AUTO NEWS – No small Skoda electrical vehicles after Citigo-e iV axed

No small Skoda electrical vehicles after Citigo-e iV axed

Skoda is to keep away from smaller electrified fashions for the foreseeable future, after a senior government confirmed the axing of the Citigo-e iV and insisted there aren’t any present plans for plug-in variations of any mannequin smaller than the Octavia.

The Czech model has simply launched its first bespoke electrical car, the Enyaq, based mostly on the VW Group’s MEB platform. However final 12 months it additionally revealed the Citigo-e iV, an all-electric conversion of its common metropolis automotive, and sister car to the VW e-up! and SEAT Mii Electrical. However whereas these fashions stay on sale, Skoda’s model of the automotive has now been discontinued after the entire producer’s allocation of autos was snapped up – together with round 400 examples within the UK.

Skoda’s gross sales & advertising boss Alain Favey mentioned, “The Citigo is nearly as good as gone. We’ve bought all that we needed to promote, and there is not going to be a alternative. We have now no intention to have a automotive of this measurement sooner or later.”

Favey believes that the approaching arrival of plug-in hybrid variations of the Octavia will enable Skoda to be higher represented in markets with sooner growing gross sales of electrified autos, or incentives to encourage demand. However regardless of a number of of Skoda’s key rivals providing pure-electric entries within the supermini class, Favey mentioned that the agency would discover it laborious to justify even a plug-in hybrid model of the bigger Scala household hatchback, which sits between the Fabia and Octavia in Skoda’s line-up.

“I don’t imagine that plug-in is mostly a expertise that’s suited to smaller vehicles,” he mentioned, “however within the fleet market, responding to the completely different authorities incentives, I believe the Octavia and Very good are precisely what we’d like. Scala is automotive the place it’s already disputable if it’s a good suggestion to have a plug-in. Let’s be clear; the expertise continues to be extraordinarily costly, so you must have buyer base with the shopping for energy for the value of that expertise. Otherwise you settle for that you simply’re going to lose cash, which isn’t an possibility for us. We’re not interested by going into smaller segments with plug-in hybrids, realizing that no one shall be prepared to pay the value for them.”

Skoda is more likely to be taking part in a ready sport till the VW Group finalises its plans for MEB Entry, a brand new low-cost model of the platform that underpins the Enyaq. Favey mentioned, “If sooner or later there’s a model of the MEB platform that enables smaller vehicles to be produced then we’d have a Skoda model.”

Favey additionally confirmed that whereas he and Skoda’s R&D boss Christian Strube had “been combating for” a plug-in hybrid vRS efficiency model of the Scala, the automotive is not going to make manufacturing. Initially revealed by Auto Specific again in March 2019, the Scala vRS proposal was seen as important as a result of it could have pressured the VW Group to introduce plug-in electrification on its smaller MQB A0 platform, which helps the Scala but additionally the likes of the VW T-Cross, SEAT Arona and Audi A1.

However Favey informed us, “We offered a plug-in idea across the time of the launch of Scala, I bear in mind. And I can affirm that I used to be a part of the struggle for this one, nevertheless it’s not going to occur.”

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AUTO NEWS – No small Skoda electrical vehicles after Citigo-e iV axed


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