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Skoda has just revealed at the Geneva Motor Show their Fabia Sports Design Concept, a preview of a future vRS version for the successful Fabia. According to a Skoda spokesman, the future vRS will be "somewhere between the Sports Design and our S2000 rally car in looks." The production version is expected to debut in 2010.

Skoda Fabia Sports Design Concept

The Sport Design Concept features a two-tone color scheme both in and outside the car, black alloy wheels, a unique front and rear bumper (complete with diffuser), a dark chrome surround for the grille and blacked out headlights.

A production version will be powered by a 1.4-liter TSI gasoline unit from the Volkswagen family. This would replace the turbo diesel mill currently in action.

Skoda added today a new model to its line-up: the Yeti SUV. The Yeti SUV is a 4.2 metre long, five-door vehicle that features an impressive front end with a ribbed grille and friendly looking headlamps.

Skoda Yeti

The SUV is being offered with a choice of two petrol engines and three diesel are on offer: the entry entry unit (front wheel drive), a petrol engine with four cylinders and 1.2 litre capacity, delivers 103 hp, while the top of the line is a 2.0l TDI CR with 167 hp.

Skoda Yeti

The Yeti is very well equipped for load lugging, too. The luggage compartment volume is flexible; up to 1760 litres is available by removing the rear seats. A luggage cover and net as well as lashing rings are available to further secure the load. As the Yeti is born of a brand which offers clever automobile concepts as its core competence, it is designed with a highly flexible luggage system.

Press release after the jump.

When Volkswagen announced the BlueSport concept back in January, VW execs mentioned that production costs needed to be spread over multiple car brands. It was also mentioned that the €30,000 (about $38,000) VW would need to charge for its own car meant that variations should go to more up-market brands like Audi Audi or new step-brother Porsche. Discount brands like Seat and Skoda were originally left out of the roadster lottery due to slim profit margins.

Now that may have changed. Many different sources are mentioning rumors from the Volkswagen Group that would give Seat Seat and Skoda Skoda droptop cars. The extra production would also drop the base price for the low price brands to about €22,000. If true, this Seat may finally get a production version of the 2001 Tango concept for 2014.

Also, if Porsche can’t put enough of its own parts in the platform, it could likely bow out of the program. It would be hard for Porsche to demand a premium price for a vehicle that uses suspension bits from VW’s budget-minded Polo and Golf, with similar vehicles available from budget brands Seat and Skoda.

Source: AMS

Skoda revealed today the 2009 Fabia Scout, a model that will make its world debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show. Sales will begin in Europe this May.

Skoda Fabia Scout

The new Fabia Scout will be offered with a choice of four engines: two petrol units (1.4 litres, 86 HP, fuel consumption 6.5l/100km and 1.6 litres, 105 HP, fuel consumption 6.9l/100km – the latter will also come with a six-speed transmission) and two diesel engines (1.4 litres, 80 HP, fuel consumption 4.6l/100km and the top-class 1.9-litre engine offering 105 HP and a fuel consumption of 4.9l/100km).

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Skoda launched the GreenLine version for the new Superb. The Superb GreenLine is powered by a 1.9-litre TDI PD DPF which produces 105 bhp and is capable of 55.4mpg on the combined cycle and produces only 136g/km of CO2.

Skoda Superb GreenLine

The GreenLine uses clever aerodynamics and is lowered by 15mm to alter the airflow around the front end and improve fuel economy. Weight also plays a key part - the GreenLine is supplied with a tire repair kit in place of a heavy spare wheel and use low rolling resistance tires. Transmission ratios have been lengthened to improve fuel economy.

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The new generation Fabia hatchback made its world debut in 2007 at the Geneva Motor Show. With both the passenger and luggage compartments sized generously, this five-door small-class vehicle is even roomier that its predecessor. The shape is very typical of the Skoda brand – it certainly guarantees the new Fabia a unique position in the market and shows clearly that the new vehicle is a member of the Škoda family.

Skoda Fabia

The new generation of Fabias is again one of the foremost representatives of the small car segment. It offers plenty of room not just to the driver and front seat passenger, but also passengers in the rear. Once again, the car can also boast of a very generous luggage area.

The Fabia has grown longer (3992 mm) and taller (1498 mm), and again is one of the largest in the supermini car segment. The dynamic and confident front section of the car clearly testifies to the fact that it is part of the Škoda family and a particularly close relative of the Roomster, a model with which it shares most parts – from the original headlights all the way down to the mudguards.

