Volkswagen Group are keen on investing Rs.8000 crore for its India operations, led by Skoda. The Czech carmaker is expected to launch some products in the affordable end of the market. Reports suggest that there are as many as 6 models in the pipeline for our market.
Skoda will operate on Volkswagen’s Chakan facility, where the cars will be based on VW’s MQB platform. This line up will be built in parallel to the PQ25 platform, used by both Skoda and Volkswagen. The PQ25 consists of models like the Polo, Ameo and Vento from Volkswagen, with rapid being the only representative from Skoda.
The line-up includes a Sedan, hatchback and mid-size SUV from both car makers. Coming to the investment, some part of it will be used in manufacturing MPI and TSI petrol engines. These engines are expected to be BS-VI compliant and more economical than the current crop of engines from Skoda and Volkswagen.
There have been rumors that Skoda are deciding on developing its own platform, which will be India specific, and will be ready by 2021. As of now, it may not seem likely to happen with Volkswagen also offering help. Both companies will look to revive their brand names in the Indian market, and expect that to happen soon.
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