And now for some thing fully unique, a Czech automaker is turning its interest to North America’s National Hockey League. No, Skoda sadly just isn’t coming to the United States. It really is actually the other way all-around as two NHL teams are now in Europe for back again-to-again games to open the 2022-23 normal season. San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators will duel on Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8 in Prague at the O2 Arena.
Skoda has been a prolonged-time hockey supporter, possessing been an formal husband or wife of the IIHF Ice Hockey Earth Championship due to the fact 1992. For the NHL’s ninth check out to Europe, the Volkswagen Team manufacturer has made a decision to dress up two of its SUVs as mascots. Based on the Kodiaq, the 4-wheeled mascot of the Nashville Predators is known as “Prediaq” when the “Sharyaq” for the San José Sharks is an Enyaq iV. Indeed, even the mascots adhere to Skoda’s naming scheme with all SUVs ending with the letter “q.”
Vítězslav Pelc, the Skoda staff liable for these funky team mascots points out why these motor vehicles had been chosen. The Mladá Boleslav-primarily based marque determined to go with the two SUVs given that they are equivalent in sizing and give a contrast among combustion engines and all-electrical drivetrains. Much like the Predators’ jerseys, the Prediaq is typically yellow even though the Sharyaq is black and blue to echo the San José Sharks.
Aside from the eye-grabbing human body decals, the Kodiaq and Enyaq iV use a 3D-printed flexible ribbed composite framework. It is composed of polyurethane foam layered in varying hardness so that the fins, tail, and mane can “wiggle the natural way,” according to Plec. It is an unexpected go on Skoda’s element and a enjoyment way to encourage the model all through these a significant event for NHL admirers.
Skoda is no stranger to wacky principles as students from the company’s vocational university have created some interesting one particular-offs more than the years. From a Kodiaq pickup truck to a Sunroq SUV convertible, there have been some unconventional jobs in recent instances.