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Skoda is celebrating the 100th year anniversary of the Monte Carlo Rally and the 110th year anniversary of the brand’s motorsport efforts with the launch of the special edition Fabia Monte Carlo Edition. This new version made its first public appearance at Rallye Monte Carlo back in January and has now been introduced at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show.

While we’re not completely enamored with these type of cars, we do have to give the boys over at Skoda some serious love for the way they designed this special edition Fabia.The powertrain may not be on the powerful side, but Skoda certainly makes up for it by designing the special edition Fabia with a very nice red and black two-tone finish, highlighting an aggressive rally-inspired exterior that completely masks the subdued engine under its bonnet.

It may not be the fastest car out of the block, but for a car that you can take to the city for some nice, little joy-riding, the Skoba Fabia Monte Carlo is about as good an option as any B-car segment vehicle.

Details on the Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo after the jump.

Skoda ’s 2010 IRC Championship win may not have gotten a ton of headlines from the press, but it certainly hasn’t stopped the automaker from releasing a special edition Fabia RS that was created to celebrate the automaker’s title win in the IRC, or as some folks would call it, the breeding ground and stepping stone towards the more famous WRC .

For their special edition vehicle, Skoda decked the Fabia RS with a Rally Green exterior paint with racing livery all around it and stickers taken from the official championship-winning S2000 rally car. There’s also the addition of a white roof to complement the Rally Green body color, as well as a set of 17-inch alloy wheels to finish off the dazzling look of special edition Fabia RS.

As for performance, Skoda gave the car a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 177 horsepower and 184 lb/ft of torque and is mated to a 7-speed DSG transmission that accelerates from 0-60 mph in 7.3 seconds with a top speed of 139 mph.

The special edition Fabia RS IRC has yet to be given a price tag by Skoda, but according to the company, the model will only come in limited quantities with only 200 units being built.

Press Release after the jump.

Source: Skoda

The Skoda Superb isn’t exactly the king of sedans, at least not for us Americans who have never driven in one and most likely will never even see one in the flesh. Of course, the sedan is a little more popular over in Europe, and now it’s received another piece of ammo in its small bag-o-guns. Skoda UK has announced the addition of a new 1.6 TDI CR 105bhp engine to the Superb line-up. The new engine will be available for S and SE models and will be available for order starting today with prices starting at £17,480.

This engine provides better driveability and fuel economy than the previous engines with its 105hp and 56.5 mpg. Breaking it down a bit, the new engine gets 6.9mpg for the Hatch and 5.6mpg for the Estate. CO2 emissions have also been reduced by 19g/km and 20g/km respectively.

The new Superb follows along the lines of every other Skoda model in the lineup. This great little car has provided enough style, practicality, and comfort to earn Top Gear Magazine’s ’Luxury Car of the Year’ and Auto Express’ best ‘Family Car’ and ‘Estate Car’ of the year.

Press release after the jump.

Skoda unveiled the Joyster Concept at the Paris Motor Show back in 2006. This concept was a three-door front-wheel-drive compact vehicle that Skoda decided to aim directly at a younger demographic. Its dynamic shape was definitely eye-pleasing, but nothing ever became of it after its world premiere. That is until now. We can officially confirm that the concept will go into production soon and will become the cheapest model in Skoda’s line-up. The future Joyster will be based on the Volkswagen Up and will be revealed in the first half of 2012. With a price of around 9,000 euro (around $11,500 at the current exchange rates), the Joyster will target models like the Toyota iQ and the Peugeot 107 .

The 2012 Joyster will be a front engine, front wheel model that will most likely feature a choice of two engine versions: a 1.0-liter three-cylinder petrol and a 1.2 three-cylinder diesel, both of them having a CO2 emission of less than 100g/km. However, unlike the future Volkswagen Up (production version known as Lupo ), the next Joyster will not get an electric version.

Skoda Fabia is one of the most successful models on the European market. It comes with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines, with power ranging from 58 HP to 103 HP. Now what do you think would happen if Skoda decided to bring forth a convertible version for the popular Fabia? The Czechs are actually really taking this type of modification into consideration, but the fact is, outside of Europe, a convertible model isn’t high on the list of demands and Skoda will have a tough time recuperating their production costs.

Of course, if built, the Skoda Fabia Cabrio would share the same platform with the future Audi A1 Cabrio , making it a cheaper alternative. The convertible version will be offered with a choice of both TDI and FSI engines.

Skoda is expected to make a final decision in the next year. Now, if Volkswagen has plans to produce a Golf Cabrio then some might say that they should go ahead and give the Fabia Cabrio a try. It should prove to be a cool little car in Europe.

