Skoda to take driver’s seat in VW Group’s journey in India

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Jun 2018 11:36:49


 

NEW DELHI,

(PTI),

GERMAN automobile major Volkswagen (VW) group on Friday announced a major rejig in plans for the Indian operations giving group firm Skoda the responsibility for the market here. Under its ‘India 2.0’ project, all models designed and produced locally in the future will be based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform and Skoda Auto will launch a volume segment model based on sub-compact MQB A0 platform by 2020, Skoda Auto said in a statement.

Further, the project will be headed by Skoda Auto India Managing Director Gurpratap Boparai, it added. “Volkswagen Group has tasked us with this responsibility, thereby highlighting the level of trust that Volkswagen Group’s management places in the expertise of the Skoda team,” Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier said.

About 18 months ago, Skoda Auto was tasked with developing a sustainable model campaign for both Skoda and Volkswagen brands in the Indian volume segments. “Preparations for the India-based development and production of the new, technologically pioneering volume models for the Skoda and Volkswagen brands are already in full swing. The introduction of the first Skoda model based on the A0-IN platform is scheduled for 2020,” the company said.

Maier said,”We are firmly convinced that – after one and a half years of intensive work – together with Volkswagen we now have a suitable approach to bring the right vehicles into the Indian market at the right time.” According to a company official, Skoda Auto will be responsible for production of the group’s vehicles in India under both Skoda and VW brands. VW will, however, continue to be responsible for production of its own models such as Polo Vento among others.