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Skoda to introduce Rapid, Citigo models in Turkey at Istanbul Auto Show

Škoda AUTO will be introducing the new compact saloon, the Škoda Rapid, and the ŠKODA Citigo subcompact, at the Istanbul International Auto Show on Nov. 1 – 11, 2012. This will be the first time that these models will be presented in Turkey. The launch of the two new models in Turkey will be launched in the market together with the presentation at the show.

ŠKODA has already performed strongly in Turkey as its sales increased by 30.4% year on year from January through September even as the overall market declined by 8.7% in the same period. ŠKODA’s market share had increased by 1.9% as of the end of September while it was at 1.3% a year ago. The ŠKODA Octavia is the most popular ŠKODA model in Turkey.

Škoda CEO Winfried Vahland said that in the upcoming years, Škoda aims to continue to grow globally. He said that Turkey is an “important growth market” and thus it could prove to be a major element in its 2018 growth strategy.

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Skoda Scala is the newest compact model from the Czech carmaker

At the 2018 Paris Motor Show earlier this month, Czech carmaker Skoda unveiled the Vision RS Concept. According to Skoda, the new Vision RS doesn’t just show how its RS models could appear in future, but also foreshadows a new model in the compact car segment. Now, Skoda has finally confirmed the name of that new compact model – the all-new Skoda Scala.

Skoda reveals that the newest nameplate in its lineup derives its name from Latin word ‘scala’, which when translated would mean ‘stairs’ or ‘ladder.’ Thus, Scala signifies the next step forward for Skoda in the compact segment. Furthermore, the Skoda is taking a leap forward in terms of technology, providing the new Scala with innovative features that so far only offered in vehicles belonging to higher segments. Moreover, the Czech brand has also taken a number of several major development steps forward.

Interestingly, the Scala is the first Skoda series production model in Europe to feature the “Skoda” lettering -- instead of the Skoda logo -- in the center of tailgate.

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Skoda to debut facelifted version of Rapid at 2017 Geneva Motor Show

Affordable while being elegant at the same time, SKODA is implementing different innovations to the RAPID range to bring these features to new heights.

Slotted between the FABIA and that of the OCTAVIA, both the RAPID and the ŠKODA RAPID SPACEBACK belong to the compact car segment and have already managed to set new standards with regards to spaciousness. Indeed, while they have a compact appearance, the space made available inside is truly remarkable. Now ŠKODA will be optimizing all of these aspects.

For example while the legroom for both models is at 65 mm, the RAPID offers rear headroom of 972 mm whereas the RAPID SPACEBACK reveals headroom space of 980 mm. Boot capacity is 550 liters for the RAPID with the RAPID SPACEBACK displaying volume at 415 liters.

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Fiat’s Turkish JV eyes $1B investment to build Bravo successor

Fiat's joint venture in Turkey, Tofas, is planning a $1-billion investment to build a family of compact cars replacing the Bravo in Europe. Three new cars will be built starting next year, primarily for export. According to sources of Automotive News Europe, the family will include a hatchback, sedan and station wagon.

The hatchback and the sedan will replace the Bravo and the Linea, respectively. According to Tofas last year, it would invest $520 million to build 580,000 units of a new sedan model. It recently announced that it would produce 700,000 units of a new hatchback and station wagon in Turkey, for a total investment of $1 billion starting this year while the production will run from 2016 to 2023.

Tofas said in a filing with the bourse that a significant portion of the vehicles are for exports, adding that discussion with Fiat on the details for the conditions of investment, sales and procurement are already in the final stage. Tofas saw sales of the Bravo drop 59 percent to 3,078 units in the first nine months of 2014, according to JATO Dynamics.

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Jaguar Land Rover is considering opening a new production site in either Austria or Turkey as it bids to increase its capacity, according to a report by the Birmingham Post, citing highly placed company sources. The carmaker had been mulling to open a site in the southern part of the United States, but it executives are getting attracted by the lower-cost factory developments in Turkey and Austria.

The British group, now owned by Tata Motors, is trying to expand its production outside the United Kingdom, its traditional turf. According to the Birmingham Post, JLR is hesitant to expand its production beyond its three plants in the UK due to high wage costs as well as recent pay disputes with trade unions.

