Skoda Felicia and new Octavia likely by early 2013
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Skoda is preparing a sedan between the Fabia and Octavia dubbed “Felicia,” Romanian auto website Promotor reports. The Felicia is expected to join the Skoda family next year and will take on the likes of the next generation Renault Logan in Europe. In India, this model can be positioned right below the Volkswagen Vento to take on the likes of the Etios, Manza and Dzire.
Design idioms from the VisionD concept, revealed in Geneva last month, will be featured on the Felicia, but the product following it – the next generation Octavia (Laura in India) will turn up the sound. Technically based on the next generation Golf (Golf 7), the new Octavia will not have significant changes to its dimensions. The Czech manufacturer will instead lay more emphasis on quality and offer higher equipment levels.
The Octavia will express the evolution of the Skoda brand as it will be a next generation model in all aspects. According to ProMotor, the new Octavia will be offered in three body styles – hatchback, sedan and estate. Under the hood Skoda is said to be working out a hybrid powertrain and isn’t ruling out the possibility a pure-electric powertrain either.
Source – ProMotor.ro