Electric, innovative and sustainable: ŠKODA showcases visions of the future for China at Auto Shanghai 2019

Electric, innovative and sustainable: ŠKODA showcases visions of the future for China at Auto Shanghai 2019

› ŠKODA VISION iV is the carmaker’s next step towards e-mobility in China

› KLEMENT electric two-wheel concept as an innovative micromobility offering

for Chinese metropolises

› China is the only market worldwide in which ŠKODA offers four different SUV models

› 22 millionth ŠKODA – a KODIAQ GT – rolled off the production line in China

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

China.

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

customers.

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.

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