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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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Skoda Rapid Spaceback Red & Grey Collection unveiled at 2014 Worthersee

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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2014 Skoda Rapid UK pricing announced

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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Skoda Rapid Spaceback makes global debut at Frankfurt Motor Show [Live Photos]

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Production of the new Skoda Rapid car has started in the Czech Republic. Intended for European markets, the Rapid will make its debut at the Paris Auto Show next month. It’s set to start selling this October in Europe. The compact car will be positioned between the Fabia subcompact and the Octavia compact.

The Rapid is a vital model in its plans to increase annual sales to 1.5 million by 2018 from 879,200 units in 2011. A localized variant of the Rapid has already begun selling in India. Beginning next year, this model will be produced and sold in China. It will arrive in Russia in 2014.

Skoda said that the five-seat Rapid is a spacious family car with a big tailgate and a 550-liter cargo space, increasing to almost 1,500 liters with the rear seat bench folded down. In a statement, Skoda Chairman Winfried Vahland referred to the Rapid as “an important pillar” for its Growth Strategy 2018.

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Skoda’s new MissionL Concept, which was launched at last September’s Frankfurt Motor Show, will take on the name Rapid when it starts selling in all markets except in China. This news was confirmed by the automaker at the Beijing Auto Show. The MissionL gives us a preview of the new Rapid model that will be crucial to Skoda’s plans when it starts production later this year.

This new model will be positioned on the gap between the Fabia and Octavia in the existing Skoda range. This five-door hatchback-come-saloon -- “compact liftback design” -- has dimensions comparable with those of the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. This car is available in Europe, Russia and China.

By the end of 2012, Skoda will offer a separate four-door version for India. Skoda will have a regionalized version of the car for each market. Skoda says that this car will be a major contributor to its goal to attain annual worldwide sales of 1.5 million units by 2018. In 2011, Skoda had record-breaking sales of 762,600 units. Most of MissionL’s key design features will come from the VisionD concept from the 2011 Geneva motor show that has a similar size.

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Skoda has started the production of its new compact sedan, the Rapid, in India. Positioned between the Fabia and Octabia, this car will be offered in India by the end of 2011. Winfried Vahland, the Chairman of the Board of SKODA, said that India is the first market to get the new Rapid, proving just how significant the country is for Skoda.

He said that the company is aiming to expand its activities to outside of Europe. He explained that the market in India has a pivotal role because it has awesome potential, comparable to China and Russia.

He added that for these emerging markets, the new Rapid is the “right car at the right time.” The sedan can seat five passengers and its boot can hold 500 liters. Skoda is promoting it as a car for the entire family, with sufficient room for long drives but with compact dimensions for city living.

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