Volkswagen India has confirmed that their attempt at gaining lost ground here will be lead by Skoda Auto India. Skoda Auto India will also start work on the MQB-A0 platform as part of the India 2.0 project. Compact cars will be build using an iteration of the MQB-A0, codenamed MQB A0-IN. The last part of the suffix obviously denotes the Indian market. One can expect the first car based on the new platform to be launched in 2020 and it will most likely be a Skoda Fabia/Volkswagen Polo built for the Indian market. As part of the strategy, all future new cars from the Volkswagen stable will be based on the global MQB platform or its iterations.
Both the Skoda as well as Volkswagen plants in Aurangabad and Chakan will be overseen by the Czech car maker and additional tooling equipment as well as new assembly line is being prepped up in both the places for the new platform. Volkswagen will also invest heavily in its Indian subsidiary to be able to carry out the development work. It is likely that the older models based on the PQ25 platform like the Rapid, Vento, Polo and the Ameo will continue side by side. When the fresher MQB A0-IN product replacements come, these will be phased out.
It is expected that these new cars will have some sort of electrification in them considering the group’s future direction. While both the companies haven’t mentioned it yet, a visit to Wolfsburg a year ago confirmed that there is a positive nod to electrifying Indian cars. We will have to wait and see when this new product comes out. Volkswagen and Ford’s mutual agreement earlier this week may have some bearing on Skoda’s approach towards building up the brand again.