The rest of 2023 will be quite busy for Skoda as the Czech automaker part of the Volkswagen Group intends to launch several refreshed or new products. The first order of business is to give the Kamiq subcompact crossover and Scala compact sedan a mid-cycle facelift with design updates inside and out. The Enyaq large electric SUV will spawn a flagship trim level from Laurin & Klement with all the bells and whistles.
Under the green cover hides the Elroq, an upcoming electric car positioned under the Enyaq. We shouldn’t confuse it with Skoda’s equivalent of the recently unveiled VW ID.2all, as that won’t hit the market until 2025. In the Q&A session following the annual press conference , company president Klaus Zellmer said we’ll get to learn more about electric vehicles at the Explore More 2.0 event in April.
In the second half, Skoda will introduce the next-generation Superb and Kodiaq with plug-in hybrid powertrains. While the former has been available as a PHEV for several years, the latter has yet to receive a charging port. It should be noted that the Superb will no longer be built in the Czech Republic as production moves to Bratislava where it will be assembled alongside the mechanically linked next-generation VW Passat.
Those interested in the facelifted Octavia should know that Skoda’s best-selling product is due for a facelift in 2024, while the VW Golf is also set to get a nip and a tuck. Eventually, three EVs will be released by 2026: Elroq, an entry-level car to replace the Citigo-e iV, and a seven-seater SUV previewed by the Vision 7S concept.
As for the company’s 2022 results, it delivered 731,300 cars, 16.7% less than the previous year. The decline was caused by several factors: shortage of semiconductors, supply chain issues and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Germany was Skoda’s largest single market with 134,300 units, followed by the Czech Republic with 71,200 cars and India with 51,900 vehicles.
The Octavia remained one of the top sellers with 141,100 units while the Kamiq was second with 96,300 units and Kodiaq a close third with 94,500. The Fabia almost made it onto the podium, with 92,700 city cars delivered during from last year.