Skoda VisionC

Škoda is not a brand we'd associate with excitement. Sure, it has thrown its hat in the performance ring with its vRS models, but even that's been whittled down to just the Octavia vRS, and the Octavia, while competent, is hardly something worth getting excited over. But the Czech automaker is hoping to drum up some excitement at the Geneva Motor Show this year with the concept you see here.

Called the VisionC, it's a conceptual five-door coupe bearing a strikingly similar form to the Audi A7 (or even the A5 Sportback), albeit with a Škoda badge in the nose. That form in and of itself is quite a departure for a brand that's known for producing more practical vehicles. It's based on VW's MQB architecture, and is motivated by a flex-fuel 1.4-liter turbo four with just 109 horsepower on tap, but can run on either gasoline or compressed natural gas.

Apparently intended to show the way forward for Škoda design more than signaling a specific future model, the chances of the VisionC being put into production may be rather slim. But if this is a sign of things to come from VW's Eastern European subsidiary, we just might have to add Škoda to our list of foreign brands we wish we could get our hands on.
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'ŠKODA VisionC' design concept – The next stage in the ŠKODA model campaign
27.2.2014

​› Evolution: 'ŠKODA VisionC' – the next stage in the development of ŠKODA design language
› Design: Expressive, dynamic, confident, emotional
› Concept: ŠKODA develops its first five-door coupé chassis
› Characteristic of ŠKODA: Design meets functionality - Coupé with large hatch
› Technology: Modern modular technology, low weight and optimized aerodynamics for responsible individual mobility
› Environment: already meet the stringent EU2020 emissions standard using conventional technology - 91g CO2/km

​Mladá Boleslav, 27 February 2014 – As a part of the most comprehensive model campaign in the brand's history, ŠKODA is renewing and expanding its model range. The design language of the dynamic and elegant five-door coupé 'ŠKODA VisionC' introduces the next evolutionary step in ŠKODA design: The design is becoming more expressive, dynamic and emotional and underpins the dawn of the brand. At the same time the five-door Coupé concept demonstrates the possibilities in innovative and emotional chassis design.

For more than 100 years, ŠKODA has been manufacturing cars with high demands on design. ŠKODA is once again emphasising the traditional brand's expertise in design and engineering through the 'ŠKODA VisionC' design concept.

"We are signalling the next stage in the evolution of ŠKODA's design language with 'ŠKODA VisionC', and thus highlighting the dawn of the brand. The vehicle demonstrates the company's outstanding design and engineering expertise, and underpins the dynamism and value of one of the world's longest-established automotive companies." says Prof. Dr. h.c. Windried Vahland, ŠKODA CEO.

As a five-door Coupé, the 'ŠKODA VisionC' features a new expressive, dynamic and emotional design language. The interplay of soft, slightly contoured, concave and convex surfaces, as well as sharp, precise lines creates an immediate impact. The surfaces and proportions demonstrate clear arrangement and a striking interaction of light and shadow. The front has an air of confidence and energy, and the tailgate adds an element of surprise, accentuated with a radical conclusion.

In addition to its creative ambition, the 'ŠKODA VisionC' impressively demonstrates the ŠKODA engineers' concept of ingenuity; design, engineering, space, functionality and the emotional coupé shape combine in compelling unity. The 'ŠKODA VisionC' provides plenty of room for four people and their luggage.

The large boot and excellent loading capacity are characteristic of ŠKODA. Modern MQB technology, approaching series-produced drive systems, low weight and optimized aerodynamics also demonstrate the high potential of responsible individual mobility.

Under the bonnet, we find a CNG/petrol bivalent 1.4 TSI/81 kW turbo engine. On natural gas, the vehicle consumes a mere 3.4 kg or 5.1 m3 CNG per kilometre, equating to CO2 emissions of only 91 g/km. ŠKODA has made a huge leap in demonstrating that even attractive mid-class vehicles can meet the stringent EU2020 CO2 emissions standard with today's conventional drive technology.