Škoda Auto’s latest version of the best-selling Octavia model will be
sold on the Czech market for CZK 456,000, the Czech News Agency wrote on
Thursday. The starting price of the liftback is 6,000 crowns higher than
the price of the previous model.
The basic liftback model will only be available in mid-2020, while the fourth-generation Octavia Combi model, which will cost an extra CZK 180,000 is set to go on sale before the end of the year.
Sales of new passenger cars in the Czech Republic in the first three
quarters of 2018 dropped by eight percent year-on-year to 191,110,
according to figures released by the Car Importers Association on Thursday.
The month of September saw a rise by 8.5 percent to 15.770 sold cars. The biggest seller in the period was Škoda with over 64,656 cars, followed by Volkswagen and Hyundai.
President Miloš Zeman will continue using Czech-made Skoda cars in office,
the Office of the President reported.
On the occasion of the president’s 75th birthday on Saturday, Skoda Auto representatives presented the head of state with a new, third-generation Skoda Superb. He will also have a new SUV, a Kodiaq, at his disposal.
As Zeman posed for photographers in front of the new Skoda, he reiterated the view that a Czech president should ride in a car made in the Czech Republic.
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.
Following in the footsteps of Limebike electric scooters, Homeport Freebikes, and shared Rekola bikes, the Škoda Auto car manufacturer is launching its own service of shared electric scooters in Prague. The company is placing 50 electric scooters imported from Spain in the broad city centre and would like to see their number triple in the near future.
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.