The ŠKODA KAMIQ has been nominated as one of the five contenders for the “Best Buy Car of Europe in 2020” trophy. The winner of the annual title, first awarded in 2001, is selected by a jury of leading automotive journalists from 31 European countries. This year, the decision will be taken after final test drives with the shortlisted vehicles on the former Turkish Formula One racing circuit, Intercity Istanbul Park, on 27 and 28 November. The winner will be announced in mid-December.

The European AUTOBEST organisation was founded in 2000 and has been awarding its annual trophies since 2001. The current jury is composed of two female and 29 male journalists representing 31 European countries. Jury members each select three favourite vehicles from the five finalists, in 13 different categories – from exterior and interior design to practical usability, technologies, eco-friendliness and price. The categories have different point scores, ranging from 100 to 500. The winning vehicle is the one that achieves the highest score out of a maximum of 2,500 points. In 2002, the ŠKODA FABIA was named “Best Buy Car of Europe”.

At 4.24 metres in length, the ŠKODA KAMIQ adds a new entry-level model to the Czech brand’s successful SUV range, marking the car maker’s first foray into the growing city SUV segment. It combines hallmark SUV benefits such as increased ride height and an elevated seating position with the agility of a compact car and an emotive design. A true ŠKODA, the KAMIQs’ advanced assistance and infotainment systems, the familiar generous amount of space and numerous Simply Clever ideas make it a favourite with families as well as lifestyle-oriented customers.

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The all-new ŠKODA OCTAVIA is in the running for its next international honours. The fourth generation of the ŠKODA best-seller has been short-listed for this year’s edition of the prestigious “Car of the Year” award. From an initial field of 29 new cars launched on the international markets during the past twelve months, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA made it into the final. This is where the seven remaining models are presented to an international expert jury, with 60 motoring journalists from 23 European countries casting their votes. The annual award was first established in 1964. The “2021 Car of the Year” will be announced on 1 March. In the last quarter of 2020, the OCTAVIA already succeeded in collecting renowned awards in the key export markets of the UK, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

ŠKODA AUTO has been presented with the Pioneer Award for its use of artificial intelligence in vehicle diagnostics. At this year’s CONNECTED CAR Awards, the trade magazines Auto Bild and Computer Bild chose ŠKODA’s Sound Analyser app as the winner of the editorial prize reserved for particularly innovative ideas. Using a smartphone or tablet, the noises a car makes while in operation can be recorded and compared with stored sound patterns. On this basis, the software can quickly and reliably detect if the vehicle in question requires any maintenance.

ŠKODA AUTO has brought home another success from the HR Officers Awards held by the Employers Club. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the results this year were announced as part of an online presentation on LinkedIn, a social network that focuses on professional networking and career development. ŠKODA AUTO’s HR department came first place overall for its ANTICOVID-19 project, also winning a special prize for its activities aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Following a series of prestigious awards, such as the Employer of the Year and the Randstad Award, this is another success for the brand in the area of HR management.