Skoda Kamiq etymology: What does its name mean?

The Skoda Kamiq is the name of a city SUV sold in China, and soon in Europe, but where does the company’s latest crossover starting with K get its name?


According to Skoda, the name comes from the language spoken by the Inuit peoples living in Greenland and northern Canada.

Kamiq is said to mean “something that fits as perfectly as a second skin in every situation”.

This, Skoda argues, is a “reason enough” to use the same name on two different models.

The Kamiq went on sale in China in 2018 as a sub-Karoq model, and is based on the older PQ46 platform. A different Kamiq will debut in Europe in 2019. Again it will be smaller and cheaper than the Karoq, but it will be based on the more modern MQB platform.




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Skoda Kamiq etymology: What does its name mean?