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VW considers opening India plant
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VW is looking to boost sales in India
Volkswagen is considering building a car factory in India, but said it had yet to make a final decision.

The German giant said it was studying the possibility of opening an assembly plant in the country, but that it remained only a "potential" idea.

Its comments came after the industry minister of India's Andhra Pradesh state said a team of VW officials were due to visit to discuss the plans.

B. Satyanarayana said he expected VW to co-sign a memorandum of agreement.

Several foreign carmakers, including Hyundai, Toyota, Suzuki and Ford, already have Indian production facilities to meet demand for automobiles in Asia's fourth-largest economy.

VW's proposed plant would be set up in the port city of Visakhapatnam on India's eastern coast.

An Andhra Pradesh official added that VW had already approved a factory site measuring 250 acres.

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