Mladá Boleslav/Paris, 25 July 2016: The night before the KODIAQ’s high-profile appearance, ŠKODA was getting familiar with the local conditions, as on the last day of this year’s Tour the new ŠKODA KODIAQ was set to lead the racer field. With a start in Chantilly and finish in Paris, the stage stretches over 113 kilometres.
For its Tour premiere the new SUV by ŠKODA got a brand new camouflage cover in red, grey and black. The special camouflage foil with facets made of crystal-like elements matches the look of the Red Car, the ŠKODA Superb in Corrida Red. The Red Car serves as a mobile control centre of the Tour de France and is used by the race Director Christian Prudhomme.
Behind the steering wheel during the first public appearance of ŠKODA KODIAQ was former cycling professional Stephen Roche. The Irish rider triumphed in the 1987 Tour de France and currently represents the Czech manufacturer as a brand ambassador.
ŠKODA is supporting the Tour de France for the thirteenth consecutive time as the official partner. The brand is also the sponsor of the Green Jersey worn by the leader of the points classification for the second time. Simultaneously, ŠKODA acts as the official vehicle partner of the race, providing a total of 250 cars as organisational and support vehicles as well as more than 50 team cars.
The ŠKODA KODIAQ is set to make its next appearance in Paris in late September as a guest of the motor show, this time without a camouflage cover. Going on sale in early 2017, the SUV marks the beginning of ŠKODA’s world-wide SUV offensive and will be promoted under the caption ‘Discover new grounds’.
The ŠKODA KODIAQ represents all the strengths of the Czech brand, featuring a distinct design full of character, exceptionally spacious interior, high level of functionality and numerous Simply Clever solutions. At 4.7 metres in length the SUV offers the largest boot space in its class and a customisable third row of seats. Other highlights of the new ŠKODA KODIAQ include extensive connectivity options, modern driver assist systems and a future-oriented infotainment system.
ŠKODA UK has launched its first online showroom. Customers can access the ŠKODA Live Tour on their computer, tablet or smartphone – and gain the showroom experience at a time and place that suits them. ŠKODA Live Tour instantly connects the customer to a ŠKODA Product Host by an internet video link, who takes them into the Live Tour showroom and introduces the ŠKODA models.
ŠKODA’s new compact SUV is called the KAROQ. The name and its spelling originate from the language of the Alutiiq, an indigenous tribe who live on an island off the southern coast of Alaska. For the name of the new compact SUV, ŠKODA has drawn on the spelling of the ŠKODA KODIAQ and in doing so, has created a consistent nomenclature for the brand’s current and future SUV models. The ŠKODA KAROQ will be introduced to the public for the first time in Stockholm on 18 May and represents a further milestone in ŠKODA’s SUV campaign.
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