Volkswagen's Spanish subsidiary SEAT has a raft of new models to debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, but its Czech cousin isn't about to sit it out. In addition to unveiling the Greenline version of its Octavia model (now celebrating its 50th anniversary) and the Scout and S2000 versions of its smaller Fabia, Skoda will descent on the Swiss lakeside town with the production version of its new Yeti soft-roader.
Previewed by the Yeti concept from the 2005 Geneva show, the new Yeti is expected to be based on the company's slick Roomster cargo van, but with a more off-road bent to it. The 2005 concept car combined a rugged look with clean lines and a retro white roof, suitable for a vehicle that seems to cross the best elements of the MINI and the Toyota FJ Cruiser. While we count down to the opening of the Geneva Motor Show next month, you can read the press release after the jump and view the images of the 2005 Skoda Yeti concept in the mega gallery we've assembled below.
12 February 2009
ŠKODA TO UNVEIL YETI AT GENEVA MOTOR SHOW
* Škoda Yeti will make its world debut at Geneva International Motor Show 2009
* Octavia GreenLine, Fabia Scout and S2000 also on display
Škoda Auto will present the new Yeti at this year's International Motor Show in Geneva. The new model is based on the design study of the same name that was introduced in 2005. Yeti is designed for both urban and leisure driving and features state-of-the-art technology that ensures excellent behaviour on the road and great riding qualities off-road. It is a smart and practical solution for customers who want a compact car that is robust, safe and has universal appeal.
The Octavia GreenLine will also make its world premiere in Geneva. The newest member of the Škoda family of environmentally-oriented cars, it has fuel consumption of 4.4L/100km (64.2 mpg) and CO2 emissions of 116g/km while retaining great drive qualities. Octavia GreenLine engines feature the latest enhancements to the range - downsizing and common rail (CR) technology. A brand-new 1.6 TDI CR engine, delivering 77 kW (105bhp), provides the driver with a maximum torque of 250 Nm at 1900 rpm and has a diesel particulate filter (DPF) as standard.
The next model in the Scout series will be introduced on the Škoda stand – the Fabia Scout. In addition the S2000 Fabia rally car will be on display, having recently proved successful at the Monte Carlo Rally where it laid the foundations of a new era for Škoda motorsport.
Škoda Auto is also going to present the brand's EMO concepts on the stand. These design studies are oriented toward an emotional expression of the brand and its products, featuring Škoda's current design style and highlighting not only functionality, but also the enjoyment of life and a dynamic style. The studies, focusing both on the vehicles' interior and exterior, demonstrate the potential and craft of Škoda's design team.
The Škoda stand will be located in Hall 2, stand 2160. The press conference will take place on March 3, 2009 at 8.45 at the Škoda Auto stand.