At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen and Tata Motors had announced a product development partnership. Under this partnership, the two automakers will share technologies and platforms in order to reduce R&D (Research & Development) costs. If media reports are to be believed, Skoda Auto is planning to develop a compact SUV and an entry-level sedan for Indian market. What’s more important is that the Czech automaker will produce this product using Tata Motors’ technology.
Report further indicates that the upcoming Skoda entry-level cars will be based on Tata Motors’ new AMP (advanced modular platform). The first model under VW-Tata partnership will be launched in India in 2019. This partnership will also help the Czech automaker to make a comeback into the high-volume small car segment of the Indian moment. Currently, Rapid is the Skoda’s most affordable model in its India lineup. The company presently absent from segments like hatchbacks, compact SUVs and sedans, which is currently the most popular in India. Read More – Skoda Karoq SUV Pictures & Details
The Tata Motors’s new advanced modular platform is claimed to be highly-flexible, which can be used to develop a variety of vehicle types. In fact, Volkswagen could also use this platform to develop its future products. As a reminder, Skoda will soon launch the much-awaited Skoda Kodiaq SUV in the Indian market. Adding to it, the updated Octavia sedan is also coming to our market in the next 2 months. Read – Tata Motors Signs MOU With Volkswagen and Skoda Auto
The company is also working on a compact SUV – Karoq, which will replace the ageing Yeti SUV. This SUV has already been spotted several times during its test rounds. It is expected to be unveiled in India at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo.
Source – ET Auto