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Old 5th September 2008, 13:57   #1
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September 04, 2008 13:18 IST
Czech automaker Skoda is planning to introduce as many as eight models in the next five years to make India amongst the top-five of its global markets.
"We want to enter the top five in the next 3-5 years and hence we will be introducing between 4-8 models in the country," Skoda Auto India Member of the Board (sales and marketing) Thomas Kuehl told reporters on the sidelines of the 48th SIAM Annual Convention 2008 in New Delhi.

"We are looking at introducing sports utility vehicles, multi-purpose vehicles and a car below Fabia," Kuehl added.

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What skoda needs to do 1st of all is get their dealerships in good order.
Bad servicing would not help them at all.
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They are just promising too many models since long. I remember that since Octavia ( A4 ) was launched in India, they are coming up with claims each year about the launches they are planning to have. But none of them are fulfilled. This is nothing but a joke on Skods's part.

And I seriously wonder what type of models will they come up with. They came up with a petrol turbo engine in Octavia ( A4 ) and it never had a huge problem with Indian fuel, but the Fabia has. And Skoda says fuel quality. Werent they aware of it earlier ? This shows what is the amount of engineering they give in the cars they launch under pressure.

They should first sort out the present problems they are facing before coming out with new models. And also improve A.S & S. experience ( which also includes low cost of spares ).
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If history is anything to go by (read : decade long wait for the Fabia), I doubt Skoda is going to launch 8 cars in the next 5 years. But a bigger question is : Can they handle it? Their ownership experience sucks with the expensive service & part costs and absolute lack of customer-centric attitude. And now, reports emerge of their inability to solve Fabia problems (petrol variants).

IMHO they need to work on keeping their existing customers satisfied. And only then think of new models.
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This is good news. But...

Just launching newer models will not get them anywhere. Even if they launch all the 8 models, then there will be a few takers how much ever the the cars are good. First, they need to improve on the A** and spare costs. Then they can think of introducing a newer models. If they do introduce, hope the pricing will be right. Just my 2 cents...
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