Skoda rolls out its two millionth SUV

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 01 Mar 2021


The two millionth sports utility vehicle (SUV) rolled off the production line at Skoda Auto’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav today. The milestone vehicle was also the 250,000th Skoda Kamiq.

The carmaker’s delivery numbers in 2020 demonstrate just how successful its current SUVs are – the Kodiaq, Karoq and Kamiq SUV model series amount to around 40 percent of all vehicles produced by the brand worldwide.

Michael Oeljeklaus, Skoda Auto Board Member for Production and Logistics, said: “The mark of two million SUVs produced, ‘made by Skoda’, is a powerful testament to our team’s great personal commitment and expertise. The milestone vehicle is also the 250,000the Skoda Kamiq – which makes this production achievement a very special occasion for us.”

With the world premiere of the Skoda Yeti in 2009, the brand laid the foundation for its success in the SUV segment. By the end of its manufacture in 2017, 685,500 units of the popular model had rolled off the production line. Skoda started its SUV campaign in the same year and presented not just one but two models: the Kodiaq and the Karoq. Featuring typical Skodaqualities – an emotive design, generous amounts of space and a high level of practicality – both SUVs built on the success of the Yeti. To date, the carmaker has produced approximately 593,600 units of the Kodiaq and 454,800 Karoqs.

In the Czech Republic, Skoda produces its SUV models at two sites. The Kamiq, Enyaq iV and the Karoq are built at the company’s headquarters in Mlada Boleslav. The Karoq also rolls off the production line in Kvasiny, as does the Kodiaq.

Outside of Skoda’s homeland, the carmaker manufactures its SUV models in China, Russia, and India, as well as in Ukraine and Slovakia. In China, the brand’s largest single market worldwide, Skoda offers market-specific derivatives as well – the Kamiq GT and the Kodiaq GT – making China the only market in which the current Skoda model portfolio includes five SUVs in total.

This month will see the world premiere of the Skoda Kushaq in India. It is the carmaker’s first production model based on the MQB-A0-IN platform – an MQB variant specially adapted by Skoda Auto for the local market. The Skoda Kushaq is the first of several compact models as part of the India 2.0 project and marks the start of a new era for the company in India. The official launch of the new Skoda Kushaq is set for 18 March 2021.

 


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