Auto India has started production of the Kushaq at the Skoda Auto Volkswagen
India Pvt Ltd (SAVWIPL) plant in Chakan, Pune. Customer deliveries are planned
to begin in July 2021. The Skoda Kushaq comes with TSI engine options, which
have been manufactured locally.
Skoda Kushaq is based on the MQB-A0-IN, a variant of the modular MQB -A0
platform, specially adapted by Skoda for the Indian and global markets. The
vast know-how of highly qualified local engineers was leveraged to enable high
localisation. There is strong involvement of the existing supplier base and
local manufacturing in the development. The objective was to match traditional
Skoda qualities with the requirements of Indian customers.
Boparai, Managing Director, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Pvt Ltd, said, “The
production roll out of the first car under the India 2.0 project marks a
historic milestone for Skoda Auto and the Volkswagen Group in India. It stands
testament to a great collaboration between our teams across the globe and here
in India. We have managed to achieve localisation levels up to 95 per cent,
which truly puts the engineering and manufacturing expertise of India on the
global map. With Skoda Kushaq, we will be present in one of the fastest growing
segments of the automotive industry. We look forward to offering customers an
SUV that stands out for its emotive design, unmatched performance, superior
build quality, outstanding safety, and numerous Simply Clever solutions,
enabling an exemplary value proposition.”
Hollis, Brand Director, Skoda Auto India, said “With the start of production of
the all new Kushaq, we are looking at a new chapter to mark the success story
of Skoda Auto in India. India’s preference for SUVs has continued to grow
steadily over the years. The Kushaq will offer an unparalleled driving
experience and brings together all the attributes that matter to an SUV buyer.
The team is gearing up for the launch later this month. We have already
increased our network reach substantially and have instituted several best
practices towards ensuring customer delight. With Kushaq, we are looking
forward to welcoming more customers into the Skoda family.”
name of the mid-size SUV is derived from Sanskrit, an Indian language that is
thousands of years old. In the ‘language of the gods’ still used today, the
word ‘Kushak’ means a king or an emperor.
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