35 apprentices from the Škoda Vocational School have reached the pinnacle of their training year: following eight months of intense work, they presented a pickup based on the Kodiaq in the shape of the Škoda Mountiaq. Sporting a specially designed Sunset Orange paint finish, this concept car impresses with numerous visual highlights such as a light bar on the roof and a distinctive front featuring a winch, bullbar and special lighting effects. For the sixth consecutive time, the project acts as a showcase for the apprentices’ technical skills.
The sixth consecutive Student Car is a one-off and the result of months of work. During the course of the project, the apprentices were supported by their instructors as well as brand experts from the design, production and technical development departments. As Carsten Brandes, head of the Škoda Academy, points out, “Like its predecessor models, the Mountiaq highlights the exceptional technical competence and craftsmanship of our students. Year after year, their work demonstrates the superior quality of the professional training at our vocational school.”
The name of the concept conveys a spirit of adventure and off-road flair, combining the appeal of a contemporary lifestyle vehicle with the extraordinary everyday usability of a pickup. The rear of the spectacular concept car bears the brand wordmark in individual letters – a design element introduced in Europe with the new Škoda models Scala and Kamiq. After the design was finalised, the actual production phase kicked off in January. Body and paint shop work took place simultaneously so the students could finish the vehicle in time for the May deadline. They began by reinforcing the body. Next, they removed the roof of the Kodiaq and fashioned a rear panel for the cab as well as a new rear window and side windows. The area behind the cab of the pickup features a load bed with a hidden storage compartment underneath.