Skoda’s student-led rally crossover is top of the class

The Afriq is a seriously advanced and imaginative creation having been produced by apprentices at the Czech carmaker’s academy

Skoda’s new Afriq is a rally version of the company’s Kamiq compact crossover

The latest rankings put Skoda in fifth place on the market share league table in Ireland, with just over 7 per cent of new car registrations year-to-date. It is also the fifth-oldest surviving car brand in the world.

In the early days of the company’s existence, Skoda sought to ensure better career paths for young people and established the Skoda Vocational School in 1927. Through the 1970s, the first engineering programmes were added. Some students ...