The Mladá Boleslav-based carmaker Škoda Auto takes over worldwide responsibility for the Volkswagen Group’s MQB-A0 platform with immediate effect. It is a shared technological basis for several car models.
The platform serves as the basis for so-called entry cars for the VW brand market. It will be used in markets with growth potential, such as India, Russia, Africa and the countries of ASEAN and Latin America, Škoda Auto informed in a press release today.
The platform system is designed to enable the construction and subsequent production of cars with different wheelbases and gauges. In practice, this means the use of basic developed modules that can be easily assembled and combined according to specific requirements.
“By taking responsibility for the global MQB-A0 platform, Škoda Auto is responsible for the global development of the platform for the first time. , “said Chairman Thomas Schäfer. The global MQB-A0 platform will be used worldwide and will serve as the basis for new models with internal combustion engines in the input segments.
The Czech carmaker is already responsible for India, Russia and North Africa in the Volkswagen Group. At the beginning of June, serial production of the Škoda Kushaq model began at the Chakan plant in Pune, India. It is the first serial model based on the modular platform MQB-A0-IN, which the company has specially adapted for the Indian market. This platform will also be used for other Volkswagen and Škoda models. In the medium term, the Kushaq model is also planned to be offered in other, rapidly developing countries. The second model is ready and will be introduced this year.
“Our Technical Development team has in-depth knowledge of the input segments, which we are now leveraging in the development of the global MQB-A0 platform. It is a great award for us and a great motivation for us to make this project a success. which will be precisely tailored to the diverse needs of customers in different regions, “said Johannes Neft, Member of the Board of Directors.
Last year, Škoda Auto delivered over one million cars worldwide. It operates three production plants in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India, mostly through group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan in cooperation with local partners. It is active in more than 100 markets.