VW Group to merge all passenger car entities in India

The Volkswagen Group has announced that it plans to merge its three subsidiaries - Volkswagen India Private Ltd. (VWIPL), Volkswagen Group Sales India Private Ltd. (NSC) and SKODA AUTO India Private Ltd. (SAIPL). The plan has already been approved by the Boards of the three companies and is now pending regulatory and statutory approval.

According to Mr. Gurupratap Boparai, Managing Director, Volkswagen India Private Ltd and SKODA AUTO India Private Ltd, the proposed merger intends to combine the technical and managerial expertise of the three companies and is expected to increase efficiency and promote coordinated and faster decision-making.

Volkswagen, Skoda, Audi, Porsche and Lamborghini will maintain their individual identities, dealer network and customer experience initiatives but all the brands will headed by Mr. Gurupratap Boparai with a common strategy for the Indian market.

The restructuring is part of the VW Group's India 2.0 project. The company has already confirmed an investment of Rs. 8,000 crore in the project. Earlier this year, the carmaker inaugurated its Technical Centre in Pune, which will oversee the development of products based on the localised MQB-A0-IN platform.

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