H Skoda ανακοίνωσε ότι ξεκίνησε την παραγωγή του Citigo, του δικού της VW up!. Το mini αυτοκίνητο πόλης θα κατασκευάζεται στο εργοστάσιο της Skoda στη Μπρατισλάβα και οι πωλήσεις του στη Τσεχία θα ξεκινήσουν στα τέλη του έτους, ενώ στην υπόλοιπη Ευρώπη θα ξεκινήσουν έως το καλοκαίρι του 2012. Θα είναι διαθέσιμο σε τρίθυρες και πεντάθυρες εκδόσεις και μηχανικά φορά έναν τρικύλινδρο 1.000αρη κινητήρα απόδοσης 60 και 75 ίππων.

Έχει μήκος 3.563 mm, πλάτος 1.641 mm, ύψος 1.478 mm με μεταξόνιο 2.420 mm. Ο χώρος αποσκευών αγγίζει τα 251 λίτρα ενώ με την αναδίπλωση των πίσω καθισμάτων μπορεί να φτάσει έως και τα 951 λίτρα. Ζυγίζει 929 κιλά και ο κινητήρας συνδυάζεται με ένα 5-τάχυτο μηχανικό χειροκίνητο κιβώτιο με τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα να τα κάνει σε 13.9 δευτ. η έκδοση με τα 60 άλογα και 12.7 δευτ. η έκδοση με τα 75 με την τελική ταχύτητα να αγγίζει τα 159 χλμ/ώρα και 170 χλμ/ώρα αντίστοιχα. Σε ότι αφορά τις εκπομπές CO2 αυτές ανέρχονται στις 105 και 108 γρ/χλμ αντίστοιχα ενώ καταναλώνουν 4.5 λίτρα/100 χλμ και 4.7 λίτρα/100 χλμ.

Υπάρχει διαθέσιμη και η Green Tec έκδοση και στους δύο κινητήρες η οποία έχει μέση κατανάλωση 4.2 λίτρα/100 χλμ και 4.3 λίτρα/100 χλμ με εκπομπές CO2 97 γρ/χλμ και 99 γρ/χλμ αντίστοιχα.

Και αυτό διαθέτει το σύστημα αυτόματου φρεναρίσματος City Safe Drive το οποίο ενεργοποιεί αυτόματα το σύστημα πέδησης σε ταχύτητες έως 30 χλμ/ώρα σε περίπτωση που ανιχνεύσει πρόσκρουσης ενώ διαθέτει 4 αερόσακους.

Επίσης ανακοίνωσε ότι κατασκεύασε 10.000.000 αυτοκίνητα στο εργοστάσιο της στη  Mlada Boleslav από το 1905 που ξεκίνησε να λειτουργεί, ενώ ανακοίνωσε και τις πωλήσεις του 9μηνου που μέχρι τον Σεπτέμβριο πούλησε 668.800 αυτοκίνητα (+16.8%). Περισσότερες λεπτομέρειες μπορείς να βρεις στο δελτίο τύπου που ακολουθεί.

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ŠKODA starts production of the small car Citigo in Bratislava

  • The Citigo is one of the pillars of the ŠKODA Growth Strategy
  • A ŠKODA for the city – “City Clever”
  • Citigo paves the way for tremendous opportunities in a new segment

Mladá Boleslav/Bratislava, October 13th, 2011 – Today, ŠKODA celebrated the start of the series production of its new small car, “Citigo”, in Bratislava. With the seventh model series, the Czech manufacturer expands its product portfolio in the small car segment. The new Citigo will already be introduced in Škoda’s home market of the Czech Republic at the end of this year. Other European countries will follow in the early summer of 2012. At the time of its launch in the market, the Citigo will first be available as a three-door vehicle. The five-door version will be offered at the beginning in 2012.

“The Citigo is a central component of our growth strategy,” says the Chairman of the Board of ŠKODA, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “With this automobile, we are starting our model offensive in Europe. It opens the important small car market for ŠKODA and perfectly applies our values in a city car: compact yet spacious, economical yet agile, attractive and equipped with many clever ideas. This car is ‘city clever’.”

The key target groups are young drivers, young families with young children looking to get themselves a second or even third car, and also ‘best agers’, i.e. customers who are rather cost-sensitive and have a rational approach to cars on one hand but high demands for quality, design and safety on the other. The Citigo is a perfect mix of these properties. Depending on market demands, up to three trim options will be available: Active, Ambition and Elegance.

