Future Skodas and VWs are going to get a lot funkier if the first-ever VW Group media night was anything to go by. The Skoda VisionIN and the Volkswagen Taigun both made their first stage appearances and both are based on the same MQB-AO-IN platform, which is German for ‘aukaat’. Compact or mid-size SUV, you decide, but they both look crisp in their sharply cut suits. Details on the VW Taigun are sketchy at the moment except its 2021 launch, but the Skoda VisionIN draws inspiration from the Indian art of Kalamkari, uses sustainable leather from pineapple waste called Pinatex and employs more crystal and recycled plastic than any other car before it. Power will come from the trusty and fun 1.5 TSI turbo-petrol mated to a 7-speed DSG, and while the concept car is helped by a crystalline stalk assistant on the dashboard, the actual production version might get something more sedate like a 12.3in screen to take care of your whims and needs. Slated to be on Indian roads sometime in 2021, this is Skoda’s big bet for India and we sure hope it pays off.
Cars & bikes