Following the footsteps of its parent company, Skoda has discontinued the sale of the diesel variant of its highest selling car here, the Skoda Rapid, just like the Volkswagen Vento.
Skoda India has decided to put on hold the sales of the Rapid diesel MT in India, without any reason that is specific to the car itself. However, it is only the diesel MT variants, whose sales have been halted for now, as the diesel automatic continues to be on sale. This, along with the manual and automatic variants of the 1.6 litre petrol engine are all sourced from its parent company’s Volkswagen Vento.
The news comes just after Volkswagen recalled 3877 units of the Vento due to inconsistent carbon monoxide emissions and eventually discontinued the diesel MT variants. However, there was no emission issue with the Skoda Rapid, neither did the car violate any of the emission norms. Despite that, the Czech Republic car maker has taken this step purely as a precautionary measure.
The VW Vento on the other hand has had a history with emission issues. Last year itself, many of the VW Ventos were found to surpass the threshold limit in case of nitrogen oxide emissions, followed by the recent recall of the car again. Well it seems that despite having the exact same engine, no recall for the Rapid has been issued just yet.
Skoda Rapid Diesel MT Sales Halted
– Skoda has discontinued sale of the diesel manual transmission variant of the Rapid in India
– The diesel automatic variant will continue to sell along with petrol variants
– Volkswagen had previously discontinued the diesel MT variants of the Vento
– Skoda has taken this precautionary step as the Rapid shares its engine with the VW Vento