Skoda takes responsibility of VW Group’s India product development
The Czech automaker will develop a low-cost MQB alternative for the Indian market
Skoda India will be taking on a larger role in the Volkswagen Group’s India operations going ahead, with the primary focus being on developing a new cost-effective platform based on the MQB-A0 that underpins a lot of compact VW cars. This project, recently approved by the Volkswagen board, is called ‘India 2.0’
Skoda will be taking over the technical development of this new platform that will be called MQB-A0-IN, with most of that development taking place in India. This is crucial because going ahead, all VW and Skoda cars will be based on the MQB platform. This allows them to standardize components, dimensions and reduce cost and production times as well. Additionally, Skoda has announced that the first car that will be produced on this new A0-IN platform will be launched in 2020.
Skoda is also taking over VW’s plant in Chakan to include a new production line that can build the MQB-A0-IN platform, alongside the PQ25 platform that the factory already churns out. The whole point of this platform is to bring MQB-underpinned cars at a more competitive price. Gurupratap Boparai, the MD of Skoda Auto India will be heading this project.