Around 3,500 Kodiak bears, measuring up to 3 metres (!) and weighing up to 700 (!) kilograms, live on this island off the southern coast of Alaska, situated about 650 kilometres from Anchorage. The Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge gives them an abundance of space; after all, Kodiak Island is as large as Corsica. There is still enough room for the island’s 24,000 residents, about 6,500 of whom live in the town of Kodiak. With rugged mountains, narrow fjords, hidden lakes and thick forests, the Kodiak landscape is the ideal terrain for an SUV like the new ŠKODA Kodiaq – here it can prove its qualities, power and suitability for everyday use under the harshest conditions.
ŠKODA has extensively researched life on Kodiak Island, where the culture and language of the native people, the Alutiiq, are currently experiencing a renewed respect and something of a renaissance – including online dictionaries and language courses: www.alutiiqlanguage.org.
The Alutiiq refer to the Kodiak bear as Taquka’aq – the letter ‘q’ at the end is typical for the names of people, and also for their animals. ŠKODA has adopted the letter for the new SUV’s model name, thereby paying its own respect to the language of the Alutiiq. At the same time, the ‘q’ creates a very unique and distinctive name.