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

A forthcoming Tesco for the motor industry?

Getting self satisfied, rather uninteresting/complacent and beginning not to offer the value given by the competition. This is what happened to Sainsburys and Marks and Spencer in the past and is happening to Tesco now. Skoda may well be the next if they continue to jack up prices.
scotty5 3 November 2014

Hunchback?

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.

giulivo 3 November 2014

Notchback

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).
jonboy4969 3 November 2014

I would say Bentley is my

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%.

Citytiger 3 November 2014

jonboy4969 wrote:I would say

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.