Škoda Auto’s first electric car, the Citigio, is set to become the
cheapest vehicle of its kind on the Czech market. The Czech-based automaker
presented the Citigo at a car show in Frankfurt on Tuesday. It will go on
sale at the start of 2020 at a cost of CZK 429,000 in the Czech Republic.
The first 500 buyers of the Citigo will receive free electricity from a public network of CEZ charging stations for a period of one year.
Czech car-maker Škoda Auto has manufactured the first production
components for VW electric cars. The high-voltage batteries will be used
for plug in hybrids based on Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform.
The battery packs will be used for instance in the Škoda Superb iV. Production of this model is due to be launched at the Kvasiny plant in September.
The company invested over 25 million euros in the production lines for high-voltage batteries. The initial output of 150,000 units per year should be further increased in the following years.
Car maker Škoda Auto has received over 1,600 orders for its new crossover named Kamiq even before the start of sales at the beginning of September, according to company head Luboš Vlček. With its third SUV and first urban crossover, Škoda will be in competition with Dacia Duster, Peugeot 2008 or Renault Captur.
The share of SUV models in Czech car sales has gone up to nearly 32 percent in the past three years, making them the best-selling category of cars. While Škoda tops other manufacturers in the amount of models sold, it does not dominate the category as much as it does others through the compact Octavia and supermini Fabia. Car companies are now flooding the market with new variations of SUVs.
Ministry of the Interior is preparing to take legal action against the
Czech Republic’s anti-trust authority after it overturned a tender
process to purchase police cars for over CZK 2 billion, Czech Television
reported. The Office for the Protection of Business Competition argued that
the tender favoured Škoda Auto. Ministry officials say the ruling is
The Ministry of the Interior wishes to buy up to 4,000 vehicles that would replace police cars with over 260,000 kilometres on the clock.
South Moravian Region police chief Leoš Tržil told Czech Television that the overturning of the tender decision put police work in danger.
A major increase in electric cars driving on Czech roads is expected in the coming years, with some experts predicting up to a quarter of a million electricity powered cars will be in the country by 2030. A gradual increase in the number of these vehicles will start next year, with the country’s largest car manufacturer Škoda planning on selling around 2,500, news site iHNed reports.
Škoda Auto delivered 620,900 cars to customers in the first half of the
year, down 4.9 percent year on year.
The main factor was a drop of about a quarter in sales in China, the Volkswagen Group subsidiary said.
In the second half of 2019, the carmaker, which is the nation’s biggest exporter, expects to make up the difference thanks to demand for its new Scala and Kamiq models.
Škoda Auto’s new SUV model Škoda Kamiq will be sold on the Czech market for 379,000 crowns, the Czech car manufacturer announced on Tuesday. The starting prize is around 10,000 crowns higher than the price of Škoda Scala model. The brand’s third and smallest SUV replaces Yeti, which was discontinued in 2017. It is expected to reach its first customers in September.
Car production in the Czech Republic fell by 3.8 percent year-on-year to
363,052 vehicles in the first quarter of 2019, the Automotive Industry
Association said on Wednesday.
The drop was led by Škoda Auto, the Czech Republic’s largest exporter, whose production fell by 3 percent in annual terms. The carmaker said earlier that its sales in January-March fell mainly due to lower demand on the Chinese market.
Two other smaller carmakers noted a rise in output. TPCA, a joint venture of Toyota, Peugeot and Citroën, increased production by almost 5 percent to 58,772 units in Q1, while Hyundai’s production fell by 12 percent to 73,000 cars.
From Monday no fewer than 500 new Czech-made electric bicycles will appear on the streets of Prague under the Freebike brand. Rental is via an app and users will be able to leave the bikes – which also work in traditional pedal mode – at “virtual stations” around the city. At the system’s launch on Thursday I spoke to Charles Butler of operators Homeport.