The Czech company is focusing on building a low-cost car for the Indian market.Volkswagen's Czech Republic-based Škoda division has delayed deciding whether to return to the American market after a decades-long hiatus.Company officials publicly stated they would make a final decision before the end of the year. However, that time frame has been pushed back because the Czech company is busy focusing on developing a low-cost car for the Indian market.
"We will need more time to work on the US plans now," CEO Bernhard Maier told British magazine Autocar. "That is a huge task, and we must always approach projects one step at a time. There is no hurry to rush into the U.S. and no deadline to even decide if we should be looking to go there. There's no need to make a decision right away," he added.
The statement is interesting, because a senior Volkswagen board member who asked to remain anonymous previously said the brand's return had been ruled out once and for all.
The important questions surrounding the low-cost car include whether to build it on an existing Volkswagen platform -- like the one found under the newest Polo -- or whether to develop an architecture from scratch. The latter option is more costly and more time-consuming, but it might also make the most sense.
Earlier reports claimed Škoda would break into the American market with the Kodiaq (pictured), an SUV closely related to the three-row Volkswagen Tiguan. The brand also builds a smaller soft-roader named Karoq that would compete in the same segment as the Nissan Rogue Sport and the Toyota CH-R if officials decide to venture on this side of the pond.
Photos by Ronan Glon.