Skoda Begins Karoq Manufacturing In Russia, Will Construct It In Slovakia Too From 2020


Demand for the Skoda Karoq is so sturdy that the Volkswagen Group has determined to allocate the compact SUV to 2 new crops.

The Karoq entered manufacturing on December 12 at VW Group’s Nizhny Novgorod plant in Russia, the place the mannequin has simply been launched alongside the facelifted 2020 Fast. Whereas the Karoq SUVs constructed on the Russian plant will provide the native market, Skoda will even assemble the favored mannequin at its Bratislava plant in Slovakia from autumn 2020.

The Karoq will develop into the second Skoda mannequin to be inbuilt Bratislava after the Citigo e iV electrical metropolis automotive. This implies the Karoq might be made in 5 crops worldwide: Kvasiny and Mladá Boleslav (Czech Republic), Bratislava (Slovakia), Nizhny Novgorod (Russia) and Ningbo (China).

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The Skoda Karoq at its Russian market launch in St Petersburg

The Russian plant assembles completely-knocked-down (CKD) kits for the Karoq, which is the third Skoda mannequin made in Nizhny Novgorod after the Octavia and Kodiaq, whereas the Bratislava facility will assemble medium-knocked-down (MKD) autos. Each will supply the painted Karoq our bodies from the Kvasiny plant within the Czech Republic.

The Karoq compact SUV is Skoda’s best-selling mannequin in the intervening time, with world deliveries already exceeding 137,700 models within the first 11 months of this 12 months. In 2018, the automaker delivered 115,700 models to prospects worldwide, with the whole variety of models constructed because the mannequin’s launch in October 2017 reaching the 250,000 mark in mid-September 2019.

The Skoda Karoq at its Russian market launch in St Petersburg

“Demand significantly exceeds provide. Due to the manufacturing community inside Volkswagen Group and the collaboration with our contract producer GAZ in Russia, we will now manufacture further models of the Karoq and higher meet the persistently excessive demand for this mannequin,” mentioned Michael Oeljeklaus, Skoda Auto Board Member for Manufacturing and Logistics.

The Skoda Karoq will go on sale in Russia from the primary quarter of 2020 and might be out there in three trim ranges (Lively, Ambition and Type) and with two gasoline engines. The usual alternative is a 110 PS (109 HP) 1.6-liter MPI naturally aspirated four-cylinder unit, whereas a 150 PS (148 HP) 1.4-liter TSI turbo-four is accessible as an possibility. The bottom engine comes with a five-speed guide gearbox or six-speed auto and front-wheel drive, whereas the TSI is mated to both an eight-speed auto and FWD or a six-speed DSG dual-clutch and AWD.

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