It’s neither April Fool’s Day nor spring, in the northern hemisphere, but rather a very hot summer’s day, in which Skoda has detailed a special feature equipping the new Scala.
The company’s compact hatchback is looking to combat hay fever symptoms with a clever technology that combines the climate control with a special cabin filter and air quality sensor.
When working together, these filter out the pollen, thus helping reduce symptoms of coughing, sneezing and itchy eyes, so that occupants will not need any drowsiness inducing medication.
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All they have to do upon entering the car is to keep the windows closed and turn on the air conditioning, on recycle air mode. The system can automatically shut off the outside air inlet if it senses sneeze-inducing air particles, stopping them from being blown into the cockpit.
The Scala’s climate control also features several sensors that monitor inside and outside temperature and humidity. Furthermore, it has a sensor that detects the intensity and direction of sunrays, so that it can adjust the air temperature for each side of the car, for more efficient cooling.
Skoda’s new compact hatchback was presented at the end of last year and is underpinned by the VW Group’s MQB A0 platform. It slots between the Fabia and Octavia and targets cars such as the Hyundai i30, Ford Focus, Renault Megane, Peugeot 308 and Opel/Vauxhall Astra.
Pricing for the Scala spans between £16,595 and £19,585 ($20,692/€18,569-$24,420/€21,914) in the United Kingdom.