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Pune, a global automotive leader – List of major players

Posted in Cars, Pune, Science & Technology by Amit Paranjape on March 14, 2010

Pune is the leading center for the automotive sector in India; as well as one of the top automotive centers globally. In the past year alone, 3 massive new plants from General Motors, Volkswagen and Mahindra & Mahindra were inagurated here. The Chakan-Talegaon Belt is becoming one of the most dense automotive clusters in the world. In this brief blog, I am compiling a list of major automotive companies in Pune and some brief information about them. Please add your feedback (additions/details, etc.) and I will update the blog post.                 


Tata Nano (Image Credits: Wikipedia)

Tata Motors                  

Tata Motors  is the biggest automotive manufacturer in Pune, and the biggest one in India. The huge Pune campus consists of their corporate HQ, R&D Center and Manufacturing facility for their cars and trucks. 


Land-Rover has recently started assembling some models near the Tata Motors Pimpri-Chinchwad facility.                 

Bajaj Auto                  

Bajaj Auto was one of the early automotive players in Pune. They have big base in Akurdi, Pune (R&D, Corporate and Manufacturing). A large new plant has been recently opened at Chakan.              

Force Motors (Formerly Bajaj Tempo)                  

Manufacturers of 3 Wheelers, Tractors, LCVs and Large Trucks.                  

Mahindra Two-Wheelers (Formerly Kinectic Motors)                  

Manufacturers of Scooters, Mopeds and Bikes.  Kinetic Motors has been an important player in the Mopeds and Gearless 2 Wheeler space in India. Their famous models include the ‘Luna’ and ‘Kinetic Honda’.                  


Mercedez-Benz entered the Indian Market in the 1990s, initially with a partnership with the Tatas. Later on, they setup an independent venture, Mercedez-Benz India. The Pune facility manufacturers and assembles a range of their well known luxury cars.                  

General Motors                   

General Motors entered the Indian market in the past decade. The Talegaon Plant is a massive facility that recently started production. Cars manufactured here include the new Chevy Beat.                  


JCB manufacturers construction, earth moving and other industrial equipment. Their Talegaon plant and design center opened in 2006.                  


Volkswagen opened a massive new plant in Chakan Pune a few months back. Read more about this plant here:     This facility is presently geared towards manufacturing high-volume cars like the VW Polo and Skoda Fabia.                

Mahindra & Mahindra                  

M&M inaguarated a huge plant this past week at Chakan. Spread over 700 acres and built with an investment of nearly Rs 5,000 Crores (1 Billion Dollars), this plant will manufacture various models of SUVs and Commercial Vehicles.  Mahindra is also planning to manufacture new models from Sssanyong Motors.              

Cummins Engines                  

Cummins, the world leader in Diesel Engines opened its Pune facility in the 1960s, in a joint venture with the Kirloskar Group. Later on, they decided to go solo. The Pune facility manufacturers a wide range of Diesel Engines and Generators, and also has a big design center.                  

Kirloskar Oil Engines                  

Kirloskar Oil Engines, part of the Kirloskar Group were one of the earliest auto-players in Pune. Presently they manufacture a wide range of Oil Engines for various applications.                 

Premier Motors         

Makers of that famous Indian car of ‘The Premier Padmini’. Current models manufactured include Diesel Pickup Trucks and Vans.        


The new upcoming Fiat Ranjangaon Plant will manufactures the various models like Punto and Linea.    


Bridgestone is setting up a big new plant in Chakan Pune with a total investment of around Rs 2,600 Cr. 

Hyundai Construction Equipments    

Hyundai Construction Equipments is located on Talegaon-Chakan  Belt              

Research Institutes, Suppliers & Infrastructure Players                  

ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India)   

ARAI is a the premier research and certification institution for the automotive industry in India. It has a beautiful campus on top of a hill in central Pune (near ‘Vetal Tekdi’).   

