Skoda's freshly minted electrified sub-brand, iV, will have a delayed start in Australia, with the brand’s local arm ruling out a launch of the Superb plug-in hybrid and all-electric Citigo e that were just revealed at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
The iV brand is home to just those two cars at the moment, but Skoda executives were busy talking up its bright future, with the brand planning a two-billion-euro investment in electric vehicles and other mobility services.
“Under this one umbrella, the company bundles the development of its own family of electrified cars sporting an emotive design, a future-oriented interior and state-of-the-art technologies, and the establishment of a special ecosystem for mobility solutions,” Skoda says.
But just when the brand will arrive in Australia remains in doubt, with local executives ruling out the first two releases for a local debut.
“City cars just don’t sell in Australia,” says VW Group PR manager, Kurt McGuiness. “And regarding the Superb, it just makes no sense to bring in a hybrid that requires the same infrastructure as a pure EV.”
The Superb and the Citigo are the first two electrified vehicles from Skoda. The flagship Superb pairs a petrol engine with an electric motor that will deliver up to 56km in all-electric range, while the VW Up-based Citigo makes use of a 61kW electric motor to deliver 260km in range.