As part of ‘INDIA 2.0’ project, Škoda Auto will now have an even more important role in India and now take charge from Volkswagen Group to develop new models for the Indian car market. Volkswagen Group’s position in this important growing market is to be strengthened for the long term. Where Skoda will solely take the responsibility for the models based on the MQB-A0 platform, with initial focus on India. Around one and a half years ago, Škoda Auto was tasked with developing a sustainable model campaign for the Škoda and Volkswagen brands in the Indian volume segments.
After the Board of Management and Supervisory Board had given the project the go-ahead, Škoda CEO, Bernhard Maier, said, “Volkswagen Group has tasked us with this responsibility, thereby highlighting the level of trust that Volkswagen Group’s management places in the expertise of the Škoda team.”
It is has also been confirmed that alll models designed and manufactured locally in India in the future will be based on VW’s MQB platform, which already fulfils the stricter legal requirements for India that come into force in 2020. With the ‘INDIA 2.0’ project, Škoda is also taking over responsibility for the sub-compact MQB A0 platform, initially with a focus on India (MQB-A0-IN). Preparations are already in the full swing for the India-based development and production of the new, technologically pioneering volume models for the Škoda and Volkswagen brands. The first Škoda model based on the A0-IN platform is scheduled for its introduction in 2020.
Škoda Auto CEO, Bernhard Maier, said, “We are firmly convinced that – after one and a half years of intensive work – together with Volkswagen we now have a suitable approach to bring the right vehicles into the Indian market at the right time. We will present the first model built on the new MQB-A0-IN platform as early as 2020.” Further, he also added, “I am confident that we can make the ‘INDIA 2.0’ project a success.”
Managing Director of Skoda Auto India Private Ltd, Gurpratap Boparai, who is a renowned expert on the Indian car market will be heading the project.