With an estimated investment of €1 billion by its Czech subsidiary – Skoda Auto, Volkswagen Group aims to expand its product lineup in the Indian market. According to a latest report, Skoda will take charge of the VW Group’s operations in the country. It might begin with the takeover of VW’s plant in Chakan, Pune that serves as a production hub for the Vento sedan. The deal will also include retooling of the facility and the production of new models based on the MQB (Modular Transverse Matrix) platform. However, the information hasn’t been confirmed officially by the carmaker as of now. Check Out – Skoda Kamiq Crossover Pictures & Details
Besides this, VW Group also aims to introduce six new models under Volkswagen and Skoda brands. The first two models will be midsize SUVs that will be positioned against the Hyundai Creta. While Skoda’s new SUV will be inspired by the Vision X concept that recently made its debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the new Volkswagen SUV will share its design bits and features with the T-Cross.
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Designed on the MQB platform, the new Skoda compact SUV will sit below the Kodiaq and the upcoming Karoq in the company’s Indian product lineup. If reports are to be believed, the Volkswagen new compact SUV – T-Cross – will be globally launched sometime this year. The carmaker has already begun testing the vehicle.
The Volkswagen Vento and Skoda Rapid sedan will also witness generation change in coming years. Sporting an all-new design, both the models will be launched after the mid-sized SUVs. The new VW (Polo) and Skoda (Fabia) hatchbacks are likely to be the last two models in the lineup. Aiming to achieve competitive pricing, the company will produce the hatchbacks with high-level of localization.
The new-generation VW Polo made its global debut in June, 2017 in Berlin. Besides the grown dimensions, the hatchback (global-spec) gets full LED headlamps with LED DRLs, LED taillamps, a large panoramic roof and Air Car Climatronic’ system with air quality sensor and allergen filter. On the other hand, Skoda might re-introduce the Fabia in India that was discontinued in 2014.
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