Skoda has just introduced a 6 year, extended warranty pack under the Skoda Shield program for all its cars sold in India – the Rapid C-Segment sedan, the Octavia D-Segment sedan, the Superb luxury sedan and the Kodiaq luxury SUV. The new warranty pack covers Skoda cars for a full 6 years/150,000, and is meant to give owners a hassle free ownership experience, not to mention peace of mind.
The cost of the extended warranty pack for the Skoda Rapid, Superb, Octavia and Kodiaq will vary. The pack will be cheapest for the Rapid and costliest for the Kodiaq. For exact price figures, contact your nearest Skoda dealership. .
In the past, Skoda cars have been notorious for expensive spares and patchy after sales service. Although the current management has worked hard to make service experience of Skoda cars better, expensive spare parts have remained a dissuading factor for many potential customers. By offering the new 6 year warranty scheme under the Skoda Shield program, the Czech car brand hopes to make its cars more attractive to new customers.
Zac Hollis, the Director – Sales, Service, and Marketing, ŠKODA AUTO India Pvt Ltd said,
ŠKODA Shield Plus is a unique offering in the Indian automotive industry. It is designed to ensure owning a ŠKODA is a hassle-free and an enjoyable experience. It ascertains that ‘Peace of Mind comes standard with a ŠKODA.
The Skoda Shield package comes with a range of offerings. It includes car Insurance, 24 x 7 Road Side Assistance and an Extended Warranty. Opting for the insurance will give customers prompt personal service in case of claims. The 24X7 road side assistance package is now applicable for the 5th and 6th year as well. This service will help those who’s Skoda car has been immobilized due to mechanical/electrical failure, flat/weak battery, flat tyre, fuel exhaustion, mislaid key, breakdown, and accident. The new pack can be opted by existing Skoda customers as well.
Skoda is working on a brand new India 2.0 program, where it will develop a new MQB A0 (A-Zero) platform for new budget cars to be launched from 2020. The MQB A0 platform will also underpin budget cars from Volkswagen. As for Skoda, the platform will host a new compact SUV that will compete with the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster in 2020, and a C-Segment sedan that will replace the Rapid sometime in 2021.
The MQB A0 platform will have heavy localization, and this is expected to make spare parts of the new mass market cars from Skoda much cheaper than is the case currently. Also, the new platform will allow Skoda to come up with more affordable cars for the Indian market without compromising on the traditional strengths of Skoda cars – strong build quality and great driving experience.