In October 2014, JLR opened a new site China in October and in 2016, the carmaker intends to start production in Brazil. A source even told the Birmingham Post that Europe could be “currently ahead of America." The carmaker sold 462,678 vehicles globally in 2014 and is aiming to top 500,000 this year.

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Auto production in Turkey is seen to post a new record in 2014, thanks to a recovery in vehicle demand in Europe that is boosting exports from the country, according the Automotive Manufacturers Association (OSD). OSD expects auto production to surge 11 percent to 1.25 million units this year, from 1.13 million units last year.

OSD chief Kudret Onen is confident that vehicle output will break the record this year thanks to rising exports. He remarked increased capacity and exports will help the Turkish auto industry to build more than 1.19 million units.

He said he expects exports to be at record levels at around 910,000 units. Turkey's current production record was made in 2011, when it built 1.19 million units. The rising production has been attributed to Turkey’s geographical position as a link between Asia and Europe as well as to the country’s relatively cheap labor costs.

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Skoda has showcased its Rapid Spaceback Red & Grey Collection at the Wörthersee show. The model is based on the Skoda Rapid Spaceback launched last year, and features Skoda Original Accessories. As the name suggests, the model – with a white body – features grey-red strips that run over its bonnet, roof and rear.

The model boasts of red 17-inch alloy wheels in SAVIO design, exterior mirror housings made of carbon and darkened rear lights. The Rapid Spaceback Red & Grey Collection features a special sports kit that includes front spoiler with black colored splitter and rear spoiler as well as decorative side moudings and diffuser in car body color and a grille frame in magic black.

The interior of the Rapid Spaceback Red & Grey Collection features a small leather package that includes a three-spoke sports steering wheel with red leather accents as well as a gear stick and hand brake finished in red leather.

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Skoda has disclosed pricing and specification of the GreenLine versions of the Rapid and the Rapid Spaceback -- both powered by the carmaker's 1.6-liter TDI CR 90PS DPF diesel engine paired to a five-speed manual gearbox.  The Rapid Greenline and the Rapid Spaceback Greenline emits just 99 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer and has an official combined cycle fuel economy of 74.3mpg.

With BIK values of just 11%, the vehicles are expected to appeal to fleet and corporate customers. Their running costs are further trimmed as each model is in VED Band A. Both the Rapid Greenline and the Rapid Spaceback Greenline feature 15-inch ‘Carme’ alloy wheels with low rolling resistance tires, front fog lights and sunset glass.

The cabin boasts of a height-adjustable driver’s seat, air-conditioning and a Maxi-DOT trip computer. These comfort and convenience features are in addition to the standard equipment already featured on all Rapid and Rapid Spaceback models like heated door mirrors, height-adjustable head rests and reach-and-rake adjustable steering wheel.

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Toyota Motor Corp's subsidiary in Turkey is targeting to hike production by around 46 percent in 2014 to 150,000 vehicles and concentrate more on exports across Africa and the Middle East to offset effects of the weak vehicle market in Europe, chief executive Orhan Ozer told Reuters in an interview.

Ozer said that the output increase will bring the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey 's Adapazari site to capacity and will reflect the full-year effect of production of the Corolla passenger car, which it has been building since June 2013.

Ozer remarked that Toyota's headquarters in Japan will decide by the end of 2013 whether to commence output of a new model in Turkey.

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The new Skoda Rapid Spaceback made its global debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, as part of the strategy of Czech carmaker Skoda to introduce eight new or face-lifted models before the end of 2013.  The new Skoda Rapid Spaceback is merging the carmaker's established attributes with distinct styling as well as exceptional functionality, bringing fresh and dynamic design to the typically conservative area of the compact hatchback market.

The Skoda Rapid Spaceback's bold design language and character reinforces the Czech carmaker's reputation as a forward-thinking brand.

The Skoda Rapid Spaceback features a number of personalization options that enable customers to have their units built according to their preferences. For instance, a customer could opt to install a large panoramic glass roof and add extended tailgate glazing on his own Rapid Spaceback.

