Czech automaker Skoda Auto has been working on several new models and concepts. Skoda has displayed its new concepts at various international auto shows and has said that its new production models based on the showcased concepts will be presented pretty soon. Skoda revealed that it is getting ready to bring in as many as 19 new car models internationally by 2020. This huge announcement has come recently after the Volkswagen Group owned company has announced its sales performance in 2017.
Skoda Auto has recently proudly announced that the company has sold a total of 1,200,500 vehicles in the international car markets, which has accounted for a sales rise of 6.6 percent as compared against the sales in the previous year, and also made 2017 the most significant sales year in the Czech car maker’s history.
While speaking about the great sales performance last year, Skoda Auto’s Chief Executive Officer, Bernhard Maier said that 2017 has remarkably established the fact that Skoda’s attractive and wide model range is very well received by the customers. He added by saying that year 2017 was the most successful year in the Skoda’s history with the delivery of over 1.2 million vehicles. Thanking all the Skoda car owners across the world, Maier further said that the company is now more motivated than ever to offer a more varied range. He added by saying that the company will not only be introducing 19 new car models by the end of 2020, but will also be venturing into the most comprehensive investment program in Skoda’s entire career. He said that within the coming 5 years’ time, Skoda will be investing around two billion Euros in electrified mobility and new mobile services. The company will be actively implementing its strategy by 2025.
Skoda will be venturing into the electrified mobility system with the plug-in hybrid version of its flagship sedan Superb in 2019. Till now the details regarding the upcoming Skoda plug-in hybrid model, it is expected that it will be sharing its powertrain with the Passat GTE. Next year will also be witnessing the launch of Skoda’s very first all-electric car - the Citigo. The Citigo city car will be based on Volkswagen’s new MEB platform. By the year 2025, Skoda is planning to launch a total of 10 electrified and hybrid models.
Skoda is also planning to expand its global footprint by venturing into new markets and making its presence felt in 120 countries from the current 102 countries. The car manufacturer will enter the market of Singapore this year, while entering South Africa next year.
For the car market of India, Skoda is leading its parent company Volkswagen Group’s strategy for emerging car markets. Skoda is responsible for the development of new car models specifically for India and other similar markets, which are likely to be introduced after a couple of years, post the new safety and emission regulations come into effect in India. The group is expected to launch three cars under each of the Skoda and Volkswagen brand names in the Indian market.