Source: Autovisie

Skoda has decided to turn the Fabia hatchback into a little racer with the addition of a new Race Package that includes two-tone exterior paint, a dynamic-looking body kit, white 17-inch alloy wheels, and a sport suspension.

The body kit includes a new front spoiler, roof spoiler, diffuser, and chromed tailpipes. As standard, the roof is painted in white, while the rest of the body is in Corrida Red, but Skoda is also offering "Blue Storm" and "Black Magic pearl effect" exterior paints.

The Race-Package is available on the 68HP 1.2-liter for the starting price of €15,560 (about US$19,000) and the 85HP 1.2-liter TSI version for the starting price of €16,810 (approx. US$20,500).

Brands like Seat and Skoda don’t get enough publicity partly because they’re not as high-profile as some of their sister companies like Audi and Porsche . Some people, though, think highly enough of the two brands to render what a four-door coupe would look like if they came with either a Seat or Skoda badge.

Pavel Hrubyi, a Czech designer and architect, gave it a go and designed his own take on a four-door coupe for Skoda while taking into consideration the design elements and styling cues of the brand’s current range-topper, the Superb .

Despite the fact that Hrubyi’s design is only the work of his own imagination, the rendering looks pretty good and, if we do say so ourselves, is something that Volkswagen should definitely take a look at. It might not have the same enthusiasm as Hrubyi has in seeing a fastback Skoda out on the streets, but you never know, it might open up a light bulb idea from the big wigs over at VW.

Source: Pavel Hrubyi

Skoda is the third brand from the Volkswagen Group who has announced its presence at the Wörthersee tuning event taking place from May 12–15, 2010. At Wörthersee, the company will present two customized models: the Fabia RS+ & the Octavia RS+. Following right behind those presentations will also be two Fabia Super 2000 race cars.

The first one, the Fabia RS+, features a two-color combination. The green color bears reference to Skoda’s rally achievements and the unique connection with the S2000 while the grey color represents the vehicle’s sporty expression and simplicity. These colors are combined with design details, black spoilers and diffusers, and air exhausts on the bonnet.

The second one, the Octavia RS+ features the same two-color combination, black-tinted headlamps and integrated LED-based taillights, as well as new materials and colors used in the interior.

The two Fabia Super 2000 race cars will be presented by Mattias Kahle, who is supported by Škoda Auto Deutschland, and Raimund Baumschlager of BRR (private team). The Fabia Super 2000 features a two-liter atmospheric four-cylinder petrol engine, a six-speed sequential transmission, and a four-wheel drive system with three mechanical differentials. It made its racing debut in the 2009 Monte Carlo Rally.

Press release after the jump.

We haven’t heard from Skoda in a while now, but it looks like the brand is ready to make some waves at the Geneva Motor Show.

The Volkswagen-owned car brand is set to unveil facelift versions of two of their existing models, the Fabia and the Roomster, at the Geneva Motor Show. Among the modifications that is expected to be included on the two new cars include a new radiator grille and 3D-shaped headlamps, new aluminum wheels, decorative hubcaps and paint colors.

Both models will also be offered with a choice of seven - yes, seven! - petrol engines and three diesel units with maximum output ranging from 58 hp to 103 hp for the Fabia and from 68 hp to 103 hp for Roomster.

Press release after the jump.

Skoda will bring at the Frankfurt Motor Show the station wagon version of the Superb model. 4,838 mm long, 1,817 mm wide, and 1,481 mm high - the new Skoda Combi continues a tradition of more than 80 years in producing "combined cars" (hence the name "Combi").

Skoda Superb Combi

Initially the car will be offered with a choice of three petrol and two diesel engines, all with direct fuel injection and low consumption and emissions. Diesel line-up includes: 2.0 TDI PD DPF diesel engine that generates power of 140 hp, 2.0 TDI CR DPF with 170 hp. Petrol line-up includes: 1.4 litre four-cylinder TSI engine with 125 hp, 1.8 TSI, offering power of 160 hp and 3.6 FSI V6 with 260 hp. All the engines are mated to a six-gear manual transmission or the six-gear direct shift gearbox (DSG).

Skoda Superb Combi

Like the Superb sedan, the station wagon version can be fitted with HHC (Hill Hold Control), ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) and also TSA (Trailer Stability Assist) for use with factory-fitted towing equipment. On the interior the car can be ordered with two different 2 DIN car radios with CD/MP3 players, a touchscreen Amundsen system enabling the driver to operate all functions intuitively, a top-of-the-range touchscreen Columbus navigation system, an Aux-In socket, an MDI (Mobile Device Interface) in the Jumbo Box between the front seats to connect external storage media, and a CD changer.

Press release after the jump.

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