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Skoda has created a life-size cardboard version of its new Karoq compact SUV, with an interior inspired by a poll of kids' most-wanted car features.

12 Jan 2018 | International News : U.K.


Known for some of the most family-friendly cars in the business, Skoda has taken things a step further with the creation of a special one-off Karoq made entirely from cardboard. The handmade 'Kid Karoq' has been designed as the perfect play area for those who aren't quite old enough to enjoy the many grown-up toys available in the brand's all new compact Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV).

The digital tablet in the cardboard centre consol controls a set of wireless Canton speakers
The life-size cardboard creation took 10 weeks and more than 600 hours to construct by British design studio, Lazerian, and has been built to the exact scale of the real Karoq.

Commissioned to celebrate the launch of the new compact SUV, the brand drew inspiration for the cardboard version from 1,000 kids aged six to 11 - who told Skoda what features they'd pack into their perfect car.

Among the highest polling responses from the kids' survey were the ability to play music of their choice (42.5 percent), a tablet to play and stream programmes on (67.6 percent), and an integrated movie projector (35.4 percent) - ideal to watch family favourites.

Inside, the Kid Karoq has everything the children asked for, plus some additional goodies. Mini-motorists can climb into a hand-crafted driver's seat and play with a portable games console installed in the dash display. The cardboard centre console also houses a digital tablet that controls a set of wireless Canton speakers, and mirrors many of the features found in the real Karoq's 9.2-inch Columbus infotainment system.

In the absence of the LED ambient lighting found in the real Karoq, children can dance the day away under a multi-coloured disco ball.

A slide and ball pool takes pride of place in the Kid Karoq, containing over 1,500 balls - the precise number of balls that fit into the real Karoq's cavernous 1,810-litre boot space. Other features include WiFi hotspot, a film projector, play-time bean bags and a toy box. The design team even managed to create a secret den underneath the bonnet where children can keep an eye on the outside world through cleverly disguised spy holes.
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