Two winners of one of the most coveted international design trophies this year: following in the footsteps of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA, the ŠKODA KAMIQ GT is the Czech carmaker’s second model to receive the renowned Red Dot Award for outstanding product design. Tailored specifically to the requirements and expectations of the Chinese market, the city SUV coupé impressed a jury of international experts with its dynamic design language and contemporary looks. This is the first Red Dot Award win for SAIC Volkswagen Automotive Co., Ltd., a joint venture that develops and produces Volkswagen and ŠKODA models for the Chinese market. The Red Dot Award, presented this year for the 65th time, is considered one of the world’s most important design awards, alongside the German IF Award and the IDEA Award from the US. The ŠKODA KAMIQ GT is the 15th ŠKODA model since 2006 to be honoured with this award.

Offered exclusively in China, the ŠKODA KAMIQ GT is the coupé version of the Chinese ŠKODA KAMIQ. It combines a dynamic appearance with a spacious interior and practical equipment features. This SUV coupé is aimed at a lifestyle-conscious young customer demographic with a focus on driving enjoyment, along with everyday usability and an emotive design. The front is dominated by sharp lines and avant-garde design elements such as a radiator grille with striking vertical sIats and crystalline LED headlights with LED daytime running lights. Large horizontal air intakes under the grille as well as L-shaped decorative trim strips on the left and right emphasise this car’s confident appearance. Viewed from the side, the slightly sloping roofline culminating in a rear spoiler makes the compact SUV coupé look even more dynamic. Chrome strips along the window line and silver roof rails add a touch of elegance. Distinctive rear elements include LED tail lights with a crystalline design and a new take on the brand’s familiar C-shape, as well as a bumper with a continuous light band.

Red Dot Award jury: around 40 international experts assessing around 6,500 products
The Red Dot Award is among the most prestigious design accolades in the world. Composed of experts from around the globe, the jury brings together independent design professors, industry journalists and designers. This year, they judged each of around 6,500 submitted products live and on-site, based on criteria such as degree of innovation, quality of design, functionality, longevity and environmental impact. 2020 marks the 65th year the Red Dot Award has been presented, as a global hallmark of outstanding product design.

This year, both the KAMIQ GT and the all-new fourth-generation OCTAVIA have received this prestigious accolade. It makes these two cars the 14th and 15th ŠKODA models to have won this coveted quality award. Scoring the first win back in 2006 was the OCTAVIA II COMBI.

Overview of all the award-winning ŠKODA models

2020 ŠKODA OCTAVIA IV and ŠKODA KAMIQ GT
2019 ŠKODA SCALA
2018 ŠKODA KAROQ
2017 ŠKODA KODIAQ and ŠKODA OCTAVIA III COMBI
2016 ŠKODA SUPERB III
2015 ŠKODA FABIA III
2014 ŠKODA RAPID SPACEBACK
2013 ŠKODA RAPID
2010 ŠKODA SUPERB II and ŠKODA YETI
2008 ŠKODA FABIA II
2007 ŠKODA ROOMSTER
2006 ŠKODA OCTAVIA II COMBI

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.