Since it doesn't market in these United States, Škoda may not be an automaker consistently on our radar screen. But it sells nearly a million vehicles each year in markets like Europe and China, and though it doesn't ell as many as the larger Octavia, the Fabia is one of the Czech automaker's biggest sellers. In fact Škoda sold over 12,000 Fabias just last month, despite the model having been on the market virtually unchanged for seven years already. But now the Volkswagen's most bohemian brand is rolling out the third-generation model.
Set to be unveiled at Paris Motor Show in October, production of the new Fabia is already set to begin before the end of the month at the company's upgraded plant in Mladá Boleslav. Based on VW Group's A05 platform, the new Fabia shares its underpinnings with the Volkswagen Polo, Seat Ibiza and Audi A1... only while full specifications have yet to be announced, if the previous two versions are anything to go by, the new Fabia will once again offer more space than its platform-mates.
Expect the new Fabia, revealed in these photos for the first time, to offer a wide range of engine choices (including four gasoline and three diesel engines) with stop/start and brake energy recuperation systems when it starts hitting showrooms in markets around the world... even if that doesn't include our own.