If conditions are favourable and chief minister of Gujarat gives his consent for Audi, then I see no reason why we will not come to Gujarat," he said.
At present, Audi is assembling the Audi A6 and the Audi A4 for the Indian market in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. But in future, if Audi sets up its plant in Gujarat, it can also export from here. "Gujarat has also got good port connectivity for exports," he said.
Recently, Audi announced the opening of its showroom in Surat. The Audi Surat showroom was inaugurated by Michael Perschke, Head, Audi India and Samir Mistry, Managing Director, Audi Surat. Audi India also unveiled its all new business luxury sedan - the Audi A6.
Audi sold around 5,000 units nationally in 2010. "From January 2011 to August 2011, we have grown by 95% in sales in India. Compared to August 2010, sales of Audi cars in India grew by 104% to 510 units in August 2011," said Perschke.


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