New Delhi, Oct. 23 -- A larger manufacturing scale is required for India's passenger car market to drive deeper localisation of parts in line with the central government's Atmanirbhar Bharat program, Gurpratap Boparai, managing director, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd told Mint in an interview.

Senior Union ministers including Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goyal in the government have been urging the automakers over the past months to reduce their dependence on imports, increase exports and make India a global manufacturing hub for automobiles and auto components.

The top executive at the local unit of Volkswagen Group, one of the world's largest passenger car manufacturers, said it is not possible to have localised parts so soon.

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