Skoda apprentices have created a Citigo open-top show car called the CitiJet and the two-seat sports convertible will now take centre stage at the firm’s Worthersee GTI Fan Meet next month.
The 16 apprentices worked with the Skoda design department to create the concept, which is said to be their ‘dream car’.
The Skoda CitiJet is an open-top version of, rather intriguingly, the five-door Citigo (rather than the three-door), and sports a Porsche Targa-style B-pillar support bar that frames the head restraints of both seats.
At the rear, it appears there’s a stylised deck and a central spoiler; it’s all finished in metallic blue with white detailing and white 16-inch alloys.
Inside, it’s based on the Skoda Citigo Sport, so has red-stitched sports steering wheel, gearleer and handbrake. There’s ‘Sports’ seat fabric and a red and white instrument pack.
Naturally, it has an uprated sound system: it puts out a total of 300 watts and has a blue interior LED speaker setup that responds to the music…
Skoda CitiJet Convertible: a production preview?
But the question on everyone’s lips is: does it preview an open-top Skoda Citigo? And, indeed, convertible versions of its VW Up and SEAT Mii siblings? There’s no official word yet but models such as the Fiat 500C and Vauxhall Adam Rocks shows there’s demand for open-roof city cars – and the integrated folding roof solutions that this appears to preview require much less re-engineering than full cabriolets.
One to watch with interest – particularly if Skoda/VW/SEAT do go for the ‘targa-bar’ route.
The Skoda Apprentice Car project itself is a first for Skoda; here’s hoping it becomes a regular for the firm which, last year alone, took on 280 youngsters in the Skoda Vocational School. Since 1927, a remarkable 21,500 students have passed through the Skoda Vocational School.
What extra kudos it would get if the first concept car designed by its students actually became a production reality…