Skoda Fabia

A three-cylinder 1.2 HTP engine is available with power outputs of 44 kW or 51 kW and comes equipped with a main catalytic converter and two lambda sensors. The four-cylinder 1.4 16V/63 kW and 1.6 16V/77 kW engines have two catalitic converters and two lambda sensors. All engines include an on-board EOBD self-diagnostic device.

The range of diesel engines is comprised of two three-cylinder 1.4 turbo diesels with power outputs of 51 kW and 59 kW, and one four-cylinder 1.9 TDI PD/77 kW. All engines meet the emissions limits imposed by the EU 4 standard. Diesel particulate filters (DPF) are also available for both of the more powerful engines.

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Skoda Superb is a model based on the platform of the Volkswagen Passat, and first revealed in 2001 (although the first original Superb come from 1934). Since its unveiling in 2001, Superb has become one of the best sold Skoda models: 130.000 customers has chosen it. In 2008 at the Geneva Motor Show, Skoda revealed the B6 Superb.

Skoda Superb

The new Superb comes with improvements, on both design and technology. An individual approach to design has made the Superb a fascinating vehicle. The spaciousness of the interior and the materials used increase the extraordinary level of comfort during a trip. The headlamps of the model Superb, the unusual shape of which passes all the way to the sides of the wings, lend the front section of the vehicle a dynamic appearance. They form a powerfully dominant feature and a part of the elegant design of the entire vehicle which is impossible to overlook.

The Superb arrives with several absolutely new features. For the first time on Skoda vehicles there is a driver’s knee and rear side airbags (up to 9 airbags), parking assistant and Bi-Xenon headlamps with AFS.

Skoda Superb

Superb is being offered with a wide range on engines, both petrol and diesel. The top of the range drive unit for the Superb will be a six-cylinder 3.6 FSI with a power output of 256 hp. At the current time you can choose from two four-cylinder engines – the new 1.4 TSI/123 hp and the more powerful 1.8 TSI/158 hp.

The range of diesel engines contains two supercharged four-cylinder engines with a pump-nozzle system, 1.9 TDI PD DPF /103 hp and 2.0 TDI PD DPF/138 hp. The trio is finished off by a two-litre four-cylinder engine with common-rail high-pressure injection, a 2.0 TDI CR DPF with a top power output of 167 hp.

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Skoda UK launched today the Fabia BlueLine special edition. It is offered with both gasoline and diesel engine priced at £9,990 and £11,450 respectively. We won’t bother converting the prices because Skoda has no plans to sell the cars in the U.S.

The Fabia BlueLine is painted in Pacific Blue paint combined with a white roof. it comes with lowered suspensions and 15-inch alloy wheels. Under the hood there is a choice of two engines: a 70HP 1.2-liter petrol (gas) engine and a 80Hp 1.4-liter turbo diesel.

Inside the VW Polo clone is offering the ’Magic’ upholstery, climate control air conditioning, a glasses storage compartment and storage boxes under the front seats.

Skoda unveiled at the Paris Auto Show the updated version of the Octavia . Although the Czech automaker does not sell to the U.S., they are owned by the Volkswagen Group, so its fun to see what comes out of the VW parts bin. In the case of the Octavia, it shares most of its parts with cars like the VW Golf and Jetta as well as a few from the Audi A3 .

The 2009 Octavia includes some minor tweaks including newly shaped headlamps, radiator grille and a one-piece bumper. The revision to the rear is mainly about new tail lamp covers and a dynamic bumper with integrated cat eyes.

Skoda Octavia

Škoda’s rummage through VW parts continues with the engines including the 1.4-liter TSI engine and turbocharged 1.4 and 1.8-liter gas engines. The higher end powertrains can be combined with a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic DSG transmission. Although Škoda mainly sells rebadged Volkswagen products, the benefit comes in idea that it is VW products at usually a lower price.

Press release after the jump.

The most successful Skoda model, the Octavia will be presented at the Paris Auto Show with mild facelift, similar to the Fabia and Superb, next to Greenline and Sportline models.

Skoda did not revealed any details about the new model, just that the design will be the same as the one found in the Fabia, Roomster and Superb. It was about time considering the the best sold model in the line-up is kind of oldish.

The Greenline models will include a eco-friendly Fabia with a CO2 emission of just 109 g CO2/km and Superb with 136 g CO2/km.

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