2015 Skoda Fabia
“[The new Skoda Fabia] is compact and offers lots of space for passengers and their luggage, a modern crisp design and great efficiency and safety, bringing together all of Skoda brand values,” says Skoda CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “In designing the third generation, our aim was to bring innovative technology into the small car segment. Our focus was on the environment, fuel efficiency, safety and comfort.”
Next to the Octavia, the Fabia is Skoda’s second best-selling car. It originally debuted in 1999, and the automaker has sold roughly 3.5 million Fabias worldwide, a figure it hopes to add to with the 2015 model.
2015 Skoda Octavia vRS 230
Czech automaker Skoda began producing the Octavia way back in 1996, then it introduced the second-gen model in 2004 and the third-gen model in 2013. It was the start of the third-generation that saw the introduction of the vRS model, which was a more performance-oriented version of the compact liftback sedan. And now with the Geneva Auto Show set to start on March 3, 2015, Skoda is primed to unveil a special version of the vRS dubbed the Octavia vRS 230.
With a few more PS, the vRS 230 is officially the fastest Octavia ever built. The problem is that Skoda lives under the Volkswagen umbrella, and anything it can do, VW can do better. This means that regardless of how much leash VW gives Skoda to beef up the Octavia, it always leaves a little something in reserve to bump up the Octavia’s more expensive platform mate, the Passat.
Does the vRS 230 badge and its added power give the Octavia the oomph it needs to finally one-up the Passat?
Continue reading to find out.