First pics: Skoda Roomster production version – Autoblog

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First pics: Skoda Roomster production version

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Skoda has released the first pictures of the production version of the Roomster, which will get its public unveiling at the Geneva International Motor Show in March.

As expected, the production version differs from the concept car in a number of areas, notably a change to a more practical tailgate from the concept’s all-glass unit. And, as one perceptive reader suggested in the comments section of our previous Roomster post. the asymmetrical design of the concept, with a single sliding door on the passenger side, has given way to a symmetrical treatment with dual sliding doors. Regrettably, the distinctive wraparound front glass has also failed to make the transition to production.

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johnb:

I agree and disagree.

I think 98% of Americans have probably never heard of Skoda, so I don’t think the name is an impediment to US success. I think they’d have a much better chance than Renault or Fiat for sure- two names that have notorious reputations in the US, despite the fact that they are good now. Also, for a new generation, Eastern Europe is a historical reference that predated them.

It’s all just Europe now.

I was an exchange student in Denmark in the late 80’s, and yes, Skodas were certainly the butt of jokes then. Now though, all my European friends say they have a thoroughly rehabilitated reputation after the VW investment, and several years of good JD Power ratings, awards, etc.

However, I would love to get my hands on an AWD compact diesel wagon with lots of amentities someday, but I realistically know that Americans generally don’t go for that type of car, so fat chance of me getting one. -(

Skoda’s probably wouldn’t fly here not because of the name, but for other market factors.

Steve

UK website lists mileage at 40.9 MPG city, 64 Hwy, and 53 combined. I think a US Gallon is 80% of an Imperial gallon, so take 20% off those numbers, which still isn’t too shabby.

My heart belongs to the Skoda Octavia Combi 4×4, with the 2.0 TDI engine, leather, sunroof, nav system. I’m undecided on the 6-speed manual, or the 6-speed Tiptronic.

AWD, diesel torgue and high mileage, wagon utility, lots of comfort features. If somebody sold a car in this size range with these specs in the US, I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

UK website lists mileage at 40.9 MPG city, 64 Hwy, and 53 combined. I think a US Gallon is 80% of an Imperial gallon, so take 20% off those numbers, which still isn’t too shabby.

I like the Fabia Estate too.

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