Skoda is going to become even more major player in the automotive industry as the end of 2022 it will represent more than 30 new models. The announcement was made during the annual conference, which emphasized – more than 10 of these cars will be partially or fully electric.
“Electric” strategy will begin this year with the launch of plug-in hybrid and electric vehicle Superb Citigo. The first model of electric MEB platform, developed by parent company Volkswagen Group, will appear in 2020. Electric SUV on the basis of the MEB will be the production version of the concept Vision iV, recently shown at the Geneva motor show.
Earlier Skoda had planned to 2025 to run 10 electrified models, so the current statement is that it “squeezed” my plans for at least two years. Earlier it was confirmed that six of them will be plug-in hybrids and four electric.
The wider the range includes recently-revealed hatchback, Scala and SUV Kamiq, as well as heavily updated, haven’t seen Octavia – the most sold model of Skoda, which appears at the end of this year.
According to media reports, the optimistic plans of the Czech automaker has given the results of 2018, during which the brand is sold worldwide 1 253 700 cars, which is 4.4 % more than in 2017. Revenue from sales increased by 4.4 % to 17.3 billion euros, while operating profit was 1.4 billion euros.
Over the next four years, the company invests 2 billion euros in electric mobility and new features. Last year, the automaker also invested over 500 million euros directly in its Czech plants, which are preparing to release new products.
In addition to the Czech Republic, through a partnership of the VW Group Skoda has been producing cars in Slovakia, Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Algeria, India and China.
Note: in the photo – concept Skoda Vision IV.