Next-Gen Skoda Fabia Spotted Almost Undisguised

Earlier this year, the Czech Republic automaker announced the 3rd generation of simply clever small hatchback, the Skoda Fabia, would officially be unveiled this year. A number of executives have talked about the Fabia 3, giving us an abundance of details in the run-up to the first spotting of prototypes, which took place about a week ago. Guess what, the camouflage has been taken off those cars, revealing no less than four different but almost fully revealed models.

The Skoda Fabia’s design is quite similar to Rapid. A quite simple and large grille design is flanked by big headlamps. They are in fact much bigger unlike the photos would let you believe, since camouflage is obstructing the lower part. Meanwhile, the wing mirrors look nearly similar to those of a Volkswagen Polo, so do the door handles. Drum brakes are still used as they are cheaper to make and service. At the rear, large stickers obstruct the taillamps. We don’t, for a second believe, they will be using a 2-part system like camo would lead you to believe, as it’s an unnecessary and costly solution.

Next-Gen Skoda Fabia Spotted Almost Undisguised

Instead of using the new MQB platform, the automaker has decided to stick with the old architecture and make a new body. This is, again due to cost reasons. While the Octavia, Leon and Golf were designed and engineered at the same time, the Ibiza precedes its sisters by around two years. Most of the powerplants for Fabia will be carryovers from other VW Group cars. Base models will be propelled by the same 1.0 liter engine with 60 or 75HP, followed by upgraded TSI 1.2 units. The only diesel option is likely to be a 3-cylinder 1.4 liter, which Volkswagen Group has engineered to replace both 1.2TDI and 1.6 TDIs.

Speaking of carryovers, we have to talk about the colors which will help sell this new supermini. We are looking at Denim Blue Metallic, Brilliant Silver Metallic, Rio Red Metallic and Rally Green Metallic, all existing shaded. The green car features a black grille and trim, but isn’t actually a rally-inspired Fabia vRS. That model has been dropped from the model range because of slow sales.

Skoda has already confirmed that the vRS model will not make an appearance in the next-gen Fabia, because the current car has not been a commercial success.

Skoda Octavia G-TEC Rolls Off The Production Line

The all-new Skoda Octavia G-Tec rolls off the production line of the company’s main facility in Mlada Boleslav for the first time. The car will go on sale in Czech market this June. The first Octavia with natural gas drive is designed and engineered in estate and hatchback body styles and the brand’s range of natural gas models grows to three. The CNG variant of Citigo has had a successful run in European markets since 2012.

In parallel with the start of Octavia G-Tec production, the automaker has also inaugurated a new CNG testing plant and filling station symbolizing an investment of €5 million. This plant serves to carry out mandatory safety testing of CNG engines and to offer an initial fill of CNG fuel tanks. After the launch in June, the Octavia G-Tec and Octavia Combi G-Tec will be gradually rolled out in 14 other nations across Europe including Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria, Norway, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Italy, France, Finland, Germany, Denmark and Belgium.

Skoda Octavia G-TEC Rolls Off The Production Line

Motivation for the all-new Skoda Octavia G-Tec estate and hatchback comes from a 1.4 liter TSI turbocharged powerplant, which is good for producing 110 horsepower. It’s engineered as a bivalent unit to run on both petrol and CNG. The Green Tec package is included as standard equipment and provides brake energy recuperation and start-stop system. The total maximum volume of both CNG fuel tanks is 97 litres, or 15 kg of natural gas compressed to a pressure of 200 bar. The tanks are mounted in a special frame located beneath the boot floor. The luggage compartment of Octavia G-TEC offers 460 litres, in case of Octavia Combi G-TEC it is 480 liters.

Customers may choose from a total of 12 GreenLine and 51 Green tec versions. The new Octavia GreenLine sets new standards in the compact segment with low CO2 emissions of just 85 g/km. Skoda Auto is one of the longest-established vehicle production organizations in the world. Since 1895, the Czech headquarters in Mlada Boleslav has seen the production firstly of bicycles and then, shortly afterwards cars and motorbikes.

The brand currently has seven passenger car models: Fabia, Citigo, Rapid, Roomster/Praktik, Yeti, Superb and Octavia. It delivered around 920,800 vehicles to customers worldwide last year.

Skoda Repositioning Itself as a Premium Brand: Report

Failed to comply the standards unlike that of the layman’s auto brand in abroad, Skoda is scratching hard to build its image here as a brand for the upmarket class, having a goofy support from Volkswagen, its parent company, claimed a report on internet.

