(Photos, press releases after the jump)
Paris Photos by Eric Bryant:
ŠKODA AUTO AT PARIS INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW
Škoda Auto's new concept car – the Škoda Joyster - is having a world premiere at the Paris International Motor Show. Shaped very dynamically, this leisure-time three-door front-wheel-drive compact vehicle is mainly targeted at young people. On top of its fresh-looking design, the vehicle offers a high degree of comfort and smart modern communication solutions. The Joyster concept demonstrates the big creative potential of the company's young designers led by Jens Manske. The team indeed creates new, simple and sophisticated solutions in the spirit of the company's advertising slogan "Simply Clever".
Besides the Joyster concept car, a further three items of Škoda Auto's product portfolio are having world premieres at the event:
- The Škoda Octavia Scout
- The Škoda Octavia RS and the Octavia Combi RS with the 2,0 TDI PD/125 kW engine
- Top-class equipment levels Laurin & Klement for the Octavia and the Superb
Based on the Octavia Combi 4x4, the Octavia Scout is going to reinforce the manufacturer's position in the four-wheel-drive and leisure-time segments and significantly extend the brand's model portfolio at the same time. With increased clear height, the four-wheel-drive system and two powerful engines 2.0 TDI PD/103 kW (140 HP) and 2.0 FSI/110 kW (150 HP), the model is another addition to the Octavia range.
Other attractive items to be exhibited by Škoda Auto at the Paris Motor Show include the Roomster, new top-class equipment levels Laurin & Klement for the Octavia and the Superb, as well as a new edition of the Octavia RS (sports version of the Octavia) with the powerful turbo diesel engine 2.0 TDI PD.
The demand for Škoda vehicles is growing. From January until June 2006, Škoda Auto's car sales grew by 12.4 compared to the same period of 2005. Specified in terms of the respective model lines, the number of customers buying the Octavia grew by 21.4 %, the sales of the Superb grew by 2.6 % and the sales of the Fabia by 4.2 %. Over 275,000 Škoda vehicles were sold over the said period.
Škoda Auto is planning to sell 530,000 vehicles over 2006, i.e., break the existing record. The brand is going to get over 500 thousand vehicles produced within one year for the very first time in its history. The new models offered by Škoda, i.e., the Octavia Scout, the Octavia RS 2.0 TDI PD/125 kW and the Roomster, are going to help significantly in the company's efforts aimed at meeting the target.
Škoda Auto currently employs 26,000 people and manufactures vehicles in five countries: the Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, India, Kazakhstan and the Ukraine. In 2007 Škoda Auto is going to start manufacturing cars also in its new production plant in China. Škoda vehicles are sold in altogether 90 countries.
Škoda Auto's presentation at the Paris International Motor Show is in Hall No. 4.
PREMIERE FOR THE INNOVATIVE STUDY, JOYSTER, A COMPACT CAR FROM ŠKODA, AT THE PARIS MOTOR SHOW
The latest Joyster design study materializes ideas of new forms and functions of a compact car for Škoda's future customers and outlines the future development of familiar design elements from Škoda Auto. The Joyster is a three-door car with compact exterior dimensions, yet surprisingly generous interior space. It is also a new combination of compact body design and a wide range of communication technologies and comfort equipment.
The design study primarily pursues the long-term goal of offering simple and at the same time clever solutions, which together with Škoda's motto "Simply Clever" have become a widely recognised term for friendly and sophisticated details of Škoda car design.
The new design study will be presented alongside other innovations from Škoda Auto at the Paris Motor Show.