Skoda cars

The Skoda Yeti was introduced at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show and, believe it or not, soon became a successful model on the European market. Since then, however, an abundance of new competitors have joined the small-SUV market, so the Yeti needs a redesign to keep up pace. These latest spy shots are the first images of that exact redesign.

The prototype caught testing has only been camouflaged at the front and rear meaning that just these two parts will be redesigned. Up front, the facelift Yeti will receive a new front bumper with bigger air intakes for a more masculine look. The chrome bar on top of the grille will also be changed and will get a look similar to the one previewed by the Concept Mission L , which is same one that will be used for the upcoming Skoda Rapid . The graphics on the headlights look as if they will get some changes too. At the rear, there will be a new, redesigned bumper and new rear light graphics.

As far as power goes, there have been some new engines in the Skoda family lately, so some of the new engines will more than likely find their way under the hood of the facelift Yeti.

Expect to see the new Skoda Yeti launched in September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.

Skoda Rapid

It was only yesterday that the new Skoda Rapid was caught testing on the famous Nurburgring track and just 24 hours later, the company whipped out yet another prototype, this time in a red exterior finish. What’s even better is that the interior was readily accessible to our photographers! Unfortunately, there was nothing revolutionary about the Rapid’s insides, but at least it’s another piece of the puzzle clicked into place. It looks like the Rapid will just be another new small family car.

The Skoda Rapid is inspired by the Mission L Concept unveiled at the 2012 Frankfurt Motor Show and will be placed between the Fabia and the Octavia in Skoda ’s line-up. It will be built on a standard platform, not the new MQB multi-vehicle platform, and will be offered with the latest engines and transmissions from the Volkswagen Group .

Expect to see the new Skoda Rapid launched in September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.

Skoda began using the Rapid name back in 1984 when it debuted a coupe based on the brand’s 130 sedan. That model was discontinued in 1990, but the name is now headed back into the spotlight, this time on a new small car that will be placed between the light Fabia and the next-generation Octavia . The new Rapid was inspired by the Mission L Concept unveiled at the 2012 Frankfurt Motor Show and will be officially unveiled in September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.

The new Skoda Rapid will be built on a standard platform, and not on the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB multi-vehicle platform. The car measures 4.48 meters in length and 1.7 meters in width, but despite these compact dimensions, it offers an impressive amount of interior space: enough room for five occupants and their baggage.

The new Rapid features a long wheelbase and a coupe-like silhouette, plus a large tailgate and distinctly shaped taillights in the brand’s typical C shape.

UPDATE 06/19/2012: The review has been updated with the first official details on the brand new Rapid sedan.

Volkswagen -owned Skoda doesn’t get nearly the credit it deserves. Maybe it’s because under the VW umbrella, there are a lot more high-profile brands to choose from.

Nevertheless, the Czech automaker is still worthy of our attention, now more than ever, actually, considering they’re bringing a pretty radical rally car concept to the 2012 Worthersee show.

The vehicle, called the Citigo Rally Concept, is based on the three-door Citigo hatchback. As a rally designed vehicle, the Citigo Rally Concept comes with its fair share of rally-spec modifications, including a ventilated hood, an aggressive front bumper, extended side skirts, a huge rear spoiler, a center-mounted exhaust system, and last but certainly not least, a new set of 18" wheels with low-profile tires.

Performance modifications are also expected to be part of the Citigo Rally Concept’s overall make-up. Skoda has yet to provide information on what kind of powertrain it’s going to have, but rest assured, we’ll be ready to provide all the necessary updates when the information becomes available.

Do you remember the Mission L Concept Skoda unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show? At that time, Skoda promised that the concept would be a preview for a future midsize sedan, and today we have the first spy shots to prove the company has kept their promise. Rumors say the new model will be called Rapid, but Skoda is already selling a version of the Volkswagen Polo sedan in India that’s dubbed the Rapid, so this may be unlikely.

The new midsize sedan will be placed between the current Fabia and Octavia . Skoda will also be offering it in wagon form one year later. The bad news is that the new model will not use Volkswagen Group’s new MQB platform. They have decided to use an old platform that will help keeps costs as low as possible. However, under the hood,expect all of the latest engines and gearboxes from the Volkswagen Group.

The new 2013 Skoda midsize sedan will be unveiled in late Summer 2012 or at the 2012 Paris Auto Show in September.

Our spy photographers have caught a very interesting prototype of a Super Scout testing. We say interesting because this particular Skout has parts that used to be produced by a Czech company that modifies Skoda cars, but this a prototype straight from Skoda itself. The prototype was caught testing together with a mule for the production Vision D.

Rumors of a Superb Scout model have been floating around for awhile, but since Volkswagen is in the middle of their automotive domination and currently have the say in a lot of vehicles and their unveilings, the Skoda had to be out on the backburner until V-Dub’s Passat Alltrack was shown off first. Power for the Superb Scout will also be teetering on what’s good for the Passat, so expect it to carry the 140 HP TDI engine and not the 170 HP TDI. In all actuality, the Superb Scout should share the power setups of the Superb 4x4.

