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› Patterned camo wraps are used to blur contours and hide new design features
› Camouflage artists spent 120 hours disguising the fully battery-electric ŠKODA ENYAQ iV
› Test marathon on the way to production-readiness takes place on all continents 

Mladá Boleslav, 25 May 2020 – The only reason test mules catch most people’s eyes is their eye-catching camouflage wrap. But why go to all the trouble? Well, it’s about more than just colourful patterns. ŠKODA test mules generally allow only vague assumptions about what’s hidden under the wrap. This is essential, given that long before the introduction of a new model by the Czech manufacturer, its prototypes will already have covered up to two million test kilometres under real-world conditions. More often than not, tests will take place in regular road traffic. Camouflage patterns protect a new vehicle’s design and features from inquisitive eyes and spy snappers, using optical illusions to disorient the viewer. 

Before ŠKODA presents a new model to a global audience, prototypes will have spent thousands of hours on test rigs and in climatic chambers, and covered up to two million test kilometres. The test marathon on the way to production-readiness takes place on all continents. After all, the final production vehicle will have to perform as reliably in extreme cold below minus 30 degrees Celsius as at temperatures well above plus 40 degrees Celsius. The challenging and comprehensive test programme sees cars put through their paces in the sweltering heat, at high humidity and on dusty off-road tracks as well as at arctic temperatures, in the snow and on iced-over surfaces. And, of course, in regular road traffic.

Florian Weymar, Head of Total Vehicle Development at ŠKODA, explains: “In addition to the actual purpose of making a car unrecognisable, the rules and regulations governing the use of vehicles on public roads must of course be observed as well. That is why each prototype will have functioning indicators and brake lights and the complete set of sensors, regardless of the means used to camouflage or disguise its design. The work to be done by the test drivers and engineers during each journey is another consideration. Thus, in general, the air intakes must not be interfered with and the interior air vents must not be covered. This ensures that the measurement results provide a good indication of the data for the actual production vehicle. In the interior, it is crucial that the driver is able to view the instruments and have access to key control elements at any time.”

Keeping everyone in suspense until shortly before the premiere
To protect prototypes from the prying eyes of journalists, photographers and competitors, the cars are carefully camouflaged. This is the only way to ensure that technical innovations, new design features and clever details remain hidden from view. Inquisitive eyes will even search in vain for the ŠKODA wordmark or the brand’s emblem on any of the manufacturer’s test mules. Of particular interest to spy snappers equipped with a camera or smartphone are visually distinctive features, contours or body elements such as the headlights, radiator grille or the rear, which is why these areas in particular are carefully covered, or even disguised by means of temporary attachments. Camouflage patterns are also used to conceal body contours and outlines, and even the side windows are partially wrapped to conceal the design of the window line.

Similar rules apply to the interior. After all, a cabin that’s close to the final production version requires protection from the photographers’ lenses as well, because even a test mule will on occasion be parked out in the open, for example when refuelling at a petrol station. Materials used inside a test vehicle include blackout fleece fabrics that can be fashioned into separate covers for the cockpit, instrument panel, central display, infotainment system, centre console, control elements or air vents, while being easy to remove before the journey continues. ŠKODA uses these meticulous, comprehensive camouflage techniques until it’s time for the official presentation of a new model, keeping customers and industry media representatives in suspense to the very end.

Camouflage: from test mule to work of art
At ŠKODA, camouflage artists are responsible for designing and developing the camo wraps. There are few limits to the experts’ imagination and creativity. They play with patterns, 3D effects and colour contrasts to trick the viewer’s eyes. Sometimes they even hide messages inside the camouflage design, like a hashtag for the @skodaautonews Twitter account. Applying a finished camouflage wrap to a car by hand takes several hours.

When it comes to special events, the camouflage specialists at ŠKODA team up with marketing experts to develop some particularly impressive solutions. For the final stage of the 2016 Tour de France, for instance, the KODIAQ SUV appeared as the lead vehicle ahead of its official launch, decked out in a red, grey and black camouflage wrap and attracting plenty of attention during the Tour’s grand procession down the Champs-Elysées. In 2019, shortly before its world premiere, the fourth-generation ŠKODA OCTAVIA could be spotted on the streets of Prague and Mladá Boleslav in a special bicolour camo wrap in yellow and orange, for a game of “Catch me if you can” with ŠKODA fans. Fans uploading their snapshots of the camouflaged vehicles to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram could win an exclusive invitation to the world premiere in Prague. The prototypes for what became the SCALA, on the other hand, featured a pattern of white and blue dashes.

Car spotters waiting near the company headquarters in Mladá Boleslav will currently be able to catch the odd glimpse of a prototype of the ŠKODA ENYAQ iV sporting a camouflage wrap with black and white facets and three-dimensional elements. The camouflage artists spent a total of 120 hours developing the concept for disguising the first purely electric ŠKODA SUV and used around 18 square metres of camouflage foil. The ŠKODA ENYAQ iV will be revealed later this year.

