After a successful stint with Fabia launched in January 2008, Skoda India plans to develop a new platform for all its small car projects. The new platform will be completely different from its parent company Volkswagen’s small cars.
Skoda India Director Thomas Kuehl said the new small car platform will be developed in the India and the first offering will launched here. The car is likely to be priced between Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh and will make its debut in 2011.
The company plans to sell 1 lakh cars per annum. It will be sold across al the global markets after launching in India, said Mr Kuehl. In view of the new project, the company will also be expanding its facility at Aurangabad. The company manufactures several of its cars including Fabia at this plant which has a capacity of 30,000 vehicles annually. The company has also applied for an additional land of 50 acres, near its existing plant.
Volkswagen has plans to take up production of Fabia at its new facility in Chakan from 2009, following which the Aurangabad facility will be functioning at below capacity.
Skoda has plans to expand its portfolio to eight more products in the next five years. The multi-utility vehicle Roomster will start production by the end of 2008. The company will also launch the new version of Superb, based on Volkswagen B6 platform this year. Skoda’s SUV Yeti will also debut in India in the next couple of years.