As part of India 2.0 Project, Volkswagen Group will launch the first model in 2020.
Volkswagen Group is working hard to improve market share in the highly competitive Indian auto industry. The company is focusing on aftersales service and cost of ownership. In fact, VW Group claims that the cost of ownership has been reduced by up to 25% for some models. What’s exciting is that VW Group is readying 4 all-new products – 2 from Volkswagen and 2 from Skoda – for the Indian market.
Speaking to AutoCar India, Gurpratap Boparai, Volkswagen Group India Head said that the company is aiming to have up to 95 percent localisation on the upcoming vehicles. Adding to it, the company aims to further increase the local components for the engines. As part of India 2.0 Project, Volkswagen Group will launch the first model in 2020.
Skoda will launch a compact SUV, which will share styling cues from the Vision X concept. The SUV will be based on the heavily localised MQB AO IN platform, which is currently under development. The Skoda SUV will be a global product and could make its debut at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
Volkswagen will also launch the T-Cross compact SUV in India. This SUV is already on sale in select international markets including Europe, Brazil and China. India-spec model will use the MQB AO In platform and will be longer than the European-spec model. The company will also debut the newly developed 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which is expected to deliver over 110bhp of power and 175Nm of torque.
Skoda will launch the new-generation Rapid sedan based on the MQB AO In platform. In fact, Volkswagen is also working on a new mid-sized sedan for the Indian market. Likely to share styling cues from the Virtus sedan, the next-gen Vento will be longer and spacious than the outgoing model. Volkswagen Group is also looking at CNG fuel option for the Indian market.