Skoda Citigo, midweek news

September 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Skoda has announced its version of the Volkswagen Up! city car. The 3.56m-long Citigo (not ‘Czech-Up’, as some wit on Twitter suggested) goes on sale in the Czech Republic late this year and arrives in the UK and other European countries next summer. There are three- and five-door versions, it seats four and has a 251-litre boot – with over 950 litres of load-space if the rear seats are folded. Skoda’s promising lots of storage solutions, and equipment on offer will include a removable sat nav with Bluetooth kit, parking sensors,  head/chest-protecting side airbags, plus automatic emergency braking from low speeds to help avoid urban shunts. Engines on offer will include two new three-cylinder, 1.0-litre petrol engines, 60hp and 75hp; in standard form these return 62.8mpg/105g/km and 60.1mpg/108g/km respectively, and economy/emissions-optimised versions will deliver 67.3mpg/97g/km and 65.7mpg/99g/km. No official word on electric versions as yet, but they’re thought to be under consideration.

  • BMW’s discontinuing the X6 ActiveHybrid, and Mercedes-Benz the ML 450 Hybrid, in the USA. Too expensive, not enough of a fuel saving. More at Edmunds AutoObserver.
  • Toyota is to call its Prius three-door Aqua, reports the Nikkei; it’s to return around 113mpg (by Japanese testing standards) and will be substantially cheaper than the five-door Prius. The paper’s also reporting that Honda is to launch a new sub-660cc ‘kei-class’ mini-MPV in Japan; this’ll have stop-start, and will deliver best-in-class fuel economy, apparently. Unlikely to come to Europe, however.

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