Production of the Skoda Karoq is Moving to Germany Due to Overwhelming Demand
The release of the Skoda Karoq has become the equivalent of the Czech brand striking oil, which has never been more evident than now as the brand has to move production of the Karoq yet again, this time to Germany where it will be built beside the Volkswagen Tiguan, the Porsche Cayman, and the upcoming Volkswagen T-Roc Convertible. This is the second move for Karoq as production originally started at the company’s Kvasiny plant, but it couldn’t keep up with demand, so Skoda moved production to its main plant in Mlada Boleslav. Even that plant couldn’t keep up, so it’s time for the Volkswagen Group to pick up the slack over in Germany. That’s right; the Karoq will soon fly a made-in-German flag. Any bets that Skoda didn’t think the Karoq would be that big of a hit?
The Skoda Kamiq Is a Cool Crossover You Can’t Buy
Much like any mainstream automaker out there, Skoda also jumped on the SUV bandwagon, launching two crossovers over the last two years. Following the introduction of the midsize Kodiaq in 2016, Skoda unveiled the compact Karoq in 2017. Come 2018, and the Czech automaker is adding a third crossover to the lineup. It’s called the Kamiq, it was unveiled in China, and you won’t be able to buy it unless you move to the Asian country.
God Bless Skoda’s Interns as They Try to Design a Karoq Convertible Concept
Skoda is once again tapping its interns to design a concept vehicle. Following in the footsteps of the Citigo Roadster, Fabia pickup, and last year’s electric Citigo buggy, the interns are now tasked to create a design study for a convertible version of the Skoda Karoq crossover. The design team is made up of 20 students, all of whom are either 17 or 18 years old. The goal is to have a concept ready by June, presumably in time for GTI Treffen at Lake Wörthersee in Austria.
2018 Skoda Vision X
Skoda is in attendance at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The Czech automaker typically sits in the shadows in an event this big, but the company’s now looking for a bigger piece of the spotlight, and it might have the car to get the job done. It’s called the Skoda Vision X, and it has sharp styling, a plush interior, and is loaded to the brim with state-of-the-art technology.
Skoda Gearing Up To Go Electric By 2020
Skoda Kodiaq Scout And Sportline Arrive in Frankfurt
The Skoda Kodiaq launched for 2016 and so far has been a runaway success. Based on the second-generation Volkswagen Tiguan platform (VW’s MQB architecture), the Kodiaq offers room for five in the two-row model and seven with the third-row seats ordered. Now for 2017, the value-themed crossover gets more variety thanks to two new trims Skoda brought to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show – the Sportline and Scout.
Hinted by the names, the Sportline trim gives the Kodiaq a more street-wise appearance, while the Scout offers a more rugged, off-road theme. Both come with plenty of additional features, making them more than just an appearance package. In fact, the Scout comes with a raised ride height and underbody skid plates and the Sportline gets a sport-tuned suspension, a G-meter, and lap timer. Both models have adaptive dampers, too. Skoda isn’t changing the Kodiaq’s drivetrain options, however. Both the Sportline and Scout are available with choices of gasoline and diesel engine options. These include a 1.4-liter gasoline four-cylinder with 150 horsepower and range to a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder with 295 pound-feet of torque. Both models come standard with AWD.
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An Electric Sports Car From Skoda Could Be What The Doctor Ordered
Skoda may not be the first automaker you think of when it comes to an all-electric sports car, but you might have to recalibrate those thoughts because, for the first time in the company’s history, an all-electric sports car is not only on the table, it could arrive sooner than we think. That was the sentiment expressed by Christian Strube, the company’s head of technical development, who told Auto Express that the Czech automaker is preparing a zero-emissions performance car that will part of a family of EV models the company plans to roll out in the next decade.
Specific details were not revealed, but the prevailing thought within Skoda seems to be grounded on the goal of diversifying its portfolio to include a good amount of electric vehicles. As it stands, there’s already some movement on bringing an EV version of the Citigo by 2019 and a production version of the Vision E SUV concept that the company unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show a year later. One more electric SUV is expected to follow suit before the all-electric sports car hits the market. As for the planned EV sports car, the plan is for the car to use the company’s MEB electric architecture, the same platform that will be widely used across a range of models under the Volkswagen Group. Power numbers have yet to be mentioned, but expect it to fall right in the same neighborhood as the 300-horsepower Vision E concept. At the very least, look for the Skoda EV sports car to have at least two electric motors, each mounted on one of the front axles.
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A quick look at today’s automotive offerings and you’ll notice that almost all passenger cars are front-engined, while most sports cars come with a mid-engined configuration. The Porsche 911 is the most known exception from this rule, having its engine mounted above the rear axle. The 911 isn’t the only rear-engined car on the market, the Smart ForTwo and ForFour, Renault Twingo, Tesla Model S, and Tata Nano have similar configurations, but all of them are part of the minority. However, it wasn’t always like this.
Decades ago, rear-engined vehicles were significantly more popular. The first notable rear-engined car dates back to 1886, when Karl Benz launched the Patent-Motorwagen. The concept gained more traction in the 1930 and remained somewhat popular until the 1980s. Mostly found in small, affordable cars, the layout allowed for the rest of the vehicle to be used for passengers and luggage. It was also preferred by many carmakers since the drivetrain can installed easily at the factory compared to front-wheel-drive layout where the driven wheels also steer the car.