The Citigo offers maximum room with a minimum amount of space and seats four passengers comfortably. With a length of 3.56 meters, a width of 1.65 meters, and height of 1.48 meters, the Citigo is among the most compact of cars in the A00 segment.

The safety issue is of major importance. For the first time ever, a head/thorax side airbag for the driver and the front passenger are included in a ŠKODA. Together with other features, it provides an exemplary passive safety package for this vehicle class. The active safety is significantly improved by the new active brake assistant, “City Safe Drive.”

At the market launch, new three-cylinder gas engines will be available: both engines have a displacement of 1.0 liter and provide 44 kW/60 hp or 55 kW/75 hp, respectively.

ŠKODA produces ten-millionth vehicle in Mladá Boleslav

  • A ŠKODA Fabia Monte Carlo – painted white – is the jubilee vehicle
  • Vehicles have been built in Mladá Boleslav for 106 years
  • The model offensive has started

Mladá Boleslav, October 12th, 2011 – Today, ŠKODA produced the ten-millionth vehicle in its main plant in Mladá Boleslav. The jubilee vehicle is a white Fabia Monte Carlo. The automobile came off the assembly line at the main plant of the Czech manufacturer in Mladá Boleslav and will be a highlight in the redesigned ŠKODA Automobile Museum. At the same time, the manufacturer is affirming its growth plans for the coming years.

Ten million Škoda automobiles produced in Mladá Boleslav alone are a testimony for the power of the automobile industry and engineering skills in the Czech Republic,” says the Chairman of the Board of ŠKODA, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “We are proud of more than 100 years of automobile manufacture in the heart of Europe. It is proof of the strength of our brand. Since 1905, when the automobile pioneers Václav Laurin and Václav Klement started to manufacture vehicles, cars ‘made in the Czech Republic and ‘by ŠKODA’ have enjoyed an excellent reputation with customers all over the world. Crossing the 10 million vehicle threshold is motivation for us to strengthen the growth course in the coming years. We will increase our production and sales and at least double our sales figures to 1.5 million vehicles per year by 2018,” according to Vahland.

The production jubilee marks another milestone in the successful development of the manufacturer. In the past 20 years alone, ŠKODA has been able to quadruple its worldwide sales figures. Since 1991, the model range has grown from one model to the current total of seven model series. While it still focused on the Czech Republic and Europe years ago, the manufacturer enjoys international success in more than 100 markets today.

Within the course of the ŠKODA growth strategy, in the coming years, the brand will implement the greatest model offensive of its history. In the next two to three years, we will launch a new vehicle every six months. At this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), the Czech manufacturer presented the vehicle “Mission L” – which constitutes a concrete outlook towards a new compact sedan. Shortly afterwards, Škoda introduced the new small car, “Citigo” to media representatives in Mladá Boleslav. “The new compact sedan, the Citigo, and other new models guarantee that we will successively continue our course in the coming years.”

“We are putting the pedal to the metal all over the world. We see the largest potential in the growth countries of China, India, and Russia. But we will also continue to expand our position in our traditional European markets,” says the Chairman of the Board of ŠKODA. For this purpose, the manufacturer is vigorously expanding its worldwide production capacities. In its home market of the Czech Republic, capacities are currently being expanded in the plants at Mladá Boleslav and Kvasiny. In Kosmonosy, a new training center will welcome the brand’s employees at the end of 2011. New production capacities are also being created beyond its home country, for example, in China and in Russia. In China, ŠKODA will produce the new compact sedan (beginning at the end of 2012) and the compact SUV “Yeti” (starting in 2013) in cooperation with Volkswagen Shanghai. In India, the car manufacturer has already started the production of a new compact sedan under the name “ŠKODA Rapid”. In Russia, the Yeti will start to come off the assembly lines of the Nizhny Novgorod plant of the vehicle manufacturer GAZ Group at the end of 2011.

