A Skoda employee has apparently let slip plans to ditch the Citigo when it comes up for replacement in the next three years.
The Czech manufacturer’s international sales general manager, Peter Solc, has apparently told Australian journalists during a press briefing session that the Czech manufacturer is focusing its efforts on SUVs and that there is insufficient demand to justify the Citigo's place at the Skoda table.
'If we see some segments are going down then we focus on different models,' he is reported to have said.
Skoda UK wouldn’t be drawn on the speculation, but given that the Citigo was freshened up at the end of 2016, it does seem a little early to commit publicly either way. The Citigo first went on sale in the summer of 2012, and shares much of its build with the Volkswagen Up and Seat Mii. All three were facelifted at the end of last year, and could usually be expected to be replaced around 2019/20.
Skoda has recently launched two new SUVs, the Kodiaq and Karoq, as it seeks to take advantage of a lucrative section of the market.
Speculation on the future of the Citigo raises interesting questions about the implications of such a move for Seat and Volkswagen versions of the car – if Skoda turns down a Citigo replacement, does that mean that the Up and Mii will follow suit?
Don’t worry if you still fancy getting your hands on a Citigo though - the current model has plenty of life left in it yet and has much to recommend it. Read our review below.