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Monday, April 30, 2012

By Shilpa Chopra

Skoda Rapid heads to the Dragon country

Skoda Rapid sedan that is made for India is all set to expand its wings to the dragon nation China. As per recent updates in the industry as well as media reports, the Czech carmaker believes to translate the Indian Skoda Rapid into the Chinese counterpart soon. Sources also suggest that the Chinese version of the Rapid sedan will be based on Skoda MissionL concept. Notably this concept was introduced to the world at the Frankfurt auto show in 2011. Significantly, the Skoda Rapid price starts at Rs 6.97 lakh and is a close rival of Hyundai Verna (starts at Rs 7.20 lakh), Ford Fiesta Classic (Starts at Rs 5.67 lakh), Honda City (starts at Rs 7.29 lakh) and Maruti SX4 that starts at Rs 7.31 lakh.

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However, an official word on the issue is still awaited but the entire auto industry is abuzz and is desperately waiting for the Skoda Rapid production in China. It is expected that by producing Rapid sedan in China, Skoda will be able to keep the price down and as China is one of the biggest auto markets, selling Rapid in volumes will mean that the Czech carmaker will be able to attain the global sales target it has set for 2012.

 

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Various media reports also suggest that the Skoda Rapid intended for China will be quite different from the one that is produced in India, for India. The Skoda sedan is available in both petrol and diesel engine options and had bagged volume sales for the car maker lately. The price range of Skoda Rapid in India starts at Rs 6.97 lakh and goes upto Rs 9 lakh for the Rapid Elegance Diesel model. It is the build quality, a powerful branding and series of powerful engines that have made Rapid gain success rapidly in India. A China tour is also expected to have the same response.

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