Vw Group CEO Martin Winterkorn satisfied by the Skoda and Seat sales

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 30, 2011

Volkswagen Group’s subsidiaries -- Skoda and Seat – have been performing well and at a level that CEO Martin Winterkorn is satisfied with. He said that Skoda could sell 1.5 million cars in 2018 – a marked increase from 762,600 units last year. Winterkorn told Automotive News Europe that Skoda is “one of the world’s fastest growing automotive brands.”

Skoda revealed just how successful its multiple brand strategy is. Skoda models are known for being affordable, technologically solid cars that are an ideal fit to the times. Skoda is continuing to work to position itself so that its customers in China, Russia, India and Europe will get the “right products from Skoda.”

Winterkorn also said that the restructuring of VW Group’s struggling Spanish brand, Seat, is on track. He said that Seat is headed into the “right direction in numerous ways,” since its sales are increasing, more new models will be released soon, and it has entered the Chinese market.

He also denied rumors that a motorcycle brand will be added to Seat’s lineup. He shared that the production plans for the ultra-fuel-efficient XL1 two-seater are ongoing. He added that small series production will start in Germany by 2013. According to insiders, this car will be built in either Dresden or Wolfsburg.

Skoda Fabia is made for those who are looking for an alternative small car to use everyday. Shortly after we’ve seen Fabia’s bold and elegant contours, we can now safely assume that the very attractive “Supermini” still lingers after all these years.

The Fabia series is just among the brand’s highly popular 5-car lineup. As a matter of fact, the design engineers did a great job with the car’s overall outcome. Even though they didn’t adjust the height, the revamped front end with horizontal lines makes the car appear wider and closer to the ground.

Also without compromising comfort over “new looks”, they made the car look more dynamic than ever. As Eckhard Scholz (Skoda’s Development Executive) says, they got everything covered in the redevelopment including Skoda Fabia’s twin-charged units and hi-tech turbo engines.

Apart from the new looks, Skoda has always embodied smart technology in all of its designs. The 2010 model offers better comfort and energy efficiency. The designers went over and beyond to bring out the Skoda Roomster and Skoda Fabia Combi’s bolder new appearance. But in spite of the makeover, the fundamental characteristics remain in the bloodline of these two gorgeous vehicles.

Skoda Fabia Combi for one has the most ample boot space than any other vehicle in the segment. It has a maximum luggage capacity of up to 1485L when the rear seats are folded flat. Otherwise a 505L of space would be enough storage (in case some passengers are currently occupying the rear seats).

On the other hand, the Roomster’s VarioFlex rear seat technology is the best choice for growing families requiring larger boot space. Call it the champion of all load-carrying vehicles. But we can only agree after we found out that it can be stretched by up to 1810L or 480L at the very least.

Similarly, the latest Skoda Fabia RS model was recently shown at the 2010 Geneva Motorshow. This is the first ever estate variant that Skoda has ever built, combining it with sport technology. Therefore, we can all expect a high-performance and frugal engine out of the new Fabia RS estate. The Skoda Fabia RS can deliver an alarmingly powerful 180bhp or 132kW in spite of its very humble fuel consumption of just 6.4L/km. By all means, the very impressive varieties are intended to cater to our everyday needs.

Topics: vw, ceo, skoda, seat

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