Skoda will soon be starting with operation in Sri Lanka by May 2020. Apart from that, the manufacturer is also evaluating to export the production-spec Vision IN.
The Czech manufacturer showcased the Vision IN Concept at the 2020 Auto Expo to give an idea of its plans for the Indian market. Alongside the Vision IN Concept, the manufacturer showcased the new Karoq as well, which would soon be making its way to the showroom floors via CKD route. Recently, the manufacturer has also confirmed of making an entry to our neighbouring country Sri Lanka. The carmaker is also considering to export the production version of the Vision In Concept from India to Sri Lanka. The manufacturer has a production facility in Chakan, Pune, where Vision IN will be manufactured fro the Indian and Sri Lankan market.
Skoda is evaluating to import the production version of the Vision IN concept to Sri Lanka.
Apart from evaluating the Vision In for Sri Lanka, the manufacturer would soon be coming up with cars based on the heavily localized MQB A0 IN platform. It is the same platform that underpins the Vision IN Concept and would also reinforce the next-gen Rapid, Volkswagen Taigun, and the next-gen Vento, which are also expected to be a part for the manufacturer’s car lineup for Sri Lanka, but only after late 2021.
Skoda is going to start its initial innings in Sri Lanka with Fabia, Superb, Karoq, and Kodiaq. The booking for these cars will start in March 2020 itself, while deliveries are expected to start when the brand inaugurates its showroom in May 2020. At a later stage, Skoda would also introduce the India-spec Octavia as well. However, the backbone of this trade route is the brand’s collaboration with the IWS Automobiles as trading partner and importer of Skoda vehicles in Sri Lanka.
The manufacturer will start its Sri Lanka innings with Fabia, Superb, Karoq, and Kodiaq. The deliveries will start in May 2020.
Mr. Bernhard Maier, CEO, Skoda Auto, confirmed of the above news by quoting, “Further internationalizing our brand and conquering new markets are central areas of action laid out in the Skoda Strategy 2025. By re-entering the Sri Lankan market, we are taking the next step in raising Skoda’s position worldwide.”
With new expansion plans, Skoda will increase its production capacity to meet the market demands of both the countries, which in turn will increase the brand’s capability to increase the localization on its cars and thus come up with a higher value proposition for its products.