German car major Volkswagen is going for a re-haul of India operations as it. Volkswagen invested Rs 4,000 crore for a manufacturing set-up around 2009 and runs brands such as Audi, VW, Porsche and Lamborghini here.
SKODA AUTO is taking on an even more important role for Volkswagen Group in the development of the Indian car market.
“Volkswagen Group has tasked us with this responsibility, thereby highlighting the level of trust that Volkswagen Group’s management places in the expertise of the SKODA team,” said SKODA CEO, Bernhard Maier, after the Board of Management and Supervisory Board had given the project the go-ahead. Around one and a half years ago, ŠKODA AUTO was tasked with developing a sustainable model campaign for the ŠKODA and Volkswagen brands in the Indian volume segments.
All models designed and produced locally in India in the future will be based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, which already fulfils the stricter legal requirements for India that come into force in 2020. With the ‘INDIA 2.0’ project, SKODA AUTO is also taking over responsibility for the sub-compact MQB A0 platform, initially with a focus on India (MQB-A0-IN). Preparations for the India-based development and production of the new, technologically pioneering volume models for the ŠKODA and Volkswagen brands are already in full swing. The introduction of the first ŠKODA model based on the A0-IN platform is scheduled for 2020.
The project will be headed by Gurpratap Boparai, who took over the role of Managing Director of Skoda Auto India Private Ltd (SAIPL) in April this year. He is a renowned expert on the Indian car market.
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