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201615 Jun

Jozef-Kaban-Designer-Skoda

 

The Skoda Kodiaq which will celebrate its world premiere in September makes a strong statement with an impressive combination of powerful design and generous space. Jozef Kabaň, Skoda’s Head of Design talks about the new Skoda Kodiaq and Skoda’s new design language.

 

What does the design of the Skoda Kodiaq mean for the brand?

Kabaň: The Skoda Kodiaq is a pioneer for our brand in two respects. We are entering a new segment with our first large SUV above the Yeti. And at the same time, the Kodiaq is the first model with the new Skoda SUV design language. It is powerful and emotive, but also timeless.

 

What is special about the design language of your large SUV?

Kabaň: The Skoda Kodiaq is extremely versatile. It is exceptionally spacious and with compact external dimensions, it delivers the best overall package in its class. It is also robust, suits all types of terrain and offers the best flexibility and functionality. We wanted to visualise this in the exterior design as well as the interior. Form and functionality are therefore in harmony in the Skoda Kodiaq. The crystalline and striking appearance also underlines the strength and character of the Skoda Kodiaq.

 

How does one combine design and functionality?

Kabaň: We aspire to combine the highest degree of aesthetics with maximum functionality in such a way that one no longer speaks of different criteria. We are searching for beauty in simplicity, without disregarding functionality or ergonomics. A good design makes functionality attractive. This balance of functionality and aesthetics makes our Skoda Kodiaq special.

 

What role does Czech crystal glass art play in this?

Kabaň: Every detail of our models tells a story, that is the emotive power of the brand. We were inspired by traditional Czech crystal glass art for the crystalline elements of the Skoda Kodiaq. The lines are clear, precise and sharply drawn. The distinctive interplay of light and shade on the strongly contoured surfaces is distinctive. The crystalline structure is also present in the details, such as the headlights or decorative trims.

 

You can see the creativity and great attention to detail that also went into designing the interior. What do you consider the most interesting design feature of the Skoda Kodiaq's interior?

Kabaň: We are carrying the exterior’s wide, clear lines forward into the interior. And the emphasis here is on the harmony between form and functionality, on calm and clarity. For me, a car has to function perfectly and also radiate aesthetics. An interior should spark feelings of trust and well-being. From this philosophy, we have created an atmosphere that is also elegant, comfortable and functional at the same time.

 

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