Did you know that cars from different companies can be related? yes, you read it right. Some companies are owned by the same organizations or parent companies. For example, Volkswagen owns Porsche, Audi, Lamborghini, and Skoda. Related companies often share Platforms and powertrains with each other. In this article, we will be looking at different cars available in the Indian market that share the same platform.
The platform is the structure on which a car is built. The platform acts as a base for the vehicle. everything on the car, including the cabin, engine, and exterior body is added on top of the platform. This foundation also affects the interior and exterior design of the car
Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento
The Skoda Rapid and Volkswagen Vento are the german cousins. However, Skoda was acquired by the VW group long back. Both sedans may not look similar. Although both cars are built on the same platform. Both of these vehicles have similar dimensions, styling, and engine spec.
Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos
Both Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos share the same platform, engine, and gearbox. However, the exterior styling of both vehicles is different. In fact, Kia follows its own design language even though the brand is under Hyundai. The distinct styling and features create a tight competition between these Korean midsize SUVs.
Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger
Nissan Magnate and Renault Kiger have a lot in common. The automakers produce both cars in the same factory. Also, they share the same platform, transmission, and engines. Few of the features and interior styling elements are common in both vehicles. Nissan and Renault have been sharing platforms for a long time. Moreover, most of the vehicles in the same segment share the same platform.
Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun
The Skoda kushaq was developed under Volkswagens India 2.0 project. The Volkswagen Taigun is another compact SUV in the same segment. Both the cars share the same engine and gearbox. The SUVs share the same MQB-AO-IN platform, which is specially made for India. However, the exterior styling and interior features come in respect to each automaker’s design language.
Tata Harrier and Land Rover Discovery
The Tata Harrier is based on Tata Motors’ new OMEGA-ARC architecture, this platform is a derivative of the Land Rover Discovery Sport’s D8 platform. Despite sharing the same platform, both of the vehicles are completely different from each other. From the huge gap between the prices to the Powertrain and offroad capabilities, the Discovery is a totally different car when compared to the Harrier.
Nissan Kicks and Renault Duster
Nissan kicks and Renault Duster are two other products from the automakers that share the same platform. However, both the cars are completely different products. The exterior and interior styling of both vehicles stand out in their own ways.
Volkswagen T-Roc and Skoda Karoq
Skoda Karoq and Volkswagen T-Roc share the same platform, engine, and gearbox. The exterior and interior styling of both vehicles are different. However, the Skoda Karoq is ₹5 lakh costlier than its German cousin.