Skoda have announced their plans for the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, promising a whole series of new models and variants across more than 2,000 square metres of exhibition space.
Amongst the goodies on show will be the exciting Skoda VisionC coupe design study. Meanwhile, extensive new Skoda Octavia models will dominate proceedings, including the world premier of the new Skoda Octavia Scout; the gas-powered Skoda Octavia G-TEC, and a new high-spec L&K version. Monte Carlo special edition variants of the Yeti, Rapid Spaceback and Citigo models complete the tantalising line-up.
All-told, Skoda are promising to showcase the “emotions” of their brand. After a very successful 2013 (the second-best year in their history), the 2014 Geneva Motor Show will be used as a platform to give the world an idea of where they're headed next.The Skoda VisionC
In 2011, the Skoda VisionD design study was introduced, which provided a template for the various models that dominated 2013. In the past few years, Skoda's line has expanded from five to seven models, so the time's about right for a stylistic rethink.
The Skoda VisionC is essentially the design study of a five-door coupe, perfectly proportioned with pure lines and expressive looks. The impression is to create a feel of elegance and dynamism, with unmistakable hints of functionality and environmental efficiency.
Described as an “emotional icon”, the Skoda VisionC represents the brand's first attempt at a five-door coupe. It's not yet clear as to how or when these comcepts might come to fruition, but Skoda's Werner Eichhorn describes VisionC as “a clear signal of the dynamism of a brand that is forging ahead”.
On a less conceptual level, it seems you won't be able to move for Skoda Octavias at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
Making its world premier will be the new Skoda Octavia Scout (pictured, top). Refined in almost every way, it's of course being described as the “best ever”. Expect a stunning combination of robust style, formidable off-road capabilities, innovative technology and an impressively spacious interior. What's more, emission and consumption values have been reduced by about 20% compared to the previous model.
Continuing the push for fuel efficiency is the Skoda Octavia G-TEC (above). The first mass-produced Octavia with natural gas drive, this one's being described as “the ultimate fuel economiser”. Its a bit like a hybrid, only instead of an engine and a motor, it runs on a combination of compressed natural gas (CNG) and petrol. Using both fuel sources, it has a maximum range of over 800 miles, but can also manage up to 254 miles on gas, or 571 miles on petrol alone.
Laurin & Klement, founding fathers of the Czech brand, have attached their names to a high-spec, exclusive variant of the Skoda Octavia (above). The L&K package includes such features as 18” alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime running and rear lights, a four-spoke multifunction steering wheel, elegant brown seats with high-quality materials and new decorative trims, and the lush CANTON sound system.
Three special Monte Carlo editions will satisfy those who want their Skoda with a side-ordering of sportiness. Themed variants of the Citigo, Yeti and Rapid Spaceback models will be making an appearance at Geneva, joining the existing Monte Carlo editions of the Fabia and the Fabia Estate.
Designed to represent Skoda's motorsport successes, these special editions feature 15-17” black aluminium wheels, dark-tinted rear and back side windows and distinctive black design features. With a black interior and special black roofs on the Yeti and Rapid Spaceback models, these cars are essentially goths.
The 2014 Geneva Motor Show takes place March 4-16. Skoda will set up base across two floors in Hall 2, Stand 2,160.