› The KODIAQ marked the beginning of the Czech brand’s global SUV campaign in 2016
› ŠKODA’s current SUV family now includes eight members
› The TREKKA was an early forerunner and the ŠKODA YETI paved the way for the SUV era in 2009
Mladá Boleslav, 13 April 2021 – ŠKODA’s current SUV campaign began in 2016 with the launch of the KODIAQ, but a predecessor existed 50 years earlier. In 1966, the TREKKA off-road vehicle was built in New Zealand. It was based on the original OCTAVIA and just under 3,000 units were manufactured. The ŠKODA YETI paved the way for the modern-day SUV in 2009, before the KODIAQ started ŠKODA’s current SUV family. This has now grown to eight members.
“The SUV segment is currently the largest in the global automotive market, and it continues to rise. For ŠKODA too, this segment is of enormous importance. In 2020, nearly 40 per cent of all ŠKODAs delivered worldwide were SUVs. By the end of March 2021, we had produced more than 600,000 KODIAQs worldwide – a great success story for ŠKODA, which we are now set to continue with the revised model.”
Martin Jahn, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Sales and Marketing
The ŠKODA TREKKA is the forefather of the Czech brand’s current SUV family. It was built in New Zealand in 1966 on the basis of an OCTAVIA chassis. By 1972, almost 3,000 vehicles had been made, some of which were exported to Australia, Fiji, Samoa and Vietnam. In 2009, the strikingly designed and super-practical YETI was ŠKODA’s first modern-day SUV, before the KODIAQ ushered in the brand’s major SUV campaign in 2016.