The plan which Skoda is preparing to submit in front of VW board includes a new engineering centre in India which will develop products and technologies for India
Earlier this month, we reported that Skoda India is leading the development of budget models based on MQB platform for emerging markets including India. The official website of Skoda India reveals lots of vacancies for different jobs from development of new products to sales and service in key regions. So these long list of vacancies confirm that the company is expanding its India base.
The plan which Skoda is preparing to submit in front of VW board includes a new engineering centre in India which will develop products and technologies for India. If we look closely at the job vacancies in Pune, this includes designers to engineers for vehicle development. The engineering centre might be based in Pune which is why majority of the job openings are there.
Another thing we can notice is that the company is focusing on service also as they are looking for dealer service support in major cities. Even though Skoda India has sales outlet in major cities, the serviceability is not up to the mark and most people choose competitors because of this sole reason. So they are rectifying the mistakes, which is a good initiative from the manufacturer.
In the coming weeks, the company will submit the project to Volkswagen board and the decision will be taken in couple of months’ time. If the project gets approval, then VW will invest Euro 1 billion dollar which will be the largest foreign direct investment in India. Volkswagen was already in talk with Tata Motors to develop budget car last year but the partnership was cancelled.
Skoda is planning six different body styles based on MQB platform for the emerging markets this include entry level hatchback, premium hatchback, sedan and crossover models. But it will take atleast two years from now to see the production model based on the localized MQB platform. This will open huge opportunity for VW group.
We can expect the much awaited new generation Polo to be introduced in India along with Fabia from Skoda. Even though both these products didn’t bring good numbers still they are popular with Indian buyers thanks to the build quality and ride. The next big launch from Skoda is likely the Karoq and it will be successor of Yeti which was discontinued last year.