The Skoda Citigo , essentially a rebadged Volkswagen Up! , is basically unknown in the United States, a land where very few city cars have dared come and managed to survive. However, the Citigo is a bit more popular in Europe, where it’s being retailed in both three-door and five-door body styles.
The tiny, front-wheel-drive car never made it past beyond its box-shaped configuration on an official basis, but a new concept unveiled ahead of the annual Worthersee tuning festival in Austria suggests the Citigo could make a great two-seater convertible.
Designed and built by 16 Skoda apprentices over the last six months, the CitiJet Concept is actually a Citigo that had most of its roof chopped off, while part of the C-pillar remained intact. Also setting it apart from a production car is its unique paintjob, a blue and white metallic coating that shares each side of the vehicle.
The left blue side features a contrasting white stripe beneath the windows and white rims, with the right side being painted the other way around, with the wheels finished in a blue/white combo.
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Skoda CitiJet Design Concept in detail
The interior is pretty much based on the Sport trim of the Citigo and features black cloth seats with red bolsters and white stripes, leather-wrapped steering wheel, handbrake and gear knob and a shiny, gloss white dashboard. The rear seats have been removed to make way for a 300-watt sound system that sends its beats to a cool, music-reactive LED lighting system.
Nothing spectacular is to be found under the hood though, where Skoda has kept the 1.0-liter gasoline engine that generates 74 horsepower in any standard Citigo. So don’t let the dual exhaust system fool you, this sporty-looking convertible ain’t spittin’ no flames. Nonetheless, we must admit the CitiJet is a great looking study that would deserve a limited production run.
Clear the stage for the dream car of ŠKODA’s apprentices: the sporty city cabriolet ŠKODA CitiJet will be presented for the first time at this year’s GTI event at Wörthersee. The design concept is the result of ŠKODA’s ’Apprentice Car’ project. Six months in the making, 16 ŠKODA apprentices present the fruits of their labour to the public for the first time.
The budding ŠKODA employees worked on their very personal vehicle project from November 2013 until shortly before the GTI event. During this time, the apprentices were allowed to let their creativity run free. They were supported by ŠKODA Head Designer Jozef Kabaň, his team and ŠKODA production.
The result: an emotional design concept that will attract the attention of visitors at Wörthersee. “The ŠKODA CitiJet is a fantastic achievement from our students and shows the creativity and imagination of the new generation of ŠKODA employees,” says ŠKODA Board Member for HR, Bohdan Wojnar.
The ŠKODA CitiJet is a dynamic and expressively designed city-convertible based on the ŠKODA Citigo. The exterior features distinctive metallic paintwork in blue/white and racy, blue 16-inch alloy wheels. It also features a hand-made rear spoiler as well as a powerful exhaust with two tailpipes. A 1.0 MPI petrol engine with 55 kW (75 PS) can be found under the bonnet of the vehicle.
The sporty interior is based on the interior of the ŠKODA Citigo Sport special model. This includes the red-stitched, leather-lined three-spoke steering wheel as well as the leather coverof the handbrake handle and gear knob. The seat covers and floor mats have a ’Sport’ material design. The dashboard is painted white/red. A 300 watt sound system is also fitted. The interior has music-reactive LED lighting.
This is the first time that this kind of trainee project has been undertaken at ŠKODA. The aim has been to encourage the apprentices creativity, teamwork and expertise of vocational students.
“Our apprentices have put their hearts and souls into this vehicle. Every little detail, no matter how small, was discussed, agreed upon and put into practice by the team. It was a real team effort. The outcome: a unique and emotional car, of which everybody involved should be very proud of,” says Head of ŠKODA Auto Design Jozef Kabaň.
This trainee project highlights the Czech manufacturer’s commitment to the high quality of vocational training at ŠKODA. At the ŠKODA AUTO Vocational School of Mechanical Engineering, young people go through a three or four-year training programme in technical subjects, graduating with a full apprenticeship or the equivalent of secondary school final exams. There are currently 13 training programmes; the most popular three-year courses being those for auto mechanics, auto electricians and electricians. The most popular among the four-year courses is in industrial logistics. Postgraduate and distance-learning studies are also offered by the vocational school.