Skoda Auto becomes the latest auto manufacturer in India to entre the car leasing space. The Volkswagen Group owned Czech automaker has joined hands with Orix Auto to launch its car leasing services dubbed as ‘Clever Lease’.
The Skoda car leasing program comes available in plain, dry and wet lease options with a tenure option of 24, 36, 48 and 60 months. Under this program, the Skoda Rapid TSI and Skoda Superb sedans will be available for lease starting at Rs 22,580.
The Skoda monthly lease rental program has been designed aimed at retail and corporate customers across segments including salaried individuals, working professionals, small and medium business enterprises, corporate entities, and public sector units/undertakings.
Initially, the Skoda Auto car leasing service will be available in eight metro cities across India. These are – Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Later, as part of Skoda’s India 2.0 project, the carmaker will roll out the service nationwide.
As Skoda claims, its ‘Clever Lease’ programme incorporates benefits and services like road tax, insurance, breakdown assistance, accidental repairs, end to end maintenance, scheduled tyre and battery changes, and a replacement vehicle.
Commenting on the car leasing program, Zac Hollis, Brand Director, Skoda Auto India, said that the automotive industry across the world is witnessing a transformation and the automaker is evolving from a traditional auto OEM to a mobility solution partner. “We expect leasing to grow multi fold over the next couple of years and with the tangible benefits of ‘Clever Lease’, we intend to suitably cater the demand of a generation that weighs convenience over ownership,” said Hollis.
Sandeep Gambhir, MD and CEO, Orix Auto, said that both Skoda Auto India and Orix Auto have worked together to create a wide range of options for the customers to choose from and these will find a way of meeting customers’ expectations and provide them a hassle free experience of owning and driving the Skoda vehicles.
Skoda is not the first carmaker in India to launch a car leasing program. Prior to this, other automakers like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Nissan and Mahindra & Mahindra too introduced their respective car leasing services. The car leasing services have emerged as an alternative of car buying for the consumers, offering the convenience of personal mobility and ownership experience, without the hassle and the financial burden as well.