Well, I son't think that Skoda was "budget" in the communist days within its
then main markets. It's only since VW acquired this Czech company that it
is being used for the budget end of the VW range. In the UK it is said if
you want a cheap Golf, get a Skoda.
In Europe we have below the Golf the Polo and Lupo. Not sure where the New
Beetle is supposed to fit in.
However, to increase the optioms we also have the Spain-based SEAT range.
You can also buy a Caddie from VW now... :-)
Further signs that the European companies are fighting back at the low-price
Anyway, some/most of the Asian makers have European/American shareholders.
For direct contact replace nospam with schmetterling