Volkswagen and Skoda will join hands under the new name, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd. (SAVWIPL).
Three subsidiaries of the Volkswagen Group in India, including Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd. (VWIPL), Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt. Ltd. (NSC) and Skoda Auto Pvt. Ltd. (SAIPL), will merge and form a new entity named Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd. (SAVWIPL). The consolidation of the three companies is an important part of Volkswagen Group’s India 2.0 Project.
The newly merged company will have its headquarter located in Pune
The new entity will be based in Pune. Mr Gurpratap Boparai is designated as the head of Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Pvt. Ltd. The new company will in-charge of operating two manufacturing plants in Pune and Aurangabad. Besides its headquarters in Pune, it will have different regional offices based in Mumbai, New Delhi and other parts of the country.
The merger is expected to combine experience in technology and experience of both Volkswagen and Skoda. Last but not least, the priority of the merged entity is to boost efficiency. However, the merger will not make any changes to the existing operation of the Skoda, Volkswagen, Porsche, Audi, and Lamborghini in India. These brands owned by VWG will continue its individual dealer network.
The merger is an important part of the India 2.0 Project
As a part of the India Project 2.0, VWG will introduce the MQB AO IN Platform which will be utilized for a range of new cars of Volkswagen and Skoda. This new platform will be employed by the Volkswagen T-Cross, new-gen Vento and new Polo as well. On the other hand, Skoda will use this platform for the new Kamiq and next-gen Rapid.
Volkswagen and Skoda have scheduled to attend the 2020 Auto Expo in which they will showcase the new Volkswagen T-Cross and the Skoda Kamid even though both models were missing at the the 2018 event. The India 2.0 Project will be at the centre of VWG’s future plan for the Indian market. The German automobile maker is aiming at a thorough rebranding and large-scale expansion for Volkswagen and Skoda in India.
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