The next generation Skoda Citigo may not beFebruary 4, 2020
The next-generation Skoda Citigo version will only be electric-powered, but the model will remain unconfirmed for production, as the threat to the future of affordable non-electrified city cars remains.
Such cars are currently at risk of extinction in Europe, as industry is not able to force them to meet EU stringent average CO2 emissions of 95 g / km in their current form and value. While city cars can be made electric – and even many of them, including Citigo in its current generation – are about twice the price list.
At its annual press conference last March, Skoda announced plans to release 30 models by 2023, at least 10 of which will be electric or electrified, but there’s no brand new Citigo among them.
Skoda Technical Manager Christian Strube said he believes that the future Citigo will be exclusively electric, and that the growth of megacities means that small cars still “make sense.” However, Strube admitted that the machine “must be accessible, otherwise it does not make sense.”
Speaking about the availability of small electric vehicles, Skoda CEO Bernhard Meyer said government subsidies are needed to help lower costs. “The first electric cars are more expensive, since the cost of materials is much higher than for cars with internal combustion,” he said. “Without appropriate government intervention, they are unlikely to be available as a mass product for people looking for a small family car.”
The revised Citigo is the first Skoda electric car, and by the end of 2020 the company will release a special electric hatchback based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform. Together with the new Superb and Octavia PHEV hybrid plug-in, which will appear this year, according to Mayer, Skoda has every opportunity to achieve its CO2 target by the end of the year and avoid fines.
These models are among the 30 that will be released by 2023, and Mayer said that once they are launched, the brand will not “stop” and will continue to expand as part of plans to increase sales from 1.24 million to two million by 2030 .
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