Skoda, the Czech automaker, has recently launched the production of its updated Scala and Kamiq models at its main plant in Mladá Boleslav. These two compact cars have been enhanced with new features, design elements, and sustainable materials, making them more attractive and competitive in their respective segments. In this article, we will explore how Skoda is innovating and differentiating itself in the crowded and challenging compact car market.
The success story of the Scala and Kamiq
The Scala and Kamiq are two of Skoda’s most successful and popular models, especially in Europe. Since their introduction in 2019, they have sold over 837,000 units combined, with the Kamiq being the brand’s best-selling SUV. Both models have also received numerous awards and accolades from various media outlets and organizations, such as the Red Dot Design Award, the Car of the Year in Finland, and the Best Import SUV below €30k in Germany.
The Scala and Kamiq are based on the MQB-A0 platform, which is shared with other Volkswagen Group models such as the VW Polo and the Seat Ibiza. This platform allows for a high level of flexibility, customization, cost efficiency, and scalability. The Scala and Kamiq offer a spacious and practical interior, a generous boot space, and a modern and digital cockpit. They also come with a wide range of engines, from the efficient 1.0-litre TSI to the powerful 1.5-litre TSI, as well as a CNG option for the Kamiq.
The comprehensive update of the Scala and Kamiq
Skoda has recently updated the Scala and Kamiq with significant improvements and enhancements. These include:
- New design elements, such as the Matrix-LED headlights, the revamped front and rear bumpers, the new rims and radiator grilles, and the new Skoda logotype on the fifth door. These changes give the Scala a sportier look and the Kamiq a more rugged SUV appearance.
- New equipment features, such as the Travel Assist, which combines adaptive cruise control, lane assist, and traffic sign recognition, the Side Assist, which warns of vehicles in the blind spot, and the Park Assist, which helps with parking maneuvers. These features increase the safety and convenience of the drivers and passengers.
- New sustainable materials, such as the upholstery made from recycled PET bottles, the floor mats made from Econyl, a regenerated nylon fiber, and the seat covers made from wool and polyester. These materials reduce the environmental impact of the production and use of the vehicles and provide a comfortable and durable interior.