Skoda just completed 10 years in India and now have awesome plans for the next decade. The company plans to launch 7 new models in the next two years, across almost all segments. The first new Skoda to be on the road in India would be the Laura RS, which will be introduced next month. As reported earlier, the Laura RS is more of a cosmetic upgrade than a fire breathing rally car. This will be followed by the launch of the much awaited Rapid sedan at the 2012 Auto Expo. The Rapid is the Volkswagen Vento’s cousin and shares its underpinnings with it. The Fabia Scout (we have spotted it testing and have posted extensive pictures here) will follow soon
The Skoda Yeti has not performed upto the company’s expectation and thus a low cost version will be launched by the end of this year. The low cost Yeti will feature a smaller 110bhp engine, which will be low on power but most importantly be more affordable to purchase. An automatic variant of the Yeti will follow in 2012, which will feature a DSG transmission. The most important car for Skoda will undoubtedly be the small hatchback (positioned below the Fabia), which will be launched in 2013. It will be sub 4-meter in length and will be based on the Volkswagen Up! platform. The next generation Octavia will be brought to India, replacing the Laura by the end of next year. A sub 4-meter notchback will be launched in 2013, which would be Skoda’s version of the Tata Indigo CS.
Source – ACI