The company is entering the South Korean and Iranian markets next year.
Rumors about a possible return of Skoda to the United States after more than 50 years have been swirling around for the last couple of months, but a new reprort claims the Czech manufacturer has more important things to do first.
While the new Kodiaq revealed at the Paris Motor Show could prove to be a good seller in America, Skoda’s top brass Bernhard Maier has confirmed the brand is going to enter the South Korean and Iranian markets next year, before taking the final decision on its U.S. comeback.
“We're evaluating the U.S. market, but we are in no rush,” Maier told Automotive News in Paris during the Volkswagen Group’s night. “It could be a year from now before we finally make a decision. We're going to start with exporting fully built up cars [to Iran], and evaluate whether it makes sense to expand further by linking up with local partners.” He also confirmed the company is currently in exploratory talks with potential partners in Iran.
Several months ago Skoda registered some of its nameplates with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), including the Yeti, Octavia, and the Superb flagship limousine. It is believed the automaker could even bring the vRS nameplate stateside, as recent fillings reveal the sporty designation has also been registered.
During his speech in Paris, Maier also revealed Skoda plans to launch his first electrified model in 2019. Shortly after the Superb plug-in hybrid arrives on the market, the Czech manufacturer would bring a fully-electric battery-powered vehicle, based on Volkswagen’s MEB modular electric architecture.
But before that, Skoda will refresh its best-seller, the Octavia, which is expected to receive a facelift as early as next month. Sales are scheduled to start in November, but production is not due to begin until early February next year.
Note: Skoda Kodiaq pictured.
Source: Automotive News