Europe NCAP awards Skoda Rapid with 5 stars for safety

Article by Anita Panait, on November 30, 2012

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.

ŠKODA Rapid is a good combination of expressive design, excellent price-value ratio and efficient engines. The vehicle sets new standards in the A-segment by being roomy, elegant and affordable.

The vehicle also boasts of impressive fuel economy and all-inclusive safety equipment, as evidenced by award of 5 stars for its occupant protection for adults and children. The ŠKODA Rapid sits between the smaller ŠKODA Fabia and the larger ŠKODA Octavia in ŠKODA’s model line-up. Welsch remarked that technology should be used to increase safety and comfort for driver and passengers.

“ŠKODA Rapid is one of the safest cars in its segment,” says Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development. “These Euro NCAP results are confirmation from an independent party. Our compact hatch is an ideal family car offering lots of space for five occupants and their baggage. It is functional, high quality and conforms to top-level safety standards,” says Welsch.

For Škoda, the Rapid will be the first model to have make use of the revised design of the brand. This particular design was first hinted at with two show cars, the “MissionL” and the “VisionD.” With the Rapid, this design now gets the change to be finally on the road. Timeless, precise, fresh, and clear, these are words that best describe the design.

Škoda made sure that the design would be placed in a rather creative accent as part of the compact saloon class. Led by the brand’s very own designer-in-chief, the team that worked on the Rapid has shown that in this segment, it was possible to have an emotional style and mix it with functionality. The Rapid and the design language used are significant as it serves as a building block in the 2018 growth strategy of Škoda.

This year, the brand hopes its annual sales will reach at least 1.5 million units. Škoda CEO Winfried Vahland said that the new design is proof that the brand is clearly growing. He adds that the design is clearly the growing force of the brand while making sure that it remains to be genuine.

CEO Vahland continues by saying that Škoda has been a brand that has been close to customers and will always be. This attribute is also displayed in the new design language. The importance of the Rapid cannot be highlighted well enough.

According to Eckhard Scholz, who is the Board Member in charge of Technical Development, the brand has previously shown the future of its style with the MissionL and the VisionD. He adds that Škoda is now putting this design to series production. Scholz says that this is truly a big moment for the team while serving as an important milestone for Škoda.

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