12 February 2020 – ŠKODA ENYAQ: This is the name of ŠKODA’s first electric SUV based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform that will be launched in Ireland in early 2021.
The new ŠKODA ENYAQ is derived from the Irish name ‘Enya’, meaning ‘source of life’. Enya itself comes from the Irish Gaelic word ‘Eithne’, meaning ‘essence’, ‘spirit’ or ‘principle’. These different meanings allow different perspectives on the name of ŠKODA’s new SUV. The ‘source of life’ symbolises the brand’s entry into the new era of electromobility. It represents a new beginning, which goes hand in hand with the temperament of the ŠKODA ENYAQ and the ŠKODA engineers’ passion and innovative strength for the new electric SUV. ‘Enya’ is authentic, full of character and lively, easy to pronounce and remember and fits perfectly with the dawn of a new era in the company’s 125-year history.
Like the names of ŠKODA’s successful SUV models KODIAQ, KAROQ and KAMIQ, which are derived from the language of the Inuit people living in northern Canada and Greenland, on this occasion ŠKODA combines their future all-electric vehicle with the Irish language. The ‘E’ at the beginning of the name stands for electromobility; the ‘Q’ at the end creates a clear connection to the virtues of a ŠKODA SUV.
The ŠKODA ENYAQ is the Czech brand’s first series-production vehicle based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB). In all, ten electric models will be launched by the end of 2022. By 2025, ŠKODA expects all-electric vehicles and models with plug-in hybrid drives to account for 25% of sales. By 2021, the car manufacturer will have invested two billion euro in the development of electric models and a holistic, interconnected ecosystem for modern and environmentally friendly mobility solutions.
The first detailed photo offers a glimpse at the design of the ŠKODA ENYAQ. It shows the ‘ENYAQ’ lettering on the rear of the SUV. Previous concept vehicles unveiled by ŠKODA, have provided accurate indications of Internal subsequent designs of production models. The Vision iV concept vehicle showcased at the Geneva Motor show in 2019 could provide a clue to the appearance of the new ŠKODA ENYAQ.
Speaking at an undercover drive of the new ŠKODA ENYAQ at Castle Durrow, Co. Laois, Raymond Leddy, Head of Marketing & Product, ŠKODA Ireland said: “We are delighted that ŠKODA’s new electric SUV will carry an Irish name. The ŠKODA brand has really resonated with Irish people, offering exceptional value, quality and functionality. Our “Made for Ireland” television campaign has been hugely successful and has helped propel the ŠKODA brand to fourth position in the Irish sales charts in January. We are very excited about the new ENYAQ and look forward to sharing details of this incredible car with our customers over the next few months”