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Latest on Skoda: 25 May, 2015

Skoda Auto India plans to foray into organised pre-owned car business and may launch few pilot projects this year. "We are looking at the pre-owned car segment. This year, we may have a few pilots starting with Mumbai and Delhi," Skoda Auto India director, sales & marketing, Ashutosh Dixit said during an interaction here today. Skoda India plans on venturing into used car business in India Over the brand used for the pre-owned car business, he said, internationally Das WeltAuto is used by its parent Volkswagen, but it is yet to take a call on the final brand strategy for India for used cars business.

Summary

Skoda has 44 cars models available in India out of which 40 are sedans and 4 are SUVs. Skoda has total of 19 petrol cars and 25 diesel cars. There are 19 automatic cars and 25 manual transmission cars to select from. Rapid is the most economical car with an ex-showroom price (Mumbai) of Rs. 7,74,717/- and the most expensive model is Superb with an ex-showroom price (Mumbai) of Rs. 21,24,350/-. Rapid is the latest car by Skoda launched on 2014-09-25 and priced at Rs. 7,74,717/- (ex-showroom price, Mumbai) - Read Expert Review on Rapid. SK125, Fabia and Joyster are some of the upcoming Skoda cars in 2015. Popular Skoda cars in May-2015 are Octavia, Rapid and Superb. Find details on 62 Skoda new car dealers across India.

Skoda Auto India Private Limited has been selling cars in the Indian car market since 2001-02. It is a fully owned subsidiary of Skoda Auto, a Czech Republic based carmaker. Fully owned by Volkswagen Group, the Skoda Auto is one of the fastest growing carmakers in Europe. The Czech automaker is known for offering premium cars in the country. Skoda arrived in our country with Octavia saloon in 2002, which received an overwhelming response from car buyers across the nation. It is also the first Skoda car model that was locally produced in India. Backed with high fuel efficiency, aggressive pricing and excellent handling, the Octavia has been an instant hit in the market. Since 2002, various Skoda models have been launched in the market. Headquarters of Skoda India are located in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. Skoda designs all of its models at its design center in Mlada Boleslav. 

Indian Operations and Executive Managements

Sudhir Rao is the managing director of Skoda Auto India Private Limited. Mr. Rao was appointed by Skoda Auto CEO Winfried Vahland, and he is responsible for all the operations of Skoda in India. Other key person to Skoda India is Vijay Deshpande, Director HR of Skoda Auto India Private Limited. He is responsible for leadership in Human Resources for Skoda Auto and will play a key role in building a lean, focused and high performance organization.

Skoda Auto India Private Limited (SAIPL) has a production facility situated at Shendra near west Aurangabad. This assembly plant has an annual capacity of 40,000 vehicles. Audi India also uses this manufacturing unit to develop the Audi A3, A4 and A6 sedans as well as the Audi Q3, Q5 and Q7 SUVs. Earlier, Volkswagen had a dedicated assembly line for the Passat and Jetta saloon. However, lowering demand for these vehicles forced the German maker to decommission this assembly in 2012. Now, the production of the VW models has been integrated into the Skoda production line. Moreover, Skoda India also uses the Volkswagen India production facility in Chakan, Maharashtra for the production of the top-selling Skoda car - the Rapid.

Product & Services

Skoda Auto India Private Limited (SAIPL) currently has more than 100 dealerships spread across all the major cities or semi-urban cities of the country. Currently, the manufacturer has no plans of expanding its dealer network and is now focusing more on customer satisfaction.

Environmental Initiatives

Skoda Auto India Private Limited is yet to launch any electric, hybrid or CNG cars in the Indian car market. However, the Czech automaker is working on various environment-friendly initiatives which include lower emission engines.

Founder & First car

For people not in the know, Skoda Auto first started manufacturing push bikes. In Czechoslovakia, Keen cyclists Vaclav Laurin (Mechanic) and Vackav Klement (Bookseller) started designing and developing bicycles in 1895. They called their first company Slavia, and their bikes sold well. Later, Laurin and Klement decided to add motors to bicycles and started manufacturing motorbikes in 1899. The name of the company was changed to Laurin & Klement Co, and it sold over 4,000 motorbikes. The company later started replacing motorbikes from 1905, and started experimenting on cars. In early 1900s, the company introduced their first car - the Voiturette A, which received a great success. The manufacturer also started developing vehicles for the armed forces. The Czech automaker also produced trucks, buses, aeroplane engines and agricultural machinery. They later merged with Pizen Skodovka Co in 1925 and became Skoda. In December 1990, Skoda was acquired by Volkswagen Group.

USP

Skoda cars in India target enthusiasts and people looking for premium products. Along with premiumness, Skoda car models are also known for offering high performance and excellent drivability. Moreover, the fuel efficient Skoda cars like Rapid and Fabia received pretty good response. Though almost all the Skoda cars are known for offering high mileage, the most fuel efficient Skoda Cars are - Octavia, Yeti and Rapid.

Resale Value

The poor after sales service of Skoda cars in India affects their resale value. That said, fuel efficient Skoda cars in India have always been loved by family car buyers looking for a premium vehicle. The resale value of used Octavia and Rapid is pretty decent in the market; however, the resale value of other Skoda models is pretty low compared to its contemporaries.

