Bienvenue ŠKODA Rapid - ŠKODA at the Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris

9/24/2012
ŠKODA Rapid in world debut in Paris. New compact saloon to be launched in Europe from October 2012, versions for China and Russia to follow.
ŠKODA appearance at the 2012 Paris Automobile Salon (September 27th – October 14th, 2012) is dominated by the ŠKODA Rapid. This new compact saloon’s will be seeing its world debut in Paris. This car, the first to feature ŠKODA’s wholly new design, underscores the brand’s growth ambitions. The ŠKODA Rapid will be introduced in Europe from the end of October, continuing ŠKODA’s international model offensive. In 2012, the brand has been growing rapidly, raising deliveries to customers by 8.5 per cent to a new record of more than 633,300 from January through August. As in the past years, ŠKODA also proved very successful in the 2012 motorsport season, securing two of three titles several weeks ahead of season’s end.

In launching the ŠKODA Rapid, ŠKODA ignites the next stage of its model offensive. No surprise, then, that the brand’s new compact saloon is at the core of ŠKODA’s appearance at the Mondial in Paris. “The ŠKODA Rapid is ŠKODA’s new class and it has a central importance for our 2018 growth strategy. We think that in the years ahead, the Rapid will become our largest volume model after the Octavia,” says ŠKODA CEO Winfried Vahland. “Our new model line sets standards among compact saloons and it is a ŠKODA in the best sense: roomy, elegant and affordable at the same time, a car for the whole family, with clever solutions, modern technology, high efficiency and the best price-value ratio,” says Vahland.

The ŠKODA Rapid complements ŠKODA’s model palette between the smaller ŠKODA Fabia and the larger ŠKODA Octavia. The car’s extremely generous space offering is the benchmark in the segment. No other car in the segment offers as much knee and headroom and as large a boot volume (550 litres) as the new ŠKODA Rapid. “This is an extremely flexible saloon, and its boot has estate-car qualities,” says Vahland.

“Simply clever”: the car with the ice scraper inside the fuel filler flap
As in every ŠKODA, the subject of practicality has a special emphasis in the new ŠKODA Rapid. The new model features no less than 19 “simply clever” solutions. One example of a solution that is especially ingenious, is the ice scraper integrated in the fuel filler flap, providing the ice scraper with a fixed space in the car. No more cumbersome searches in winter. Other practical solutions include the reversible floor covering in the boot or practical holder underneath the driver’s seat for the warning vest that is mandatory in many places.

The ŠKODA Rapid is the brand’s first series car to feature ŠKODA’s new design: attractive, modern, clear, precise and timelessly elegant. At the centre of the car’s front is the new ŠKODA logo: a precisely executed winged arrow in chrome set on a black matte base and framed by a fine chrome line. The positioning of the car’s fog-lamps and headlights is reminiscent of a cloverleaf. The Rapid’s elegant side aspect impresses with a coupé-like silhouette and a clear division of surfaces and lines. The car’s rear end again stands for clarity, freshness and precision: the taillights show the ŠKODA-typical C design in its new shape with a fine crystalline grind.

In the field of safety, the ŠKODA Rapid impresses with a comprehensive active and passive safety equipment. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is standard in many EU countries. The engine line-up in Europe includes four petrol and two diesel aggregates, with five especially efficient Green tec variants also available from launch.

2018 growth strategy brings results
In 2012, ŠKODA is showing continued good form. In the first eight months of the year, deliveries to customers rose 8.5 per cent to a new record of 633,300. In Russia alone, ŠKODA sales grew by 44.5 per cent. In India, the brand’s sales advanced by 34.5 per cent, in China by 7.1 per cent and in Europe as a whole by 5.8 per cent. Revenues in the first half of the year were up 6.6 per cent to 5.7 billion euros – another half-year record, as was the operating profit for the first six months (449 million euros). “ŠKODA’s 2018 growth strategy is bringing tangible results,” says Winfried Vahland. “In the first eight months of this year, we have further improved our position on world markets and created a basis on which we will continue on our growth course even in economically demanding times. ŠKODA is on a successful route and will continue to expand on this solid foundation in the years ahead with a view to raising sales to at least 1.5 million units per year by 2018.”

