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The apprentices undergoing a three-year Dual Apprenticeship course at the Volkswagen Academy India built a firefighting car for the Safety Department of Volkswagen Pune Plant as their final year project.

Volkswagen Academy India had started its three-year Dual Apprenticeship Programme at Pune Plant in 2011. It is a Mechatronics course that educates the students in various branches such as mechanical, electrical, electronics and IT. The first batch of this programme is now in its final year & had to undertake a practical project.
  • The group of 14 apprentices working on this project included four girls.
  • To keep the focus on manufacturing, it was decided by the apprentices to build a car on a low budget, so scrapped parts and components from various production departments of the Pune Plant were utilized in this project.
  • Parts and components from a Volkswagen Vento and a Cross Polo were used for the project car.
  • To fulfill the requirements of a firefighting car, various modifications were done to the design of the car’s body. While the basic design was that of a Vento, several fabrications were done from B-pillar till the tailgate to create a ‘pick-up’ design. The tailgate was fabricated with its hinges at the bottom to facilitate easy loading and unloading of items from the rear storage space.
  • A 1.6-litre TDI engine was used in this car.
  • Approximately 160 parts of the car were specially designed for this project.

The firefighting car will be used for daily inspection around the plant as well as for the movement of material by the Fire and Safety Department.

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