Recommended by World Rally Champions: Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecký test the new MONTE CARLO models

› Top trim level for the two compact models SCALA and KAMIQ references the ŠKODA rally history

› ŠKODA works drivers Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecký were impressed after first test drives

› Production already under way; first deliveries to customers to start before end of fourth quarter 2019

Mladá Boleslav, 26 November 2019 – Approved by the pros: the sporty new MONTE CARLO

versions of the ŠKODA SCALA and ŠKODA KAMIQ have made a great impression on

World Rally Champions Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecký. The two ŠKODA Motorsport

works drivers took to the roads of Czechia to give the SCALA MONTE CARLO and the

KAMIQ MONTE CARLO an intense workout and select their personal favourite. The two

sporty lifestyle models reference the brand’s successful rally history and impressed the pro

drivers every inch of the way. Production of the new MONTE CARLO variants at the main

plant in Mladá Boleslav is already under way, and the first customers can look forward to

receiving their vehicles before the end of the fourth quarter of 2019.

ŠKODA could not have wished for more high-calibre test drivers to put the new MONTE CARLO

versions of the ŠKODA SCALA and ŠKODA KAMIQ through their paces and assess their

sportiness and everyday usability. The two ŠKODA works drivers, Jan Kopecký and Kalle

Rovanperä, count among the world’s best rally drivers in their class. Czech Jan Kopecký won the

2018 WRC 2 World Championship, while his young Finnish teammate Kalle Rovanperä has already

secured his 2019 WRC 2 Pro World Champion title*. During the season’s penultimate race in

Spain, the duo also ensured victory in the WRC 2 Pro Manufacturers’ Championship for ŠKODA

Motorsport*. The WRC trophies will be awarded at the grand FIA gala following the end of the

racing season. Meanwhile, both rally drivers jumped at the chance to swap their familiar

ŠKODA FABIA R5 evo for the sporty top variants of the compact production models – and

pronounced themselves impressed with the qualities of the SCALA MONTE CARLO and


“I immediately liked the ŠKODA SCALA MONTE CARLO’s extremely sporty lines. Due to the

different chassis settings, the driver can take full advantage of the superb handling especially on

twisting roads. This is also where the qualities of the seats particularly come into their own. They

offer perfect lateral support while being very comfortable also on long-distance trips. What’s also

cool is that the SCALA is always online and integrates my smartphone without a hitch,” says Kalle

Rovanperä about the SCALA MONTE CARLO.

Jan Kopecký, on the other hand, is quite taken with the KAMIQ MONTE CARLO: “As a family man,

I appreciate having plenty of space. In this respect, the ŠKODA KAMIQ MONTE CARLO meets my

requirements to perfection, while impressing with sporting appeal in its exterior and interior design.

Its compact dimensions and raised seating position ensure that this city SUV performs really well in

urban areas. And when I want to have a bit more fun on the road without the kids, I can set the

Sports Chassis Control to “Sport” and enjoy an even more agile car at the touch of a button.”

Numerous black MONTE CARLO features in keeping with tradition

ŠKODA uses the MONTE CARLO designation for the sporty lifestyle versions of its compact

models – a tradition dating back to a limited special edition of the ŠKODA POPULAR released in

1936. In this context, Monte Carlo not only evokes the splendour and glamour of the Principality of

Monaco, it also refers to the legendary motor racing tradition of the Monte Carlo Rally, an event that

was first held in 1911 and has seen numerous ŠKODA successes over the years. A defining

characteristic of today’s MONTE CARLO models consists in sporty black accessories. This

includes, for example, a ŠKODA grille surround in glossy black for the SCALA MONTE CARLO and

KAMIQ MONTE CARLO. Parts of the front apron, the exterior mirror caps, side sills, rear diffuser

and the vehicle name – as well as the roof railing of the KAMIQ – also have a black finish. In

addition, the black 17-inch standard Volans and 18-inch optional Vega alloy wheels feature a

exclusive MONTE CARLO design.

Comprehensive equipment and sporty interior ambience

The comprehensive equipment for the SCALA and KAMIQ MONTE CARLO models includes a

panoramic roof, black roof lining, sports seats with integrated headrests and pedal trims with an

aluminium design. The multifunction sports steering wheel is covered in perforated leather bearing

the same red decorative seams as the leather finish for the gear selector and handbrake lever,

perfectly complementing the LED ambient lighting, which also has a red theme. The ŠKODA

SCALA MONTE CARLO and the ŠKODA KAMIQ MONTE CARLO are both available with the

model series’ complete range of engines.

*subject to the publication of the official results by the FIA

Monte-Carlo is registered trademark by Monaco Brands.

Catherine Van Geel

PR Manager, D'Ieteren NV

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