Czech carmaker Skoda plans to ride on parent Volkswagen's partnership with Tata MotorsBSE 1.03 % for a bigger play in the compact vehicles segment. It is looking to make a comeback into the high-volume small car category, while driving in a mini-SUV and an entry-level sedan.
The vehicles may hit the roads from 2019 and would be a culmination of the joint product strategy with Tata Motors. Skoda may target the mass segment with this new range, sources told TOI.
The development stems from Volkswagen's MoU with Tata Motors that was signed in March this year to explore a strategic alliance opportunity for joint product development. Skoda has been earmarked to lead the project for the Volkswagen brands. Sources said Tata Motors' advanced modular platform (AMP) could be one of the routes that could be explored for new products. The highly-flexible platform can produce a variety of vehicle types even as it offers a high degree of commonality of parts across product lines.