ŠKODA World Dealer Conference entirely dedicated to the new KODIAQ

ŠKODA World Dealer Conference entirely dedicated to the new KODIAQ


› ŠKODA partners from all over the world get to know the ŠKODA KODIAQ in the flesh in Bilbao

› An event full of superlatives: 4,500 participants from 72 countries test 250 production models of the brand’s new large SUV

› New ŠKODA KODIAQ captivates with a powerful design and innovative technologies from higher vehicle segments


Mladá Boleslav / Bilbao, 23 January 2017 – ŠKODA’s World Dealer Conference (WDC) is entirely dedicated to the brand’s first large SUV: from 23 January to 3 February, everything in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao will revolve around the ŠKODA KODIAQ. With the brand-new KODIAQ, ŠKODA begins its extensive SUV campaign and enters into a new fast-growing segment.

"At the World Dealer Conference, we are beginning an exciting year together that offers excellent prospects for ŠKODA and all of our partners: the KODIAQ marks the start of a comprehensive product campaign. Alongside our trade partners, we will be bringing eleven new models to the road in 2017," said Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing.

Just a few weeks before the market launch of the ŠKODA KODIAQ, ŠKODA partners from all over the world are full of anticipation for the brand’s new SUV. A good proportion of the new SUV’s annual production has already been sold – several weeks before its market launch.

In the lively cultural metropolis of Bilbao, more than 4,500 participants from 72 countries – importers, dealerships, fleet customers and other guests – will get to know the brand’s new large SUV in all its facets. 250 production cars are ready for test drives around the Basque industrial port city. At the Bilbao Exhibition Centre, WDC participants will also get a first glimpse of other new models that will make their debuts over the course of this year. Besides the brand’s European sales partners, guests will also include ŠKODA dealers from China and Australia, and even guests from the Caribbean and several African countries.

The new ŠKODA KODIAQ is the brand’s first large SUV. It captivates with its impressive combination of a powerful design, larger-than-average interior, high degree of functionality, state-of-the-art assistance systems and groundbreaking connectivity features. Many of these innovative technologies can otherwise only be found in higher vehicle segments. With the ŠKODA Connect online service, the KODIAQ demonstrates how an SUV can always be online. The system reaches a new dimension in terms of navigation, information and entertainment, and also enables remote vehicle access via the app. This makes the ŠKODA KODIAQ the first fully connected vehicle to be produced by the brand from Mladá Boleslav.

The exterior design of the SUV is characterised by the ŠKODA-typical clear-cut lines, distinctive radiator grille and bold wheel arches. The ŠKODA KODIAQ is the first of the brand’s models to offer an optional third row of seats, allowing up to seven people to enjoy excellent travelling comfort. With a loading capacity of between 720 and 2,065 l (with the rear seats folded down), it has the largest boot within its segment. In many countries, the brand’s first large SUV will be delivered to customers from spring 2017.

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