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Firm to launch cheaper saloon to take on Dacia

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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tannedbaldhead 17 November 2009

Re: Skoda to launch budget saloon

Stephen Guckel wrote:
Skoda are good cars these days

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

Stephen Guckel 14 November 2009

Re: Skoda to launch budget saloon

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.

BriMarsh 14 November 2009

Re: Skoda to launch budget saloon

Autocar wrote:
it is unlikely to have mass appeal here

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