Manufacturing is the key to sustainable development, thus West Bengal is looking towards industrialization as the most viable option of resurrecting the state’s fortunes. The vision for West Bengal’s automotive industry has been drawn up based on a judicious mix of optimism and realism. The starting point of the visioning exercise is the national projection as per the AMP 2016-2026 – the focus is on employment under “ Skill India “ initiative for direct and indirect employment in this sector. Looking at the trends, the sector is expected to grow into a size of US$ 220-260 Billion, incremental investment to the tune of US$55-70 Billion is required over the next decade. Based on assessment of the state’s capability and previous case studies, it can be estimated that West Bengal can realistically target to capture a conservative 10 percent of the projected size of the Indian automotive sector by 2022. This works out to be approximately US$ 24 billion. To get to this target, the state would require direct investments in the range of US$ 6-7 billion. The basic premise in our projection is that India’s automotive sector target of US$ 220-260 billion for 2022 cannot be met by existing state clusters, and would require contributions from other states as well.