The Skoda Roomster has been thrown on the automotive scrapheap, with the Volkswagen-owned Czech brand confirming it has cancelled plans for a successor to its quirky compact MPV.
The decision to axe the second-generation Roomster comes at the 11th hour, with development of the new model all but complete.
As our spy photographs revealed in June, the new Skoda Roomster was to be largely based on the new Volkswagen Caddy, becoming more van-like by trading its front-hinged rear doors, oddly shaped windows and roof-hinged tailgate for sliding side doors and rear barn doors.
But a late change of heart has seen the Roomster relegated to the history books, with a company spokeswoman telling Dutch publication Autovisie the brand is instead focusing its efforts on a volume-chasing small SUV.
“There is no successor to the Roomster,” the spokewoman said. “We clearly chose to strengthen our model range in the SUV segment rather than in the MPV segment.”
Skoda’s Roomster-replacing SUV is expected to be based on the new Volkswagen Tiguan, sharing its basic underpinnings, drivetrains, major mechanical components and other technologies.
Production of the Skoda Roomster commenced in 2006 in the Czech Republic. It was available with a range of petrol and diesel engines, as well as in a two-seat panel van body style dubbed the Praktik in some markets. The car continued to roll off the production line until the brand pulled the pin on the first generation car in April this year.
Skoda Australia had two unsuccessful cracks at selling the Roomster in our market, selling the original car locally between 2007 and 2010, and returning with the facelifted version for a short stint in 2012-2013. Just 385 were sold during the Roomster’s time in local showrooms.