ŠKODA currently offers four locally manufactured model ranges in India, which are produced at two plants: the ŠKODA RAPID is made at the site in Pune; the ŠKODA OCTAVIA, SUPERB flagship, and the KODIAQ SUV roll off the line in Aurangabad. The KAROQ, which is being presented in New Delhi as a new model for the country, will be launched onto the market this year.
In addition to its headquarters in Pune, ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Private Limited has regional offices in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru.
ŠKODA’s history in India goes back a long time: In May 1934, four ŠKODA POPULARs set off on a 15,000-km-long journey that led from Prague to the Balkans, Turkey, present-day Syria, Iraq and Calcutta. From there, they went to Mumbai and finally sailed back to Prague via Trieste.
Just two years later, in the summer of 1936, the Czech globetrotters Břetislav Jan Procházka and Jindřich Kubias embarked on a 97-day world tour, driving their slightly modified ŠKODA RAPID from Quetta to Mumbai via New Delhi in just three days.
Not least thanks to the great amount of attention these expeditions drew, ŠKODA began to export up to 90 vehicles a year to India in the second half of the 1930s, making the country the seventh largest of the Czech carmaker’s then 39 export markets in 1938. In 2001, the car manufacturer established its own subsidiary on the Indian market, ŠKODA AUTO India Private Limited.