ŠKODA CitiJet – Apprentices’ Dream Car
ŠKODA unveils first Apprentice Car – a city cabriolet
Sporty, dynamic, expressive and innovative design
Reworked vehicle body, 1.0 MPI 55 kW petrol engine, LED lighting reacts to music
Project undertaken by 16 ŠKODA Vocational School apprentices, in close collaboration with ŠKODA’s Design, Production and Development departments
ŠKODA apprentices have shown great creative potential in a six-month long project – the ŠKODA CitiJet. 2 young ladies and 14 young men have been working on their very own design study since November 2013. Fans of the 2014 GTI Tuning Event at the Wörthersee experienced the first public unveiling.
The ŠKODA CitiJet is a two-seater sporty city cabriolet. It is a dynamically and expressively-designed convertible city car based on the ŠKODA Citigo. The ŠKODA CitiJet is a project that has been undertaken by 16 apprentices from the ŠKODA Vocational School in close partnership with the ŠKODA design, production and development departments and under the supervision of ŠKODA Chief Designer, Jozef Kabaň. The emotional design concept was six months in the making, and celebrated its premiere at the 33rd GTI Fan Meet at Wörthersee in May 2014.
The exterior features distinctive metallic paintwork in blue/white and racy, blue/white 16-inch alloy wheels. It also features a hand-made rear spoiler, as well as a powerful twin exhaust. Under the bonnet, you will find a 1.0 MPI petrol engine with 55 kW (75 PS).
The sporty interior is based on the interior of the special edition ŠKODA Citigo SPORT. This includes the red-stitched, leather-lined three-spoke steering wheel, as well as the leather-covered handbrake and gearstick. The seat covers and floor mats are kitted out in the ‘Sports’ fabric design and the dashboard is finished in red and white. Additionally, a special sound system has been installed with an output of 300 watts. The interior has music-reactive LED lighting.
This is the first time that this kind of trainee project has been undertaken at ŠKODA. The aim has been to encourage the apprentices’ creativity, teamwork and technical expertise.
“Our apprentices have put their hearts and souls into this vehicle. Every little detail, no matter how small, was discussed, agreed upon and put into practice by the team. It was a real team effort. The result has been a unique and emotional car, of which everybody involved can be very proud,” says ŠKODA AUTO Chief Designer, Jozef Kabaň.
This trainee project highlights the manufacture’s commitment to the high quality of vocational training at ŠKODA. At the ŠKODA AUTO Vocational School of Mechanical Engineering, young people go through a three or four-year training program in technical subjects, graduating with a full apprenticeship or the equivalent of an NVQ level 3. There are currently 13 training programmes; the most popular of the three-year courses are for auto mechanics, auto electricians and electricians. The most popular among the four-year courses is industrial logistics. The vocational school also offers distance-learning courses.
ŠKODA CitiJet - Making of the design study for GTI Meeting at Wörthersee 2014
16 ŠKODA Apprentices created a very special cabriolet based on ŠKODA Citigo. Watch the birth of the car.