Autocar confidential: Skoda, Koenigsegg, Renault, Kia
Source : Autocar confidential: Skoda, Koenigsegg, Renault, Kia
Our reporters empty their notebooks to round up This specific week’s gossip coming from across the automotive industry
This specific week’s gossip coming from the automotive industry brings news of Koenigsegg’s customer waiting times, Skoda Kodiaq design struggles, Renault’s future wheels in addition to also Kia’s desire to move away coming from ‘premium’.
Koenigsegg’s waiting times
Koenigsegg is usually looking into increasing production capacity to reduce customer waiting times. Answering a fan question on its Twitter feed, Koenigsegg said the current waiting time for a completely new vehicle is usually around two in addition to also a half years, once deposits have been paid, although added that will This specific is usually “looking to improve production”.
Skoda Kodiaq design struggles
The design team behind the completely new Skoda Kodiaq SUV, led by Josef Kaban, spent the longest amount of time working on the rear of the vehicle. “This specific was a challenge, although a rewarding one,” said Kaban. “This specific took a long time to get to the right point, although we wanted an SUV that will was typically Skoda – not just rugged although elegant as well.”
Renault‘s future wheels
The Renault Scenic in addition to also Grand Scenic’s standard 20in wheels may set a precedent for some other Renault types due to their efficiency benefits, striking looks in addition to also ease of set-up, according to design boss Laurens van den Acker. He said fitting 20in wheels across the entire range made things easier for engineers. “Instead of multiple chassis tunes or one compromised one, all cars are optimised for big wheels,” he said.
Kia‘s brand image
Despite its cars being of an ever higher quality in addition to also offering plush top-spec trim levels, Kia is usually at pains to distance itself coming from wanting to be seen as ‘premium’, unlike many some other mass-market car makers. “We’re not premium. We’re generalist,” said Kia’s European design chief, Gregory Guillaume, “although being perceived as having a premium design is usually a not bad position to be in.”
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