In addition to the Auto OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), Pune has a wide range of  Tier-1 Tier-2 and infrastructure suppliers. Prominent Industry Players include:                  

Bharat Forge                  

Bharat Forge is one of the top forging companies in the world. They manufacture a wide range of forged auto components. Their Pune facility includes their HQ, Design Center and Manufacturing Facility.                  


Sandvik is a world leader in cutting tools. Their Pune facility has been around for nearly 50 years.                  

PARI Robotics & Automation                  

PARI is one of the leading industrial automation companies and have setup factory automation systems at many global manufacturing facilities.                 

Software & Information Technology       

Software and IT are increasingly playing an important role cars and automotive manufacturing. Many leading global CAD/CAM/CAE Software Leaders are based in Pune. These include: Siemens (formerly UGS), PTC, Ansys. Important IT Outsourcing Players in this space in Pune include Geometric and KPIT Cummins.       



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  1. Sarika said, on March 15, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Fiat also has a plant and application engineering / R&D center in Chakan. Don’t know the exact size but an addition to your already long list of automotive companies in and around Pune.

  2. Amit Paranjape said, on March 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Yes – got this feedback from a couple others as well. Had missed out on Fiat. They have a manufacturing plant in Ranjangaon (not Chakan). Have updated the blog post.


  3. Vaibhav Ekbote said, on March 16, 2010 at 4:42 am

    Tata Auto components in Pune is a signinficant player in manufacturing and designing Auto parts..

  4. Amit Paranjape said, on March 16, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Vaibhav, Good point – Tata Auto Components is a big player. Will include in the list.

  5. Amar Patre said, on March 18, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I think. You must include the John Deere Plant in sanaswadi. They have R&D centre in Magarpatta,Hadapsar.

  6. Amit Paranjape said, on March 18, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Amar – Thanks for your comments. I knew about John Deere’s R&D Center in Magarpatta… but didn’t know about the Manufacturing Plant at Sanaswadi. Will add to the list. Any idea what models they manufacture there? Thanks, Amit

  7. Praveen Bhosale said, on March 18, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Kanda Motors is also there in Pirangut.

    Pune company Kanda motors 2-Wheeler manufacturer, a major part supplier to Tata and Maruti will be coming out with a 1.5 Lakh rupee car within 12-18 months. The car will have 800-1000cc engine.

  8. Amit Paranjape said, on March 18, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Pravin, Thanks for your comments. Can you add more details about Kanda Motors? Any website link, etc? Thanks, Amit

  9. Nikhil said, on March 20, 2010 at 3:08 am


    I think Chennai, not Pune, has emerged as the hub of auto manufacturing in India thanks to some progressive policies by Tamilnadu government. Maharashtra is fast losing its mojo compared to other states because of power deficit and lack of single window clearances for big projects.

  10. Amit Paranjape said, on March 20, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Nikhil – Thanks for your comments. Don’t have a lot of details about the Chennai Auto Industry. They do have big names like Ashok Leyland, Hyundai, BMW, etc.

  11. Sanjeev Mandpe said, on March 21, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Hi Amit, Very useful collection of facts. To add a few points. 1. Automotive Research Association of India ( ARAI) is in pune for last few decades. Set up at Vetal Tekadi houses automobile ( vehicles and components) testing and certification facility. ARAI is active in formulation Indian Automotive Legislations/ Standards. 2. Hyundai Construction Equipments is located on Talegaon-Chakan Road. 3. The state of the art warehousing and logistics service providers are also setting up shops in and around Ranjangaon – Talegaon 4. Automakers normally hog the limelight but the strength of pune auto belt lies in its supplier and service provider base.