Models that have been built in Mladá Boleslav since 1905:

1905 Laurin & Klement A 1936 ŠKODA Popular Monte Carlo
1906 Laurin & Klement B 1938 ŠKODA Superb
1906 Laurin & Klement E 1939 ŠKODA Rapid OHV
1908 Laurin & Klement F 1939 ŠKODA Favorit
1908 Laurin & Klement FC 1946 ŠKODA 1101
1908 Laurin & Klement G2 1952 ŠKODA 1200
1911 Laurin & Klement L 1957 ŠKODA 445
1911 Laurin & Klement S 1964 ŠKODA 1000 MB
1912 Laurin & Klement DN 1969 ŠKODA 100
1912 Laurin & Klement Sb 1976 ŠKODA 105 L
1913 Laurin & Klement M 1983 ŠKODA 120 S
1913 Laurin & Klement Rk 1987 ŠKODA Favorit
1915 Laurin & Klement O 1990 ŠKODA Forman
1922 Laurin & Klement A 1994 ŠKODA Felicia
1925 Laurin & Klement 110 1996 ŠKODA Octavia
1926 ŠKODA – Hispano Suiza 1999 ŠKODA Fabia
1927 Laurin & Klement 350 1998 ŠKODA Octavia Combi
1928 ŠKODA 4R 2000 ŠKODA Fabia Combi
1930 ŠKODA 422 2001 ŠKODA Fabia Sedan
1931 ŠKODA 860 2004 ŠKODA Octavia II
1934 ŠKODA 650 2004 ŠKODA Octavia Combi II
1934 ŠKODA 420 Rapid 2007 ŠKODA Fabia II
1934 ŠKODA 418 Popular 2007 ŠKODA Fabia Combi II

ŠKODA grows 16.8 per cent in first nine months of 2011

  • Stable growth continues in third quarter
  • Total of 664,800 vehicles shipped
  • Best September in company history with 81,200 sales
  • New sales record in China

Mladá Boleslav, October 13, 2011 – In the first nine months of 2011, ŠKODA increased its worldwide sales by 16.8 per cent compared to last year. Deliveries in January through September rose to a total of 664,800 units (January – September 2010: 569,000 vehicles). With 81,200 cars sold, the brand set a new record for September (last year: 75,800) and recorded the third best sales result in the company’s history (behind March 2011 and June 2011).

“ŠKODA is continuing on the fast track this year,” explains Jürgen Stackmann, board member for Sales and Marketing. “Our growth trend is in good shape. We are growing in all regions, and in 2011 we will exceed the 800,000 mark in the number of cars sold for the first time. Our model initiative will play a part in ŠKODA further developing its position on the markets in the coming years. With the Citigo compact car and the Rapid made in India, we have already introduced the first two new models. As a result, ŠKODA will tap into new customer segments.”

On the domestic Czech market, ŠKODA sold 5,100 vehicles in September. This means that every third Czech customer chose a car sporting the Winged Arrow.

In other countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the brand was able to further strengthen its position in the past month. Sales in Croatia increased by 85.9 per cent, in Romania by 9.6 per cent, in Hungary by 8.9 per cent and in Ukraine by 7.1 per cent.

In Western Europe, ŠKODA sales grew by 2.6 per cent to 35,200 vehicles in September. Three markets set all-time records: Sales in Great Britain rose to 7,200 vehicles (up 33.2 per cent). Switzerland reported an increase of 27.9 per cent (1,700 sales), and Norway was up 27.7 per cent (700 vehicles).

ŠKODA registered continued strong momentum with high rates of growth in the emerging regions of Russia, India and China. In Russia and India, ŠKODA sold more vehicles by the end of September than it had in all of 2010. Deliveries in Russia rose by 63.1 per cent to 6,500 in September, resulting in the brand’s second best month ever. Sales in India grew by 37.5 per cent to 2,200 units in September. In China the carmaker achieved a new sales record with 21,100 vehicles (+ 9.8 per cent) delivered.

Even on additional markets outside of Europe, all signals point to growth for ŠKODA. With a 125.1 percent increase in Australia, September saw the brand more than double its sales.

Deliveries to customers in September 2011 (ŠKODA models compared to September 2010):

Octavia (35,300 vehicles/up 11.8 per cent), Fabia (24,300 vehicles/up 3.6 per cent), Superb (10,300 vehicles/up 2.9 per cent), Yeti (6,500 vehicles/up 20.4 per cent), Roomster (3,600 vehicles/up 7.5 per cent).

Deliveries to customers in January-September 2011 (ŠKODA models compared to January-September 2010):

Octavia (283,900 vehicles/up 19.8 per cent), Fabia (201,900 vehicles/up 19.1 per cent), Superb (90,600 vehicles/up 23.5 per cent), Yeti (50,800 vehicles/up 29.6 per cent), Roomster (27,000 vehicles/up 10.9 per cent).

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