July 5: Skoda and Volkswagen will jointly launch four new vehicles in India in the coming years, and that’s according to their plan that was recently briefed by the companies together. With over a Billion Euros waiting in the form of investment, Skoda and Volkswagen will also have its production facilities upgraded along with portfolio refresh.
Accordingly, all the new models will be built by Skoda, but will be badged under both the brands and sold in the country. Skoda has also started working on MQB A0, the low-cost variant of its MQB platform, which will be used in all the upcoming new models.
The first one to be rolled out under the MQB A0 will be an SUV, which will be based on the Skoda Vision X concept. The SUV will be taking on the likes of Hyundai Creta with a pricing close to around Rs 10 lakhs. The SUV will also be coming under the Volkswagen branding with a different styling, but with the same engine and platform. Volkswagen might also pitch its SUV to an upper category.
The remaining two cars will be falling under the C-segment sedan category, with one each under Volkswagen and Skoda badges. The new members will replace Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento upon its arrival, which will be after 2020. The sedans will feature the same MQB A0 platform used in the SUV, and will also share the same engine and transmission in between them.
All the four new models will be built at the Volkswagen plant located at Chakan, Pune. The facility will also be upgraded in time to make way for the new platform. Skoda’s plant at Aurangabad will in turn be used for the assembly of premium models like Superb, Kodiaq and Passat, all of which will be assembled through the completely knocked down (CKD) kit route.