Czech car-maker Skoda today launched its mid-sized sedan Rapid in India priced between Rs 6.75 lakh and Rs 9.19 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).
A part of auto conglomerate Volkswagen, the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Skoda AutoIndia expects the Rapid to become its best-selling car in the country, surpassing compact car Fabia’s numbers.
“India is a very important market for us. There was a gap between our compact car Fabia and the sedan Laura. To fill that gap, we have launched the Rapid in the C segment,” Skoda Auto India Marketing Head Tarun Jha told reporters here. The car to be available in both petrol and diesel variants will be powered by 1.6 litre engine. It is based on group firm VW’s Vento platform.
Talking about sales expectation, Skoda Auto India Associate Director (Sales and aftersales) Ashutosh Dixit said: “We are targetting to sell more than 2,000 cars every month. The C segment is likely to grow at above 5 per cent this year.” Skoda expects more demand for the diesel variant as there is huge difference in fuel price with petrol.
While the petrol variant of the Rapid will be available between Rs 6.75 lakh and Rs 8.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi), the diesel model is priced at Rs 7.95 lakh to Rs 9.19 lakh (ex- showroom Delhi).
The company had earlier said that it may start exporting cars manufactured in India to global markets in future, starting with its new Rapid. “This car is specifically designed for India and the launch will be the global launch for the car. At a later stage, it may be introduced in different markets across the world,” Jha had said.
He stated that Skoda may export the Rapid to some neighbouring countries later. The company currently does not export any of its models from India.