ŠKODA Student Concept Car will be a pickup version of the KODIAQ

ŠKODA Student Concept Car will be a pickup version of the KODIAQ

› 35 students are building a spectacular concept car, continuing the Student Car tradition

› Annual hands-on student project has been demonstrating high standard of ŠKODA

vocational training since 2014

› Sixth Student Car will be presented to journalists and the public in June 2019

Mladá Boleslav, 25 March 2019 – The sixth ŠKODA Student Concept Car will be a

spectacular pickup version of the ŠKODA KODIAQ. That is the goal of 35 vocational

students, among them six young women, who in 2019 will for the first time be using the

ŠKODA KODIAQ as the starting point for their Student Car. With expert support from

experienced ŠKODA engineers and staff from the Technical Development, Design and

Production departments, they are transforming the Czech car manufacturer’s largest SUV

into a dynamic, two-door pickup. June 2019 will see the vehicle introduced to journalists and

the public. Every year since 2014, this hands-on student project has demonstrated the

excellent standard of professional training at the ŠKODA Vocational School in Mladá

Boleslav, which looks back on a history spanning more than 90 years.

Aged between 17 and 20 years, the trainees at the ŠKODA Vocational School for Mechanical

Engineering, among them six young women, are currently working on a new Student Car by turning

a ŠKODA KODIAQ into a modern two-door pickup with an expressive design. The choice of model

series was quite deliberate: it emphasises the role the KODIAQ plays for ŠKODA, while using

massive wheels, sharp edges and sculptural surfaces to demonstrate that the uncluttered, emotive

design of the largest ŠKODA SUV still leaves plenty of scope for artistic licence. The sixth vehicle

from the project series started in 2014 will be presented to the public in June.

For the participating students, this real-life project represents the highlight of their vocational

training. It enables them to showcase their creativity and talent as vehicle developers even as they

are still learning their craft. Student Zuzana Otradovská emphasises that “the Student Car is a

fantastic project” and asks, “Where else do you get this unique opportunity to build your own car as

part of your vocational training, in a small team and with the support of experienced ŠKODA

engineers, designers and teachers, all while being able to implement your own ideas and visions?”

In an early phase of their training, the project participants were able to observe Chief Designer

Oliver Stefani and his team at the ŠKODA Design centre in Mladá Boleslav before proceeding to

create their own first hand-drawn sketches under expert tutelage.

Since 2014, students at the ŠKODA Vocational School for Mechanical Engineering in Mladá

Boleslav have produced one new concept car each year. The first Student Concept Car was the

CITIJET based on the ŠKODA CITIGO; it was followed by the FUNSTAR, a FABIA pickup. The

RAPID SPACEBACK provided the basis for the ATERO coupé. In 2017, another ŠKODA CITIGO

was turned into the electric ELEMENT Student Car, and in 2018, the students built a SUNROQ

SUV convertible based on the ŠKODA KAROQ compact SUV. Each of these vehicles

demonstrates the ŠKODA students’ creativity and highlights the superb opportunities trainees at the

ŠKODA Academy enjoy. On ŠKODA Storyboard you will find an overview of all previous

ŠKODA Azubi-Concept Cars.

Founded in 1927, the school offers three-year and four-year training courses for many technical

careers. The high standard of training and modern equipment benefits the students as much as

their future employers.

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