May 23, 2014

Skoda apprentices' dream car 'CitiJet' celebrates its premiere at Worthersee

Clear the stage for the dream car of Skoda's apprentices - the sporty city cabriolet Skoda CitiJet will be presented for the first time at this year's GTI event at Worthersee. The design concept is the result of Skoda's 'Apprentice Car' project. Six months in the making,
16 Skoda apprentices present the fruits of their labour to the public for the first time.

The budding Skoda employees worked on their very personal vehicle project from November 2013 until shortly before the GTI event. During this time, the apprentices were allowed to let their creativity run free. They were supported by Skoda Head Designer Jozef Kaban and his team, Skoda Production and Technical Development.

"The Skoda CitiJet is a fantastic achievement from our students and shows the creativity and imagination of the new generation of Skoda employees," said Bohdan Wojnar, Skoda Board Member for HR.

The Skoda CitiJet is a dynamic and expressively designed city-convertible based on the Skoda Citigo. The exterior features distinctive metallic paintwork in blue/white and racy, blue 16-inch alloy wheels. It also features a hand-made rear spoiler as well as a powerful exhaust with two tailpipes. A 1.0 MPI petrol engine with 55 kW (75 ps) can be found under the bonnet of the vehicle.

The sporty interior is based on the interior of the Skoda Citigo Sport special model. This includes the red-stitched, leather-lined three-spoke steering wheel as well as the leather cover of the handbrake handle and gear knob. The seat covers and floor mats have a 'Sport' material design. The dashboard is painted white/red. A 300 watt sound system is also fitted. The interior has music-reactive LED lighting.

This is the first time that this kind of trainee project has been undertaken at Skoda. The aim has been to encourage the apprentices creativity, teamwork and expertise of vocational students.

"Our apprentices have put their hearts and souls into this vehicle. Every little detail, no matter how small, was discussed, agreed upon and put into practice by the team. It was a real team effort. The outcome - a unique and emotional car, of which everybody involved should be very proud of," said Jozef Kaban.


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