Tuesday, 16 August 2022

Yeti’s runaway success came as snow surprise

I WAS not at all surprised when late last year the 500,000th Å koda Yeti rolled off the production

I WAS not at all surprised when late last year the 500,000th skoda Yeti rolled off the production line in Kvasiny in the Czech Republic.

This is a car that, aside from the initial jokes about its name, has proved to be both popular and worthy of such sales success.

The milestone vehicle — a Yeti Monte Carlo in Corrida Red — was yet another sign that skoda has all but vanquished, in my book anyway, any negative history it may have been lumbered with in the 20th century.

These are good cars and great value and if you have not yet tried a Å koda — I have found most of the range a revelation — then I urge you to take a test drive.

In 2013 the skoda Yeti was completely redesigned and has since been available in two individual design versions: the Yeti for the city, and the “adventurous” Yeti for the great outdoors.

Both versions of the Yeti are available with front- and all-wheel drive. The modern 4x4 version has good off-road characteristics, offering maximum all-wheel functionality.

The skoda Yeti Monte Carlo has been available since 2014, extending the Yeti range with a sporty version.

In addition to the production in Kvasiny, the Yeti runs off production lines in China and Russia. In China, the Yeti is produced locally at the Shanghai Volkswagen plant as an extended version for the Chinese market.

In Russia, production of the compact SUV is carried out in co-operation with the Russian manufacturer GAZ Group at the Nizhniy Novgorod plant.

Kvasiny is one of skoda’s three production plants in the Czech Republic.

In addition to the skoda Yeti, the skoda Superb and Superb Combi models currently run off the assembly lines there.

The automobile factory was founded some 81 years ago, and skoda cars have been manufactured there since 1947.

Meanwhile, the Kvasiny plant is currently undergoing the most extensive modernisation and expansion project in the history of the site.

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