It seems, Skoda may take up the space left unfilled by Honda Civic and Accord after they left the Indian market due to lack of demand, with apparently due to unavailability of diesel engines from the bay of Honda.

However, it can also be noted that Skoda discontinued its small car Fabia due to lack of sales and so therefore shifted its focus on the premium sedan segments like Superb and Octavia.

Skoda Octavia

Customer issues and satisfaction have become top priority and Skoda reviews processes and concerns every week with the possibility of calling for emergency top-level meetings to resolve customer grievances. It has also deployed more employees on the field to tackle customer problems, people close to the company said – revealed the report.

On the service front, Skoda faced issue of spare parts unavailability; now at present they said, the numbers of such scorches had decreased, and automaker is on the verge of improving them with the passing time bringing it near to zero.

Skoda Superb

In the recent times, foreign automakers are hiring Indian personnel for positions of product head and product development, lagging out the foreigners only for some strategic positions, which are making the brand surge. And now the latest to fall on the list of Skoda is Rapid facelift in the near future.

Source: ET

Skoda Yeti Xtreme Concept Debuts At Worthersee: Looks Extreme, Isn’t It?

At this year’s GTI event at Worthersee, the Czech Republic automaker will be presenting the Skoda Yeti Xtreme – a world premiere of this sporty yet solid concept rally car based on the famous compact SUV. The event will also mark the launch of Citijet – a design concept built by Skoda apprentices. It’s with these expressive vehicles that the brand once again highlights the versatility and emotional qualities of its attractive model range.

This is the 33rd time that the revolutionary VW tuning event will be taking place. Around 200,000 tuning fans will be making the pilgrimage to the cult event in Reifnitz, Austria (28th to 31st May). The automaker will take part in the GTI event for the 5th time.

Werner Eichhorn, Skoda Board Member for Sales and Marketing said: “We want to continue the positive development and to grow further with new models over the coming years.” “Therefore we are going to reinforce the emotional vibrancy of the brand. The all-new Skoda Yeti Xtreme, as a powerful and dynamic compact Sports Utility Vehicle concept demonstrates the company’s strong expertise in 4-wheel drive technology, in addition to our know-how when it comes to rally sports.”

Skoda Yeti Extreme Concept

In creating the Skoda Yeti Xtreme, the designers have converted their successful compact SUV into a particularly dynamic and sporty rally design. The show car fuses the equipment features and strong design elements of a racy rally car with the power of an all-wheel drive SUV. Motivation for the vehicle comes from 1.8 liter TSI engine that’s rated at 112 kW of power with 250 newton meters of torque. The engine will be mated to a dual clutch 6-speed DSG transmission. The Yeti Xtreme accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.0 seconds with the top speed of 192 km/h. It features special Octavia RS brakes.

The stunning matt-grey Yeti stands on powerful 17-inch alloy wheels and large off-road tires and comes standard with tinted roof, wheel rim inserts and side windows are set off in bright yellow-green. At the front, the brawny athlete has a large air intake and a powerful bumper, in addition to LED headlamps. For robust sporting use, the height of the chassis can be adjusted.

The Skoda Yeti Xtreme flexes its muscles with powerful door sills and stunningly shaped wings. At the rear, the strong rear bumper bears witness to the dynamics and power of the vehicle, so do the two wide exhaust tailpipes, which sound particularly throaty as a result of the absence of silencers. The boot includes a so-called ‘recovery tracks’ and a spare wheel, special traction mats, which that can be pushed under the wheels, should the car get stuck in sand.

Skoda Yeti Extreme Concept interiors

The interior wows with a racy rally design and includes equipment required for rally use. Passengers can sit on four individual Recaro sports seats with incorporated four-point safety belts. Other features include the ‘Super Sport’ steering column with integrated gearshift paddles. The designers have used selected high-tech materials for various parts in the interior: the inner door covers have been made completely from carbon fiber; a thermos flask and a sand shovel have been incorporated into holders fitted in the paneling; the floor panel is made from aluminum.

The Color & Trim package includes further high-quality, dark Alcantara surface with green color accents and carbon fiber elements. Further aluminum details can be found throughout, such as special door sill plates and aluminum pedals. The centre console has been completely redefined. This is where standard rally car accessories, including a fire extinguisher and a belt cutter, can be found. An iPad cradle is incorporated into the dashboard, a first aid kit into the glovebox.

