2012 will see much of the same story with at least ten more dealers appointed nationally, the reintroduction of a model and numerous additional variants. Skoda will also begin a larger branding campaign to establish itself as a better recognized car manufacturer.
Skoda Yeti - 4x4 112TSI
Vehicle type: Compact SUV. Timing: March
Skoda will fill the current Yeti model range gap between the 2WD petrol ($26,290) and 4x4 diesel ($37,990) with a 4x4 112kW petrol that will be priced somewhere in the middle.
Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo, Fabia RS, Fabia hatchback and wagon, Roomster returns
Vehicle type: Light car, hot hatch. Timing: May
May will see the expansion of the Fabia range to include the much anticipated Fabia RS, a wagon bodyshape as well as new hatchback variants. The Fabia RS, which is essentially a Polo GTI, will no doubt bring more buyers to the brand given the almost year-long waiting times for Volkswagen's light hot hatch. We suspect it will be priced around the $26-27,000 mark.
Skoda will also bring back the Roomster wagon with a new pricing and positioning strategy that should see a much more competitive offering. Previously Skoda positioned the Roomster from a starting price of $25,990.
There are currently no plans to bring the Volkswagen Up! based Skoda Citigo to Australia in 2012.