Friday, December 26, 2008

Škoda Fabia

Škoda Fabia

The Škoda Fabia is a supermini produced by Czech manufacturer Škoda Auto since 1999. It was the successor to the Škoda Felicia, which was discontinued in 2001. The Fabia was available in hatchback, estate (named Fabia Combi) and saloon (named Fabia Sedan) body styles while from 2007 merging in the second generation — starting with hatchback and awaiting the new estate version. The saloon variant is not planned for the second generation
Škoda Fabia II
Manufacturer Škoda Auto
Parent company Volkswagen Group
Predecessor Škoda Felicia
Class Supermini
Layout FF layout
Platform Volkswagen Group A0 platform
Related SEAT Ibiza
SEAT Córdoba
Volkswagen Polo Mk IV
"Fabia" redirects here. See also Fabius.

Škoda Fabia Mk1 (6Y) (1999-2007)

Škoda Fabia Mk1 (6Y)
Škoda Fabia
Body style(s) 4-door saloon
5-door hatchback
5-door estate
Platform Volkswagen Group A04 (PQ24)
Engine(s) Petrol

1.0 MPI 37 kW (50 PS)
1.2 HTP 40 kW (54 PS) and 47 kW (64 PS)
1.4 MPI 44 kW (60 PS), 50 kW (68 PS), 55 kW (75 PS), 59 kW (80 PS) and 74 kW (101 PS)
2.0 MPI 85 kW (116 PS)
1.4 TDI PD 51 kW (69 PS), 55 kW (75 PS) and 59 kW (80 PS)
1.9 SDI 47 kW (64 PS)
1.9 TDI PD 74 kW (101 PS))

1.9 TDI PD 96 kW (131 PS) - vRS only
Wheelbase 2460 mm (96.9 in)
Length Hatchback: 3960 mm (155.9 in)
Saloon/estate: 4220 mm (166.1 in)
Width 1650 mm (65 in)
Height 1450 mm (57.1 in)

The first generation Fabia (given the internal type code 6Y) was officially presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 1999 and production of this model started in October the same year. The estate version Fabia Combi was introduced in September 2000 at the Paris Motor Show. It was the first model to use the Volkswagen Group's A04 platform, which it shares with the Volkswagen Polo Mk IV and SEAT Ibiza.

The range starts with the 1.2 6v Classic (which is cheaper than Volkswagen's smaller 3-door 1.0 Lupo) to the 1.9 PD TDi vRS.

Part of the Fabia's success is the fact that all of its mechanical parts are developed by or in conjunction with Volkswagen, but are offered in a package that is priced to undercut other models in the Volkswagen Group. The only trace of non-VW Škoda left in the Fabia is the 1.4 8v "MPI" Engine, which was a modification to Škoda's own 1.3 engine, and was used in pre-Volkswagen Škodas such as the Estelle and Favorit.

In 2005 the Fabia received a facelift, with changed front fog lights and grille, slightly different rear lights, new steering wheel and revised specification levels. The vRS also had its final gearbox ratio changed. Most importantly the Sport model was added, with the 75 PS (55 kW) 1.4 petrol being offered with a manual transmission. This engine was quickly dropped for the 1.2 HTP, which was not as powerful but is a much more free revving engine giving a more sporty feel, the sport also had its specification changed to include red seat belts and sunset privacy glass from the B pillar to the rear.

Again in 2006 the Fabia range shown at the Geneva Motor Show had minor specification revisions. These include a center rear head rest, a central three-point seatbelt and an additional four bodywork colours. The 1.4 16v 75 PS (55 kW) petrol engine was replaced with a more powerful 1.4 16v 80 PS (59 kW) engine.


The term MPI (Multi-Point Injection) is used by Škoda to differentiate from 16v models and (in the case of the Octavia) FSI engines. The 75 PS (55 kW) version of the 1.4 16v was only mated to Volkswagen's four-speed automatic transmission with fuzzy logic operation until the addition of earlier Sport models which mated it with a manual transmission. The 1.4 8v was dropped in 2003 as it will fail to meet future emissions requirements. Its performance is heavily hampered by its old OHV (Pushrod) design. The Fabia's overall performance and fuel consumption figures fall behind other city cars and small family cars as it is larger and heavier. However, the 1.2 HTP (High Torque Performance) Engine was developed specifically for the Fabia and offers better performance and fuel economy, but later used in

Škoda Fabia Mk2 (5J) (2007-present)

Škoda Fabia Mk2 (5J)
Škoda Fabia II
Body style(s) 5-door hatchback
5-door estate
Platform Volkswagen Group PQ24
Engine(s) Petrol
1.2 HTP (44 and 51 kW)
1.4 16v (63 kW)
1.6 16v (77 kW)
1.4 TDI (51 and 59 kW)
1.9 TDI (77 kW)
Wheelbase 2460 mm (96.9 in)
Length 3990 mm (157.1 in)
Width 1640 mm (64.6 in)
Height 1500 mm (59.1 in)

The second generation Fabia (internal type code 5J) was officially presented at the Geneva Auto Show in March 2007 and was sold from April 2007. Based on the PQ24 platform like the first generation, it is slightly larger than its predecessor and takes styling cues from the new Roomster leisure activity vehicle.

Škoda UK has created a television advertisement featuring the making of a Škoda Fabia car out of cake while swapped rivets for raisins, metal for marzipan and spark plugs for sugar.

Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive introduces the new Fabia to the public at the 2008 Guangzhou Motor Show. And it will be sold as 2009 model year in China.

The estate variant was officially announced in August 2007 and was introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2007. Compared with the first generation the new Combi is 7 mm longer, 46 mm higher higher and the boot has grown by 54 litres (to 480 litres total). The engine portfolio is the same as the hatchback version, without the 1.2 44 kW one.


The petrol engine lineup is a mixture of newer engines from the Volkswagen Group and some carry overs from the outgoing model. The base 1.2 remains the same (44 kW) while the higher powered version has its power output upped to 70 PS (51 kW). There is only a single 1.4 litre 16v petrol on this model, producing 85 PS (63 kW). The range topping petrol engine is the 1.6 16v engine producing 105 PS (77 kW) . There is also an option to link this engine to a 6 speed tiptronic transmission sourced from Aisin.

Diesel engines consist of the same 70 PS (51 kW) and 80 PS (59 kW) 1.4 TDI units from before. The range topping diesel is a 1.9 TDI producing 105 PS (77 kW).

It is rumoured that eventually a 1.4 TSI running at 125 PS (92 kW) will become the range topping petrol for the planned estate version and that the next generation vRS will also receive the 1.4 TSI to the tune of 170 PS (125 kW). The release date for the New Fabia vRS has been cited as 2010 by some Škoda UK dealers. Although specs at this date are unknown, it is hoped that the new engine will be a 1.8FSI Petrol producing circa 160bhp.

Volkswagen's own Polo due to its high acclaim.

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