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We have already reported about Skoda developing a new affordable entry-level car for the developing markets such as India. Now, more details of the new small car have been revealed. The entry-level car from the Czech automaker could be launched in India by early 2021.
Skoda has been assessing the feasibility of Volkswagen's MQB A0 platform as a base for its low-cost car in the Indian market. Previously, Skoda was planning to form a joint venture with Tata Motors, but the talks collapsed. Now, Skoda is set to enter the entry-level segment independently.
Chief Executive of Skoda, Bernhard Maier stated that Skoda could start selling cars in India from 2021, which will be based on a new platform. He also said that the cars should be produced locally. He also said that the car would share its platform with Volkswagen.
Currently, Skoda doesn't have any small car in its Indian product portfolio as the Fabia hatchback was discontinued in the country. The facelifted avatar of the Fabia, which is being sold in the foreign markets is based on the Volkswagen's MQB platform.
In the global market, Skoda retails the Citigo small car, but the Czech automaker is unlikely to bring the Citigo to the Indian market. Skoda was planning to develop affordable cars for India in partnership with Tata Motors. But the talks were not fruitful with the Indian automaker.
If the joint venture was formed between Skoda and Tata Motors, Skoda was planning to utilise the AMP platform developed by the Indian automaker. But now it looks like the only option for Skoda is to borrow the MQB platform from its parent company Volkswagen.
DriveSpark's Thoughts On Skoda's New Small Car
Skoda has been a premium brand in the Indian market. Now, the Czech automaker wants to capture the entry-level segment by introducing affordable cars in the country. The MQB platform from Volkswagen could spawn several affordable cars, and Skoda is aiming to enter the affordable car's market in Indian by early 2021.
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