Skoda presents its second SUV Coupe for China27. February 2020
At the Motor Show in Guangzhou, China, Skoda unveiled the second SUV coupe, which will be available exclusively in China, which is now the largest sales market for the VW Group brand. The Kamiq GT is based on the Skoda Vision GT concept car presented at the Shenzhen International Auto Show in June this year. The model was designed in cooperation between designers at SAIC Skoda China and a team in the Czech Republic. The Kamiq GT has been presented to the public at the car show in Guangzhou.
The lines of the coupe are determined by a flat roof, a rear spoiler and the exhibited wheel arches. The aggressive front makes the model appear powerful and dynamic, and the 17-inch wheels also contribute to this. The GT is slightly larger than the regular Kamiq, which costs the equivalent of 11,960 euros in China. The interior is attractive and solidly designed, with a horizontal brushed metal trim running across the full width of the dashboard. Under the body, however, there is proven, not to say outdated technology. Unlike the European version of the Kamiq, which is based on the modern MQB, the Chinese Kamiq GT is based on the old PQ34 platform of the VW Golf VI. The engines are not of the latest generation either. Available are a 1.5-litre petrol engine from the normal China Kamiq or a 1.2-litre turbo with 115 hp and seven-stage DSG gearbox only available in the GT.
Compact SUVs are very popular in China. Among the 10 most popular models of 2018 from domestic Chinese manufacturers are six SUVs. And while the sales figures for passenger cars in the past 16 months fell by a total of 5.8 percent to 1.93 million units in October, crossover variants and SUVs were able to defy the downward trend with a slight plus of 0.1 percent and 870,000 units respectively in the same period. This trend also benefited the strategy of the Volkswagen Group, which has presented five completely new crossovers and SUVs for China since the beginning of 2018 as part of its SUV offensive. The aim now is to conquer the market further with other Group brands such as Skoda and Seat and secure market share. Complete vehicles, parts and components require a CCC certificate for import to China or local production. The Chinese CCC (China Compulsory Certificate) is a system for standardizing product quality. We will be happy to advise you on the upcoming CCC certification of your products.
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