International model offensive in resolute implementation
In pursuing its growth plans, ŠKODA is building on the largest model offensive in its 117-year history. In the years ahead, the brand will launch a new or revised model every six months on average, building on its home market in Europe, but also especially on growth markets such as China, Russia and India.

In China – which has become ŠKODA’s largest sales market – the compact SUV will be manufactured in collaboration with Shanghai Volkswagen from 2013. Also from 2013, the Chinese version of the new ŠKODA Rapid will be launched onto the market. ŠKODA forecasts continued strong growth in Russia. In the first eight months of this year, the brand grew three times as strongly as the Russian market overall. Just a few weeks ago, at the Moscow auto salon, the brand exhibited its new Yeti Sochi special model – a preview of ŠKODA’s sponsoring of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The launch of the Russian ŠKODA Rapid is also steadily approaching: in early 2014, production of the compact saloon for the Russian market will begin at Volkswagen’s plant in Kaluga, Russia.

ŠKODA also sees great potential in the Indian market. For a year now, the Indian variant of the ŠKODA Rapid has been running off the line in Pune, India. The Indian compact saloon has established a presence for ŠKODA in the market’s largest segment.

The Indian ŠKODA Rapid is proving extremely with customers and immediately was voted India’s family car of the year. In the first eight months of 2012, the new model accounted about 60 per cent of the brand’s sales in India.

Motorsport: prospects of victory in three rally championships
As in earlier years, ŠKODA is again proving very successful on international rally courses this year with excellent prospects for a “triple” in the 2012 rally season with a ŠKODA driver already having secured the crown in two of three competitions. ŠKODA works driver Juho Hänninen, together with his co-pilot Mikko Markkula, became the early winner of the European rally championship, while ŠKODA pilot Jan Kopecký, with his co-pilot Pavel Dresler, took the honour of Czech champion. In addition, ŠKODA is clearly in the lead in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) and is on track for a third consecutive IRC makers’ trophy. Also, Andreas Mikkelsen of team ŠKODA UK Motorsport is in first place of the current IRC drivers’ ranking. This season’s results so far mean ŠKODA Motorsport is seamlessly extending its run of successes in recent years.

ŠKODA at the MONDIAL DE L’AUTOMOBILE 2012 IN PARIS:
ŠKODA location: pavilion 4, stand 215
ŠKODA stand area: 2,050 sqm
ŠKODA press conference: September 27th, 2012, 09:35 a.m.
Number of ŠKODA vehicles on display on first press day: 8 – all Rapid
Number of ŠKODA vehicles on display on second press day: 11 (5x Rapid, 1x Citigo 5T, 1x Citigo 3T, 1x Fabia Monte Carlo, 1x Yeti, 1x Octavia Combi RS, 1x Superb Combi L&K)
Number of ŠKODA vehicles on display on general-public days: 11 (3x Rapid, 1x Citigo 5T, 1x Citigo 3T, 1x Fabia Monte Carlo, 1x Yeti, 1x Octavia Combi, 1x Octavia Combi RS, 1x Superb Combi L&K, 1x Roomster)
Press days: September 27th – 28th, 2012
General-public days: September 29th – October 14th, 2012
 

The brand’s multimedial world of experience
ŠKODA has started the production of new gas engines at its main plant in Mladá Boleslav. The maximum production capacity for the 1.2 l and 1.4 l TSI versions of the EA211 series amounts to 2,200 units per day. The direct injection engines will be used in models by the brands ŠKODA, Audi, Seat and Volkswagen. The advantages of the new engines: less weight, fuel consumption and emissions.
​‘Heart of the brand‘ sets standards in compact segment. New Octavia offers middle-class qualities at compact-car price. Benchmark in terms of room for occupants and their baggage. Refined appearance: clear, precise and timeless design. ​Top safety package: new assistance systems. Powerful and efficient engines: 89 g/km CO2 a new best. Innovative comfort and infotainment systems. Functionality: ‚Simply Clever‘ solutions make life in the car easier.
 The European Commission acknowledges the carmaker ŠKODA, for their exemplary attitude towards older employees. As part of a European project, ŠKODA’s Seniority Project achieved second place in the category ‘Workplaces for People of All Ages’. This was the first time that ŠKODA was awarded the prize and is yet another success in the ‘The Most Responsible Company in the Czech Republic 2012’ competition, in which ŠKODA had previously won the ‘Most Senior Friendly Company’ category.
Worldwide deliveries grow 1.2 per cent to almost 78,000 (year ago: 77,000). Worldwide sales grow by 7.2 per cent from January through October 2012 to a new record high of 795,100. Strong growth in China and Russia continues.
Laying of the foundation stone carried out in Česana. A milestone for engine development at ŠKODA. 21 new engine and component testing facilities are the core of the new center.

