Skoda is another mainstream brand that these days is making ever-increasing numbers of SUVs. It built its very first SUV, the Yeti, in 2009; today, it’s celebrating the production of its one millionth.
The Skoda SUV landmark was a Karoq 1.5 TSI 150, finished in Emerald Green. It’s one of almost 88,000 Karoq Skoda has already built, although it still has some way to go before it beats the 684k total of its predecessor, the Yeti.
Skoda has also built over 215,000 Kodiaq and 12,000 Chinese-market Kamiq.
Impressively, of that 1 million Skoda SUV total, more than 100,000 of them have come to the UK, showing how firmly Brits have fallen for the idea of Skoda crossovers. And there’s plenty more where they came from, said the firm.
The SUV is an integral part of its 2025 Strategy, says Skoda. “We are currently taking the necessary measures to continue meeting the growing demand for vehicles in this segment in the future,” said production board member Michael Oelkeklaus.
This includes expanding its plant in Kvasiny into an SUV centre of excellence, building the Karoq in two separate sites in the Czech Republic simply to meet demand, and also producing SUVs in India, Russia, China and Germany.
Skoda SUV sales will accelerate further from 2019, when its new small SUV, previewed by the Vision X concept, launches: this will outsell even the Karoq and become one of the firm’s best-selling models overall. Which is why it’s been working so hard to expand production capacity in the Czech Republic, to meet buyers’ seemingly insatiable demand for SUV Skodas…