The Skoda Citijet features a unique metallic finish in white and blue and has sporty, blue 16-inch alloy wheels, accompanied by a powerful exhaust with two tailpipes and a handmade rear spoiler. A 1.0 MPI petrol engine with 55 kW (75 PS) can be found beneath the hood.

Skoda Yeti Extreme Concept Back View

The car features a sporty interior, with equipment based on the interior of the special edition Skoda Citigo Sport. In addition, the creators have installed music-reactive blue LED interior lighting and a special 300W sound system.

While the Skoda Yeti Xtreme Concept won’t enter showrooms, the standard Yeti has been successful in Europe. Since it was launched in 2009, Skoda has sold 640,000 copies of the Yeti.

Skoda Citijet Concept Bound For Worthersee Show

Before today, the Citigo was Skoda’s least interesting vehicle on the sales lot. Sure, the 3.5 meter mini is great for nipping around traffic; however it lacks that pizzazz, which small cars from a few decades ago had, such as the Lupo GTI, for example. That all stops with a concept known as Citijet, unveiled ahead of forthcoming Worthersee GTI meet in Austria.

This is a result of letting a group of 16 Skoda design apprentices loose on a Citigo and asking them to turn it into their ideal one-off concept vehicle. The Citijet has taken six months, in which time the youthful design team came up with an open-top Skoda Citigo equipped with rollbars where the back seats would normally be. You will also find 16 inch alloy wheels covering red brake calipers, twin-tailpipe exhaust system and a handmade rear wing.

Skoda Citijet Concept

The Citijet’s engine is the standard 1.0 liter 3-cylinder that’s rated at 74 horsepower and is found in Volkswagen Up, Seat Mii and Skoda Citigo sisters. Inside, the design students chose the interior trimming of Citigo Sport models for the Citijet, meaning red stitching for the leather-wrapped steering column, handbrake and gear lever, in addition to Sport-spec seats and floor mats. A 300W audio system is also included and is matched with LED lighting system that pulses in time with the music playback, as per Skoda.

Skoda Citijet Concept Back View

Skoda Fabia Spied During Testing

The Skoda Fabia has been spotted for the first time, with the all-new city car caught undergoing testing at the Nurburgring in Germany. The Czech Republic automaker’s next-gen city vehicle that’s set to be introduced at this year’s Paris Auto Show in October, clearly mimics the styling of some of Skoda’s recent offerings including the recently launched Octavia and redesigned Yeti.

In spite of the heavy camouflage, it’s clear the front end sees an angular yet more modern grille application unlike the current model, and its front bumper and headlamps are more streamlined and sporty looking, too. The side profile shows a similar sharp-edged treatment to the glasshouse of the vehicle, whereas the hatchback comes standard with a stylized bootlid with small taillamps and a small rooftop spoiler.

Skoda Fabia Spied

The all-new Fabia is expected to be designed and engineered on the same underpinnings like the current model, rather than be built upon the MQB modular platform of VW Group, which is used for vehicles including the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf as has been widely reported. Nonetheless, the automaker is likely to borrow heavily from the VW product catalogue when it comes to infotainment systems and powerplants.

Engines will likely mirror those found in the upgraded VW Polo, including new 3-cylinder powerplants, in addition to, the existing 4-cylinder turbocharged 1.2 liter, which is now available in two states of tune (66kW/160Nm and 81kW/175Nm) instead of the existing 7kW/175Nm in that model range. Michael Irmer, Skoda Australia Director recently confirmed that the Fabia is due to arrive in Australia in the second half of next year, confirming both the wagon and hatchback.

Skoda Fabia Spied During Testing

Irmer said: “There will be a wagon derivative of the new model. It’s one of the only cars in this market space, which has a wagon body and it proved to be quite famous”, suggesting around 20% of Fabia sales locally had been the estate version. He also confirmed reports from late 2013 that there will be no replacement for the RS hot-hatch and wagon models, suggesting the lack of RS variant would not damage the brand’s image. “It will have an impact, but it won’t be significant,” he added.

Irmer instead suggested the brand would focus on its Monte Carlo models that are propelled by standard powertrains but feature sporty styling. “We sell very well off the Monte Carlo version in the Fabia range”, and “That is going to continue”, he said.

Well, going by the reports, Skoda is keen to reintroduce the Fabia when the new generation model is ready.