ŠKODA launches the series production of the new compact sedan in Mladá Boleslav. 173 individual projects will be realized; numerous new facilities optimize the assembly line. ŠKODA Rapid to celebrate its motor show premiere in Paris – market launch to begin in the fall of 2012. ​ŠKODA AUTO launched the production of the new compact sedan ŠKODA Rapid in Mladá Boleslav. At the end of September, the ŠKODA Rapid will celebrate its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show. The newest model series is of central importance for the ŠKODA Growth Strategy and will be introduced in European markets beginning in October of this year.

 
Record-breaking success for ŠKODA at 2012 Auto Express Car of the Year awards 
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The Czech car producer Škoda Auto will provide 27 Škoda Superb cars to the Czech Government car fleet during the Czech EU presidency in 2009.
The Škoda Fabia Super 2000 prototype is going to make its first appearance as a forerunner at this year's Barum Rally Zlín.
The automaker Škoda has been a partner of the Czech Olympic committee since 1992 and this year, as a part of the VW group, it also became the official automobile partner of the XXIX. Olympic Games in Beijing.
Škoda Auto will act as the Main Partner of the legendary Tour de France for the fifth time this year.  The new Škoda Superb will be presented as the official vehicle of the Tour de France.
The 35th Rally Bohemia will start on Friday 4th July from the Škoda Auto Museum in Mladá Boleslav. As many times in the past, the rally will take place under the auspices of Škoda Auto. 
Škoda Auto reinforces its positions in its home market as well as abroad. More than three hundred thousand Škoda cars has been delivered to customers since the beginning of this year.
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Jan Kopecký, Raimund Baumschlager and Carlos Sainz involved as Škoda Auto carries on with its Fabia Super 2000 test programme. The successful tarmac test recently took place in Austria.
The Czech Republic is celebrating the 100th anniversary of public bus services this year. Škoda Auto, or rather Laurin & Klement at that time, provided its HOP omnibuses to the service operator.
The new Škoda Superb has received five stars in independent crash tests performed by Euro-NCAP. One of the factors to have contributed to the highest possible rating is a knee airbag.
In order to increase the awareness of its customers, Škoda Auto had the parameters of Škoda genuine brakepads and brake pads available in the network of independent suppliers offering other than Škoda  genuine parts, objectively examined in an independent testing laboratory of the Institute for Researching Motor Vehicles. Testing was carried out on the brake pads used in the Škoda Octavia Tour, the Škoda Fabia and the Škoda Felicia.
On Wednesday, April 23, the two millionth Škoda Fabia was produced in Mladá Boleslav. The vehicle marking the two-millionth threshold for Škoda's smallest model is a Satin grey metallic Fabia Combi Sport 1.4 16V 63 kW.
The first serially manufactured Superb rolls of the production line. Today Škoda Auto launched the serial production of the new generation Superb at its plant in Kvasiny.
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Škoda Auto asked an independent expert institute to compare the parameters of Škoda genuine exhaust silencers with the exhaust silencers sold by independent Czech dealers offering parts other than Škoda genuine parts. Testing was carried out on the exhaust silencers used in the Škoda Octavia Tour, the Škoda Fabia and the Škoda Felicia. 
Škoda Auto took Škoda genuine air and oil filters and an additional three samples of air and oil filters from other manufacturers that are available from the Czech network of independent suppliers. The tests were verified objectively by the DEKRA Testing & Inspection GmbH independent testing institute.
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As chief designer at Škoda Auto, Jens Manske brought  into the world the new Fabia Combi, the forthcoming Yeti model and the second generation of the Superb, which had its world premiere at this year’s Geneva auto show.
We talked to Eckhard Scholz, the member of the Škoda board of directors responsible for technical development, about the successful premiere of the new Superb at the Geneva Motor Show.
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While completing the first tests of the Škoda Fabia Super 2000, Škoda Auto indirectly celebrated 100 years since one of the most successful periods of its competition history.
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Škoda Auto uses state-of-the-art technology for its vehicle development operations, including a virtual reality centre.

