Skoda is reportedly building its own platform for India where the MQB A0 platform may be used to produce a car which could possibly launch in the year 2021. According to the Skoda CEO, Bernhard Maier, the company may start retailing products from this platform from early 2021. Annual production of 300,000 cars is planned by the company as part of the initial phase.
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This will play a big role in helping the Volkswagen Group scale up its market share overall to 5% for the long-term. The Group has not yet divulged its strategy for the Indian market but has been having trouble localizing its modular MQB platform. The MQB A0 platform is the basic version of the MQB modular platform from Volkswagen and this is used worldwide for developing compact cars such as the Polo and Virtus from Volkswagen.
The 7th generation Volkswagen Polo may give the Indian market a miss or may launch only by 2021 or even later on. Until the end of 2020, Skoda and Volkswagen look set to continue face lifting and updating existing models in the sub-Rs. 10 lakh category. The companies will also introduce special editions for these models as per reports. However, cars in the C and D categories may be updated while there could be new launches in these segments as well.