Czech brand set to distinguish itself by ensuring its future models offer more room than rivals’ cars
3 November 2014

Future Skoda models will flesh out the brand’s reputation for practicality by offering more interior and luggage space than the opposition.

Dr Frank Welsch, Skoda’s board member for technical development, told Autocar that the new Fabia and other future models would “deliver on the company’s brand values of roominess at a reasonable price”.

Welsch said the next-generation Superb “would have a longer wheelbase than the new Volkswagen Passat” while still “being under 5m long”. The new Superb will be unveiled in “less than six months”, Welsch revealed.

The new Fabia is part of the trend, offering class-leading boot space while still being just 4m long. “The Rapid is 4.3m long and the Octavia 4.6m long, so you can see how the Superb will slot in at the top of the range,” said Welsch.

He also hinted that the replacement for today’s 4.2m-long Yeti would probably be stretched by about 10cm to improve rear legroom and luggage space. Although Welch didn’t refer to Skoda’s upcoming large SUV, it is likely to be based on the same version of VW’s MQB architecture as the next Superb.

“Switching to using the MQB architecture does not restrict Skoda,” Welsch said . It allows us more flexibility to build specific cars. If we are going to have strong brands [in the VW Group] we can’t just use the same platforms. We need to stick to our own philosophy and serve our own customers.” He added that differentiation would be further extended for Skoda models sold in China. 

In Europe, estate cars produce significant sales volume for Skoda. In the UK, current Superb sales are still split 50/50 between the estate and notchback, while the Octavia splits 55/45 between the hatchback and the estate.

Welsch confirmed that there would not be a vRS version of the new Fabia due to profitability concerns. Although the previous Fabia vRS sold well in the UK, it had not made the same impact across the rest of Europe.

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Skoda Yeti
The Yeti is a crossover that's available with both two- and four-wheel drive

The Skoda Yeti crossover is a member of the fastest-growing niche of vehicles

TBC

3 November 2014

With their growing reputation for reliability, aligned with improving quality, both inside and out, additional interior space in new models can only reinforce the brand's reputation for being the one to buy, from the VW group, especially if you have a family.

3 November 2014
TBC wrote:

With their growing reputation for reliability, aligned with improving quality, both inside and out, additional interior space in new models can only reinforce the brand's reputation for being the one to buy, from the VW group, especially if you have a family.

I would say SEAT would be my preferred brand within the VW group..

3 November 2014

That's very good as long as they don't stretch the car's length (maneuverability, parkability) too much. Cars are getting longer and longer with each generation, it's too easy to make them roomy like that. WE NEED MORE CARS THAT ARE LARGE INSIDE AND SMALL OUTSIDE, like the original Mercedes A-Class (W168 and V168), which I have loved, and to a good extent the current Touran which I now drive.

3 November 2014

At last a clear strategy for separating Skoda from its sister brands. Now they need to make SEATs a bit more sporty and Audis perhaps a bit more luxurious.

3 November 2014

No full sized MPV, no van-based model, not even a large estate dedicated to boot space. The boot in the current Superb is no longer than that of the Octavia, the extra space is in rear legroom.

This sounds like more of a marketing claim to try and shape perceptions rather than one of their designers' primary aims.

When skoda produce a car with a boot at least 1.2m long I'll believe they're serious about this.

3 November 2014

Current Skodas major on space. Don't they? I suppose not much to write about today.

3 November 2014

I would say Bentley is my brand of choice from teh VW group... LOL........

However, with the growth and better quality comes higher pricing, which is NOT what Skoda is supposed to be about, I know wpople bleet on about Citroen reliability etc, but you do get a helluva lot for your money, whereas with all teh VW Group brands you dont, you get the car and then have to spec it up............

regardless of what anyone thinks, I have just purchased a brand new top of the range Cactus Auto, with a few options, for less than £17k (and afew extra quid) whereas its proper price was in excess of £20k........

Yes thats a lot for a Citroen, but you get it all, no worries about do we want this that or the other, whereas you spend ages working out VA packs, whats in them, price, are they really needed etc etc, and the your mid priced car suddenly grows by upto 50%.

3 November 2014
jonboy4969 wrote:

I would say Bentley is my brand of choice from teh VW group... LOL........

However, with the growth and better quality comes higher pricing, which is NOT what Skoda is supposed to be about, I know wpople bleet on about Citroen reliability etc, but you do get a helluva lot for your money, whereas with all teh VW Group brands you dont, you get the car and then have to spec it up............

regardless of what anyone thinks, I have just purchased a brand new top of the range Cactus Auto, with a few options, for less than £17k (and afew extra quid) whereas its proper price was in excess of £20k........

Yes thats a lot for a Citroen, but you get it all, no worries about do we want this that or the other, whereas you spend ages working out VA packs, whats in them, price, are they really needed etc etc, and the your mid priced car suddenly grows by upto 50%.

Cant fault you mate, nothing wrong with the majority of the current PSA range, and I like the fact that they truly offer something a bit different, and as for poor reliability, I think just like German uber reliability, its a bit of a myth, the only real problem I have found is that their main dealers can be a bit hit or miss, the good are very good, and the bad are truly awful.

3 November 2014
autocar wrote:

Superb sales are still split 50/50 between the estate and notchback

Please tell me that's a typo, not sure I can cope with yet another descriptive flavour for a 5th door.

3 November 2014

It's not a typo. It's a car where you can open the back (which you would call a 5-door in many Countries) but there is a bit ("notch") of a 3rd volume, like an A5 or Ford Escort or original Croma or 146 or indeed an Octavia, and unlike a Focus or Golf or Insignia (if I remember an Insignia correctly).

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