Skoda India is readying itself to launch new products in the Indian market, over the next two years. Mr Zac Hollis, the Director for Sales, Service, and Marketing at Skoda Auto India, confirmed the product launches via twitter.
A recent tweet confirms as many as six new and upgraded models are to be launched over the next two years. The tweet could mean that some of the models will be showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo 2020.
Mr Bernhard Maier, the Chief Executive Officer at Skoda, said during an interview about a week ago, that Skoda was planning to launch a mid-sized SUV late next year. There is a possibility that we could see this SUV during the Delhi Auto Expo scheduled for February 2020.
Speculation is that the mid-sized SUV will be first product to be launched that will be based on the company’s India 2.0 Project. The company’s MQB A0 IN platform will be the showstopper of the new strategy that revolves around reviving the brand in India.
Skoda has achieved close to 90 percent localisation with the new platform. The all new MQB A0 IN platform will be used to build mid-sized SUVs for both Skoda and Volkswagen. Skoda’s SUV will draw inspiration from the Kamiq, and VW’s SUV from the T-Cross.
Skoda Auto India is also expected to launch the Karoq during 2020, in addition to the new-generation Skoda Octavia. Also, one would expect to see facelift versions of the company’s existing models, all during 2020.
In related news, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited decided to shut down their Chakan facility for one month from the middle of December until the middle of January. This make it the second shut down for the Chakan plant, with the earlier shut down between October and November this year.
The company said that the shut down was a planned one, and was done because the plant was receiving upgrades to its production line. The company also said that deliveries to customers were considered, and will not be affected.