The Skoda Superb Scout in these images barely has any camouflage, so expect it to be launched by the end of the year.

The history of the Superb dates back to 1934 when Skoda first unveiled the original model. Then, in 1942, the model was dropped, never to be seen again until almost 60 years later when the marque decided it was time for a revival. Now the model is in its second generation and Skoda is making a few changes for the 2012 model year.

The facelift Superb was recently caught testing in the European Alps, and judging by the camouflage it’s donning, expect to see only a minor update to the car’s front and rear ends. The vehicle’s front and rear bumpers will get modified slightly, and there will also be new LED headlights.

Nothing will change in terms of powering the Skoda, so expect the same line of straight-four engines in petrol and diesel varieties, ranging from 1.4 L to 3.6 L. However, expect small changes to improve on fuel efficiency.

The facelift Skoda Superb will make its world debut in March 2012 at the Geneva Motor Show and will go on sale shortly after.

One of the most understated and conservative brands on the market has released a couple of new photos for their latest concept vehicle, the Mission L. The name of the car sounds far more exciting than the concept looks, but you really didn’t expect a whole lot from Skoda , did you?

The only problem is that there doesn’t appear be anything ’concept-ish’ about it. We’ve seen the front end before from the 2011 Design Concept that was introduced at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.

Nevertheless, the five-door hatchback concept was finally unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show and is being looked at as the possible inspiration for the next-generation Octavia or even a new C-segment model for Skoda that will slot in between the Fabia and the Octavia. Possible markets for the car will include Europe, as well as Russia, and maybe even China and India in the future.

Speaking of its less-than-stellar concept looks, the Mission L is actually more production ready than its designation suggests. It’s got some nice elements to it, including a new grille set-up we first saw on the VisionD Concept and the running LED lights on the car’s headlights.

“We have taken a very pure approach to this design study; we have structured the surfaces simply, but impressively,” said Eckhard Scholz, Skoda Board of Directors Member for Technological Development.

“The car has a strong, sporty look which conveys a beautiful simplicity and a youthful and contemporary appearance. Many people look for clean, minimalistic lines, and the Mission L concept offers all that.”

Engines offerings for the Mission L will depend on the market it’s being sold in, but all indications point to a 1.6-liter engine that produces modest output numbers.

People usually associate the name Skoda with a family sedan that focuses more on fuel economy and not so much on performance. Those people are going to get the shock of their lives as Skoda is preparing a special Octavia vRS sedan for the world famous Bonneville Speed Week on August 13-20, 2011.

The Octavia vRS was built to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its iconic vRS performance flagship badge and to achieve breaking the 200 mph barrier. Skoda has done this with the Octavia’s standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder TSI petrol engine by swapping the standard turbo with a specially designed turbocharger from respected component firm Garret. Adding this turbocharger has dramatically altered the vehicle’s output by adding a tremendous 380bhp and 170 lb-ft of torque for a total of 600 HP and 26-28 PSI of boost pressure.

As if the engine updates weren’t enough, Skoda has also spiffed up the exterior of the Octavia with some aerodynamic updates. The vehicle has received a new sub-frame which houses a race prepared intercooler, a reinforced roll cage, a parachute, fire extinguishers, and a window cage. It was then lowered almost 80mm closer to the ground.

Robert Hazelwood, Director for Škoda UK, said: "The 10-year relationship between the UK and the vRS badge has been extremely successful. This is a landmark anniversary and going to Bonneville is a fitting tribute." He adds, "It’s an ambitious project which might surprise a few people, but Škoda is all about engineering excellence and this car is pushing that to new limits."

UPDATE 08/16/11: We already said that Skoda is the one of the last brands that you’ll associate with breaking 200 mph, but this Octavia vRS proved us wrong in a hurry when it recently hit a top speed of 202.15 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. The event corresponded with the brand’s UK branch celebrating the 10th anniversary of the vRS performance badge. Kudos to Skoda for the remarkable achievement; maybe next time they’ll start producing supercars that can routinely eclipse 200 mph on any given day. Just a thought.

The votes are officially in for the title of Miss Tuning 2011 and 23-year-old hot blonde, Mandy Lange, beat out 17 other finalists to take home the crown at the recently-concluded Tuning World Bodensee.

As the biggest tuning fair in Europe - it’s similar to SEMA in our neck of the woods - the Tuning World Bodensee has been one of the most popular auto events in Europe and as such, the Miss Tuning competition is considered one of the most important aspects of the show.

In addition to beating out 17 other women, Lange beat out over 500 applicants for the title, earning the crown from 2010 winner Kristen Zippel and officially becoming the face and ambassador of the European tuning world. As part of her win, Lange, a fitness instructor from Brandenburg, was awarded a new Skoda Fabia RS to go with a two-month promotional contract with and a gig as the face of the ultra exclusive 2012 Miss Tuning Calendar.

Congratulations to Mandy Lange for being named Miss Tuning 2011! It’s an honor well-deserved!

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