Future Skoda cars could be underpinned by Tata Motors’ flexible platform.

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Skoda has planned to replace the Yeti with a new compact SUV named Karoq

Benefitting from the Tata Motors-Volkswagen joint venture is Skoda which might bring out multiple products on Tata’s Advanced Modular Platform (AMP). Compact vehicle segment is where Skoda is currently missing from and this joint venture between Tata and its parent company Volkswagen could open up doors for the Czech carmaker to bring new products and compete.

Skoda is looking to make a small car while a mini-SUV and an entry sedan are also in the pipeline. The new products will be a joint product strategy with Tata Motors. The said platform which also happens to be a highly flexible platform can produce a variety of vehicle types at the same time offering a high degree of familiarity of parts across product lines.

This development is happening after Volkswagen signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Tata Motors two months back to explore a strategic alliance opportunity for joint product development. Meanwhile, Skoda has been working on fixing issues related to service quality and customer experience at dealerships. Skoda says, it’s now focused on product strategy. The products with Tata Motors will be firmed up once the procedures of the joint working are finalised by Volkswagen.

Skoda has understood that in order to meet the needs of the Indian market, it needs to think local, that is the reason why it locally developed the Rapid facelift which was also more cost effective for the Octavia maker. The automaker has turned its focus on SUVs with the Kodiaq set for an India launch by September this year.

Future Skoda Cars

– Skoda plans to bring out new products through the Tata-VW JV
– Skoda could get access to Tata’s advanced modular platform for its future products
– Skoda plans to bring in a small car, a mini-SUV and an entry sedan through this platform

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The SUV segment is where Skoda is now focussing heavily

Source – ETAuto.com