Czech carmaker Skoda Auto has said its entry-level sedan, being showcased as the concept MissionL at the Frankfurt Motor show, would find its way into India later this year even before going to markets such as Europe and China.
Skoda is also considering a small car based on Volkswagen’s ‘UP’ platform for India, which would be its second small car in the country after the Fabia.
“India is an important but challenging market for us. We want to grow our share to at least 3%,” said Winfried Vahland, chairman, Skoda Auto. “We have high hopes from the MissionL entry-level sedan.”
MissionL shares the platform and powertrain with Volkswagen’s Vento launched in India last year. Vento is powered by 1.6-litre petrol and 1.4-litre diesel engines and costs R7-9.5 lakh. The new Skoda sedan is however expected to be priced lower.
“The small car market in India is the most price sensitive on earth,” said Jurgen Stackman, member of the board (marketing and sales), Skoda. “On its own, Skoda will find it difficult to make a car smaller than the Fabia, but being part of a group like Volkswagen helps... a derivative of the Up concept will be developed.”
Skoda will develop and showcase a concept for a small city car at the Geneva motor show next year, which will have separate versions for the European and Indian market.