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.

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