Continued high demand: ŠKODA expands YETI capacities

› ŠKODA increases capacity for YETI production due to high demand
› The Czech manufacturer entered the SUV segment with the ŠKODA Yeti in 2009, creating a global success model
› More than 580,000 of the compact SUV sold

Mladá Boleslav, 14 September 2016 – While the Czech automaker has launched their broad SUV campaign with the recently presented ŠKODA KODIAQ, the ŠKODA YETI – the brand’s first SUV – is enjoying an unexpected rise in popularity in its seventh production year. Since its debut in 2009, the ŠKODA YETI has been one of the most successful compact SUVs ever. In total, the manufacturer has delivered more than 580,000 ŠKODA YETIs to customers worldwide. Due to high demand, ŠKODA is currently expanding the capacity for the production of the compact SUV.

“We are delighted to be able to deliver as many ŠKODA YETI to our customers in Europe as they wish,” says Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA Board Member for Production and Logistics. “By using the production capacities of another European plant within our international production network, we can respond satisfactorily to the high demand.”

The compact SUV is currently produced at four plants: In addition to Kvasiny in ŠKODA’s home country the Czech Republic, the model is manufactured at Solomonovo (Ukraine), Nizhniy Novgorod (Russia), Öskemen / Ust Kamenogorsk (Kazakhstan) and Anting (China). In order to meet the high demand for the YETI models in Europe, ŠKODA is utilizing the additional production capacities at the Nizhniy Novgorod plant. The ŠKODA YETI has been produced here since 2012 alongside the ŠKODA OCTAVIA. Production in Nizhny Novgorod is carried out in partnership with the Volkswagen Group Russia and the Russian automobile manufacturer GAZ Group.

ŠKODA entered the compact-SUV segment with the YETI model series in 2009. In Europe, the award-winning ŠKODA Yeti is one of the best-selling SUVs in its class and underlines the all-wheel-drive competence of the Czech brand.

Its distinctive design language, high functionality, extremely generous interior space yet compact external dimensions and an excellent value for money distinguish the Czech all-rounder. In addition, the model features robust off-road capabilities and top safety: On its debut, the independent Euro NCAP organization (New Car Assessment Programme) awarded the ŠKODA YETI the highest rating of five stars for occupant safety.

The series has been available in two versions since 2013: The elegant ŠKODA YETI is the crossover for the city; the adventurous ŠKODA YETI Outdoor emphasises its suitability for rough terrain with its particularly powerful off-road elements. Features include bumper with integrated underride guard and silver coloured door mirrors; the side panels and door sills are finished in black plastic for the ŠKODA YETI Outdoor. Both versions feature newly designed front and rear sections, fresh interiors, new ‘Simply Clever’ ideas, highest functionality and extended engine/transmission combinations. All available engines and transmissions, as well as front and all-wheel drive are available for both variants.

ŠKODA further enhanced the model series in mid-2015, equipping the popular SUV with five new, more powerful engines. They meet the requirements of the EU-6 emission standard across the board. Consumption and CO2 emissions have been reduced at the top by around 20 percent. Furthermore, the ŠKODA YETI and ŠKODA YETI Outdoor come with an even more extensive range of standard equipment and the latest generation of music and infotainment systems.

More than 580,000 ŠKODA YETIs have been sold to customers around the world to date. In 2015 alone, ŠKODA delivered around 99,500 YETI models. Between January and August 2016, approximately 61,700 customers worldwide opted for a vehicle in this series.

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