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2017 Skoda Vision E
Skoda is gearing up to kick Tesla’s ass with a competitor for the Model X. The production model will be Skoda’s first electric vehicle and is set to go on sale at the turn of the decade. But, before all of that happens, Skoda has decided to preview that model with an “SUV coupe” known as the Vision E at the Shanghai Auto Show. Said to have a range of more than 300 miles, all-wheel drive, Level 3 autonomy, and a silhouette that’s sure to grind wonder boy’s gears a bit, the Vision E proves that Skoda isn’t playing around these days.
Its production equivalent will likely be toned down as far as exterior design goes, especially in the front end. But, that’s usually the case when it comes to concepts, right? Back to the subject at hand, the Vision E is just a bit shorter and wider than the new Kodiaq and is built on VW’s MEB platform. So far, we’ve yet to see official images, but Skoda saw fit to release a few sketches to keep us on ice until the Shanghai Auto Show kicks off. So, let’s dive on in and talk a little more about what’s going on with the Vision E, and what it tells us about Skoda’s future.
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2017 Skoda Octavia vRS
For a while, Skoda was soldering on as a dated company that produced less-than-modern vehicles, but all that changed in 1996 when the brand introduced the Skoda Octavia. The car has since gone through a couple of redesigns and, for the 2017 model year, it went through a facelift. This facelift brought an even more modern design outside while upping the Octavia’s interior game and bringing some updates to the powertrain department as well. Skoda revealed the facelifted Octavia back in November of 2016, and just over a month later, the brand announced a range-topping version of its resident four-door: the Octavia vRS. The vRS brings a more aggressive set of fascias on the outside, some performance-focused tweaks to the chassis and suspension, and a small increase in power that’s enough to make it the “fastest series-production model in the history of the Octavia.”
Needless to say, Skoda is really excited about its new vRS, and in all honesty, it probably should be. But, you really need a trained eye and a good sense of logic to get through all of the PR talk that comes along with the announcement for this new “performance” model. Highlights do include an increase in 10 horsepower over that of the standard model, a slightly lowered suspension system, and it even comes stock with a pair of 18-inch wheels that can be swapped out for 19-inch models if you desire to do so.
All told, the vRS looks to be a fairly decent little compact car, and its looks certainly float the bill for something that will be passed off as a range-topping model. But, is there more to it than what meets the eye? Well, let’s dive on in and talk a little more about it.
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2017 Skoda Octavia
Essentially the car that transformed Skoda from a dated company into a modern, competitive carmaker, the Octavia arrived in 1996 and went through two major redesigns since its introduction. The latest occurred in 2012, when the third-generation (or Mk3) model was launched. Also available in notchback (five-door, hatchback-like sedan) and wagon body styles, the restyled Octavia arrived in showrooms with a more modern design, a more upscale cabin, and a revised engine lineup. The new model was met with great enthusiasm, which helped the Octavia remain one of the brand’s most popular vehicles. Both the sedan and wagon received their mid-cycle facelifts in 2016.
Unlike other compacts, especially the Volkswagen Golf it is based on, the Octavia received quite a comprehensive update. Skoda introduced a newly designed front fascia and a more aerodynamic design. While the interior remained unchanged styling-wise, the car did receive a host of new gadgets, as well as new and improved safety features. The drivetrain department also gained its fair share of updates, but we will talk about them in the review below.
“The Skoda Octavia has always been in a class of its own in the compact segment,” said Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier. “As the ’heart of the brand’, the Octavia has decisively shaped Skoda’s outstanding development from the very start, and has made the company what it is today: an internationally successful automotive manufacturer with a presence in more than 100 markets worldwide. With the now extensively revised Skoda Octavia, we are keen to continue this development sustainably.”
Look for the revised model to hit European streets in the first quarter of 2017.
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2017 Skoda Kodiaq
After months of teasing us with images of the new Kodiaq Skoda has finally spilled the beans. Of course, photos of the car were leaked a little before the official debut, but now we finally have all the fine details. As Skoda’s second crossover after the Yeti, and with all the hype that has come before it, the Kodiaq has some pretty big shoes to fill. Offered at launch with the choice of five different engines, three different transmissions, an elegant interior, and a sharp exterior, it shouldn’t have too much of a problem filling its role.
The Kodiaq is pretty elegant and sporty, and it needs to be, considering it competes against the likes of the Mercedes GLC-Class, Audi Q5, and – as far as price and power goes – the BMW X3. Highlights about the car include a luxurious and functional interior, seating for seven, and some DNA from the Skoda VisionS that debuted earlier this year at the Geneva Auto Show. So, with that said, let’s dive on in and take a look at the all-new Skoda Kodiaq and why Mercedes, Audi, and even BMW should be worried.
Updated 09/01/2016: Skoda dropped the official details on the new Kodiaq with just one month before its official debut at the 2016 Paris Auto Show.
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Skoda Kodiaq Unveiling
It’s been a long time coming, but the Skoda Kodiaq is finally making it’s world debut. And, you can watch it live by clicking play on the video above. Afterward, why not check out our full review of the Kodiaq here and let us know what you think about it in the comments section below the review.