INIDA 2.0 / SOP KUSHAQ
KUSHAQ Shines in India
The first significant result of the INDIA 2.0 project is the production a new SUV specially adapted to the Indian market
he KUSHAQ had its world premiere in March and has been in production at the ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Private Limited plant in Pune since 17 May (see ŠKODA Mobil 5/2021). Production started despite many restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The car’s sister model, the VW Taigun, will soon join it on the local production lines. The first complications before the start of production already arose in the spring of last year, when the production of tools and mouldings in China was interrupted. After that, the large-scale pandemic broke out in India, which did not help the preparations for serial production. Production was also directly impacted by other waves of the disease. This year, a critical situation occurred at the end of April and the beginning of May, just before the start of production (SOP). The state of Maharashtra, where the SAVWIPL plant is located, had become the area most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since January, quarantine has been in place for those who travel to India. It has gradually been replaced by a strict lockdown that, of course, has affected our work. Despite increased hygienic measures, facemasks and vaccinations, we have had to reduce the number of workers in the car pre-production for a while. However, thanks to the diligent work of the entire team, the obstacles were overcome and the KUSHAQ went into production according to plan.
Currently, the localisation degree is around 95 percent, and other parts are gradually being added. It will all culminate in the launch of local rear axle deliveries in the third quarter of 2022.
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Successful local purchasing
Since the beginning of the model’s preparation, the carmaker has also emphasised the high proportion of components from local deliveries. It wanted to achieve localisation at the 95 percent level, and the KUSHAQ has been close to this value since the SOP. This is also because the carmaker has been cooperating with local suppliers since 2017, when it started supplier workshops, and it gradually invited more than 100 local companies. All of this was carried out to find a suitable technical solution for the Indian market regarding specific customer requirements and the availability of materials and technologies.
Bet on colour
The car is already leaving the production lines in both the 1.0 TSI and 1.5 TSI engine and two transmission versions, as well as five colours (Candy white, Brilliant silver, Carbon steel, Honey Orange and Tornado red). ŠKODA AUTO expects the most popular colour for the Indian customers to be white, followed by bright orange, in which the KUSHAQ was introduced to the public. ED
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