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VW seeks to the European supermini market.

We talked before about the Group’s strict platform in which a dozen or more models spring from a underbody structure. The most of these platforms is the A, which has the VW Golf, the New Beetle, and the Audi TT. In VW now has a smaller platform, the AO, and surprisingly, the of the company’s many marques to it is Skoda, its outpost in the Czech

Not long ago, Skoda was a But it has come a long way from the cars it produced before took over in 1991. the only reason to buy a skoda was its price.

Now, there is every to buy a Skoda instead of a Volkswagen. The is the same, but model for model, are larger and cheaper.

The AO platform’s task down the line is to a replacement for the Volkswagen Polo, a model smaller than the But the current Polo has just given an elaborate face and is expected to be around for at least two years.

The first car off the AO platform is the Fabia, and it’s bigger the original Golf. In fact, the is the biggest car in the European supermini dominated by the Fiat Punto, the Fiesta, the Opel Corsa, and the 206.

A few years ago, no one have believed that was a Skoda. It looks neat and up to the with a long wheelbase and body overhangs. It was designed by a Dirk van Braeckel, who has so impressed his masters that he has been put in of the design of future Bentleys.

Now that’s what we call a leap.

In theory, or rather by the of VW Group chairman Dr. Ferdinand Pi ch is no reason why Skoda could not in the U.S. but it has no dealer network and no plans to create one. is selling in an increasing number of around the world, and annual car in the renewed Mlad Boleslav in Bohemia, 40 miles from is likely to reach 400,000 in 80 percent of which will be

In fact, none of the AO platform’s is destined for the US. but driving the little does provide some into VW’s future strategy.

Its 96.9-inch wheelbase is two inches shorter than the and will be the standard for VW’s new of small cars. The twist-beam axle has been redesigned to less space. The power-steering is electrohydraulic, with the oil pressure for assistance provided by an electric this on demand’ arrangement fuel and is easier to package in a Underhood area.

The steering is by a CAN-bus system to the engine

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This Skoda lacks in modern safety developments. It anti-lock brakes and traction even the ESP stability system. airbags are optional.

Most have air conditioning, which feeds two dashboard compartments cool drinks and chocolate

To begin with, the Fabia be available with a 67-hp, gas engine; a 99-hp, 1.4-liter gas engine; and a 63-hp, 1 .9-liter Engines to be introduced later a 49-hp, 1.0-liter pushrod a 118-hp, 2.0-liter gas engine; and a 1 .9-liter turbo-diesel. The two entry-level gas are Skoda’ own; all others are VW units.

The Fabia is the most in its five-door-hatchback class. It also out to be one of the best-driving and -riding cars of size, and it’s priced Europe at some five less than its competitors. can easily do this because labor costs are only 20 of those in Germany; the labor of the cars’ price is only six that figure is 25 percent in hometown.

Not surprising, then, that in. being the fastest-growing part of the VW Skoda is buying an increasing of components and materials for the VW Group.

next? Unlikely as it may seem an Skoda. In 2901 Skoda launch a sedan that is than anything it has offered the 1 930s Codenamed B-plus, related to the VW Passat but will the VW Group’s new modular V-8 engine. It is to rival cars like the Omega

Detlef Wittig, the VW director who has over Skoda’s move and upward, says confidently, In a of years, Skoda will be for that.

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