The 1,00,000th Skoda Rapid just rolled out from the company’s Chakan plant in Pune was the Monte Carlo.
Yesterday, a Skoda Rapid rolled out from Skoda’s Chakan facility based in Pune has marked the milestone of 1 lakh unit of Rapids production in India. The 1,00,000th Rapid rolled out of the production line was a flash red top-spec Monte Carlo variant which is currently priced at Rs 11.39 Lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
Skoda India has just celebrated the 1,00,000th Rapid rolled out from the production line.
Back in 2011, the Czech carmaker Skoda Auto introduced the Rapid midsize sedan for the Indian market. Five years later, the Skoda Rapid received a heavy makeover to come armed to rival the likes of Maruti Ciaz, Hyundai Verna and Honda City. After almost a decade of presence, the Skoda Rapid continues to be the most sought-after model from the Czech auto brand in the country. That said, the Rapid nameplate has intensely aided the company in gaining much appreciation from the auto enthusiasts across India.
The 1,00,000th Rapid rolled out of Chakan plant was the Monte Carlo which is standing highest in the model range.
Coming as Skoda’s foray into the C-segment sedan, the Skoda Rapid proved the incomparable values over its rivals thanks to its solid build quality, timeless design, unbending performance and innovative features and safety, all at a very competitive price point. Powering the Skoda Rapid is either a 105 HP 1.6-litre gasoline engine or a 110 HP 1.5-litre diesel burner, both of which are mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard. Besides, the petrol engine has an optional 6-speed automatic torque convertor while the oil burner is available with a 7-speed DCT automatic unit.
The Skoda Rapid goes on sale with four variants with the prices ranging from Rs 8.82 Lakh to Rs 14.26 Lakh (Ex-showroom). For the future development, Skoda India is in the works to launch a new-generation Skoda Rapid which is expected to hit the roads after 2021. Reportedly, the new Rapid is coming under the Volkswagen Group’s new India 2.0 plan and it will be pinned on the VW’s MQB A0 architecture. Mechanically, the next-gen Rapid will see the absence of a diesel motor due to the falling popularity of diesels across the company's lineup) and will employ a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine option. It is rumoured that the new sedan might come with a CNG powertrain option at a later stage as well.