To the outsider, it would be all too easy to forget that the FIA World Rally Championship has more than one class. Just like Le Mans endurance racing has various LMP and GT racing categories, and NASCAR has the Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series, so too does the WRC have more than one tier. So while the Sebastien Loeb and the Citroën World Rally Team were locking up their seventh title in the top tier of the championship, Skoda took its first title in the Super 200
Škoda Fabia Monte Carlo – Click above for high-res image gallery
Skoda Fabia vRS commercial – Click above to watch video after the jump
It's no secret that we're fans of the Škoda Fabia S2000 rally car. The good news for us Europeans is that VW's Czech brand has decided to integrate some of that racing DNA (at least appearance-wise) into a Fabia RS model scheduled to debut at Wörthersee 2010.
Click image for a gallery of the new Skoda Fabia
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Back in early February, the chief executive of the UK's SMMT, Christopher Macgowan, responded to the European Commission's proposal to reduce CO2 emissions across the union (in part by making the average CO2 vehicle emission be 120 grams per kilometer driving) by saying, "We have also already produced and brought to market cars that can meet the 120g/km limit – the problem is that motorists do not buy them!"
Volkswagen-owned Skoda Auto announced Wednesday that it is expanding its plans for China. With production of Skoda's Octavia scheduled to spool up in 2007 at Volkswagen's plant in Shanghai, the company announced that it will add its Fabia (pictured) and Superb models to its Chinese portfolio.