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Rumormill: Skoda to get own model based on VW eUp!

by Sam Abuelsamid (RSS feed) on Jul 23rd 2010 at 8:01AM

Ever since Volkswagen first started rolling out concept versions of its New Small Family (NSF) mini-cars, the automaker has said it would build variants for a number of the brands in the group. The Czech-based Skoda brand is an obvious candidate for one of the small cars as it's generally considered a lower cost outlet in the family hierarchy.

The Skoda is expected to carry the Joyster badge and will reportedly launch in 2012-13 with conventional powertrains. A pair of three cylinder engines displacing one liter for the gas version and 1.2-liters for the diesel will be the available to begin with, and after Volkswagen launches the battery-powered eUp! in 2013, the same hardware will be added to the Skoda.



Skoda city car is coming

New Joyster gets the green light and will be based on Volkswagen Up!, with electric model to follow.

21st July 2010

The smallest Skoda is up and running! The company’s first proper city car will be based on VW’s Up! – and will be its most frugal model to date.

Due to launch after the Up! debuts in 2012, the four-seater is expected to be badged Joyster – taking the name of the original Skoda small car concept from 2006. The urban runabout will rival the likes of the Toyota iQ and Peugeot 107, and will be conventional front-wheel drive after VW ditched the original rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive format.

The switch was partly to allow other VW Group brands such as Skoda and SEAT – as well as new partner Suzuki – to build variants for markets around the world, including the UK. Engine details are still to be confirmed, but the Skoda is likely to get a 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol and a 1.2 three-cylinder diesel. Performance will be brisk, yet the focus will be on low emissions – with a sub-80g/km output for the diesel and less than 100g/km for the petrol.

The cheapest Skoda is set to start at just under £7,500. And as with the VW, an all-electric version will follow.

Read more: http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/254785/skoda_city_car_is_coming.html#ixzz0uVpjioB3

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