Skoda Fabia – Instrumented Test – Car and Driver

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Skoda Fabia

VW seeks to the European supermini market.

We talked before about the Group’s strict platform in which a dozen or more models spring from a underbody structure. The most of these platforms is the A, which has the VW Golf, the New Beetle, and the Audi TT. In VW now has a smaller platform, the AO, and surprisingly, the of the company’s many marques to it is Skoda, its outpost in the Czech

Not long ago, Skoda was a But it has come a long way from the cars it produced before took over in 1991. the only reason to buy a skoda was its price.

Now, there is every to buy a Skoda instead of a Volkswagen. The is the same, but model for model, are larger and cheaper.

The AO platform’s task down the line is to a replacement for the Volkswagen Polo, a model smaller than the

But the current Polo has just given an elaborate face and is expected to be around for at least two years.

The first car off the AO platform is the Fabia, and it’s bigger the original Golf. In fact, the is the biggest car in the European supermini dominated by the Fiat Punto, the Fiesta, the Opel Corsa, and the 206.

A few years ago, no one would believed that this was a It looks neat and up to the minute, a long wheelbase and short overhangs. It was designed by a Belgian, van Braeckel, who has so impressed his Volkswagen that he has been put in charge of the of future Bentleys.

Now that’s we call a conceptual leap.

In or rather by the doctrine of VW Group Dr. Ferdinand Pi#xEB;ch there is no why Skoda could not sell in the but it has no dealer network here and no to create one. Skoda is in an increasing number of countries the world, and annual car production in the Mlad#xE1; Boleslav plant in 40 miles from Prague, is to reach 400,000 in 2000, 80 of which will be exported.

In fact, none of the AO platform’s is destined for the US. but driving the little does provide some into VW’s future strategy.

Its 96.9-inch wheelbase is two inches shorter than the and will be the standard for VW’s new of small cars. The twist-beam axle has been redesigned to less space. The power-steering is electrohydraulic, with the oil pressure for assistance provided by an electric this on demand’ arrangement fuel and is easier to package in a Underhood area.

The steering is connected by a CAN-bus to the engine ECU.

This lacks nothing in modern developments. It offers anti-lock and traction control, even the ESP system. Side airbags are

Most versions have air which also feeds two compartments provide cool and chocolate bars.

To begin the Fabia will be available a 67-hp, 1.4-liter gas engine; a 1.4-liter 16-valve gas engine; and a 1 .9-liter diesel. Engines to be later include a 49-hp, pushrod four; a 118-hp, gas engine; and a 97-hp, 1 .9-liter The two entry-level gas motors are Skoda’ all others are VW Group units.

The Fabia is the most spacious in its class. It also turns out to be one of the and -riding cars of this and it’s priced across at some five percent than its competitors. Skoda can do this because Czech costs are only 20 percent of in Germany; the labor content of the price is only six per-cent; figure is 25 percent in VW’s

Not surprising, then, that in. being the fastest-growing part of the VW Skoda is buying an increasing of components and materials for the VW Group.

What’s next? Unlikely as it may an executive-class Skoda. In 2901 will launch a sedan is bigger than anything it has since the 1 930s Codenamed it’s related to the VW Passat but have the VW Group’s new modular V-8 It is intended to rival cars the Opel Omega

Detlef the VW director who has presided over move onward and upward, confidently, In a couple of years, will be ready for that.

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