Volkswagen and Skoda have decided to stop their productions for two months next year so that they can stabilize from the auto sector slowdown.
While the year is coming to an end, the auto sector is still reeling from the slowdown. The sales are still suffering every month, but the conditions are a bit better than the previous months. Analysts have hinted that the conditions will improve by next year.
Amidst that, Volkswagen and Skoda have now decided to stop the production for 53 days and 16 additional non-production days. This will give them time to think about their future launches, operations and how to increase their market share.
The company has further planned to reduce its annual production capacity by 7000 cars. This will also decrease the losses that the manufacturer is facing. Volkswagen has nearly 1% of the market share and is mainly contributed by the Ameo and Polo.
Volkswagen and Skoda are planning to launch multiple products on the new MQB A0 IN platform. Globally, this platform is used for a variety of models ranging from Polo to the T-Cross. In India, the next-generation of Skoda and Volkswagen cars will use the same.
Also, at the 2020 Auto Expo, both of them are going to showcase their upcoming SUVs. Volkswagen is planning to launch the T-Cross by April 2020, ahead of its unveiling at the Auto Expo. Similarly, Skoda is also showcasing the Karoq SUV and launching by April.
Volkswagen and Skoda have hinted that they want to become an SUV brand in India. Volkswagen is planning to launch the T-Cross, T-Roc and the Tiguan All-Space in India. Skoda is planning for the Karoq and Kamiq in India.
Also, both are going to discontinue diesel engines from April 2020. That will also take a toll on the sales provided most of their cars sold are diesel variants. The lovable TDI engine from the German will no longer be available.