The Skoda brand first came to Australia in 1965 with the Skoda Octavia (pictured below) and left Australia in 1983. 24 years on and its back!
The East European Skoda brand is set to come back to Australia with an announcement by Volkswagen Australia today, (Volkswagen owns Skoda). Volkswagen sold more than 21,000 vehicles in 2006, a best for the company since the 1960s.
The Volkswagen Group’s net earnings for 2006 were 2.75 billion euro – up from 1.12 billion euro in 2005 – more than double! Last year VolksWagen sold 5.7 million vehicles, including 550,000 Skodas and 905,000 Audis.
The models which are set to bring Skoda back to Australia are the 2007 Skoda Fabia:
and the relatively odd Skoda Roomster:
The front of the Roomster tends to look somewhat like a VW Golf! I am not sure how much of a success the Roomster will be in Australia, only time will tell.
Volkswagen in Europe has announced plans for a seven engine lineup in the new Fabia, but so far no word about the variations for the small car down under.
The seven engines available in Europe include four petrol ones and three diesels, from 44 to 77 kW (60 - 105 hp). Its obvious from those figures that the Skoda is not going to be the most powerful car in its class but rumours suggest that it will be priced accordingly.