However, the camouflage specialists will not have much time to relax, because by the end of 2022, a total of ten models of the electrified ŠKODA iV family will be introduced.

Article source: www.skoda-storyboard.com

› Practical and environmentally friendly scooter for mobility in cities
› Patented folding mechanism as a Simply Clever feature 
› Easy to stow under the boot floor of the ŠKODA KAMIQ and SCALA

Mladá Boleslav, 19 May 2020 – Micromobility is becoming increasingly important, especially in urban areas. With the ŠKODA Scooter, the Czech car manufacturer offers a smart and environmentally friendly means of transport specifically designed for cities: The modern, dynamic and easy-to-use vehicle promotes awareness of the ŠKODA brand among a young, active target group with growing environmental concerns. Thanks to its patented folding mechanism, the practical scooter can be easily transported without sacrificing luggage space in the ŠKODA models KAMIQ and SCALA, for example. This makes the ŠKODA scooter ideally suited for the first and last mile, i.e. the short journey from the car to the destination and back.

For convenience, the new ŠKODA scooter can be folded up in a few simple steps. Collapsed, it measures just 49×42×11 centimetres and fits into the spare wheel well under the boot floor of the compact ŠKODA SCALA and ŠKODA KAMIQ if they are equipped with a breakdown kit. This ensures that the entire volume of the boot remains free for transporting luggage and shopping.

Rubber grips provide excellent support on the handlebars on the way to work, sports or the shops. Made of steel and aluminium, the ŠKODA scooter weighs less than five kilograms but can carry up to 100 kilograms.

As a mobility solution featuring the brand’s signature design and paint colours as well as the easy-to-use folding mechanism, the ŠKODA Scooter embodies the brand’s ethos as the Simply Clever company for the best mobility solutions. The scooter is available online from the Czech ŠKODA shop.

Article source: www.skoda-storyboard.com

› Extension of the manufacturer’s warranty until 31 August 2020 at the latest
› Due to the coronavirus crisis, the measure applies to all world markets except China 

Mladá Boleslav, 7 May 2020 – In recent weeks, many ŠKODA customers have had limited opportunities to submit their warranty claims to ŠKODA dealers due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. For this reason, ŠKODA AUTO is granting its customers an extension of the ŠKODA new car warranty and ŠKODA extended warranty as a gesture of goodwill. ŠKODA will soon be introducing this measure in all world markets with the exception of China. 

Stanislav Pekař, Head of Aftersales at ŠKODA AUTO emphasizes: “We acknowledge the difficulties our customers are facing in light of the current Covid-19 pandemic, which is why we are offering
a three-month warranty extension. With this measure, we are creating clarity for the planning of upcoming workshop visits to our ŠKODA contract partners in a quick, uncomplicated and decisive manner.”

The ŠKODA warranty extension applies worldwide to all ŠKODA vehicles, with the exception of vehicles produced in China or for the Chinese market. The precondition is that the ŠKODA new car warranty or ŠKODA extended warranty is due to expire between 1.3.2020 and 31.5.2020. The period ends three months after the original ŠKODA new car warranty or ŠKODA extended warranty has expired or no later than 31 August 2020, whichever is first.

The mileage limitation of the ŠKODA extended warranty and other conditions, remain in effect throughout the warranty extension. If a ŠKODA new car warranty with mileage limitation has been issued in a market, this mileage limitation also remains in effect. If the extension of the ŠKODA new car warranty overlaps with the start of the ŠKODA extended warranty, the start of the ŠKODA extended warranty is delayed by three months at no extra charge.

This extension of the warranty periods as a gesture of goodwill is a onetime and voluntary concession on the part of the manufacturer without recognition of any legal obligation or commitment for the future.

Article source: www.skoda-storyboard.com

› ŠKODA KAMIQ – the manufacturer’s first SUV to be released as a SCOUTLINE version
› New equipment line of the city SUV with adventure appeal and off-road look

Mladá Boleslav, 13 May 2020 –  The new KAMIQ SCOUTLINE features, among other things, matt black wheel arch liners, striking silver bodywork elements, large 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels and full-LED rear lights. The ŠKODA KAMIQ SCOUTLINE will be launched in the first markets in July 2020.

The KAMIQ is the first model in ŠKODA’s SUV family to be given a SCOUTLINE variant, which is based on the Ambition trim level and can be fitted with any of the engines in the portfolio. This consists of three petrol versions, one diesel and a G-TEC that runs on natural gas (CNG). The various engines therefore deliver between 66 kW (90 PS) and 110 kW (150 PS). What’s more, ŠKODA is offering the KAMIQ SCOUTLINE in a choice of thirteen different colours: two solid and eleven metallic finishes.

