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Country of origin:Czech Republic
Produced in:2014
Introduced at:2014 Essen Motor Show
Source:Company press release
Last updated:December 01, 2014
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Click here to download printer friendly versionCzech automobile manufacturer Skoda will treat visitors to this year's Essen Motor Show with a presence packed with emotion. The highlight is an opportunity to see the concept version of the new rally car, the Skoda Fabia R 5, for the first time. The new Skoda Fabia Combi, will be making its first public appearance in Germany. Skoda will also be exhibiting the Octavia RS, the fastest production Octavia ever. As if that were not enough, visitors can also marvel at the sporty Monte Carlo special editions of the Skoda Rapid Spaceback, Skoda Yeti and Skoda Citigo, as well as the meaty show cars - the Skoda Yeti Xtreme, Skoda CitiJet and Skoda Rapid Spaceback Red & Grey Collection.

The Essen Motor Show is the largest trade fair for tuning, motorsport and sporty production vehicles in Germany. It takes place from 29 November to 7 December 2014.

"Skoda plans to continue growing over the coming years with new models, focusing both on functional aspects and emotion," says Dr. Frank Welsch, Skoda Board Member for Technical Development. "Our vehicles in Essen underpin this claim. One particular highlight is the Skoda Fabia R 5 Concept Car, which gives a first insight into our new rally car. The concept is based on the new Skoda Fabia, which demonstrates more emotion than ever before, in both the hatchback and estate versions," said Welsch.

"The world premiere of the Fabia R 5 Concept Car gives an insight into the future of rallying at Skoda," said Skoda Motorsport Director Michal Hrabanek. "The Fabia R 5 is scheduled to be homologated by mid-2015." The new Fabia R 5 features a lot of high-tech. In keeping with FIA regulations, the new racing car is powered by a 1.6-litre turbo engine. The new car also features a sequential, five-speed gearbox and McPherson struts. The weight will, in accordance with the regulations, be at least 1230 kilograms. A number of top Skoda drivers were also involved in the development of the new Fabia R 5.

Customer racing teams have already shown huge interest in the new Skoda Fabia R 5. No wonder: after all, its predecessor, the Skoda Fabia Super 2000, has all but guaranteed its teams and drivers titles. The 2014 rally season, which has just drawn to an end, saw Skoda and the Fabia Super 2000 achieve a hat-trick of titles in the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). On top of this, Skoda also won the Drivers' title in the FIA European Rally Championship and a further five national championships. These and the huge amount of success already achieved in previous years make the Skoda Fabia Super 2000 project, which was launched in 2009, the most successful project in the company's motorsport history, which now spans 113 years.

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