Skoda Auto's new concept car - the Skoda 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 Skoda Auto's product portfolio are having world premieres at the event:
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 Skoda 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 Skoda vehicles is growing. From January until June 2006, Skoda 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 Skoda vehicles were sold over the said period.
Skoda 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 Skoda, 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.
Skoda 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 Skoda Auto is going to start manufacturing cars also in its new production plant in China. Skoda vehicles are sold in altogether 90 countries.
Skoda Auto's presentation at the Paris International Motor Show is in Hall No. 4.
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