Skoda is looking to expand its presence in its most important single market by entering the e-mobility sector, which is growing rapidly in China. At Auto Shanghai 2019, the brand is showcasing the Vision iV and the Klement two-wheel concept.
Given its booming SUV sales, China is the only market in which Skoda offers four different SUV models – the Kodiaq GT, Kodiaq, Karoq and the Kamiq, all of which are on display at the motor show. The Vision iV provides a solid look ahead at a future production vehicle. The brand’s first all-electric model to be based on the modular electric car platform will be launched in Europe as early as 2020. In consultation with the joint venture partner SAIC Volkswagen, work is also already being carried out regarding entry into the Chinese market.
By introducing the Klement mobility concept, Skoda is tracing an arc back to its founding fathers Vaclav Laurin and Vaclav Klement – who started the brand by manufacturing bicycles 124 years ago – and is presenting its vision of electric mobility for use in China’s metropolises. Thanks to an integrated 4-kW rear hub motor, the Klement has a top speed of 45kmph. The concept also gets a hydraulic front brake equipped with ABS.
As for the existing production cars, Skoda is presenting its SUV quartet at Auto Shanghai. In addition to the Kodiaq which is available as a seven-seater and the Karoq, which is 50mm longer than its European counterpart, this quartet includes the Chinese version of the Kamiq and the Kodiaq GT which were both developed exclusively for China.