Firm to launch cheaper saloon to take on Dacia
5 November 2009

Skoda will launch a new budget saloon in 2012, designed to take on Renault’s Dacia brand.

Budget brand Dacia has seen strong sales growth in the past few months under pan-European scrappage schemes, and Volkswagen Group is keen to cover the gap between Skoda and Dacia as part of its ‘alignment’ strategy.

The new car will directly replace the original Octavia which is still sold in some emerging markets. It will be a similar size to that car, making it smaller than the current Octavia.

Speaking to Autocar, Skoda’s CEO Reinhard Jung said the model would be sold in Western Europe in order to bridge the gap between the current Fabia and Octavia, which he described as “too big.”

No decision has been taken on whether the model will be sold in the UK, but it is unlikely to have mass appeal here.

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14 November 2009

SKODA'S BUDGET SALOON MEANS NEW SKODA OCTAVIA FOR US I.E IN INDIA,AS 2MD GEN OCTAVIA ARE SOLD AS SKODA LAURA HERE IN INDIA,WITH BOTH CARS HAVING GOOD CARS SOLD EVEN THE NEW SUPERB ALSO,WELL WILL IT BE LAUNCHED IN 2010 GENEV MOTOR SHOW

14 November 2009

[quote Autocar]it is unlikely to have mass appeal here[/quote]

This rather snooty dismissal is - I fear - sadly going to be true.

  • If you want to know about a car, read a forum dedicated to it; that's a real 'long term test' . No manufacturer's warranty, no fleet managers servicing deals, no journalist's name to oil the wheels...

14 November 2009

I thought Skodas 'were' budget versions of VW's?

Are we actually been ripped off? Are we just buying re badged VW's, with Skodas badges enable the product to raise it prices.

Okay, one key question, how many here have use the line "Skoda are good cars these days"?

They're not. Neither are VWs' anymore than any other car. I've never bought into that corporate concept.

17 November 2009

[quote Stephen Guckel]Skoda are good cars these days[/quote]

They are certainly roomy. I climbed into the back of a new Superb on Thursday and just found my way out. HUGE.

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