At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, ŠKODA will be presenting itself as the Simply Clever company for innovative mobility services. With the VISION iV and the KLEMENT, ŠKODA offers exciting prospects for an electric future. In addition to the new KAMIQ city SUV and the new SCALA compact model, the car manufacturer will also be presenting an overview of the current model range. The press conference will start on 5 March at 9:40 at the ŠKODA stand in pavilion 2.
2019 marks an exceptional occasion in the company’s 124-year history: ŠKODA is entering the eMobility era. Over the next four years, the company will be investing around two billion euros in alternative drive systems and new mobility services – the biggest investment programme in the brand’s history. ŠKODA will have introduced ten electrified models by the end of 2022. Furthermore, the car manufacturer is consistently expanding its range of new mobility services. Examples include the car-sharing platform ‘HoppyGo’ and the mobility and social service ‘CareDriver’. The high level of networking between the vehicle, the driver and the environment enables ŠKODA vehicles to be integrated into smart home networks and controlled by the ŠKODA Connect app through Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa. Multimedia support will help visitors to the ŠKODA stand in Geneva find out more about ŠKODA’s mobility services and they will also have the opportunity to create their own avatar for this at the User Experience Table.
ŠKODA VISION iV: concrete look ahead at eMobility ‘made by ŠKODA’
The VISION iV offers a concrete look ahead at the future ŠKODA family of vehicles running purely on electric batteries. The concept study is ŠKODA’s first vehicle to be built on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular electric car platform, sporting an athletic, aerodynamic body and offering a spacious interior typical of a ŠKODA. The 22-inch wheels provide a visual highlight and emphasise the impressive presence of the vehicle. Eye-catching details include the illuminated glass elements in the vertical slats of the ŠKODA grille and cameras instead of traditional wing mirrors whose housings are reminiscent of shark fins. Two electric motors – one on the front and one on the rear axle – form the emission-free drive system, making the VISION iV an all-wheel drive. The planar lithium-ion battery installed in the vehicle’s underbody saves space and provides a range of up to 500 kilometres according to the WLTP cycle. Innovative technologies provide more safety and comfort, ushering in a new era of infotainment and digitalisation. Smartphones can be integrated directly into the vehicle’s infotainment system and can even be used as a digital key to open the vehicle.
New ŠKODA KAMIQ – the brand’s first city SUV
ŠKODA is continuing its successful SUV campaign, presenting its first city SUV with the new KAMIQ. After the KODIAQ and the KAROQ, the KAMIQ is the third SUV model range for the European market, rounding off the lower end of the successful SUV portfolio. The name KAMIQ highlights that it is a member of the brand’s SUV family, following the established nomenclature; the names KODIAQ and KAROQ also start with a K and end in a Q. The word KAMIQ comes from the language of the Inuit people living in northern Canada and Greenland and means something with its own character that fits perfectly in every situation. In the growing segment of city SUVs, the ŠKODA KAMIQ combines the advantages of an SUV, for example, greater ground clearance and higher sitting position, with a stylish off-road appearance and the agility of a compact vehicle. With its emotive design, state-of-the-art assistance and infotainment systems, generous interior and numerous Simply Clever features, the KAMIQ meets the demands of family and lifestyle-oriented customers alike.
ŠKODA SCALA sets an emotive tone
The ŠKODA SCALA completely redefines the compact car segment for ŠKODA with high functionality, state-of-the-art connectivity and an emotive design. The ŠKODA SCALA has a new name to match its unique character and modern technology: SCALA is the Latin word for ‘staircase’ or ‘ladder’. This highlights the fact that ŠKODA is taking a leap forward with this model. This also applies to the new design language that ŠKODA presented for the first time with the VISION RS in Paris. In addition, the SCALA offers a high level of active and passive safety, full-LED headlights and tail lights, plenty of space for passengers and luggage, five efficient engines delivering between 66 kW (90 PS) and 110 kW (150 PS), as well as numerous Simply Clever solutions. It will be launched onto the market at the beginning of the second quarter of 2019.
Update and a new look for World Rally Champion ŠKODA FABIA R5
The Czech car manufacturer has a very special highlight for motorsports fans in Geneva: at the ŠKODA stand, they can experience the thrill of a special rally stage in two simulators and then immerse themselves in the brand’s motorsport history. ŠKODA will be bringing all its WRC2 World Cup trophies from 2016 to 2018 to Switzerland, as ŠKODA Motorsport is presenting the next development stage of the ŠKODA FABIA R5 at the Geneva Motor Show; the most successful rally car in the brand’s motorsport history is being upgraded. It incorporates design elements from the 2019 ŠKODA FABIA production version and has been technologically optimised. Following homologation, the revised FABIA R5 will probably be used by the ŠKODA factory team from mid-2019 and will also be available for customer teams.
KLEMENT – a trendsetting two-wheel concept for urban mobility
Pure, simple and intuitive to operate: the new KLEMENT electric mobility solution represents a modern and environmentally friendly lifestyle. The futuristic two-wheel concept positions itself as an ecological alternative to the car in the field of micromobility. An electric rear hub motor and integrated brake energy recuperation accelerate the bike to a top speed of 45 km/h; Two batteries allow for a range of more than 60 kilometres. The KLEMENT is fully connected; For example, the current battery levels can be displayed via an app. In addition, a geographical boundary can be pre-defined, out of which the KLEMENT cannot ride.
ŠKODA KAROQ and KODIAQ SUVs with new and optional features
In Geneva, the ŠKODA KAROQ and ŠKODA KODIAQ SUV models are being presented to the public with innovations that will be included as standard or options for the models from the two ranges during the course of the year. Instantly recognisable: both models bear the ŠKODA logo in block capitals at the rear. The new Side Assist, now with a range of 70 metres, is available as an option. Another innovation is the DCC adaptive chassis control that will also be available in the future for versions with front-wheel drive. The ŠKODA KAROQ adds the 2.0 TDI with 140 kW (190 hp) and 7-speed DSG to its range of drive systems, while the ŠKODA KODIAQ, for example, gets a new tyre pressure monitoring system with pressure sensors on each wheel. The model variant SCOUT is optionally available with ventilated seats. In the future, ŠKODA will be offering the KODIAQ RS and SPORTLINE with the new ‘Ignite’ 20-inch alloy wheels.
ŠKODA Press Conference at Geneva Motor Show
ŠKODA will be broadcasting the press conference, which will last around 15 minutes, live online on 5 March, starting at 09:40 CET. You can watch it live on the brand platform ŠKODA Storyboard or on Twitter – ŠKODA AUTO NEWS. Media organisations can also relay the livestream on their own channels using embed code.