Competition

Skoda Auto India is currently struggling to gain a good market share in the country; however, the company is working on its after sales service and customer satisfaction. The Czech automaker is facing stiff competition from the likes of Fiat, Tata Motors, Volkswagen and others.

Skoda Car Models

Skoda Octavia
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3.58 from 45 submission(s)
Rs. 16.66 - Rs. 21.33 lakhs
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Skoda Octavia

The Skoda Octavia is a mid-size sedan that launched Czech automaker Skoda Auto in India. In European markets, Skoda Octavia is available in different body styles, which include five-door liftback and station wagon. Skoda Octavia was designed and engineered on VW Group platform, shared with the Volkswagen Jetta.

Skoda Rapid
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Rs. 7.75 - Rs. 11.95 lakhs
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Skoda Rapid

Skoda Rapid has been launched by Skoda in the C segment of the Indian automobile market. At the, Vicky.in People's choice Car and Bike awards 2011  the Rapid received Sedan of the year award. It was also conferred with the Family Car of the Year award at Top Gear Awards 2011. Both petrol and diesel models of Rapid are available in India. Apart from decent mileage, the car also delivers high acceleration.

Skoda Superb
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4.27 from 92 submission(s)
Rs. 21.24 - Rs. 27.12 lakhs
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Skoda Superb

The Skoda Superb facelift looks more upmarket and attractive than its previous generation model. When it comes to interiors, the premium sedan offers a spacious cabin. In fact, spaciousness and high comfort are the USPs of this sedan. It’s more of a chauffeur driven car, which offers best in segment space for the rear passengers. Moreover, the vehicle comes equipped with several advanced comfort and safety 

Skoda Yeti
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Rs. 20.61 - Rs. 22.56 lakhs
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Skoda Yeti

Skoda Yeti is the powerful SUV, which is a combination of style and comfort. Packed with many advanced features, the Yeti attracts the SUV lovers. It has a powerful diesel engine under its hood, which helps it take all types of off-roading challenges. Soon after its launch, the SUV bagged many awards like Car of the Year by BBC Top Gear, Compact SUV of the Year at NDTV Car & Bike award and Design of the Year by Economics Times Zigwheels.

Upcoming Skoda Cars in India

Skoda Fabia Images
The all new Skoda Fabia Combi is a great combination of stylish looks enabled by great features and well engineered technical specifications. It suits well on the three main ...more on Skoda Fabia
Expected: End 2016, 0 comments.
Skoda SK125 Images
Overall Evaluation of Skoda SK125 The Czech Republic based car maker Skoda, which is a subsidiary of largest European car maker Volkswagen, is all set to mark its debut in ...more on Skoda SK125
Expected: End 2016, 0 comments.
Skoda Citigo Images
Skoda Citigo is a small hatchback being launched in the Czech market, which will be followed by its debut in the European market. This car is amongst the most suitable ...more on Skoda Citigo
Expected: End 2015, 0 comments.
Skoda Joyster Images
Skoda Joyster is a much awaited entrant expected to be launched any time soon to compete in the hatchback segment. After a not so impressive performance of Skoda Fabia, company ...more on Skoda Joyster
Expected: End 2016, 0 comments.
Skoda Roomster Images
Skoda Auto is growing by leaps and bounds in several markets across the globe. Skoda Roomster, a multi-purpose vehicle, is among the upcoming cars of Skoda for Indian market. ...more on Skoda Roomster
Expected: End 2015, 0 comments.

Discontinued Skoda Models

Skoda Fabia

Skoda Fabia is premium hatchback, which is also known as the Super Hatch. The car has been introduced with three types of engine. Both diesel and petrol variants of Skoda Fabia are available in India. High torque, seamless power and low fuel consumption makes the Fabia, one of the most desired models. Soft padded dashboard and premium upholstery are the main interior highlights. The Fabia was also awarded as the Best Compact Car of the year.


Fueltype:Petrol,Transmission:Manual
Skoda Laura

Skoda Laura is a 5-seater luxury sedan, which comes in both diesel and petrol variants. Powerful engine of Laura helps it deliver excellent performance in any driving condition. Body coloured bumpers, alloy wheels are the main exterior features of the luxury sedan. The car attained Best Variant of the Year at the Auto Build India Golden Steering Wheel Awards 2010. At the Overdrive - CNBC TV18 Awards 2010, Skoda Laura received Midsize Car of the Year award.


Fueltype:Petrol,Transmission:Manual
Skoda Laura Old

Fueltype:Diesel,Transmission:Manual
Skoda Octavia Combi

Fueltype:Petrol,Transmission:Manual
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Fueltype:Diesel,Transmission:Manual

News for Skoda

Third generation Skoda Superb likely to be launched in India in second half of 2016
24 May, 2015, 11:00 IST by Nikhil Puthran  
Czech carmaker Skoda has unveiled the latest version of its flagship model Superb sedan as it looks to enhance position in the mid-class segment and will be launched in India by the second half of...

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Reviews for Skoda Cars

Skoda Superb Reviews

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Skoda Superb Expert Review

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The Skoda Superb needs no introduction with respect to D+ sedans as it has always been the leader of the segment. Be it its ultimate luxury, elegant looks or its powerful heart, the Superb has always been chosen by the connoisseurs of luxury. This luxury .

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    13 User Reviews and 1 Expert reviews available for Skoda Octavia

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    29 User Reviews and 2 Expert reviews available for Skoda Rapid

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