The export of the India-made left-hand drive units of Skoda Kushaq has started as the first consignment of the SUV is headed to Arab Gulf Cooperation Council (AGCC) countries. After the Volkswagen Taigun and Volkswagen Virtus, Kushaq is the company’s third model to be exported from India.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr Piyush Arora, Managing Director, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India Private Limited (SAVWIPL) said:
“It’s a proud moment for the team in India as a Skoda model joins the Group’s export line-up. The Skoda Kushaq is the third Made-in-India car to be exported this year, and we are happy that the Group’s endeavor to ‘Engineer cars in India to be Driven by the World’ is experiencing remarkable success. The market acceptance and success of all our exports highlight our global quality standards. The Kushaq is built in line with our customers’ requirements in India and globally, and we are confident that this stylish, well equipped, robust and engaging-to-drive SUV will open doors to new markets and regions for SAVWIPL.”
The company had initiated its export program in 2011 with 6,256 units of the India-built Volkswagen Vento for the South African market. Since then, the company’s export market has continued to grow incrementally to build the Group’s ‘Made-in-India’ presence in 44 countries across South America, Central America, Africa, the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, the AGCC countries, and the Caribbean region.
The Kushaq in India is available in two petrol engine options, the first being a 1.0L TSI engine that generates 114hp and 178Nm. The other is a more powerful 1.5L TSI unit that churns out 148hp of power and 250Nm of torque. The transmission options include a 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic, and a 7-speed DSG unit. Price of Skoda Kushaq in India ranges between INR 11.29 lac and INR 19.49 lac.
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