The chroniclers writing milestone anniversaries in the automobile industry have a reason to register one milestone this year.
It’s April 1993, and Škoda Auto Slovensko has been established and launched its operations in the local market. This is the most compelling reason to dig a little into the past.
After the division of the Slovak and Czech Republic, the brand’s new representation continued to sell the ŠKODA Favorit and Forman, and in 1994 a new model, the Felicia, came to the Slovak market. The number of units sold gradually increased as the ŠKODA brand remained in the awareness of our drivers as a “local” and thus very popular, as evidenced by long-term market shares with the highest ranking hallmark.
Up to 626,059 of our motorists bought a car with a winged arrow during these three decades. It statistically means that every sixth Slovak drives or rides in a “Skoda.” Let’s pinpoint that the best-selling model in history is the Fabia hatchback. Other popular models include the Octavia, Superb, Yeti, Karoq, Kodiaq, and Kamiq.
ŠKODA AUTO Slovakia recorded its first milestone in 1996 – during the last period in the Slovak market, it sold 50,000 vehicles. The next milestone – 100,000 cars sold – was reached in 1998. In 2002, the total number of vehicles sold reached 250,000, and a half million copies were delivered in 2018, i.e., after 25 years of Slovak representation of the brand.
The Fabia (212,172) and Octavia (151,907) were the best-selling models, followed by Felicia (126,945), Superb (20,231), and the legendary Favorit (13,807). The popularity of sports utility and spacious vehicles ensures Karoq (11 004), the first SUV of the Mladá Boleslav labeled Yeti (10 840), or Kodiaq (9147). The estate version of the Favorit was also successful in sales – Forman (9048), followed by Scala (8570), Kamiq (8056), and Roomster (7922).
For milestone anniversaries, it is customary to celebrate with interesting limited-edition products. Therefore Škoda created the 30th edition. This special edition of Fabia, Scala, Kamiq, and Karoq includes above-standard essential equipment, a basic service package, and a financial bonus. The extraordinary model also has its decorative badge.
The Present and the Future
ŠKODA AUTO Slovakia currently offers eight models in 35 different versions. The word “electromobility” resonates with this manufacturer, too, and the Citigo iV has taken this journey. The small hatchback was powered by an electric motor with a maximum power of 61 kW and a torque of 212 Nm. The battery capacity of 36.8 kWh was sufficient for a range of 225 km (according to WLTP).
The first fully electric Enyaq iV enriched to the SUV range. There are several variants with two battery capacities (58 and 77 kWh) to choose from. The offer also includes the sports Enyaq Coupé RS iV (220 kW/299 hp; 460 Nm, 82 kWh battery, range 502-522 km, 4×4 drive). However, there are reports of the arrival of other electric cars from the producer’s “kitchen.” By 2026 there will also be lower segments of vehicles than the current Enyaq iV.
Text: Peter Stano, photo: Skoda Auto