Currently reading: Skoda axes Citigo city car
The Citigo, in both combustion-engined and electric variants, is no more and will not be replaced
Rachel Burgess
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3 September 2020

The Skoda Citigo is officially no more, as the Czech maker focuses its efforts on larger models and electrification.

The future of the city car, which is a sibling of the Volkswagen Up and Seat Mii, has long been in question, but Skoda sales and marketing boss Alain Favey has now confirmed it will not return.

He said: “Citigo is gone - as far as Europe is concerned we are sold out. There will not be a replacement of the Citigo and we have no intention to have a car of this size in the future.”

The combustion-engined Citigo went off sale in late 2019 in the UK, but the model continued with the electric Citigo-e iV. The zero-emissions model went on sale in early spring, and the UK’s 400-unit allocation quickly sold out. Customer deliveries will be complete by the end of this year, said a Skoda UK spokesman.

A new, small electric car, which could potentially succeed the Citigo, is not currently on the table, said Favey. “If one day there is a version of the Volkswagen Group’s [electric] MEB platform which allows smaller cars to be produced [than now], we would have a Skoda version, but I don’t know about such plans. But as far as the Citigo is concerned, the game is over.”

Skoda this week revealed its first stand-alone EV, the Enyaq, built on VW’s MEB platform. Favey said that this model, alongside the existing Superb plug-in hybrid and upcoming Octavia plug-in hybrid, would allow the brand to capitalise on the growing demand for electrified models.

However, smaller Skoda models will not receive electrified versions for the foreseeable future, as the costly technology would make such cars unattainable for customers, Favey said.

Talking about the possibility of plug-in hybrid options, he commented: “It’s disputable if it’s a good idea to have a Scala PHEV. It’s a technology which is still extremely expensive - you need to find a customer base which has the buying power to afford that technology, or we have to lose money which is not an option for us.”

Favey also said that there were no solid plans for Skoda’s next EV following the Enyaq, and that Skoda was closely watching EV demand. He added that the flexibility of VW’s MEB platform meant that development times of future EVs could be much quicker than traditional combustion-engined cars.

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3 September 2020

The Citigo is a cracking little car and all the car you need for city driving, as a second car or for a beginner.

I see the hand of VW thrusting the dagger here.

 

No doubt they will continue to sell their overpriced UP! With the Citigo out of the way.

3 September 2020

The reason behind this I suspect is that they are making very little profit on the car. VW is keeping the Up! going presumably because they've worked out that they can still sell it with an adequate margin in market's that can afford it. Overpriced as you say, but there is little enough money in small cars.

 

Thekrankis wrote:

The Citigo is a cracking little car and all the car you need for city driving, as a second car or for a beginner.

I see the hand of VW thrusting the dagger here.

 

No doubt they will continue to sell their overpriced UP! With the Citigo out of the way.

4 September 2020
Thekrankis wrote:

I see the hand of VW thrusting the dagger here.

I'm sure I read an article not that long ago, where Skoda bosses were talking about the importance to them of being in the city car sector.   Maybe these wayward views were one of the reasons VW got rid of Bernhard Maier.

3 September 2020
Agree-is a shame as it was the cheapest option against the Seat Mii and Up EVs.
Has also had good reviews.
The tell seems to be that Skoda are relying on a smaller MEB platform which isn’t there in the short term future.
It’s a shame as small, cheap EVs for the cities and those that want a cheap to run new car/2nd car have lost a good little car.

3 September 2020
Sorry, but the chief designer should be fired! Imagine walking into the boardroom offering this.
All sold out suggests success but I'm not buying it (or buying it)
Awful. IMO

3 September 2020
One less ugly car. Small Skodas are ugly even by Skoda standard

3 September 2020

They tried to make a small car, which can't be sold for much money, by using the same platform as the larger cars, which can't be built cheaply. This was done, don't forget, after they fell out with Suzuki. All things considered, a load of people who are supposedly clever did everything stupid. Again.

4 September 2020

Let's save the planet and show our green credentials by making everyone drive bulky SUVs...

4 September 2020

And yet another stupid decision from the German Heilrachy, the Citigo, Up and Mii, between them all made a profit, even if it is only £50 per car thats still profit, and they made more than that, Skoda were once a great company, now they just have cast off's from the VW group, they do nothing themselves anymore, its VW Chassis, Floor Pans, Engines, Design, Electrics, and so on and so on, same with SEAT, at least Porsche and Audi are, as yet not towing the full line, but give it time...

4 September 2020
Jonboy, your stupidity knows no bounds

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