First look at Skoda's new city car
Skoda has revealed its first ever city car, the Citigo, based on the new Volkswagen Up! concept.
Based on the compact Volkswagen concept unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show earlier this month, the Citigo is designed as a practical small car for city drivers.
Describing the new addition to the Skoda range, Skoda's board chairman Prof. Winfried Vahland said: "The Citigo is literally a simply clever car. Despite its small size, it offers ample interior space; it is agile while frugal.
"Put simply: it's an attractive choice offering many clever ideas. The car offers all of Skoda's values in a compact package and fits perfectly with our aims."
Skoda's new Citigo is a reaction to the demand for 'small run-around' city cars and standing at 1.48 meters high, 3.56 meters long and 1.65 meters wide, the Citigo falls directly into this category.
Skoda has focused on creating as much space as possible inside the four-seat car, the Citigo will be launched in three-door and five-door versions.
The Citigo also offers boot space of 251 litres, or 951 litres if you fold the seats down and a number of cubby holes in the front and back of the car.
Certain useful city functions include a portable navigation system and hands-free calling with built in Bluetooth.
Skoda has also introduced a new laser sensor brake technology which helps prevent collisions by automatically applying the brakes if it senses an object in the way of the car.
The new Citigo will be up against many other city cars such as the Kia Picanto, the new Fiat Panda and the Citroen C1.
The Skoda Citigo will be making its debut in its domestic market, the Czech Republic, before the end of this year, with the UK and other European countries following at the beginning of summer 2012.