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German automaker Volkswagen introduced the next generation Polo hatchback in the global markets in 2017. Volkswagen was expected to bring the next-gen Polo to India in 2019. Now, ETAuto reports that Volkswagen may not introduce the new-gen Polo in the Indian market.
Currently, Volkswagen has given the responsibility of developing a low-cost platform to Skoda. The new MQB A0 platform might be used to produce only sedan and compact SUVs in the country. The stiff competition in the hatchback segment could also be a reason behind the decision.
One of the executives from Volkswagen said that the small car market in India is crowded. So, Volkswagen and Skoda might stick to its strength of manufacturing sedans and SUVs. So, both companies will be in profit by selling quality products in the sedan and SUV segment.
Volkswagen is unlikely to introduce the next-gen Polo until 2020. After 2020, Volkswagen might revisit its decision by analysing the small car market in the country. But for now, Volkswagen and Skoda will continue with its sedan and SUV approach as both the companies will introduce a sedan and compact SUV.
The new sedans from Volkswagen and Skoda will be based on the MQB A0 platform and will replace the Volkswagen Vento and the Skoda Rapid. The compact SUVs from both the brands will be all-new products which are likely to rival the likes of Hyundai Creta.
CEO of Skoda Auto, Bernhard Maier said that the Czech automaker was commissioned by the Volkswagen Group to develop a platform for cars for emerging markets with a prime focus on India. He also said that the Volkswagen Group will come to a final decision by the middle of this year.
Volkswagen Group's Chakan plant will be the central hub for all the upcoming plans for the Indian market. The new products will be manufactured at Chakan plant and both the Volkswagen and Skoda will also concentrate on export markets as well. The company will also set up a new assembly line for the MQB A0 platform.
Thoughts On The Next-Gen Polo Not Coming To India
The Volkswagen Polo has been a popular hatchback in the Indian market and it was one of the most anticipated cars in the country. But now Volkswagen has made a smart move by concentrating on sedan and compact SUV segment.
However, Volkswagen might still introduce the new Polo by 2020. What's your take on Volkswagen not launching the new Polo in India? Do let us know in the comments section below.