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Posted 11 November 2017 - 12:59 PM

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VW Singapore plots Skoda comeback

 

Volkswagen-owned Czech brand Skoda is making a comeback, yet again. But this time, it is parent group Volkswagen which will do its own importing and retailing here.
 
Volkswagen Group Singapore - the manufacturer-owned importer and retailer of Volkswagen vehicles here - has registered a new company for this purpose.
 
According to the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority, Skoda Centre Singapore was registered last month and will be operating out of 247 Alexandra Road, which is the same address as the VW showroom.
 
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The Straits Times understands renovations are being carried out at the facility and that Skoda Centre Singapore will start operations in the first quarter of next year.
 
Volkswagen Group Singapore was not available for comment, but it is understood that a meaningful price differential will be in place to re-launch the Czech brand here.
 
Previously, Skoda cars - which are based on Volkswagens - were the same price or even costlier than equivalent VW models. In other markets, Skodas are cheaper.
 
The brand was last represented by Harvest Automobiles, part of businessman Peter Kwee's now dormant motor group of companies. Harvest Automobiles went bust in 2013 - the third Skoda agency to have failed in Singapore.
 
The Straits Times understands Vertex Automobiles, the dealer for Chinese automobile brand Chery that is owned by egg trader Lian Fong, had made a pitch for the Skoda franchise. But it has since landed Seat, a Spanish brand also owned by Volkswagen Group.
 
Skoda had also been courting Trans Eurokars, a multi-franchise group owned by businessman Karsono Kwee. Among its brands are Rolls-Royce, Porsche, Mini and Mazda.
 
The best year for the Skoda brand here was 2010, when it sold 105 cars. That is less than 4 per cent of Volkswagen sales last year.
 
Will the brand have better success under Volkswagen?
 
Nanyang Business School's Adjunct Associate Professor Zafar Momin, previously an automotive expert with the Boston Consulting Group, said: "Skoda may be able to make a comeback in Singapore if priced and promoted properly. It needs to be very competitive with its Korean competitors in terms of pricing, as it could provide solid, competitive products targeted at value segments of the markets.
 
"With VW Singapore now doing it themselves, it has a better chance than before. Having said that, I wonder what "comeback" really means in a small crowded Singapore car market which has small volumes for many non-mainstream brands. Would it really be worth the effort and to what extent would it cannibalise VW products?"
 
When contacted back in 2014 - when Harvest Automobiles relinquished the business - Volkswagen Group Singapore said it had no plans to take over the Skoda retail business here.
 
It has, however, taken over the maintenance and warranty of Skodas here. There are about 400 Skoda cars in Singapore today.
 
 

As a onwer of both Skoda and VW model, I can attest that Skoda is indeed better, in almost every aspect, than VW. I can wait to welcome it back to Singapore!! Here are some interesting models in current Skoda lineup, that I hope can be made available to local motorist when sales start next year.

 

Superb

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Superb Combi

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Kodiaq

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 01:15 PM

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I want an Octavia vrs. If skoda had a decent AD here 3 years ago I would have bought one.
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Posted 11 November 2017 - 01:19 PM

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Octavia RS245

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Octavia Combi RS245
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Karoq
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Posted 11 November 2017 - 01:33 PM

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Fabia

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Fabia Combi

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Citigo

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 02:00 PM

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how is skoda better in almost every aspect compared to vw?

wouldn’t they be similar since models are basically based on group parts sharing?

🤔😬

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 02:08 PM

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Skoda Octavia RS245 looks sweet.
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Posted 11 November 2017 - 02:26 PM

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Fabia Combi for me  [nod]


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Posted 11 November 2017 - 03:27 PM

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Fabia Combi for me [nod]

True. The Labia looks good too
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Posted 11 November 2017 - 03:55 PM

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True. The Labia looks good too

 

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Posted 11 November 2017 - 04:24 PM

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I see what you saw there 😆
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Posted 12 November 2017 - 06:33 AM

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True. The Labia looks good too

 

[smash]  [smash]

 

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 03:24 PM

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Fabian still as sexy as ever. If only there's a size in between Fabia and the combi (boot size around 400L) confirm trading in my car

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Posted 12 November 2017 - 03:47 PM

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Fabian still as sexy as ever. If only there's a size in between Fabia and the combi (boot size around 400L) confirm trading in my car

 

There is the Rapid.

 

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Good to know they getting a proper dealer this time. Not like the jokers running the Spanish sibling.



