› The milestone vehicle, a ŠKODA RAPID Monte Carlo, was produced at the Volkswagen Group production facility in Chakan, Pune
› Introduced in 2011, the RAPID marked ŠKODA AUTO’s foray into the popular C segment
› The ŠKODA offering proved its mettle as a perfect blend of dynamic performance, superior build quality, enhanced safety and security, and European craftsmanship
› The new ŠKODA RAPID, unveiled in 2016, shares emotive design elements with the rest of the ŠKODA AUTO product portfolio - drawing on the tradition of the Czech crystal art work
› In July 2018, the Volkswagen Group confirmed an investment of EUR 1 billion in the ŠKODA led ‘INDIA 2.0’ project
Pune, 18 June 2019: ŠKODA AUTO India celebrates a new milestone in the company’s history: the production of the 100,000th ŠKODA RAPID at the Volkswagen Group production facility in Chakan, Pune. The celebratory flash red vehicle dons the Monte Carlo badge that pays homage to ŠKODA AUTO Motorsport Heritage and Rallye Monte Carlo.
The marque was previously used in the 1930s for the RAPID (Type 901) and in the 1980s for the rear engine RAPID Coupé. In November 2011, ŠKODA AUTO resurrected the RAPID nameplate for the subcontinent. The compact sedan was developed exclusively for the local market by ŠKODA AUTO India, a subsidiary of the Czech automobile manufacturer ŠKODA AUTO. The RAPID proved its mettle as a perfect blend of the brand’s timeless design ideals, unbending performance, superior build quality, enhanced safety and security, and European craftsmanship, all at a competitive price point. The RAPID marked ŠKODA AUTO’s foray into the popular C segment and garnered much appreciation from brand loyalists and auto enthusiasts from across the nation.
The new ŠKODA RAPID, introduced in late 2016, borrowed the emotive crystalline design cues from its elder siblings the OCTAVIA and the SUPERB, among other elements: a plethora of safety and security modules, wealth of standard features and numerous 'Simply Clever' solutions.
The new ŠKODA RAPID, introduced in late 2016, shares the emotive crystalline design cues with the rest of the ŠKODA AUTO product portfolio, among other elements: a plethora of safety and security modules, wealth of standard features and numerous 'Simply Clever' solutions. The vehicle is ŠKODA AUTO's best seller in the Indian market setting benchmarks for functionality, practicality, and spaciousness in its segment. A tribute to the success of the Czech moniker at the legendary ‘Queen of Rallies’, the premium ŠKODA RAPID Monte Carlo combines luxury and glamour with pulse racing sports styling.
Mr. Zac Hollis, Director – Sales, Service and Marketing, ŠKODA AUTO India said "The RAPID continues to offer a compelling combination of the brand’s emotive design, exquisite interiors, leading safety as well as intelligent connectivity features. The production milestone is a testament to its strong equity among discerning customers in a dynamically evolving automotive market like India. With this accomplishment, we commit a stronger product portfolio and enhanced ownership experience - ascertaining, PEACE OF MIND comes standard with a ŠKODA."
'INDIA 2.0' Project
In July 2018, the Volkswagen Group confirmed an investment of INR 8,000 crore (EUR 1 billion) in the ŠKODA led ‘INDIA 2.0’ project. In January 2019, the Technology Center was inaugurated in Pune, laying the foundation for the development of products based on the sub-compact MQB-A0-IN platform tailored to the needs of customers in India. The future range of products, developed under the ‘INDIA 2.0’ project, will achieve localization levels of up to 95 percent. These vehicles will meet the same core standards for safety, quality, and design that the Volkswagen Group represents the world over. In the second phase of the project, Volkswagen Group will be examining the possibility of exporting vehicles built in India.
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ŠKODA AUTO India
› Has been operating in India since November 2001 as a subsidiary of ŠKODA AUTO a. s. Czech Republic which is one of the oldest automobile companies in the world with its headquarter in Mladá Boleslav
› Has 4 models on sale in India – ŠKODA SUPERB, ŠKODA OCTAVIA, ŠKODA RAPID and ŠKODA KODIAQ
› Has a network of 65 sales and 63 service outlets across the country
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