In the poll for the BEST OF Mobility 2019, readers chose the ŠKODA VISION iV as the winner in the Concept Car category. The concept vehicle is the first ŠKODA to be built based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular electric-car platform (MEB) and provides an outlook on the Czech automaker’s electric future. Frank Jürgens, Spokesperson of the Management Board of ŠKODA AUTO Deutschland GmbH, accepted the award as part of the NEW MOBILITY WORLD at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt.

The all-electric concept study ŠKODA VISION iV, which gives an outlook on ŠKODA’s electric future, celebrated its premiere in spring at the Geneva Motor Show. The car manufacturer’s first vehicle to be based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular electric-car platform (MEB), is the Czech brand’s next step towards electromobility. The four-door crossover coupé features sporty, emotional lines and a generous sense of space. The model’s four-wheel drive and two electric motors with 225 kW (306 hp) system performance ensure a dynamic driving experience.

The BEST OF Mobility readers’ poll was conducted by HUSS-VERLAG in cooperation with the international consulting firm Deloitte and the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). For each of a total of 18 categories, including, for example, Energy Concept, Mobile Services and Public Transport, the editors of VISION mobility nominated five products or services. Readers had the opportunity to choose their favourites between 1 April and 31 July. In the Concept Car category, they selected the concept car ŠKODA VISION iV as the winner.

ŠKODA enters electromobility sector in 2019
One hundred twenty-four years after the company was founded, the Czech car manufacturer is launching the SUPERB iV with plug-in hybrid drive and the CITIGOe iV, an all-electric vehicle. The first series-production vehicles will follow based on the MEB in 2020. Over the next four years, ŠKODA will be investing around two billion euros in alternative drive systems and new mobility services and will have introduced more than ten electrified models by the end of 2022.

Latest Awards

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.