Skoda Auto, the Czech unit of Volkswagen AG, disclosed that sales from January to September increased 16.8 percent to 664,800 units. In addition, it anticipated record sales of over 800,000 this 2011.
The subsidiary, which is the biggest Czech exporter, recorded an increase in almost all markets last month, particularly in growing markets like India, Russia and China. Skoda's net gain in 2010 increased three times after record sales of 762,600 units.
Skoda is targeting sales of 1.5 million units per year by 2018. Late last month, the vehicle manufacturer revealed specifics of its new minicar, the Citigo, which it anticipates to have a significant role in the brand's growth strategies.
The Citigo is the carmaker's first entry in the minicar segment. It is also Skoda's variation of the Volkswagen Up, which was first displayed at the Frankfurt car show last month.
Skoda Citigo, which is being developed at Skoda's Bratislava facility, will be put up for sale in the Czech Republic in December and in other European nations next summer.
Skoda introduces a new model made for the city. Still, the Skoda Citigo has all the features we’ve always loved about the brand (plus many more). At the front, the smallest car in its class is equipped with Skoda’s signature headlamps, stylish fin grille and chrome-plated frame. In spite of the very practical features, the Skoda Citigo is made with high quality standards for comfort and safety. So even those who want an extra car in their garage to use for daily errands around town would want to have Skoda’s new city car.
Citigo model’s height measurement is only at 1.48m while the width is at 1.65m and the overall length is at 3.56m. Meanwhile, the interior space is never compromised since the Skoda Citigo has a 2.42m wheelbase that’s enough to seat four passengers comfortably. Nevertheless, the compact car is specially designed for today’s younger consumers with small children in the family.
The luggage compartment’s maximum volume capacity is at 951litres when the rear seats are folded down. While in fact, it already has 251litres of space readily available anytime it is necessary. As bonus, the luggage area has built in pop-out storage rack with net to keep things properly organised.
Citigo may look small but the impressive interior probably has all the smartest solutions (apart from the multi-media system) available at the moment. The Skoda Citigo features the integrated front headrests for the seats along with storage pockets on the sides. In fact, there are many other useful compartments in the interior including cup holders, handbag hook, glove box and even a picture holder.
The “City Clever” vehicle comes in four trim variants ranging from Elegance, Ambition, Active and Easy. All options deliver space, quality and precision. The interior motif is clearly arranged in transparent finish while the two-tone dashboard is available for the higher model.