Czech automaker, Skoda is a premium car builder in the car market of India. Skoda has been popular primarily because of its premium sedan models, although the company will enter the Indian premium SUV segment as well by the end of this year. However, like many global auto majors, Skoda is also keen to crack the popular small car market of India. As per the reports, the Czech car maker is contemplating to venture into the entry-level mini car segment in the emerging car markets, which includes India. And thus, the company has set to work on an entirely new small budget car and is looking for options to enable it to build affordable entry-level cars.
Skoda’s international portfolio has the Citigo small car, but it is not expected to make it to the Indian car market. India is expected to get an entirely newly developed small car which is likely to launch in our market in 2020.
As per some recent reports, the German auto major would be utilizing its versatile MQB platform to build small more affordable cars as well. At present, Volkswagen India’s Aurangabad production facility manufactures the MQB based premium car models like the Volkswagen Tiguan SUV and the Skoda Octavia sedan. The other smaller vehicle models from Volkswagen’s brands get manufactured in the company’s Chakan production plant. Earlier the intended partnership of Volkswagen and Tata Motors was considering utilizing the AMP platform to build small cars for the developing markets. However, the production costs were too high fit meet the affordable requirements of the entry level small cars. Thus, Volkswagen is now reportedly thinking to use the modified version of the MQB platform to build the budget small cars.
For that matter, just like its Czech subsidiary Skoda, Volkswagen Group also currently doesn’t have any offerings for the ever popular entry-level car segment in India. It is thought that if Volkswagen doesn’t find a suitable partner to share the production costs to build small cars, it would probably just go ahead on its own to venture into the entry-level mass market of India. If and when Volkswagen Group successfully builds the first affordable small car suitable for India and other similar emerging car markets, the company would certainly offer a range of other small cars which will come under the different brand names of Volkswagen and Skoda. The flexible MQB platform is thought to spawn several small cars specifically built for the developing markets.