Škoda’s three newest models wow guests with their form, feature and functionality.
| CN PHOTO: Michael Chan
On June 23, Harvest Automobiles, the sole distributor of Škoda Auto in Singapore, launched the Fabia, Yeti and Superb Combi new models at the National Museum of Singapore. It was attended by the likes of motoring and lifestyle journalists along with business associates, and hosted by ex-beauty queen and Inqueenz founder Genecia Luo.
The first model that was unveiled was the Škoda Fabia. Its bold exterior boasts new design cues such as a redesigned bumper and mountings, headlamp shades and bonnet, and most distinctively, a new grille. Inside the passenger compartment, the plush seat covers and additional Climatronic air conditioning controls up the comfort factor.
New technologies abound; the car’s upgraded navigation system has a five-inch touchscreen, SD card reader and a connection point for external memory devices. There is also a Mobile Device Interface for use with the iPod, Aux-In, USB and Mini-USB units located in the lower glove box. The multi-function leather steering wheel has voice activation controls to operate the sound system or to use a phone with a hands-free device. With ample safety features such as airbags, ABS with brake assistant, the Fabia is a handsome choice for a family car.
The Yeti was the second vehicle to be presented. Named after the mystical creature of the Himalayas, it is designed to perform well on off-road terrain as well as normal public roads. Perfect for the adventurous and sporty, the car’s robust appearance lends to its sturdy quality, as it has a four-wheel drive and generous ground clearance of 180 millimeters to ensure safe progress on poor, rutted tracks.
Both the Fabia and Yeti models boast a new 1.2 TSI/77kW engine equipped with an automatic seven-speed DSG transmission. The use of direct injection/supercharged turbo technology results in higher torque from lower revolutions. As such, the engine offers better momentum and acceleration and at the same time, burning less fuel: Its consumption of 5.3 liters of petrol per 100 kilometers is highly economical.
However, the star attraction of the night was the Škoda Superb Combi. With its elegant design and practical qualities, it is little wonder that this premium station wagon was voted the Luxury Car of the Year 2010 by Top Gear’s TV, online and magazine teams. Over a span of more than a hundred years of car production, Škoda has manufactured various models of “combined cars” (hence the name “Combi”), but this may be the best one yet.
The Superb Combi has a large wheelbase and roofline forming a gentle arc, contributing to its elegance. In addition to the other features characteristic of Škoda models, this one has an electronically controlled fifth door that can be opened and closed automatically. The space for passengers and luggage is indeed remarkable—with a basic volume of 633 liters, it can be increased up to 1,865 liters by folding up the rear seats. With the ample leg room, Climatronic dual-zone air conditioning system and various storage compartments, life as a passenger inside the Superb Combi is good indeed. Creative director James Lim was thoroughly impressed with the design of the Superb Combi, saying, “It is truly an eye-catcher, and the specifications are impressive, especially the boot space.”