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Skoda mulls new sub-4 metre compact sedan for India

Snapshot: The compact sedan will be based on the Fabia-Rapid platform; Will be built at Skoda's plant in Maharashtra.

On the sidelines of the launch of Skoda Superb Facelift at an event that got underway yesterday in New Delhi, Czech automaker confirmed its plans of working on a new sub-4 metre compact sedan, especially made for the Indian market. This new compact sedan could be based on the Skoda Fabia-Rapid platform and will be company’s first compact sedan globally. It is also understood the Czech automaker will be develop and build the said compact sedan at its Indian arm’s plant at Aurangabad in Maharashtra. 

"We are working on the strategy to develop the brand in the luxury space. We are looking at different products, including the sub-four-metre compact sedan, as an answer to the growing aspirations of the Indian customers to move to higher products," Skoda India marketing and sales director Pawel Szuflak remarked. 

The said move has been thought of, in order to strengthen Skoda’s sedan portfolio in India, where there is a huge demand for sub-4 metre cars, but no product from the Czech automaker. Overall car sales took a fall of about 5 per cent in the current fiscal, which started in April 2013. However, the compact sedan segment resistered a two-fold jump in sales to more than 2.5 lakh units in the same period. Major players who are currently enjoying the compact sedan segment is Ford, Toyota and Hyundai. It is no wonder then, that Skoda too is eyeing to join the compact sedan wagon to grab a piece of the pie. Skoda however, did not reveal the timeline or the expected launch period of its new compact sedan for India.  

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