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Skoda plans big after the success of Fabia

Skoda Auto India is planning big after the success of Fabia

Apnaloan.com Research Bureau

19 May 2008

Skoda Auto India is planning big after the success of its latest product the Fabia. The Company is coming up with a slew of models across a wide section of segments: a small car of Rs. 3-5 lakh, a Multi Purpose Vehicle (MUV), an estate version of the Fabia and Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV).

The company's next big bet would come from its second small car that is being developed, slated to hit the roads in three years. The car will be powered by 1.2 litre petrol and diesel engines similar to the ones riding on the Fabia but with significantly higher fuel economy.

As reported by Hindustan Times, Board of Directors Member (Sales and Marketing) Skoda India Thomas Kuehl said, "Currently we expect the newly launched 1.2 litre version of the Fabia to give us the boost but going forward there will be many exciting products from our side that will keep boosting our prospects. We are planning at least one major launch every year and while we have already done our bit this year with the Fabia you can also expect a multi purpose vehicle Roomster by the end of this year."

The Roomster will be produced in India in the C segment and will come with a price tag of Rs. 8-10 lakh. This would pitch it against existing segment leader Toyota Innova, Chevrolet Tavera and Tata Grande Sumo.

Globally the car comes with a wide variety of engines including multivalve 1.2, 1.4 and 1.6 litre petrol engines and three cylinder 1.4 litre and four cylinder 1.9 litre diesel engines. In India the top of the line 1.9 litre TDI engine that belts out 105 bhp may power the vehicle.

Along with Roomster, the sedan version of Fabia, Fabia Combi is also likely to be introduced. The Combi will share the same 1.9 litre TDI engine with the Roomster.

The company will also launch a sports utility vehicle in the next two to four years that will be a localised version of its concept car Yeti that was showcased in the New Delhi Auto Expo two years ago. Unlike most SUVs in the country today that are either completely or partly imported, Yeti will be fully manufactured in India.