Mladá Boleslav / Shanghai, 14 April 2019 – ŠKODA intends to continue its success story in
its most important single market by entering the e-mobility sector, which is growing rapidly
– particularly in China. At Auto Shanghai 2019 (16 to 25 April), ŠKODA will be presenting the
VISION iV and the KLEMENT two-wheel concept, thus unveiling its dynamic, innovative and
sustainable vision of the future for the Chinese market. The booming SUV segment offers
ongoing growth potential. China is the only market in which ŠKODA offers four different
SUV models – the KODIAQ GT top model, the KODIAQ as well as the entry-level models
KAROQ and KAMIQ. Other highlights: in celebration of the first OCTAVIA from 1959 turning
60, ŠKODA will be displaying its icon at Auto Shanghai.
Bernhard Maier, ŠKODA AUTO CEO, said, “We deliver every fourth ŠKODA to China. It is our most
important single market. Last year, we increased our deliveries there by 4.9% to 341,000 vehicles
and we thus exhibited stronger growth than the overall market. I’d like to thank all of our customers
in China for placing their trust in our products. Our SUV campaign is a key success factor. All four
SUVs – the KAMIQ, KAROQ, KODIAQ and KODIAQ GT – have been very well-received amongst
our customers in China. For us, this is a great incentive to make the ŠKODA brand even more
well-known, popular and successful in China.”
At this year’s Auto Shanghai, ŠKODA is presenting itself as electric, innovative and sustainable.
With the VISION iV and the KLEMENT, ŠKODA is offering exciting prospects for an electric future.
Furthermore, the car manufacturer will also be showcasing its entire SUV family: the
ŠKODA KODIAQ GT, KODIAQ, KAROQ and KAMIQ.
The VISION iV provides a concrete look ahead at a future production vehicle. The brand’s first
all-electric model to be based on the modular electric car platform will be launched in Europe
as early as 2020. In consultation with the joint venture partner SAIC Volkswagen, intensive work
is also already being carried out regarding entry into the Chinese market. At the same time, ŠKODA
is to continue its steady growth trajectory there, primarily with models in the SUV segment, which
offers further growth potential. ŠKODA recently celebrated a special milestone in this segment: the
22 millionth ŠKODA produced since the company was founded in 1895 was a ŠKODA KODIAQ GT
manufactured in China.
ŠKODA VISION iV – the next step towards e-mobility
As the first ŠKODA to be based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular electric car platform, the
VISION iV provides a concrete look ahead at the Czech brand’s all-electric production vehicles
of the future. ŠKODA has adapted the VISION iV specifically for the Chinese market both visually
and in terms of technology and equipped it with a 150-kW (204-PS) electric motor at the rear,
which drives the rear wheels, produces zero emissions and can deliver a top speed of 160 km/h.
The compact lithium-ion battery is embedded in the car’s floor and, with a capacity of 83 kWh,
offers a range of up to 500 km.
The concept study features plenty of space within its sporty, aerodynamic and emotive body.
Other prominent details include illuminated glass inserts in the vertical slats of the ŠKODA grille
and cameras instead of classic wing mirrors. The multi-level arrangement of the instrument panel
and centre console as well as a seemingly floating central screen add a new dimension to the
interior. Innovative technologies provide more safety and comfort; infotainment and digitalisation
also mark the beginning of a new era. Smartphones are directly integrated into the infotainment
system and can even be used as a digital key for unlocking the car.
Electric, innovative and modern – micromobility provided by the KLEMENT
By introducing the KLEMENT mobility concept, ŠKODA is tracing an arc back to its founding
fathers Václav Laurin and Václav Klement – who began the company’s success story
by manufacturing bicycles 124 years ago – and is presenting its vision of electric, innovative
and modern micromobility for use in China’s metropolises. Thanks to an integrated 4-kW rear
hub motor, the KLEMENT has a top speed of 45 km/h; the throttle and brake are controlled via
innovative pivoting pedals that are child’s play to use. A hydraulic front brake equipped with ABS,
and LED lights integrated into the vehicle guarantee a safe ride.
SUV quartet for China – the ŠKODA KODIAQ, KODIAQ GT, KAROQ and KAMIQ
China is the only market worldwide in which ŠKODA offers four different SUV models. In addition
to the ŠKODA KODIAQ, which is available as a seven-seater if desired, and a ŠKODA KAROQ
that is 50 mm longer than its European counterpart, this quartet includes the Chinese version
of the ŠKODA KAMIQ and the ŠKODA KODIAQ GT, which were both developed exclusively for
The ŠKODA KODIAQ marked the beginning of the Czech brand’s SUV campaign and was the first
model to display the current design language. It impresses with the ŠKODA-typical excellent value
for money, well-thought-out functionality and generous amount of interior space for up to seven
occupants. What’s more, it features a boot capacity of up to 2,065 l – the largest within its segment.
Both versions of the KODIAQ offer state-of-the-art connectivity and deliver a power output
of 162 kW (220 PS) in their range-topping all-wheel-drive variants.
As the brand’s first SUV coupé and boasting a dynamic appearance, state-of-the-art connectivity
features and innovative assistance systems, the KODIAQ GT is the brand’s flagship and iconic
model. Featuring a sporty as well as stylish exterior and interior, the ŠKODA KODIAQ GT combines
the versatility of an SUV with the elegance of a coupé, thereby appealing to lifestyle-oriented
The ŠKODA KAROQ in the Chinese market provides even more comfort as the vehicle itself and
its wheelbase are both 50 mm longer than in Europe. It features a wealth of assistance systems
and tops its segment with its innovative connectivity solutions.
The 81-kW (110-PS) variant of the ŠKODA KAMIQ acts as the Czech brand’s entry-level SUV
in China and, boasting modern connectivity solutions, is primarily aimed at young, urban customers.
One technological highlight is voice command from iFLYTEK, a leading Asian provider of voice
recognition technology based on artificial intelligence.
A legend turns 60 – the ŠKODA OCTAVIA
The ŠKODA OCTAVIA is celebrating its 60th anniversary since start of production: in January 1959,
the first units of this legendary model range rolled off the production line at the Mladá Boleslav
plant. It was 60 years ago when the expressive name ‘OCTAVIA’ enriched the ŠKODA brand’s
model range for the first time. It was no coincidence that the name was derived from the Latin
‘octavia’, which means ‘the eighth’. After all, the newcomer of the day was the brand’s eighth model
after World War II.