Skoda has posted a decent sales growth at the start of the second half of 2018. The company sold 1,400 vehicles in the month of July 2018, marking a YOY growth of 12.7% (July 2017: 1,200 units).
1,400 units in monthly sales is a poor number for a high-volume brand in India, but Skoda is working on that. The Czech automaker is leading Volkswagen Group's India 2.0 project that entails an investment of 1 Billion Euros. This project involves localising the MQB A0 IN platform for new small models and manufacturing the 1.0-litre TSI three-cylinder petrol engine.
The upcoming 1.0-litre TSI petrol engine belongs to the same family of motors as the 1.0-litre MPI motor that powers the Volkswagen Polo hatchback and Ameo here. The India-bound 1.0-litre TSI motor is the turbocharged version that is capable of producing a maximum power of up to 115 PS. The engine has already bagged the coveted International Engine of the Year 2018 award in the below-1,000 cc segment.
Earlier this month, a test mule of the Skoda Rapid powered by the 1.0-litre TSI engine was spotted testing. It is the first time that the internationally acclaimed small capacity engine is undergoing testing here.
In terms of its global performance, Skoda has made a strong start to the second half of 2018. It has delivered 99,700 vehicles in July 2018. That's a YOY growth of 14.6% (July 2017: 87,000 vehicles).