Audi A7-mimicking VisionC concept headed to Geneva motor display
Škoda has been one of the biggest European automotive good results stories of the final 2 decades: an automaker primarily based in former Czechoslovakia rescued from bankruptcy and obscurity by Volkswagen, whose products have now for years been rivaling Volkswagen’;s personal vehicles.
It looks that the Mladá Boleslav automaker’;s sights are set even larger than the recent variety-topping Škoda Exceptional sedan, which has continuously received, umm, excellent rankings since its debut a lot more than decade in the past. And at the Geneva motor demonstrate next week, in a further dash upmarket, Škoda will debut a new idea dubbed VisionC, previewing a production 5-door coupe that will be positioned amongst the Octavia and the Exceptional sedans.
“We are signalling the following stage in the evolution of Škoda’;s layout language with ‘Škoda VisionC’;, and therefore highlighting the dawn of the brand,” mentioned Škoda CEO Dr. Windried Vahland. “The motor vehicle demonstrates the company’;s excellent layout and engineering skills, and underpins the dynamism and worth of a single of the world’;s longest-established automotive companies.”
Škoda has traditionally remixed Volkswagen and Audi design and style cues, but the VisionC idea now seems to integrate style language that is far much more Audi than something else, given the shape of the beltline and the sharply creased bodywork. We see a definite resemblance to the Audi A7 sedan and the Audi A5 coupe in terms of design and style and packaging, however the idea is a bit smaller and is meant to provide a comparable seem for what may be really a bit much less income.
The idea is stated to have a CNG/gasoline 1.4 TFSI engine below the hood that can switch above among the 2 fuels, excellent for 108 hp, even though it is not clear whether this powerplant will make it into a manufacturing edition of the VisionC, which is anticipated to appear on the market place in 2016.
Škoda stays Volkswagen’;s sensible brand (at least the one that isn’;t named Volkswagen) in Europe and elsewhere, but public esteem for the Czech vehicles as properly as their reliability rankings have been eclipsing the Volkswagen, Audi, and SEAT manufacturers for many years, even even though they’;re all based mostly on versions of Volkswagen Automotive Group platforms.
Remain tuned: We’;ll have far more on the Škoda VisionC notion and all the other reveals live from the Geneva motor show subsequent week.
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