Skoda says it will not build a sports car

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 25, 2011

Skoda said that it won’t build a standalone low-cost sports car and is instead focusing its efforts on manufacturing profitable cars in volume segments. In the summer, Skoda unveiled its open-top Skoda Fabia vRS S2000 sports car concept at Worthersee. This resulted to talks that Skoda may be planning to extend its vRS brand into a pure sporting model.

But in an Autocar interview, Skoda technical chief Eckhard Scholz ruled out a sports car, saying that the automaker is focusing on volume segments.

Scholz said that Skoda has set a target that by 2018, it will double its sales to 1.5 million units from 2011. To accomplish this, Skoda will be “doing the big segments and concentrating on the right things.” Skoda is on the brink of starting the expansion of its vRS brand.

At the Frankfurt Auto Show, Skoda introduced a vRS version of the MissionL concept. A hot version of the more conventional hatchback version of this car was previewed at Geneva last March with VisionD.

Scholz said that there won’t be a vRS version of the Superb since the badge has to “fit the car.” He added that the Superb isn’t suitable for a hot vRS version.

During the 2011 Frankfurt International Motor Show, Škoda attracted the attention of everyone when it revealed the MissionL liftback design concept during its presentation. Expected to be almost the same as that of its series production version, this gives a preview of how the sixth model line from the company, scheduled to be released in Europe, China, and Russia by 2012, will look.

A distinct feature in this concept car is how the design team was able to utilize the joint that is found between the bumper and the wings as a decorative element.

While each of these sharp lines is able to end seamlessly, the three lines on the flanks and the rear create a cut-glass-like triangle on its taillights. Its tail lamps in particular have that gentle, white, and clear crystal-cut surface, and around it is the C-shaped rear lamp in red. On each detail of the Škoda MissionL Concept, one can see the pure lines and the meticulous workmanship that went into it.

With the sharp-cut lines and the purely designed surfaces, these two features combine to give this concept car those well-balanced proportions. Highlighting the elegance and strength of the MissionL Concept are the powerful lines on the wing, matched with the lightweight alloy 18-unch wheels. Similar to the VisionD Concept, the central feature on its front portion is a reinterpretation of the usual design elements from Škoda.

Take the winged arrow logo for example. It is now independent in addition to playing a major role on the bonnet’s front edge. Its radiator grille is shaped through vertical lamellas and has been set in a frame that is chrome-plated.

Given how the fog lamps in the front and its headlamps have been arranged, which follows the pattern of a four-leaf clover, it can stand out especially at night. On the bottom portion of its main headlamps are the daytime lamps and the slim-line integrated flashers with is crystalline structure.

By utilizing sharp lines, it manages to show the workmanship that Czech glass-cutters are famous for. This particular motif is not limited to the lamps as it is also in other areas of the car like the body and even in the interior. Before it will release the MissionL Concept, the company will first release a new compact sedan that will be exclusive for the Indian market.

Scheduled before 2011 will end, it will mark the company’s "Model Offensive". This is an extensive project with the aim of increasing the company’s annual sales worldwide to 1.5 million units by 2018.

Topics: skoda, sports car

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