Read the entire article Skoda Rapid Spaceback makes global debut at Frankfurt Motor Show [Live Photos]

Skoda is introducing the ‘StylePLUS’ version of the Rapid, featuring a sporty interior with new decorative trim. Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing, remarked that they are expanding their range of well-equipped Skoda Rapid models with the StylePLUS special edition model to offer “the best value for money.”

Skoda Rapid StylePLUS, derived from the ‘Ambition’ range, features design elements in black gloss finish, including the rear spoiler on the boot lid as well the covers on the exterior rear-view mirrors.

The special edition’s bars on the front bumper and side doors are also in black gloss finish. Interested buyers for the Skoda Rapid StylePLUS could choose from five body colors -- Candy-White, Sprint-Yellow, Corrida-Red, Rally-Green and Denim-Blue -- and six engine options. Skoda Rapid StylePLUS also features two-tone (black and silver) 17-inch ‘Ray’ alloys.

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Vehicle sales in Turkey are expected to reach around 820,000 units this year, according to Tofas chief executive Kamil Basaran. Tofas, a joint-venture between Fiat and Koc Holding, reiterated its production target for 2013 at 255,000 vehicles, of which 160,000 units will be exported. Tofas built 256,428 vehicles and exported 154,069 units in 2012.

Basaran told Reuters that economic conditions in Turkey in next month may results to a slightly lower than expected results, citing rising interest rates and a weakening Turkish Lira. He remarked that in September and October, the rising cost of loans, as well as exchange rate increases, little by little will be added into vehicle prices. He noted there will be an increase in prices of imported brands, due to pressure from the euro and dollar, adding that "competition will become more of an issue," he said.

Tofas imports Fiat Group vehicles from the Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Jeep, Maserati and Ferrari brands. The Turkish economy only jumped 2.2 percent in 2012 as local demand slowed down. The Turkish economy is expected to grow between 3 and 4 percent this.

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Hyundai may expand the production capacity of its Izmit site in Turkey to 300,000 annually, according to the plant’s head of production, Uygur Kosal. Hyundai is currently expanding the site’s annual capacity from 125,000 vehicles to 200,000 units to accommodate output of the new i10 minicar this September. Hyundai is planning to build the i10 for Europe in Turkey instead of India.

Kosal said the plant’s capacity may be expanded to 300,000 after they reach the planned capacity. The site also builds the i20 subcompact. According to LMC Automotive, Hyundai may need the output increase for the i10, as they expect the minicar to sell in much higher volumes than its predecessor.

LMC analyst Carol Thomas remarked that the strong i10 sales means that Hyundai will either have to importing a proportion of i10s from India or expand the capacity of its Turkish site further.

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Hyundai will hike the annual output capacity of its Izmit site in Turkey to 200,000 units to prepare for the shift of production of i10 minicar replacement from India. The site also produces the i20 subcompact. The increased output at the Izmit site will mean that Hyundai will locally build around 90 percent of all vehicles sold in the region.

The South Korean carmaker’s site in Czech Republic could build 300,000 annual, while its St. Petersburg plant in Russia can produce 150,000. In 2012, Hyundai posted a 10.5-percent growth in vehicles sales the Europe Union to just below 400,000 units, according to the manufacturers' association ACEA. Hyundai, however, failed to match last year’s growth as it posted a 2-percent drop in sales to 176,157 in the first six months of 2013.

Hyundai is expecting the new i10 to jump-start growth again. Hyundai will unveil the i10 at the 2013 Frankfurt auto show in September and will roll the model out in Europe at the end of the year. Just like the current car, the new i10 will be available in five-door, gasoline versions only. The Izmit site will also produce all the models of the replacement for the i20 at the end of 2014.

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After few leaked photos, Skoda officially introduced today the 2014 Rapid Spaceback, a new car that promises to combine good practical qualities with the hatchback shape. Set to celebrate its premiere at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, the 2014 Rapid Spaceback will hit the market in October 2013.

Featuring a 2,602 millimeters wheelbase, the Rapid Spaceback has a 'C' and a 'D' column with a third side window and can be optionally fitted with a panoramic tinted glass roof which stretches from the windscreen to the rear window.

At the rear, the 2014 Skoda Rapid Spaceback features a roof spoiler and optional prolong rear window that constitutes an additional design accent. The interior features a sporty three-spoke steering wheel, stylish trim lines and fresh designs for the seat covers.

