100000th Skoda Yeti rolls off the production line

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 3, 2011

Škoda has recently rolled out the 100,000th Yeti from its Czech plant Kvasiny. It was only for two years that Škoda has been assembling and selling the Yeti.

Aside from the Kvasiny where all UK-sold Yeti are manufactured, this model has also been in production in the Indian city of Aurangabad since 2010. In addition, this model is also assembled in the SKD procedure in Kaluga, Russia. According to Michael Oeljeklaus, the board member for the area of production, the Yeti is a “great success” for Škoda.

He added that the fact that the company already “cracked the threshold” of 100,000 units produced within two years only highlights that success.

The Yeti is one of the bestsellers in the market in terms of the popular compact SUV segment. Oeljeklaus further stated that the Yeti plays a vital role in the company’s growth strategy, which is the reason why the company decided to produce in China too, beginning 2013. He added that manufacturing in Shanghai will give the Yeti another boost.

It will also make an important contribution to the internationalization of Škoda. Since it was launched in 2009, the vehicle has enjoyed much success in the markets.

It has also widened and enhanced the Škoda model range in an enduring way. During the first four months alone, sales increased 34% from the previous year to 22,100 vehicles. In 2010, the company delivered 52,600 Yetis. The Yeti, which is available with front wheel drive or with 4x4 all-wheel drive, is also available in the eco-friendly GreenLine II variant.

The design of the new Skoda Yeti provides a clear indication of its capability. It is conferred with an incredible lineup of off-road design features that provide it with a confident and assured nature suitable for daily driving. Built with a number of signature brand characteristics, the new Skoda Yeti clearly possesses a clear family identity that was already conceivable in the design study that the carmaker unveiled in 2005.

This family identity refers to the suggestive rib-shaped grille marked by a unique chrome surround and by the Skoda logo mounted above. Lines flow from the grille to the bonnet, thereby loosening up the surface and rallying up their counterpart in the center console inside the Yeti’s cabin. Completing the front look of the Yeti are large headlamps and front fog lamps. Meanwhile, the sides of the new Skoda Yeti are marked by clear and calm lines and pronounced wheel arches and wings, as well as lower body protective panels -- all of which reveals the SUV’s nature as a vehicle capable of going off the road.

Completing the side view of the new Skoda are its black C pillars and the standard roof rails. On the other hand, the rear end of the new Skoda Yeti is distinguished by a tailgate window seemingly wrapping around the body, thereby providing an impression of a continuous window surface to the B pillar. This feature is reminiscent of the visor optics that has become a key feature of the Skoda compact class. Moreover, the rear end of the SUV is provided with C-shaped rear lights as well as a vertical tailgate that opens easily and that goes farther upwards to allow tall drivers to stand underneath it. Both the front and rear sections of the new Skoda Yeti have underbody protection strips that indicate the SUV’s off-road suitability.

Measuring 4,223 mm in length and 1,793 mm in width, the new Skoda Yeti has a functional design that adds visual wideness and lightness. Complementing the SUV’s 180 mm ground clearance are its prominent wings and its 17-inch alloy wheels. Meanwhile, the new Skoda Yeti 1.8 TSI 4x4 version – including the driver – weighs 1,520 kilograms while the 103 kW (140 bhp) diesel-powered variant is only around 25 kg heavier. Thanks to the intelligent configuration of the passenger compartment and the layout of the individual units, the new Skoda Yeti boasts an overall height of 1,691 mm as well as a wheelbase of 2,578 mm.

This means that the passengers are provided with a very generous space that is one of the main factors for a comfortable trip. Other factors include a high-quality cabin atmosphere as well as easy-to-handle switches and buttons, covers and trim. Skoda specially made sure that the shapes and colors complement each other while the controls feature the typical Skoda design. On the front of the cabin, the seats are provided with long, supportive base good side support.

Driver's lumbar support and electric seat adjustment are available on the higher equipment versions of the Yeti. Since the height and the reach of the steering wheel are adjustable, drivers of any size would experience no discomfort with the controls. Moreover, the seat has been made higher to allow drivers to better see the road while enabling them to enter or exit the SUV easily.

Notably, passengers on the rear sit two cm higher than those in the front thereby creating a "platform effect" – providing an outstanding view over the heads of driver and front passenger. In addition, the new Skoda Yeti uses the VarioFlex seat concept, which allows the SUV’s three separate rear seats to be individually folded or removed. Also, this concept allows the outer seats to be moved lengthways (middle seat removed) and sideways by 80 mm.

In effect, VarioFlex transforms the new Skoda Yeti into a four-seater that offers executive class rear seat room. In addition, VarioFlex allows the Skoda Yeti to store up to 1,760 liters of luggage, with the rear seats removed. It includes a luggage cover, load lashing rings and nets for securing luggage. Yetis with the Active equipment level have the net program available as an option. Nevertheless, the new Skoda Yeti is fitted with smart solutions that could augment not only comfort but also safety. These solutions include the fastening system in the boot with moveable hooks, which allow drivers to save time during loading while keeping cargo in place during a trip.

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