Skoda Fabia Spied During Testing Back View

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Skoda Yeti Facelift To Be Launched In India: Scheduled For July

Most of the automakers in India are either modifying existing models or developing new vehicles in a bid to achieve increased monthly sales. Joining the bandwagon is the Czech Republic manufacturer, Skoda which will soon be rolling out a redesigned version of its popular Yeti in India. If reports are to be believed, the carmaker may launch Yeti in the domestic market this July, by a glimpse of which were seen at this year’s Delhi Auto Expo. Nonetheless, the redesigned Yeti is already on sale in several international markets. For India, a hypothetical starting price of Rs. 17 lakh is being speculated.

The new Skoda Yeti ditches its signature circular foglamps in a quest to align itself with the new family look. On the outside, it features a new bumper, a new grille, new headlamps, all of which now exude the Yeti’s new design language. The logo, as is the case with the new Superb, now moves from the grille to the hood. The overall design at the rear remains the same; however it sports nicer looking LED taillights.

Skoda Yeti Facelift

On the inside, the dashboard layout remains unchanged, but the clocks, stereo system and steering wheel will some revisions. What will also remain unchanged is the good build quality and plush feel of the interior, of course, what Skoda is known for. The good visibility, comfy seats and high seating position are the other pluses, which the Yeti will retain.

Additional features on the redesigned Skoda Yeti include tire pressure monitoring system, keyless ignition, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control, multifunction steering wheel, 16 inch alloy wheels and bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights.

As far as engine option is concerned, the Skoda Yeti will continue to be a diesel-only SUV in India. The current 2.0 liter TDI diesel powerplant is likely to continue with its two states of tune – 110PS and 140PS. The front wheel drive 110PS would be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox, while the all wheel drive 140PS would get a six-speed manual transmission. In addition, the redesigned Yeti could be available with DSG dual clutch automatic transmission in the range-topping L&K trim.

According to the company, one of the main reasons for Yeti not doing well was its unclear positioning. Thanks to its size, the Yeti may not be as butch looking as some of the other SUVs carrying a similar price tag, but it was still seen as an off-roader. The biggest advantage the Yeti has over its rivals is its convenient size. It’s easier to park and drive in the city and when it comes to on and off-road performance, it can still take on any SUV with aplomb. The new positioning for Yeti then, will be that of an ideal urban crossover. And to really make good of this positioning, an automatic is a must.

Skoda Octavia Laurin & Klement Launched In UK: Priced From £26,570

Introduced at 2014 Geneva Auto Show in March, the Laurin & Klement brings Skoda’s most sophisticated levels of technology and comfort to the Octavia range for the first time.

It is available in either estate or hatchback body styles, with a choice of two powertrains. They are the new 1.8 liter TSI 180PS petrol and the popular 2.0 liter TDI 150PS diesel. Either can be specified with a slick-shifting 6-speed manual transmission or DSG automatic. A 4×4 diesel manual option is also offered on the estate.

The Octavia Laurin & Klement builds on the already generous equipment offered on Elegance variant. It includes striking exterior features such as bi-xenon headlamps, technology such as adaptive cruise control and park assist and a luxurious and exclusive brown L&K interior.

Skoda Octavia Laurin  Klement

Standard features on the Elegance include Bi-xenon headlights with Adaptive Front Lights System, 18 inch Turbine alloy wheels, Chrome window surround, LED rear lights, Brown Alcantara and leather upholstery, Sunset glass (Estate only), Electrically adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, heating and memory function, L&K cabin logos, door sill trims and stitching, Illuminated front and rear footwells, Rear backrest release from boot, Canton audio system, Adaptive cruise control with Front Assistant, Park assist, Lane assist and Cornering front foglamps.

All standard features on the Skoda Octavia Laurin & Klement are available for £4,100 more than the equivalent Elegance trim.

Prices start at £26,570 for 1.8 liter TSI 180PS hatchback, whereas the equivalent Estate is £27,375. The entry level diesel, the 2.0 liter TDI CR 150PS DPF hatchback with CO2 emissions of just 106g/km, is £26,410. This is the most appealing option for corporate customers because the BIK rate for 2014/15 is just 17%.

The most expensive car in the range is the 2.0 liter TDI CR 150PS 4×4 DPF, which costs £28,665. ??

Next-Gen Skoda Fabia Arriving In Paris This October

The next Skoda Fabia city car is due to be unveiled at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October, and details of the newly designed model are starting to emerge. It will go on sale in the second half of next year and is expected to continue with the same underpinnings as the current model, rather than be build upon the MQB modular platform of Volkswagen Group, which is used for vehicles including Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf as has been widely reported. Nevertheless, the Czech automaker is expected to borrow heavily from the VW product catalogue when it comes to infotainment systems and engines.

