Check out this cool pickup, named the ŠKODA FUNstar. It was designed and built by 2 young women and 21 young men at the ŠKODA AUTO Vocational School, located in Mladá Boleslav outside Prague. The fun vehicle concept, based on the new ŠKODA Fabia, came about through ŠKODA’s ‘trainee car’ project, which was run for the first time last year. The ŠKODA FUNstar will be be seen for the first time at the 34th GTI Meeting at Wörthersee from 13th to 16th May 2015. This is the second year in a row that the Czech manufacturer has given selected trainees the opportunity to create their dream car. The company’s goal with this programme is to promote and strengthen the vocational students’ creativity and expertise. The ŠKODA FUNstar is a pickup vehicle based on the new ŠKODA Fabia, the vehicle stands out with its metallic colours; steel-grey and moon-white. The sills, grille surround and the rear spoiler form a striking contrast in reflex-green. One special feature is the LED lights mounted below the sidebars. The duel-lens headlights also feature LED technology, with green LED light strips serving as daytime running lights. LEDs are also used in the rear lights.
The ŠKODA FUNstar drives up on 18-inch ‘Gemini’ alloys from the Octavia RS. The engine is a 1.2 TSI petrol with 90 kW. The transmission features a modern seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. The funky look continues in the interior with individual elements finished in the steel-grey and moon-white colours. The students used one of the best sports steering wheels ŠKODA has to offer, and theres a 1400-Watt sound system for music fans. Training young people is a key part of the Czech car manufacturer’s social responsibility. The training is free and participating students are paid for their work during their apprentices. After successfully completing the training, ŠKODA offers all graduates a permanent job. It’s an excellent program and one that more manufacturers should learn from.