Tests of Skoda Fabia Super 2000 ‘progressing well’

It has been revealed that tests of the Skoda Fabia Super 2000 prototype are progressing well enough for the car to make its debut at this year’s Barum Rally Zlin.

Head of Skoda Motor sport Michal Hrabanek sees participation in this event as another step on the road to picking up honours in international competition.

He said: "Besides co-operating with our importers, we are also planning to offer the vehicle to private teams."

Since the test team began its work in February, approximately five thousand kilometres of speed trials have been clocked up using three prototypes.

Not just any old test drivers have been employed through the project.

The experience of two-times world champion and rally icon Carlos Sainz has been tapped extensively.

The 46-year-old Spaniard won the world rally championship with Toyota in 1990 and 1992, after beginning his rallying career in 1980.

Other Skoda test drivers include leading Czech racer Jan Kopecky, the Austrian rally champion Raimund Baumschlager and Sebastian Lindholm, the ex-champion from Finland.

Two million happy Skoda drivers

A grey-coloured Fabia Estate 1.4-litre 16-valve has become the two
millionth car to roll off the Skoda production line.

The previous Fabia models had sold 1.8 million cars, but the newly
launched 2008 estate version has now sold to 19,503 customers worldwide.
Total Fabia sales for the first quarter of this year (hatch and estate)
reached 63,579 (up 8.5 per cent).

Skoda has noticed a growing demand in Eastern Europe and China. Over
27,000 Skoda vehicles were sold in Eastern Europe (up 38.6 per cent)
with Chinese sales totalling 16,212.

The latest innovation, the 1.4 TDI Fabia GreenLine, is achieving
CO2 emissions of just 109g/km and is measured at nearly 69mpg.

Does my rear look larger in this?

The new Skoda Fabia estates have launched today, with an additional 1,400 litres of rear storage space.

Insurance groupings are as low as 2E for the 1.2 HTP (70bhp) Fabia Estate 1.

With petrol and diesel options across the Estate 1, Estate 2 and Estate 3 models, their carbon emissions figures should keep the road fund licence duty low too.

The Skoda Fabia won fourth place the 2006 Top Gear award for customer satisfaction, with the Skoda Octavia coming in third.

The Skoda Octavia is also the holder of the 2007 Auto Express Driver Power survey Car of the Year.

Fabia Estate ‘proves cheap to insure’

Skoda has revealed the insurance ratings for its new Fabia Estate vehicle.

The Czech car marker claims that the prices are "good news" for motorists who usually struggle to pay their bills.

Figures from the firm show that an entry-level 1.2-litre engine vehicle can be bought from £9,360 and would fall into band one – representing the cheapest prices on the market.

The automobile manufacturer adds that those looking to purchase the more-powerful 1.9 TDI PD Fabia Estate 3 for £13,775 will find that the model comes under either bands two or three.

According to the company, this represents "good news for stretched family budgets".

Skoda is the Czech Republic’s leading automobile manufacturer and its origins date back to a bicycle shop in the 1890s.

In 1991, the firm was bought by Volkswagen and became a subsidiary of the German brand.

New Skoda comes to Frankfurt

Skoda will be pulling back the curtain on its new Fabia Estate at next month’s International Motor Show in Frankfurt.

The Czech manufacturer is looking to capitalise on the success of the first generation model, which sold some 630,000 units but will cease production by the end of 2007.

In every respect, the vehicle is larger than its predecessor. It is 7mm longer and 46mm higher, giving the car a larger road presence and a more spacious interior.

Six engines will be made available to buyers, ranging from a 1.2 litre 12V HTP to a more powerful 1.9 litre TDI PD, while the powerplants of each mate to a five-speed manual gearbox.

And the developer has also mooted the family-friendly nature of the vehicle, pointing out an impressive boot capacity and roomy passenger space, as well as a number of storage spaces.

Skoda was formed in 1895 and was originally known as Laurin & Klement.

Skoda’s Fabia set to shine

Motorists who have been waiting to get their hands on the new Skoda Fabia will not have to wait much longer, as the new hatchback goes on sale from May 17th.

Having made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2007, the new Fabia will be available to purchase in the UK with seven engines to choose from.

Starting with the 1.2-litre Fabia 1 model, at £7,990, the range goes up to the 1.9-litre TDI PD Fabia 3, at a cost of £13,015.

Trim levels across the model go from 1 to 3, with all Fabia 1 models boasting dual front and side airbags, ABS, central locking, electric front windows and immobiliser as standard.

The first Skoda Fabia hit the streets in 2000 and some 130,000 have been snapped up by UK motorists since then.

Changes in consumer demand also mean the new Fabia now appeals to the more environmentally-friendly car buyer with, for example, the 1.4-litre TDI PD model generating just 120g/km of CO2 emissions.

Fabia awarded low insurance rating

The entry-level version of the Skoda Fabia has been awarded the lowest possible insurance grouping by the Association of British Insurers.

When the 1.2-litre, 60bhp Fabia 1 arrives in showrooms on May 17th, it will be available in insurance group one.

The highest insurance grouping will be given to the top of the range 1.9-litre Fabia 3, which will be priced in the group four bracket.

Skoda’s new Fabia range will be on sale for prices ranging from £7,990 for the entry-level model to £13,015 for the Fabia 3. Among the standard equipment for the line are electric front windows, ABS brakes and a CD player.

The Fabia line-up was first launched in 2000 and since then more than 1.5 million versions of the car have rolled off the line, with over 130,000 going to owners here in the UK.

Skoda will be hoping that the new version of its popular model will attract some more awards, following the Auto Express ‘car of the year’ accolade given to the Octavia this year. The manufacturer also came top in the 2006 Top Gear customer satisfaction survey.

Skoda targets youngsters with new Fabia

Skoda has created a new hatchback model to appeal to a new generation of youthful drivers.

The second-generation Fabia Hatchback, due to go on sale in the UK on May 17th, has been inspired by the design concept of the mini in its different coloured roofs and matching door mirrors.

Starting at a competitive £8,000, consumers will be able to choose from a choice of 1.2, 1.4 or 1.6-litre engines, as well as three diesel options.

However, consumers will only be able to purchase a five-door model, with Skoda GB’s Marc Mustard explaining that the design of the Fabia could not be too innovative.

With the average of age of Fabia drivers being 56, Mr Mustard said: "We’re keen to reduce this but we don’t want to alienate existing buyers."

Skoda is hoping that Fabia sales will make up an increasing proportion of car sales, speculating that 58,000 such models will be sold annually by the end of the decade.

Special edition Fabia launched

Skoda has announced the launch of a new, special edition Fabia vRS, saying that the release is timed to "celebrate the fourth and final year of one of the UK’s best-loved diesel pocket rockets".

The manufacturer has produced 1,000 models, which feature individually numbered black leather seats, red callipers and race blue metallic paint.

Additionally, the special edition car will boast cruise control, ‘sunset’ glass and a six-disc CD changer.

Under the bonnet will be a 1.9 TDI engine, offering 130bhp and enabling the vehicle to accelerate from 0-62mph in 9.5 seconds.

The new Fabia’s overall top speed will be 128mph and the car will also be capable of running for over 64 miles per gallon.

This year will see the Fabia vRS, which Skoda describes as a "frugal yet feisty favourite", phased out in the UK, following nearly 11,000 sales since its launch in 2003.

Prices for the new limited edition model will start at £12,990, which the automaker says is good value in comparison to similar models and also in consideration of the range of equipment that comes as standard with the car.