The reason we are suddenly seeing so many spyshots of the Skoda Rapid is because the car is going to be unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show this September. The Czech Automaker has confirmed that the preparations are in full swing on the completing formalities with the Rapid and the product will rival the likes of the Honda City, Hyundai Verna and the soon to come Ford Fiesta. It will go into production by the end of 2011.
Thomas Kuehl, board member, sales and marketing, Skoda Auto India -
India is also one of the first markets to get the car. Our new entry-level limousine would offer the best value for money in the segment and we are looking at topping the category in sales and leaving everybody behind. In every premium segment where we are present, the Laura and Superb give better quality, design, driveability and equipment over competitors and our new car would do the same in its segment
He also insisted that this is an ‘all new’ car and not an Octavia replacement. The Octavia brand, we suppose, will now be a part of the history books.
The thing that is puzzling us is the pricing. Clearly, if Skoda is targeting the Honda City and the Hyundai Verna, we are talking about the 7-11 lakh price bracket. If Skoda is planning to undercut its rivals, it also will undercut its sibling VW Vento.
What do you think should be the price band to launch the Skoda Rapid?
Source - HindustanTimes.com