The first sketches of the latest-generation Kodiaq show that the new model has a confident and elegant design. That’s in addition to cutting-edge technology, an advanced adaptive chassis or advanced infotainment with excellent control ergonomics.
The modern era of Škoda SUVs began in 2009 with the compact Yeti, which was succeeded by the Karoq. The Yeti is still the third most popular Škoda SUV ever, with over 684,000 of them hitting the road. Equally at home in city traffic and out of town, the Kamiq was also quick to win over customers, with over 537,000 units sold.
The Yeti was a pioneer, but the Kamiq, Karoq and Kodiaq family now form the mainstay of Škoda’s range. Having said that, the Czech carmaker has other models in its portfolio which are opening up new horizons and whose popularity is growing at an unstoppable pace. These are the Enyaq and Enyaq Coupé, of which 166,900 units were produced from the start of production at the end of 2020 to September 2023, while the Kushaq SUV, with a production output of nearly 64,000 units to date, is the standout in India.
Trekka: the godfather
Škoda’s first modern SUV was the Yeti, but there’s more to the history of this type of car from the Czech carmaker. The foundations for the Škoda SUV were laid by the Trekka, which was launched in 1966. This was a vehicle built in New Zealand exactly according to the requirements of local customers and in cooperation with the local importer. The technical basis, such as the engine, gearbox and axles, came from the Octavia model of the day. Škoda sent these parts to New Zealand, where the whole car was then built. By the time production of the model ended in 1972, some 3,000 Trekka models had been made.
The Trekka, the first ever car of Škoda to be designed and made in New Zealand.