Citigo-based CitiJet concept penned by Skoda's design apprentices features a sporty exterior and a 74bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine

Skoda's convertible CitiJet concept will make its world debut at the Volkswagen Wörthersee tuning festival next week.

The sporty two-seater has been created by apprentices at Skoda's design school. Based on the Citigo, the model is finished with blue metallic paint and 16-inch alloy wheels, while a rear spoiler and dual exhaust exits also feature.

Power comes from a 74bhp 1.0-litre petrol engine, the same unit that already appears in the Citigo. In its standard guise, the car is capable of reaching 62mph in 13.9 seconds and has a top speed of 106mph.

Inside, the CitiJet's cabin is based on the Citigo Sport and includes part-leather trim with red and white accents for the dashboard, as well as bespoke floor mats. Other features include an upgraded stereo and an LED lighting system which responds to music.

Skoda's team of 16 apprentices have been working on the concept since November last year and have been given free reign over the design. Skoda board member Bohdan Wojnar said the CitiJet "is an emotional vehicle study that is sure to catch the attention of the visitors at Wörthersee".

The Wörthersee festival is traditionally used as a platform for the unveiling of numerous concept cars from within the VW Group, with this year's event taking place from 28 to 31 May. Highlights from last year's show included Skoda's Rapid Sport concept, as well as VW's Golf Design Vision GTI.

Our Verdict

Skoda Citigo

The Skoda Citigo gets more standard equipment and remains a decent little city car to drive, but lacks the sophistication of the VW Up or the dynamism of the Hyundai i10

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12 May 2014
... but how much stiffness is lost, how heavy is it and how much would it cost over and above the regular Citigo?
Must admit I'm of the view that convertibles are only any good when they are designed from the onset as drop tops. Nearly all converted convertibles are too heavy and or flexible for their own good.
Still, it's good to see Skoda looking at possible developments. I for one would like to see a little more differentiation in these VW groups city cars.

12 May 2014
So 16 apprentices have been working on this for 6 months and have managed to cut the roof off a Citigo, add oversized wheels, a few LEDs and new floor mats. Wholly unimpressive. Show me a Citigo vRS with a turbo bolted to that 3 cylinder engine, then I'll be impressed.

12 May 2014
It would be interesting to see how many apprentices involved here got got in on merit. This is a pretty lame effort and wasted opportunity which could be rattled off in a few minutes with free software. A profit making sports car which can be sold for £10k is what we need.

13 May 2014
Is this an image of the actual concept? As others have said, just chopping the roof off a Citigo and changing bits of trim would not really have taken much time and effort. And its strange that they've used a 5 door version when it says it only has two seats...

13 May 2014
It could just be that a 5-door version with the rear doors welded shut has more structural integrity than a 3-door (with its larger doors) would have. That's the only reason I can think of - and I think this shows the magnitude of the problem.

23 May 2014
I hate to resort to Skoda jokes, but it's a skip with wheels.

24 May 2014
This one reminds me of what the Fire Brigade do to a car to get trapped occupants out following a collision.

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