Skoda builds Karoq SUV out of card­board

When you ask sixyear-olds what they want in a car, this is what hap­pens. re­ports.

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‘‘The card­board cen­tre con­sole also houses a dig­i­tal tablet that con­trols a set of wire­less Can­ton speak­ers.

Skoda has cre­ated a com­pletely-card­board ver­sion of its new Karoq SUV, based on re­search into what chil­dren would put in their ideal car.

De­signed to be a car-themed play area, the ‘‘Kid Karoq’’ is an ex­act 1:1 scale replica of the new SUV, which is set to ar­rive in New Zealand this year as a lit­tle brother to the Stuff Mo­tor­ing Top Car-win­ning Ko­diaq.

The card­board cre­ation took 10 weeks and more than 600 hours to con­struct by Bri­tish de­sign stu­dio, Laz­e­rian. Just like the real thing, it’s 4.4 me­tres long and 1.6 me­tres tall.

The brand drew in­spi­ra­tion from 1000 kids aged 6-11, who told Skoda what fea­tures they’d pack into their per­fect car.

Among the high­est polling re­sponses were the abil­ity to play mu­sic of their choice (42.5 per cent), a tablet to play and stream pro­grammes on (67.6 per cent), and an in­te­grated movie pro­jec­tor (35.4 per cent).

It wasn’t all abut the dig­i­tal world; al­most three-quar­ters of chil­dren sur­veyed said that they have built their own card­board cre­ations.

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 in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem.

This means they can choose the mu­sic with­out grown-ups chang­ing the track.

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

A slide and ball pool takes pride of place in the Kid Karoq.

It con­tains over 1500 balls – the pre­cise num­ber that fit into the real car’s cargo space.

Other fea­tures in­clude wi-fi hotspot, a film pro­jec­tor, play­time bean bags and a toy box.

The de­sign team also man­aged to cre­ate a se­cret den un­der­neath the bon­net where chil­dren can keep an eye on the out­side world through dis­guised spy holes.

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