Skoda reveals the Citigenge Stonehenge replica

Article by Christian A., on June 21, 2012

Automotive art named the “Citihenge” was built to kick off the launch of the Skoda Citigo. Recycled car parts were used to create a replica of Wiltshire’s Stonehenge. Skoda has installed this sculpture on London’s Southbank right in time for the Summer Solstice on June 20. It was positioned on ley lines and is likely to be included in the important talking points in the capital.

The new car – the Citigo -- is at the center of this exhibit. The giant sculpture is set to already be on the Southbank on June 19-20. A design team led by sculptor Tommy Gun made the Citihenge, which took about three months to build.

This art piece used 18 scrap cars and has a height of more than five meters. Every henge has a width of five meters while the structure weighs 36 tons. Gun is a self-taught sculptor who specializes in large sculptures that frequently use machine parts. He has built sculptures that were exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show and The Grand Designs Show, Olympia.

He had also been tasked to make a sculpture for the Tour de France. In the past, Skoda has installed several cultural creative projects such as the giant cakes and a car in a cage. It has also worked with musicians Anastacia and DJ Tiësto. The Citihenge can be viewed at Potters Fields for two days. Skoda will be touring the UK and will transfer to the Goodwood Festival of Speed and its celebration of car culture, in West Sussex from June 28 to July 1.

Škoda's new city car has many design elements that are known to come from the brand. But the Skoda Citigo has been given a distinct overall look that signifies the brand’s new aesthetic. For example, the new Skoda has a finned grille set in a chrome-plated frame and meticulously shaped headlamps. The designers have done an incredible job on the rest of the car's body. With proportions of 3.56 metres long, 1.65 metres wide and 1.48 metres high, the Škoda Citigo is one of the smallest vehicles in its segment.

The all-new vehicle targets young families with young children and young drivers looking for a second or even third car. Added to the list of prospects are the 'best agers' like customers who are rather cost-sensitive and have a logical approach to cars but demand high quality, design and safety. The Škoda Citigo is a product of all these elements. Depending on market demands, four trim choices will be offered. These are: Ambition, Easy, Active, and Elegance.

As an perfect car when driving in and out of the city, the 'City Clever' Škoda Citigo offers astoundingly generous interior space typical for Škoda models. The car's long wheel base of 2.42 metres provides adequate comfort for four passengers. The luggage compartment has a volume of 251 litres and can be expanded to 951 litres with the rear seats folded down.

With its transparent arrangement of all its features as well as the two-colour dashboard in higher trim levels, the Škoda Citigo's interior offers space, quality and precision. Its front headrests that are built into the seats, as well as the other smart solutions, make the new Citigo a 'simply clever vehicle' but still retaining the Skoda feel. Included in the interior are multiple storage compartments such as cup holders, multimedia systems, and storage pockets on the sides of the front seats. There is also a photograph holder on the central console and a special handbag hook integrated in to the glovebox opening mechanism.

The luggage compartment also has a pop-out storage rack that can be locked in its top position and a set of nets that stop loose objects from moving around.

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