The KAROQ success story: a cornerstone in the model range

› More than half a million KAROQ models have been produced since market launch in 2017
› The brand’s bestselling SUV and second most popular ŠKODA in 2020
› ŠKODA’s second model of its SUV campaign is available in 60 countries

Mladá Boleslav, 4 April 2022 – Following in the KODIAQ’s footsteps, the KAROQ is ŠKODA’s second SUV model, and has played a significant role in the Czech carmaker’s success since its launch in 2017. It was the bestselling ŠKODA SUV in 2020 and the brand’s second most delivered model after the OCTAVIA. More than half a million KAROQs have rolled off the production line to date.

Following the successful launch of the KODIAQ in 2016, the KAROQ was unveiled in early 2017 as ŠKODA’s second SUV model, before the KAMIQ was added to the SUV line-up as the third model. In 2021, the all-electric ENYAQ iV SUV joined the family, and the new KUSHAQ made its debut in India. Overall, SUVs made up 45% of ŠKODA’s global production in 2021. In 2020, the KAROQ was ŠKODA’s bestselling SUV and the brand’s second most delivered model after the OCTAVIA. More than half a million KAROQs have rolled off the production line since 2017. ŠKODA currently sells the compact SUV in 60 countries around the globe.

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Numerous awards from international trade media

The KAROQ also appeals to international trade media. In its first year of sales in 2017, it received various accolades from leading automotive magazines in Germany, ŠKODA’s largest single market. It was awarded the ‘Golden Steering Wheel’ by Auto Bild for the best small SUV and won the ‘AUTONIS’ award for the best new design among compact SUVs from auto motor und sport. The KAROQ also fought off the competition to pick up the ‘Auto Trophy’ award for being the best import SUV up to €25,000 from Auto Zeitung in 2017, 2018 and 2019. In 2018, readers of the auto motor und sport magazine voted it the best compact import SUV and off-road vehicle. It was also crowned ‘Car of the Year’ in the Czech Republic and in Greece, and claimed the title ‘SUV of the Year’ in Bulgaria. In the UK, it was a winner at ‘The Fleet News Awards’. From 2019 to 2021, the German trade magazine firmenauto named the KAROQ ‘Company Car of the Year’ in the compact SUV and crossover category. In addition to being voted ‘Best Family SUV’ by the British What Car? magazine in 2021, the KAROQ also secured two awards in Russia, where it won Autoreview’s ‘Car of the Year’ and the Za Rulyom Grand Prix ‘Best Compact 4×4 Crossover’.




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Christian Heubner
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