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Tofas, a joint venture between Fiat and Koc Holding, is expecting the car and van market in Turkey to post a 4-percent growth this year, as lower interest rates is encouraging consumers in the country to spend more. Okan Bas, Fiat's business director for Turkey, disclosed that Tofas expects vehicle sales in Turkey to reach around 810,000 vehicles -- 600,000 cars and 210,000 vans -- in 2013.

Carmakers in the country sold 778,000 vehicles -- 556,000 cars and 222,000 vans -- in 2012. In its previous full-year forecast, Tofas expected vehicle sales in Turkey to decline in 2013 to 750,000 units. According to data from the Automotive Manufacturers' Association, Turkey's passenger-car market surged 14 percent to 323,187 units in the first five months of 2013.

This growth prompted Tofas to update its forecast, despite the political protests in Istanbul and other cities last month. He disclosed that there is not "any difference" in car sales between the first two weeks of June 2013 and the same period in 2012.

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Apparently, Skoda has a few problems with its web designers as its latest model, the 2014 Rapid Spaceback was posted on the company’s car configurator. Although the error has been fixed, the guys from Autoforum.cz have some of the images showing the Rapid Spaceback. As the photos show it, the new vehicle is comes without the frills and it appears that the designers focused on practicality.

We find larger rear quarter windows, longer rear doors and new taillights. Engines are expected to be the same found on the sedan version, which means that the Rapid Spaceback will get the 1.6-liter TDI delivering 90 hp or 105 hp, a 1.2-liter MPI with 75 hp and 112 Nm of torque, a 1.2-liter TSI with 86 hp or 105 hp and the 1.4-liter TSI engine with 122 hp and 200 Nm of torque.

The debut of the Rapid Spaceback is expected to be made in Autumn at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Opel, General Motors’ bleeding European unit, will try to counter its loss-making ways in the region by exporting its products to Russia and Turkey, GM chief executive Dan Akerson told Bild am Sonntag. Akerson told the German daily that Russia is of “great importance” for Opel. GM’s top honcho remarked that in the next few years, the vehicle market in Russia could become bigger than the one in Germany.

Opel chief executive Karl-Thomas Neumann said that the brand is growing almost twice as fast as the Russian market with sales of over 80,000 in 2013. Neumann told Bild am Sonntag in the same interview that Russian consumers consider Opel to be a "quintessentially German brand" in Russia, regarding it as a near-premium brand.

Neumann told the German daily that they expect a similar development in Turkey, where they predict to sell around 50,000 Opels a year. He remarked that Opel will continue its export campaign after penetrating markets in Australia, Chile and Singapore in 2012 and the United Arab Emirates this year.

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As part of efforts to increase the automotive sector’s annual exports in Turkey to $75 billion in the next decade, the government has doubled tax breaks on investment in this industry, according to Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan.

Turkey will have to increase exports in order to cut its present account deficit, the main economic weakness in the nation and a major factor holding it back from getting an eagerly awaited second investment grade rating. This investment scheme, which extends from a program that debuted in 2009, will provide tax breaks of as big as 60 percent for new investments, a 30 percent increase from last year, and incentives that include deductions on employee costs. In a news conference, Caglayan said that they’re going into a new chapter in this sector where they’re using a “new road map.”

Turkey hopes to increase exports so that it could reduce a big current account gap due mostly to the quick-growing economy's high energy imports and ensuing trade deficit. The government is aiming for $500 billion of total exports by 2023. Of this figure, $75 billion is from the auto industry compared to $20 billion from the sector in 2012.

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ŠKODA Rapid has been awarded 5 Stars for safety by Euro NCAP, following the results of its crash test. Euro NCAP acknowledged the vehicle’s excellent test results in the areas like: occupant protection for adults and children, pedestrian protection and safety assistance systems.

Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development, remarked that the ŠKODA Rapid is one of the safest cars in its segment, as confirmed by the Euro NCAP results, which is an independent party.

Welsch quipped that the ŠKODA Rapid is an ideal family car that offers ample space for five occupants and their baggage. Welsch described the compact hatch as functional, having high quality and conforming to top-level safety standards.

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