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Posted 12 November 2017 - 04:02 PM

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The superb 2.0T with the 290BHP unit and 4wd IF price under a 1.8T passat would be a good volume seller

 

 


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Posted 12 November 2017 - 10:19 PM

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interesting cheap shot at BMW

 

 

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Kodiaq looks good! 7-seater SUV... if price is reasonable, can consider! 


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Posted 12 November 2017 - 10:52 PM

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Kodiaq looks good! 7-seater SUV... if price is reasonable, can consider! 

 

2.0 diesel variant is already available on sgcarmart via PI


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 12:38 PM

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how is skoda better in almost every aspect compared to vw?

wouldn’t they be similar since models are basically based on group parts sharing?

🤔😬

 

Mainly features and spec (vs. price), built quality (although choice of material for certain Skoda model might be of a slightly lower grade than equivalent VW model), and space (Skoda usually is the LWB version of VW equivalent).

 

Case in point: My previous 3T Superb vs B7 Passat.

 

Price, Features and Specs:

- Superb ($149K in 2012) is powered by 200ps 2.0TSI EA888 engine & 6 speed wet clutch DSG, while Passat ($156K in 2012) is using the 150ps 1.4TSI EA211 engine & 7 speed dry clutch DSG

- Superb come standard with 9 airbags, GPS navigation system, auto park, premium sound system, brake hold, bi-xenon headlight, quad exhaust, etc. which are not found on the more expensive Passat

- Superb also spotted the patented twin door design for boot (dual opening), which make the boot more usable than the Passat

 

Space:

- Superb is basically a LWB version of Passat and the addtional wheelbase translate to an almost limousine like rear leg space, which allow me to squeeze up to 5 pax (for a 30 min ride) occasionally (not possible for Passat when we tried in showroom)

- Due to the longer overall length, the boot space in Superb is also about 30 ltr larger than Passat, and couple with the twin door mechanism, it allow me to load in relatively large item, such as 3ft fish tank in the car, which is not possible with Passat.

 

Built Quality & Reliability:

- The sport comfort seat in Superb (not found in 1.4 & 1.8TSI Passat) provide a really good body and lumbar support, and the built quality is definitely on par with Passat, if not better

- As mentioned in the other threads, my Superb after close to 4.5 years of ownership (~159K Km) was practically fault-free (except for a replacement of headlight module), and even the brake pad can last close to 150K Km before replacement needed.

 

Base on my observations, VW seems to be using Skoda to try out new technologies, sort of like Toyota Crown vs Lexus GS (as highlighted by Toeknee_33 in another thread), so Skoda get 7 speed Wet Clutch DSG for it Superb 2.0 TSI & Kodiaq 2.0 TDI before Passat & Tiguan, newer gen 3B EA888 engine in Superb & Kodiaq before Passat & Tiguan, a sportier 245ps Octavia vs standard Jetta GLI (200ps, available in selected countries), etc. etc.

 

And there a few others not so significant differences, such as door protector (Kodiaq), umbrella holder in the door (Superb & Kodiaq), lift back (3V Superb) vs notch back (B8 Passat), etc.


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 05:45 PM

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The way I look at it, the possible model at launch are:

 

1) Superb 2.0 TSI (220ps). Although competing with Passat, but the LWB shall attract a different group of buyer and allow VW to price it at similar price point as Passat.

 

2) Kodiaq 2.0 TSI (180ps). Again, being a LWB model, it shall be able to fill the gap (7-seater SUV) left by the standard Tiguan 2.0 TSI (220ps), and expand it market share through both model.

 

3) Octavia RS245 (245ps). No direct competitor in VW stable, as the closest would be Golf GTi / Golf R, which are hatchback, NO 4 door sedan.

 

4) Karoq 1.4TSI. VW currently do not have another SUV of similar size in it stable (except for Seat Ateca), and naturally, a good alternative to the like of Q3, X1, GLA, etc.

 

5) Fabia 1.0 TSI (95ps). An lower spec alternative to Polo, so as to allow it to be price at 2 level (for both model).

 

6) Fabia Combi (110ps). The only estate model, which is 1 level lower than Golf Combi, so again, a new market segment awaiting to be explored.

 

Err... Skoda Centre Singapore, you hiring Head of Sales? :serious-business:  :D  :D


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Posted 13 November 2017 - 05:53 PM

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Kodiaq looks good! 7-seater SUV... if price is reasonable, can consider!

Wonder is their suv as spacious as superb


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