Currently reading: Skoda to make Golf-style Rapid hatch
Rapid hatch will be shorter than the notchback Rapid and will feature a more Golf–like rear end
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31 July 2012

Skoda has confirmed its intentions to launch a conventional five-door hatchback version of its new Rapid.

The Czech firm’s sales and marketing boss, Jürgen Stackmann, said the car would be shorter than the notchback Rapid and would feature a more Golf–like rear end.

The car was previewed as the Vision D concept at last year’s Geneva motor show. It featured bolder wheel arches and slimmer lights than the production Rapid’s. The final version is planned for launch towards the end of next year.

However, it won’t exactly mirror the Vision D’s look. “It’s not that car,” Stackmann told Autocar. Nor would he reveal the new hatchback’s name, although he did confirm that there will be no three-door version of the Rapid because the market volumes would be too low.


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The Colonel 31 July 2012

Sugary OD

I need to lay off the sugar...


...I read that headline as "Golf-style Rabbit hutch".





Flatus senex 31 July 2012

The Colonel

The Colonel wrote:


 "Golf-style Rabbit hutch".



Alas all too correct! A motoring journalist who wrote recently that Skoda were "running out of steam" had a point.

Roc R 31 July 2012

Deja Vous?

If it can keep the slimline look with the headlights, could be a nice alternative... But I can't help thinking the overall silhouette is similar to the Mk1 Seat Leon. Not that this is a bad shape though!! 

A34 31 July 2012

Agree - Leon was a nice profile

... and the in-car-space per length makes this useful. I would have preferred a Sports Tourer though...

Harvey56 31 July 2012


The Vision D looks really cool, the rapid looks really plain, so the hatchback will bear no resemblance, as Stackman said, " it's not that car " how boring !!!!