The current global shortage of semiconductor chips is having a profound impact on the automotive industry, and its latest victims are the Skoda Kushaq and the Volkswagen Taigun. The two sister brands of the VW Group recently removed the automatic folding function of the ORVMs (exterior mirrors) of the two compact SUVs, as a direct result of the shortage of chips. Since both SUVs are built on the same MQB-A0-IN platform and are built on the same assembly line, the issue affects them both. The feature has been dropped from the official brochures of both SUVs, and now they come with manually foldable ORVMs as standard across the range of variants.
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Hi Pradeep. Unfortunately, this was beyond our control and was caused by a lack of semiconductors from our vendor for this feature. The dealer may upgrade this feature at a later date when the situation improves.
— Zac Hollis (@Zac_Hollis_) January 30, 2022
Skoda Auto India brand manager Zac Hollis confirmed the development when responding to a complaint from a Twitter user who noticed the feature was missing on his recently booked Kushaq. Hollis responded to the user saying, “Unfortunately this was out of our control and was caused by a lack of semiconductors from our vendor for this feature. The reseller may upgrade this feature at a later date when the situation arises. will improve.”
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The same has also been confirmed by company sources at Volkswagen India, however, we have been told that this is just a temporary issue, and the auto-folding feature for MVNOs will be re-introduced more late. Note that the feature was only offered with the high-end variants of the Kushaq and Taigun, with the lower variants coming with hand-folding ORVMs even before the overhaul. The rest of the features seem to remain unchanged.
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Both Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun are powered by the same 1.0-liter TSI and 1.5-liter TSI turbocharged gasoline engines. While a 6-speed manual gearbox is standard on both SUVs, the 1.0 TSI version gets an optional 6-speed torque converter automatic, while the larger 1.5 TSI model gets a 7-speed DSG unit. . The price of Kushaq is currently between ₹10.99 lakh to ₹18.19 lakh, while the price of Taigun is between ₹11 lakh to ₹18 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, India).
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