Skoda Kushaq SUV exports for left-hand drive models start from India

Skoda Auto Volkswagen India today announced the commencement of the exports program with the start of the shipment of the Made-in-India Skoda Kushaq SUV LHD (left-hand-drive). The company said that this is a landmark achievement, as the KUSHAQ is the first-ever locally-built ŠKODA model to be exported from India and the first consignment of KUSHAQ LHD SUVs is headed to Arab Gulf Cooperation Council (AGCC) countries.
Earlier this year, Skoda Auto Volkswagen India commenced the export of INDIA 2.0 cars with the Volkswagen Taigun SUV, followed by the Volkswagen Virtus sedan in September.
The company launched its export programme in 2011 with 6,256 units of the India-built Volkswagen Vento for the South African market. The company also said that 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 company said that it has already exported close to 5.5 lakh cars from India and Mexico is the largest export market for SAVWIPL, followed by South Africa and Central American countries (Columbia, Ecuador, Argentina), as well as ASEAN countries.
The Skoda Kushaq was launched in June 2021 as a part of Skoda Auto Volkswagen India’s INDIA 2.0 strategy, and the mid-size SUV has certainly helped the project become a success with its sales numbers.
Skoda recently introduced some new features for the Kushaq to mark its first anniversary. The top-spec Style variant of the SUV now gets the 8-inch Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, just like the Monte Carlo edition. Skoda has also introduced a tyre pressure monitoring system as standard across the range, while the 1.0-litre TSI variants now get an idle-engine stop-start as well.
While the SUV was originally introduced with a 10-inch infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Skoda now offers the Kushaq with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wired smartphone connectivity instead. The 10-inch infotainment unit is now only offered with the Monte Carlo variants.
Apart from that, the company has also introduced a new variant – Style NSR, which sits between Ambition and Style variants. Available with the 1.0-litre TSI engine, Style NSR has priced at Rs 15.09 lakh, and can be had with a 6-speed manual transmission only.
The Kushaq has now priced from Rs 11.29 lakh, going all the way up to Rs 19.49 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom). The Skoda SUV currently puts up against the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Astor, Nissan Kicks, as well as its cousin, Volkswagen Taigun in the Indian market.

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