The Czech based automaker Skoda has started production of its smallest car ever, the Citigo, based on the Volkswagen Up!, at the Bratislava plant, being scheduled to hit the local auto market by the end of this year, coming as a 2012 model year version.
“The Citi go is a central component of our growth strategy. With this automobile, we are starting our model offensive in Europe. It opens the important small car market for Skoda and perfectly applies our values in a city car: compact yet spacious, economical yet agile, attractive and equipped with many clever ideas. This car is the ‘city clever’”, said the Skoda Chairman of Board, Winfried Vahland.
Besides the front end which brings the Skoda grille and logo and minor differences, all the rest of the body panels are identical to the ones on the VW Up!, and the Czech vehicle stands away from the German car by new headlights, tail lamps and alloy wheels.
The Czech version of the Up! is expected to be powered by a 1.0 liter three-cylinder petrol engine which will “move” the front wheels through a manual gearbox, with the five-speed automatic coming in later.