Friday, February 17, 2012
By Manoj Kumawat
Skoda Citigo launch next year
Year 2012 started with the sensational Auto Expo and excited the auto industry even in chilly weather and now reports are coming in that 2013 is going to have much more to offer. Prominent among the car launches in 2013 will be Skoda Citigo. Skoda’s new hatchback will be the new Skoda car and is expected to create much commotion in the small car market in India. The new Skoda Citigo is expected to create new history as the Skoda Fabia hatchback and the Skoda Rapid did in their respective segments.
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Notably, the five door Skoda Citigo has already been showcased by the Czech car maker in its homeland and soon it will be launched in European and Asian markets including India. The Skoda Citigo hatchback will be entering a segment that is hot already with lots of offerings by Indiana and international players. However still the segment awaits an awesome offering and the Skoda Citigo is expected to quench its thirst. Besides, Skoda banks a lot on Skoda Citigo and makes it a part of its global sales strategic car. Since it is a small car, it has larger penetration and thus it is expected to add numbers to the sales chart in India and world over.
The Citigo compact car is expected to be powered by a 1L petrol engine that has the capacity to produce 60 bhp just double than a Tata Nano at as low as 3000-4000 rpm. However, Skoda will be providing a more power engine mated to a five speed gearbox option in it as well. The new Citigo is expected to have an acceleration from 0-10kmph in just 14.4 seconds. The top speed could touch 60 kmph.
Several new features such as start stop, energy conservation and regeneration techniques in the small car will be adding value to the car. However the Indian Skoda Citigo might miss these features in order to keep the overall cost down.