Skoda plans to release a new model every six months for the next three years and double its 2011 sales to 1.5 million units by 2018.
The new Skoda Rapid, sister car to the Seat Toledo, is just shorter than the current Octavia, which means that next year’s Mk3 Octavia is likely to be significantly bigger. It will be based on the Volkswagen Group’s latest MQB platform, which will give the flexibility to develop further niche models.
A Rapid coupé could also arrive in 2013, taking strong cues from the VisionD concept. A large, seven or eight-seat SUV is also rumoured to be in development to trade on the Yeti compact crossover’s success. It could be loosely based on the VW Touareg.
The Yeti is due for a facelift in 18-24 months, to be followed by a Fabia facelift and new version of the five-seat Roomster.