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Old 12th October 2017, 18:30   #16
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The holding company should just rename itself to something else and leave the car making to the brands. If the holding company isnt called VW, if the VW car brand fails and Skoda shines, just chop off VW! That way one brand doesnt become the whole identity of the company. Do what Google did - they are now Alphabet and Google is just their search business.
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Skoda and Vee Dub have become more of an overlap, so to speak. IMO they should be rationalising geographies and the product segments between the 2 of them, unless they can bring out a clear differentiation. Agreed, Skoda is little better in overall packaging(at least by seeing their products in India) but that's noticeable only when you dig deep. Both of them just vying for the same pie doesn't make any sense, to me.
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According to me, people are getting the article wrong, it is not VW which is complaining that Skoda is eating into their market and taking advantage of similar platforms. It is VW managers and unions complaining of the same as VW is cutting jobs in the German plants for reducing the excess production capacity. This is classic example of employees of one division being unhappy because they are facing job cuts where as another division is not in same situation.

As per the senior management and chief executive, they want to greater differentiation between Skoda and VW target markets and clientele specially for electric cars models so that such concerns don't arise in future.

For VW (parent company), they wouldn't care much about Skoda, Seat or Audi benefiting from a VW MQB platform till the time they are getting them the returns.
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This has been an ongoing problem for a very long time
We had discussed it here on team bhp too
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/intern...-vs-skoda.html (VW vs Skoda?)
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I am a fan of VW engineering, their engines , gearboxes, build quality etc. But this cannibalistic behaviour is disturbing. They will not try to improve but will try to pull down Skoda which is doing better eh?

When you offer watered down products like Jetta/Audi 1.4 TSI while Skoda is offering 1.8 TSI, what else do you expect. Skoda is more VFM. Dealership/service hassles notwithstanding.
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In India it was Skoda who were the flag bearers for the VW group. So in a way they developed the market and did the groundwork. VW came in as the 'premium label' for whatever that means. I had vowed to stay away from the VW family after the Pollution Control scam. Now it turns out that almost all are guilty. So maybe I should relook.
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