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2019 Skoda Rapid spied

The next-generation Skoda Rapid has been spied at and around the Nurburgring Nordschleife. With the prototype clad from head-to-toe in camouflage, it's hard to make out too many of the new Rapid's styling details, although we can tell the next-generation model will stick with the same practical five-door layout as today's vehicle...

Skoda Vision RS Concept interior teased

Skoda has revealed another look at its upcoming Vision RS Concept, ahead of the car's reveal at the Paris motor show in October. The concept previews a new compact Skoda, likely the Rapid given the extended glass tailgate, and offers a glimpse at the styling cues that'll adorn the next generation of RS-badged models. We've already seen the outside – well, sort of...

Volkswagen and Skoda initiate Takata recall

Volkswagen Group Australia has initiated its recall for over 100,000 vehicles across various model lines fitted with faulty Takata airbags, as part of the Australian Government's mandatory safety recall that requires all defective inflators to be replaced by 31 December 2020...

2018 Skoda Rapid Spaceback on sale now

The updated 2018 Skoda Rapid Spaceback hatch is on sale now, with pricing set at $23,990 drive-away for the standalone 92TSI model. That price includes the standard fitment of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, teamed to 1.4-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol four-cylinder engine...

2017 Skoda Yeti, Rapid recalled for seatbelt fix

Skoda has issued a recall for 54 vehicles across the 2017 model-year Yeti SUV and Rapid hatchback lines over concerns faulty front seat belt tensioners could detach in a collision. The Czech manufacturer reports that the gas generator of some front seatbelt tensioners have been incorrectly crimped onto the actuator pipe of the belt tensioner...

2018 Skoda Rapid detailed, here in September

The updated Skoda Rapid, revealed in February, has been detailed for the European market this week, bringing a revised design, new engine options and upgraded technology to the small sedan and hatchback twins. Headlining changes for the updated model include the availability of new bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime-running lights, revised front bumper and fog-light designs, new alloy wheels, autonomous emergency braking, and a new 1...

2017 Skoda Rapid facelift revealed

The facelifted Skoda Rapid has been revealed ahead of its full debut at the 2017 Geneva motor show next month. Up front, the updated Rapid features new headlight internals with bi-xenon main units underscored by LED driving lights. The lower section of the front bumper has also been redesigned with new fog light units and a full width chrome bar on higher-spec models...

2017 Skoda Rapid facelift confirmed

The Skoda Rapid small hatchback is set to get a revamp imminently, with the Czech brand's Australian arm confirming the revised model is due here by September. We haven't yet seen images of the updated version of the Rapid hatch, which has been on sale in Australia since May 2014, but it would be reasonable to think that this mid-life refresh will bring with it some cosmetic changes inside and out...

2016 Skoda Octavia, Rapid recalled for child lock fix

Skoda Australia has issued a recall for 91 Octavia III and 23 Rapid vehicles from its 2016 model year, over concerns the child lock could fail. The Czech manufacturer reports a manufacturing fault may have damaged the detent lever of the child lock, which can result in the active child lock being switched off without warning...

Skoda Atero: apprentices unveil 'dream coupe' project

Skoda has unveiled the third concept vehicle to be born from the Czech company’s vocational school, based on the compact Rapid Spaceback. Named Atero, the fully-functioning concept was brought to life by 26 students from the Skoda Academy in Mlada Boleslav. Teased back in March, the concept is affectionately referred to by its designers and builders as a ‘dream coupe’...

Skoda Rapid not yet a priority model

The Skoda Rapid Spaceback is not a big focus for the Czech company’s Australian division, and likely won't become one until the next-generation model arrives in 2018/19. This is according to Skoda Australia director Michael Irmer, who we spoke to this week at the launch of the new Superb flagship model...

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