  12. Amit Paranjape said, on March 21, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Hi Sanjeev, Thanks for your comments. Will add them to the blog post. How could I forget ARAI?? I have been there a few times myself. Nice facility. Thanks, Amit

  13. Richa said, on April 20, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Hey the above posts were very informative…
    I am doing an analysis on attrition in automobile industry in Pune as my Summer project in MBA. Can anyone of you provide me with a rough number of people leaving these big organizations…also the new projects they are coming up with which are seemingly very lucrative for the employees across organizations…??
    Thanks in advance….

  14. amir said, on May 25, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    hi everyone

    i m phd student in university of pune and i am looking for some information about 5 major automobile factory in pune city, i want to collect their annual reports . can enyone of you guide me ?

    thanks in advance…

  15. Amit Paranjape said, on May 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Amir – I think you should be able to download their annual reports from the company websites.

  16. Zaheer said, on March 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Hi Amit,
    The earlier joint venture partner of TATA Automotive Components, Fauracia of France have a significant R & D in Pune. Apart from domestic manufacturers Maruti Suzuki and VW, Fauracia exports its design to the global auto companies. In Pune their office is located at RBM Road, Manikchand House, behind Le Meridian. The web address is:

  17. Amit Paranjape said, on March 2, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Zaheer – Thanks for the addition.

  18. arvind mishra said, on June 19, 2011 at 11:54 am

    nyc blog indeed amit.good job.could you pls tel me about the brose group in pune.and design centers of some of good firms in pune.? do we have mrecedes design center in pune?

  19. Hitesh said, on June 27, 2011 at 12:14 am

    Please add the latest Land Rover and Jaguar from TATA as well..also Ssanyong cars from Mahindra would be manufactured here soon

  20. Amit Paranjape said, on June 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Hitesh, Thanks for your comments… Yes, have been planning to update this blog-post. Will do it this week.

  21. Mohan said, on November 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    The earlier joint venture partner of TATA Automotive Components, Fauracia of France have a significant R & D in Pune. Apart from domestic manufacturers Maruti Suzuki and VW, Fauracia exports its design to the global auto companies. In Pune their office is located at RBM Road, Manikchand House, behind Le Meridian.

  22. Aniket said, on December 16, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    Got very helpful can also add bosch chassis plant in chakan nd office at magarpatta..also tata technologies leading automotive and aerospace soln provider..wil u plz send/update r&d/development centres/design centres in pune related to mechanical engg…thanx in advance..

  23. Amit Paranjape said, on December 19, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Mohan – Thanks for your inputs.

  24. ritesh kakde said, on March 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

    photon is setting up truck manufacturing plant in chakan…..

  25. Shraddha Pradhan said, on April 19, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Behr India – A joint venture between Behr Germany & Anand group has a huge set up in Chakan. They manufacure Engine cooling & climate control products for automobiles. Workforce of around 1000 employees in Chakan with a turnover of around 500 crores.

  26. Amit Paranjape said, on April 20, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Thanks Shraddha.

  27. Dipti said, on May 21, 2012 at 11:07 am

    CAn you plz tell me how i can get the list of German companies which are in pune?????????? PLZ, its urgent..

  28. Amit Paranjape said, on May 21, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Dipti – I don’t have this information. You can try and check with the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce, Pune.

  29. Sachin said, on May 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Gr8 Blog…Good info….Thanks Amit…Sachin

  30. Digambar Shinde said, on May 30, 2012 at 10:18 am

    There is a poposed chinese car manufacturing plant (LCV) in Chakan can you have any information about it.

    The name may be photon cars.

  31. Amit Paranjape said, on June 4, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Sachin – Thanks for the feedback.

  32. Mayur said, on July 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    gr8 work people gud info too useful..thanks a lot

  33. Alok Pastekar said, on July 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Brilliant Information provided! I have been able to apply quite a few companies from here. Hoping for a positive reply ofcourse, but great work. Cheers for that Amit!

  34. Deepak Nagargoje said, on July 26, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    can any one know new arriving mnc in optic fiber cable manufacturing in chakan midc.

  35. ravi said, on April 8, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    Amit, Great job. Thanks.

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