The engine choices will likely mirror those seen in the upgraded Volkswagen Polo, including a range of 3-cylinders in addition to the existing 4-cylinder 1.2 liter turbocharged, which is now available in two states of tune (66kW/160Nm and 81kW/175Nm instead of existing 77kW/175Nm) in that model range. Michael Irmer, Skoda Australia Director said: “The new Fabia – which is expected to see a significant design change with styling similar elements identical to Octavia – is due to arrive in Australia in the second half of next year, with both the wagon and hatchback models set to be retained.

Next-Gen Skoda Fabia Arriving In Paris This October

“There will be a wagon derivative of the new model. It is one of the only cars in this market space, which has a wagon body and it proved to be quite popular.” “The Fabia was bolstered by the RS version locally with the wagon in particular seeing a decent proportion of sales.” “There has been quite a high proportion of the RS in the market. It’s really a unique offering in the market, he added.”

Nonetheless, Irmer confirmed reports from late 2013 that there will be no replacement for the RS hot hatchback and wagon models, though suggested the lack of RS variant would not damage the brand’s image. It will have an impact, but it won’t be significant, Irmer said. He instead suggested the brand would focus on its Monte Carlo models that are propelled by standard powerplants but feature sporty styling. We sell very well off the Monte Carlo version in the Fabia range, and that is going to continue.

It is expected that the automaker will also offer the next-gen Fabia with a sedan body style, though Irmer suggested any such version wouldn’t be considered locally because of Australian shoppers’ preference towards hatchbacks. Indeed, city-sized saloons like Nissan Almera struggle to sell in significant numbers – that model, for instance, managed six sales in April this year, down from 176 units in the same month last year.

Even, if there was a sedan, it is not something we would consider for the Australian market. It is something of a niche model, he said. Skoda repositioned the Fabia range just a few months ago, with the Czech city hatch starting from $15,990. Nevertheless, the brand is struggling to sell the 5-door wagon and hatch models, with sales down 28% year-to-date.

One-two victory: Skoda celebrates perfect start to the new APRC season

Skoda MRF team is now reported of celebrating the moment with the toast of champagne for a perfect start to the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC) with a one-two victory lead by the defending champions Gaurav Gill/Glenn Macneall (IND/NZ). The duos brought the victory to the brand at Rally of Whangarei in New Zealand with an 11.9-second lead over the European champions Jan Kopecký/Pavel Dresler (CZ/CZ). The Skoda MRF teams, without much hassle, took over their rivals and registered a victory on all 14 special stages in the first of six races in the APRC season. All praises to the Fabia Super 2000, which proven its worth once again with the desired performance delivered.

“I’ve been close to winning here a number of times, and this time I finally succeeded. This is a fantastic victory for the entire Skoda MRF team,” commented Gill. Last year Gill, who comes from India, finished second in the season opener in New Zealand, behind his teammate Esapekka Lappi (FIN). On the last day, Gill managed to pull on a strong throttle extravaganza in the stiff battle with Kopecký. The victory registered by a very narrow route, which had been reduced to 220.87 kilometres.

Skoda celebrates perfect start to the new APRC season

Since the first day, the 2013 European champion was already stricken to the lead position. This race at the Whangarei was the 32-year-old’s debut in the APRC, and also his first time experience of driving the vehicle during completion on Indian made MRF tyres. “We had a really good battle with Gaurav over the entire weekend. This gives me the opportunity to improve. I haven’t had much experience with this kind of gravel rally and this is also the first time that I have competed so far away from my home in the Czech Republic. I’m therefore happy with the result,“ said Kopecký.

Gill and Kopecký are now ranked at top of the drivers’ list due to their one-two finish. In this league to do best in dirt, Skoda MRF are under pressure to save their achieved title in the manufacturers’ standings ahead of the second race of the season in New Caledonia from 16 to 18 May.

This competition of APRC is astounded to prove as an important ground for the Czech car maker as it wanted to captivate the international markets, with a due to achieve immense growth. With an aim to increase its global sales to at least 1.5 million units a year in the next few years and also to achieve strong growth in particular in the Asian growth markets, Skoda seems to have already started brushing and polishing the guns.

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The 2014 APRC calendar:

  • 16–18 May: Rallye de Nouvelle-Calédonie – New Caledonia
  • 20–22 June: Rally of Queensland – Australia
  • 15–17 August: Malaysian Rally – Malaysia
  • 26–28 September: Rally Hokkaido – Japan
  • 7–9 November: China Rally – China