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.