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Old 12th September 2017, 20:11   #421
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Skoda will lead the ‘Eco’ car platform for India. A platform that could accommodate the cars built on the MQB platform.

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VW Group’s MQB platform will be re-engineered by Skoda to make it affordable for India and other emerging markets. New low-cost ‘Eco’ platform to be shared by both VW and Skoda.
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Skoda’s engineers hope to ‘de-content’ the MQB by removing some of these systems which will reduce cost and weight. It is also likely that the high-tensile steel body panels which are hot stamped will be replaced with cold-stamped lower-grade steel, which according to a source will still exceed the standards in the Indian market.

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Here is the confirmation from VW CEO Matthias on its India plans.

1. Will get products of the same MQB architecture but modified for cost reasons. ( Expect Polo, Virtus and the T's from 2019 and beyond)

2. The same platform ( ECO) will be used for other markets too, S America, Middle East and other emerging markets.

3. Skoda will lead this platform development which will be used by VW and Skoda.

4. Products out of this platform will also be exported from India to specific markets.

5. VW rules out going ELECTRIC as of now. Conventional engines and EV will co-exist.

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Would you look at a new vehicle architecture for the Indian market?

It should be based on a cost-wise reduced platform suitable for the Indian cost, but be a part of the existing architecture.

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Would you need a budget brand or eco-car startegy?

Yes. The strategy will not be for India alone, it will also be for South America, the Middle East, among other emerging markets.
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All new products from the VAG group will surface only by 2020 and beyond. Will be on a highly localized MQB A0 platform.

But all products likely to be in a 'PREMIUM' offering (expect to be even more than the current)

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We believe that from 2020 a localized MQB A0 platform would be competitive in the Indian market mainly in connection with the new crash and environmental standards and regulations, which will be introduced. The difference between Indian and European standards will become significantly lower which creates the space for this platform as an optimal solution also in terms of its techno-commercial viability
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VW's upcoming CUV, T Cross will likely be the first car to be launched in India in the MQB A0 ( modified) platform. The Compact will rival Hyundai's Creta.

Expected to launch in 2020/21.


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the India-spec version of the compact SUV will have a different set of features when compared to the one that will go on sale in Europe and other markets
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T-Cross will measure under 4 metres in length when launched in India. In his brief conversation with us, Knapp told us that they’re looking at a complete Indian solution for the T-Cross SUV. It could mean that Volkswagen is eyeing to source more components from Indian vendors to keep manufacturing costs in check
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Thanks Volkman10 for these continuous VAG updates. Its great news that MQB (A0) is on its way to India. But I am not clear what the below mentions of 'India/Emerging countries specific solution' actually means. If it means, same architecture but local sourcing of components it is not a matter of concern & makes sense as well. But if it means dilution of design, engineering and component specifications it is not good for us. I would like to believe it is the former (i.e only localisation of parts), but references to cost-wise reduced platform focused on cost sensitive countries gives some room to think about latter (i.e platform dilution). Hope it is not the case.

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Would you look at a new vehicle architecture for the Indian market?

It should be based on a cost-wise reduced platform suitable for the Indian cost, but be a part of the existing architecture.
Yes. The strategy will not be for India alone, it will also be for South America, the Middle East, among other emerging markets.

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