Porsche India to launch in 2012 – plans for local Cayenne CKD assemblyWed, 30 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0800
Porsche India to launch in 2012
VW Group is planning to launch Porsche India in 2012 and is expected to import the full range of Porsche cars and planning CKD assembly of the Cayenne.
Yes, you can already buy a Porsche in India and there’s a small network of dealers. But at the moment they are imported by Precision Cars. But that’s all going to change next year.
As the car market in India becomes ever bigger, Porsche are planning to take control of their sales in India with the launch of Porsche India in 2012, which is expected to be headed up by the current head of Audi India - Anil Reddi.
It seems Porsche wants to maintain Precision Cars’ current eight dealerships and is planning on importing the whole range – Cayman, Boxster, 911, Cayenne and Panamera – even though Porsche cars will attract import duty of over 100 per cent.
But it seems Porsche has plans to get round that as sales volumes increase, and are expected to start production of the Cayenne in India from CKD, which will save a big chunk of import duty and reflect in the retail price of the Cayenne.
VW currently bolts together stuff like the Passat and Audi A4 in Maharashtra, so it won’t take a huge investment for Porsche to put together an assembly line to produce locally assembled Cayennes.
And don’t bet against other Porsche models being bolted together in India either as sales increase.
By Cars UK