Skoda and Volkswagen to launch cars to challenge Hyundai Creta, Maruti Baleno and Honda City

Skoda Auto is all set to take on the Indian market head-on. The Volkswagen Group has given a go-ahead for an estimate of 1 billion Euros investment by Skoda to revive the Indian operations of the brand. Skoda and Volkswagen will bring in 6 new models to the Indian shores in next two years to take on the rivals.

According to ACI, an official statement about the development will be made later this year. Skoda will now lead the charge of the VW Group’s operation in India. Skoda is also likely to take over the Chakan plant from VW in the future. The infused money will be invested in restructuring the plant and install new and modify current set of tools. The plant will also see a new production line that will be used to build the cars based on the MQB platform. The MQB platform is the latest platform that underpins all-new generation VW Group cars in the small and mid-size segments. India is still getting the old PQ25 based vehicles due to its cost-effectiveness.

The MQB production will not affect the production of PQ25 based cars, which are Skoda Rapid, Volkswagen Vento, Volkswagen Ameo and the Volkswagen Polo. These cars will be phased out by 2020 and will be replaced by the newer models based on the MWB platform. New car safety rules will be implemented by 2020 in India and a stricter BS VI emission norm will be in place too. Most of the manufacturers will bring in their new products during this time. A new engine plant will also come up in the Chakan plant too.

Skoda and Volkswagen will launch their respective vehicles in three segments – mid-size SUV, a hatchback and a sedan. All the vehicles will be based on the new MQB platform. Skoda’s Creta challenger will be positioned below the Karoq. The design will be inspired by the Vision X concept. Volkswagen will bring the T-Cross to take on the Creta in India. The new products will not be rebadged products like the current Vento-Rapid in the Indian market. The new products will share a lot of things but will get distinctive characteristics.

Skoda and Volkswagen will target the mass market with the new vehicles. The upcoming cars will have a high level of localisation that will keep the cost of the vehicles under leash. The new vehicles will be powered by a new range of engines too. We may see a new 1.0-litre naturally aspirated 65 Bhp petrol engine and a new turbo-charged 1.0-litre engine.

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