The forthcoming period of the current year, 2023, shall prove to be a highly engaged duration for Skoda, the Czech automaker, being an essential division of the Volkswagen Group, as it plans to release multiple revamped or novel commodities. Firstly, it shall focus on executing a mid-cycle facelift for the Kamiq subcompact crossover and Scala compact hatchback by refreshing their designs both internally and externally. Additionally, the Enyaq large electric SUV will spawn a Laurin & Klement flagship trim level, enriched with an array of high-tech features.
Below the verdant cover, the upcoming Elroq electric car is concealed, which is positioned below the Enyaq model. One must not misconstrue this with Skoda’s resemblance of the recently disclosed VW ID.2all as the latter shall not make it to the market until 2025. During the Q&A session, which ensued the annual press conference, the company chairman, Klaus Zellmer, confirmed that we shall attain a more profound insight into electric vehicles during the Explore More 2.0 event in April.
In the latter half of the year, Skoda aims to introduce the next-generation Superb and Kodiaq, furnished with plug-in hybrid powertrains. While the former has been available as a PHEV for multiple years, the latter has not yet received a charging port. It’s noteworthy that the Superb model shall no longer be produced in the Czech Republic, as the production has shifted to Bratislava, where it shall be assembled alongside the mechanically related next-gen VW Passat.
Those intrigued by the facelifted Octavia must be cognizant that Skoda’s best-selling product is expected to receive a facelift in 2024, concomitant to the VW Golf, which is also anticipated to undergo a nip and tuck. In the distant future, three EVs shall be unveiled by 2026: Elroq, an entry-level car, to replace the Citigo-e iV, and a seven-seat SUV previewed by the Vision 7S concept.
Regarding the company’s 2022 results, it delivered 731,300 cars, which is a 16.7 percent reduction compared to the previous year. The downturn was attributed to several factors, including a semiconductor shortage, supply chain issues, and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Germany emerged as Skoda’s most prominent single market, with 134,300 units, followed by the Czech Republic, with 71,200 cars, and India, with 51,900 vehicles.
The Octavia persisted as a top-selling model with 141,100 examples, followed by the Kamiq with 96,300 units, and the Kodiaq with 94,500, a close third. The Fabia barely missed attaining a podium position, with 92,700 superminis delivered throughout the last year.