Skoda

  • ​Students at the Skoda Vocational School (SVS) have finished their training year with a bang. The Skoda Mountiaq concept pickup truck was eight months in the making and morphs a Kodiaq SUV into a monstrous-looking truck in brilliant Sunset Orange paint.
  • The Klement offers a glimpse into Skoda's crystal ball, where the micromobility future will be electric, innovative and modern. It also pays homage to the very beginnings of the company, which started with bicycle and motorcycle manufacturing in 1895.
  • Czech automaker Škoda is a surprisingly old company: 122 years old, in fact. In its early days, it was called Laurin & Klement, and its sportiest model back in 1908 was the 12-hp BSC model. Only 12 were made, and the last surviving one has been restored for display.
  • Every year, Skoda gives members of its trainee program the freedom to create a unique concept. Past creations include funky compact pickups and fastback city cars, but the latest crop of students has used sand and surf for inspiration and turned the Citigo into an battery-powered beach buggy.
  • Skoda has been slowly driving more upmarket from its entry-level roots and expanded the number of models on offer. Joining the lineup is the Karoq compact SUV, which is built on the same underpinnings as the VW Tiguan and which Skoda is hoping will succeed where the oddball Yeti failed.
  • VW Group has its sights on 2025 for an expansion of its electrified vehicle portfolio. By that time, five of the group's all-electric vehicles will be wearing a Skoda badge ... compared to none today. Skoda starts now with a sporty electric crossover named the Vision E.
  • Auto Shanghai got underway this week, bringing with it a look at the near future of the auto market. It looks like we're in for a more attractive selection of electric cars, even more SUVs, and some vehicles from brands that didn't exist a few years ago.
  • Skoda will get in on VW Group's electric car action at next month's Auto Shanghai, where it will reveal its first electric concept. And it'll have some fun, dropping a 311-mile (500-km) AWD electric powertrain and Level 3 autonomous driving system in a sleek, muscular SUV.
  • Hot on the heels of supermarket chain Waitrose unveiling a ​fleet of compressed natural gas delivery lorries, Skoda has whipped the covers off four CNG-powered trucks for its factory. The lorries will be used to ferry parts around the factory site, promising to cut costs and carbon emissions.
  • The new Octavia RS might not have a VW badge, but it shares a turbocharged engine and basic chassis with the Golf GTI. Given the Octavia RS will likely offer more space for similar (or less) money, the question is – do you really need that Golf GTI?​
  • From the capable Superb through to the punchy Octavia vRS, Skoda is proof platform sharing benefits all the brands involved. The Kodiaq is yet more evidence, picking and choosing the best bits from the MQB parts bin, and packaging them up in a practical Czech SUV body.
  • Skoda's badge doesn't have the same prestige as some of the other brands within the VW Group stable, but that doesn't mean the Czech marque doesn't deserve attention. Until now the only thing it's been missing was an SUV, a hole soon to be filled by the Kodiaq. ​​​