The project objective is to map out the behaviour of vehicles in real road accidents and make use of the survey findings to further enhance the already existing cars, as well as vehicles whose development is underway.
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The Škoda Roomster reached top ranks in the sales of small MPV in seven European countries - the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Serbia, Norway and Lithuania.
Škoda Auto is going to present the successor to its flagship model at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show – the new Škoda Superb.
Jozef Kaban become the successor to Jens Manske, Head of the Škoda Auto Design Department, who is about to end his successful mission and join the VW Group Design Department on 1 February, 2008.
Škoda Auto significantly reinforces its presence in eastern markets. On Wednesday, 28 November, the company started assembling vehicles in Kaluga, Russia. 
The new Škoda Fabia, the "largest" of all small cars, won the Golden Steering Wheel 2007 award from the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, as the best car in its class.
In accordance with the competition results in Auto-moto category, Škoda Auto keeps the best corporate internet presentation.
Škoda Auto has extended its partnership with the legendary cycling race Tour de France by a further four years (2008-2011) and will therefore continue its involvement in top-class cycling that started in 2004.
Škoda Auto celebrates a hundred years since transforming its business to a joint stock company. The value of ordinary stock is CZK 2,500,000. Shares are not publically tradeable.
The automaker’s boss, Detlef Wittig, said goodbye to Škoda on 27 September at a friendly meeting with co-workers and invited guests at the new Na Karmeli Škoda Auto Education Centre.
The Fabia Scout is going to be exhibited at the great design show Designblok ´07 in Prague.
Škoda Auto will manufacture the new Yeti SUV model in Kvasiny plant.
Even before the beginning of the discussions about climate, Škoda Auto had committed itself to environmental compatibility.
Škoda Auto is going to stage a world premiere of the new Fabia Combi at the 2007 Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA 2007).
The global strategic partnership between Škoda Auto and Shell is going to open a new chapter in the years to come.
The 500,000th Škoda vehicle, manufactured in the town of Kvasiny, in a subsidiary plant of the Škoda Auto company based in Mladá Boleslav!
We are going to present the successor to the Fabia Combi at this year's International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany. We would like to offer some information and pictures in advance.
During the last interview with the members of our top management, we spoke directly to Dr. Eckhard Scholz, who is the member of the management board responsible for the area of technical development.
Škoda Auto is about to enter another continent!
Gerhard Plattner spent only EUR 752 for fuel on his four-week trip with Roomster.
The new Fabia received 32 points in crashtest Euro NCAP!
Having launched the new Fabia hatchback, Škoda Auto is going to introduce an estate version of this model.
Škoda's both latest models – the Roomster and the 2nd generation Fabia – are now assembled also in the Ukraine in the Eurocar plant in Solomonovo.
"Longest main sponsor of World Championship in sports history" officially acknowledged by "GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS"!
Michal Hrabánek (38) has been appointed Head of Škoda Auto Motor Sport.
Škoda Auto is one of the main partners of “We Are Looking For A-Class Drivers”, a nationwide information campaign in the Czech Republic.
More than 56,000 Top Gear readers rated 152 cars in the magazine’s annual owner satisfaction survey.  
The new Škoda Fabia is characterized by all of the core values, which have made more than 1.5 million customers buy the first generation – and this has been further developed even further by Škoda.
Škoda Auto has extended its licence-based production of complete vehicles in China.
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