The 11th anniversary of its plant in Chennai was marked by BMW India announcing ‘SKILL NEXT’, a technical skilling initiative. This initiative is targeted at providing 365 BMW engine and transmission units to engineering and technical institutes for learning purposes. Moreover, these will be given at zero cost.
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BMW’s TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder diesel engine and the 8-speed steptronic automatic transmission have been chosen for this programme. It does duty on a slew of BMW products which are locally made, including the 3 Series (320d), 3 Series Gran Turismo (320d GT), BMW 5 Series (520d), BMW X1 (xDrive 20d), BMW X3 (xDrive 20d), and will power the upcoming MINI Countryman Cooper D.
The handover will be conducted on a first-come-first-serve basis, following the submission of due undertakings by the institutes. The undertakings will ensure that the institutes put the engine and transmission units to use inside the laboratories of their campuses, only for learning purposes.
In the past, the extreme weather conditions in Chennai have had a severely adverse effect on a significant number of engine and transmissions. Since these parts could not be used in the vehicles, as they failed to meet the quality standards, it was proposed that the affected engine and transmissions be provided to educational institutes at no cost. According to Mr.Vikram Pawah, President, BMW Group India, the luxury automotive segment in India has grown in leaps and bounds over the last decade and with the growing numbers of cars on road, the need of sound technical talent in the country has also risen.
SKILL NEXT is aimed to promote the development of technical expertise in students across the country. This can be achieved by enhancing their practical knowledge of advanced automotive technology. This initiative will also contribute to increasing the availability of skilled technical staff required at automotive dealerships in India.