Emotional design and typical ŠKODA qualities: when it was launched, the KAROQ tied in with the emotional design language of the KODIAQ with crystalline elements, dynamic shapes and sharp lines. The model designation with a ‘K’ at the beginning and a ‘Q’ at the end also continued ŠKODA’s typical SUV nomenclature. The name goes back to the language of the Alutiiq, the indigenous people of Alaska. With its compact dimensions, the KAROQ is ideally suited for use in the city; at the same time, the off-road mode, the high ground clearance and the optional all-wheel drive also allow driving off paved roads. Its extraordinarily good space and the large luggage compartment make it the ideal vehicle for families and lifestyle-oriented customers. The optional VarioFlex rear seats are just one of the numerous Simply Clever features of the functional KAROQ. It also offers a high level of active and passive safety, numerous assistance systems, even better comfort and a large number of modern connectivity features.
In the past year and in the first half of 2021, the SUV was the best-selling brand and the second most popular sKODA ever: The second model in ŠKODA’s SUV offensive was awarded numerous prizes. The refreshed ŠKODA KAROQ will make its debut on November 30, 2021 as part of a digital media presentation:
Since its launch in spring 2017, the ŠKODA KAROQ has played a major role in the success of the Czech car manufacturer. At the side of its ‘big brother’ KODIAQ, the compact SUV has since impressed numerous customers and specialist magazines around the world and has played a key role in shaping the development of ŠKODA in recent years. In total, the KAROQ has already rolled off the production line more than half a million times. In the past year and in the first half of 2021, it was the best-selling ŠKODA SUV and, after the OCTAVIA, the brand’s second most popular model. The refreshed ŠKODA KAROQ will make its debut on November 30th as part of a digital media presentation.
Martin Jahn, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Sales and Marketing, says: “With its generous amount of space and its typical ŠKODA functionality, the KAROQ has impressed our customers right from the start. In the past year and in the first half of 2021, it was our most popular SUV model – this illustrates its importance in the model portfolio. I am convinced that with the new edition of the KAROQ we will build on this success story and win more customers for the brand. “
With the KAROQ, ŠKODA took the second step in its SUV offensive in 2017, making the model series an important part of a real success story: in 2020, this vehicle segment accounted for almost 40 percent of ŠKODA’s global deliveries. In 2020 and in the first half of 2021, the KAROQ was even the brand’s most popular SUV and, overall, the second most frequently delivered model by the Czech car manufacturer after the OCTAVIA. In total, more than 500,000 units of the KAROQ have rolled off the production line since 2017 and are currently available in 60 countries around the world. KODA manufactures the model in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Russia and China.
Numerous awards from international specialist media
In addition to its great popularity with customers, the ŠKODA KAROQ is also very popular with international specialist media. This has been underscored by numerous awards since its debut in 2017. In its first year of sales, the KAROQ in Germany, the world’s largest single market for ŠKODA, received awards from the automobile magazines with the highest circulation. Auto Bild awarded the ‘Golden Steering Wheel’ for the best small SUV and auto motor und sport honored him with the ‘AUTONIS’ award for the best new design in compact SUVs. At Auto Zeitung’s ‘Auto Trophy’, the KAROQ left the competition behind in the category of the best import SUV up to 25,000 euros in 2017, 2018 and 2019. In 2018, it convinced the participants in the readers’ choice ‘Best Cars’ by auto motor und sport and secured the title of best import vehicle for compact SUVs and off-road vehicles. There were also awards for ‘Car of the Year’ in the Czech Republic and Greece, as well as ‘SUV of the year’ in Bulgaria and at the ‘The Fleet News Awards’ in Great Britain. The trade magazine firmenauto named the ŠKODA KAROQ three times in a row as ‘Company Car of the Year’ in the compact SUV and crossover category. In 2021, in addition to being voted ‘Best Family SUV’ by the British magazine What Car? also two awards in Russia. There it impressed as ‘Car of the Year’ at Autoreview and as ‘Best Compact 4 × 4 Crossover’ at the Za Rulyom Grand Prix.
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