The ŠKODA KAMIQ SCOUTLINE has a specific coloured front spoiler with an optional underbody protection and a rear diffuser. These come in silver, as do the side sills, wing mirrors and roof rails. SCOUTLINE badges on the front wings and full LED tail lights as standard provide the finishing touches to the KAMIQ SCOUTLINE’s exterior.

Interior boasts ThermoFlux seats and specific decorative trims
In its interior, the ŠKODA KAMIQ SCOUTLINE offers a generous amount of space and specific decorative trims – in an ash-wood effect as standard or the Dark Brushed finish as an option. The air vents and trim on the dashboard sport a chrome finish and the pedal covers come in an aluminium look. The height-adjustable front seats feature special SCOUTLINE upholstery made of breathable ThermoFlux fabric and Suedia microfibre; the steering wheel, handbrake lever and gearstick knob are leather. LED ambient lighting bathes the dashboard in white or copper light, whilst the centre console, storage compartments in the doors, door handles and footwell are illuminated in white. In addition, the KAMIQ SCOUTLINE features LED reading lights and an optional black roof lining.

Article source: www.skoda-storyboard.com

 Maximum safety and high efficiency – 20.6 per cent of the all-new ŠKODA OCTAVIA’s body consists of ultra-high-strength hot-formed steel
› Innovative production process – tailor-rolled blank means even the hardest components can benefit from varying sheet thickness
› One of the safest vehicles in its class – ŠKODA OCTAVIA boasts maximum five-star score in Euro NCAP test

Mladá Boleslav, 22 April 2020 – With a maximum five-star score in the Euro NCAP test, the all new ŠKODA OCTAVIA is one of the safest vehicles in its class. A key factor contributing to this result is its intelligent material mix. In the ŠKODA best-seller’s fourth generation, over 20 per cent of the body is made from ultra-high-strength hot-formed steel. Another almost 14 per cent of the structure is composed of ultra-high-strength steel and multi-phase steel. This ensures supreme stability and safety combined with low weight, enabling superior fuel economy.

Vehicles today are expected to fulfil numerous requirements that at times seem contradictory. They are supposed to be lightweight and low-cost, and deliver outstanding fuel economy. But at the same time, occupants demand ever more comfort and safety, which calls for a stronger and stiffer body. In the fourth-generation OCTAVIA, ŠKODA is utilising an intelligent material mix, with comprehensive use of high-strength steels, to combine superior economy and efficiency with outstanding comfort and optimal occupant protection. The five-star rating that the latest generation of the brand’s best-seller has achieved in the Euro NCAP test is the result of a fruitful collaboration between various development departments in areas such as Styling, Concept, Numerical Simulations, Design and Quality Assurance.

Large proportion of high-strength steels lowers weight and enhances safety
The all-new OCTAVIA’s exceptionally strong body is above all the result of a high proportion of high-strength steels. While using only 26.3 per cent of so-called deep-drawn steel – mainly for surface components – 20.6 per cent of the body is made of ultra-high-strength hot-formed steel. This type of steel is up to seven times stronger than conventional deep-drawn steel variants. During manufacture of components, it is heated to a temperature of around 950 degrees Celsius and then pressed. Afterwards, being still part of the shape, it is cooled down to 180 degrees Celsius during a controlled process that takes 5.5 seconds. The resulting exceptional material strength allows for thinner and therefore more lightweight components to be used even in areas designed to withstand frontal and lateral impacts in a collision.

Tailor-rolled blank for variable sheet thickness
The tailor-rolled blank technology was first used by the Volkswagen Group in 2004 for the ŠKODA OCTAVIA II. The combination of the tailor-rolled blank process and hot forming was first used for the ŠKODA OCTAVIA III. Until then, it was not technically feasible to combine these production processes. The tailor-rolled blank allows for the production of parts with varying sheet thickness. Increased thickness is only used where it is needed to achieve the required strength. The all-new OCTAVIA uses this technology to produce the A-pillar and B-pillar, for example. In numerous areas that are also subject to such high stresses the Czech manufacturer relies on multi-phase steel (dual-phase steel), which shows a high mechanical strength after the forming process has been done, and as a result, it is very ductile and very strong. In the OCTAVIA the dual-phase steel is first used also in the boot lid surface. Multi-phase steel and ultra-high-strength steel account for almost 14 per cent of the body’s weight. Using innovative materials and the most advanced computation methods, such as topology optimization, enables continuous optimisation of body characteristics. To give an example, in the fourth-generation OCTAVIA ŠKODA has once again achieved an increase in dynamic torsional stiffness compared to the predecessor model. The result is that ride comfort has been taken to an even higher level than before.

Article source: www.skoda-storyboard.com