The Volkswagen Group wants to save nearly $9 billion in the next decade affected mainly by the 'dieselgate' scandal which hit its sales and image around the globe.
Volkswagen had to bring the Polo and the Vento sedan built on the MQB platform and was expected to be launched in 2018-19. Now, the plan has been put on hold and instead, VW will work on the existing Polo architecture PQ25, which will bring the new Polo to India.
Currently, the MQB platform is being used on VW's bigger cars, which include the Skoda Octavia and Superb, and the Audi A3. VW said it will not use the platform for its smaller vehicles.
Andreas Lauermann, managing director of Volkswagen India, said "Is MQB a better solution for this market, or we have a better solution available to really meet all the customers' expectations locally? There is a discussion and investigations are being done, therefore, our discussion right now is on a revamped PQ25; is it a mix with MQB, or is it a hybrid, it is possible."
As for the PQ26, which will be revamped PQ25, will be seen as a short-term measure, where VW will keep the same vehicle architecture, and overhaul the electrical system to make way for connectivity features.
Volkswagen has plans of bringing a new SUV and a premium sedan for the Indian market which include the Taigun SUV and the Passat.