Skoda Fabia fourth generation | Current Skoda news

Skoda Fabia fourth generation | Current Skoda news-fabia

  • In an interview, the Head of SKODA Design talks about the fourth generation of the successful model
  • New FABIA "is an elegant car that arouses even more emotions"
  • Historical vehicles in the SKODA Museum serve as a source of inspiration

Mlada Boleslav – The new SKODA FABIA is larger, more modern and more emotive than previous generations. A week ago, the first fourth-generation FABIA rolled off the assembly line at the SKODA AUTO main plant in Mlada Boleslav. Oliver Stefani and his team are responsible for the new appearance of the successful model. In the interview, the head of SKODA Design describes the highlights of the new FABIA, which details he particularly likes and how much the history of SKODA influences his current work.

How would you describe the fourth generation of the SKODA FABIA?
Olivier Stefani: The new FABIA looks significantly more dynamic and mature than its predecessors. It is a modern and elegant car that arouses more emotions with new proportions and lines. In the interior, the focus is on the passengers, with the ergonomic operation and above all with the usual above-average spaciousness.

What do you think are the design highlights of the new FABIA?
Stephanie: How much time do I have …? (Laughs.) Because there are a few details that we have implemented in the new FABIA: for example the flat headlights with their sharp lines and the LED modules in the shape of ice crystals, the strongly elaborated bonnet and the dynamic, rearwardly sloping roof line. On the front doors, the body lines stylize the triangle of the Czech flag. In the interior, the round ventilation nozzles and soft, partly textile materials ensure a much more modern appearance. And brand new at SKODA is the FABIA lettering on both sides of the cockpit cover, which I think is a very nice detail.

What was it like for you to design the fourth generation of the FABIA from scratch??
Stephanie: That was a special task, after all, the FABIA has been an important part of our product portfolio for more than 20 years. In the fourth generation, we implemented the current SKODA design language while consciously maintaining the essence of the FABIA.

What is this essence of the FABIA? What runs through all generations?
Stephanie: A SKODA FABIA is always practical and functional, has plenty of space for families, for example, and is excellent value for money. In addition, each FABIA generation offers the latest technology and a modern design when it appears, which is now much more dynamic and emotional in the fourth generation. We are thus expanding the target group again to include sporty and lifestyle-oriented customers.

How does the new FABIA differ from its competitors?
Stephanie: I’m particularly proud of the fact that the elegant, sporty shape goes hand in hand with excellent aerodynamics. With a drag coefficient of cd 0.28, it sets the best mark in its segment and is therefore particularly efficient and economical. Personally, I particularly like the clear and symmetrical design of the interior.

How exactly are the tasks distributed within your design team??
Stephanie: Karl Neuhold is responsible for the exterior design. In his area, technical requirements such as proportions and aerodynamics are combined with those of design. The interior design is the responsibility of Peter Olah. Kateřina Vranova is also heavily involved. In addition to the fresh colors, your Color & Trim Design department has brought the high-quality materials to the new FABIA, such as the fabric covers for the instrument panel known from the OCTAVIA and the ENYAQ iV.

How does the cooperation at SKODA Design work? Lead the way as chief designer?
Stephanie: No, that’s teamwork. One of our greatest strengths is the internationality of our employees. This gives us a huge pool of ideas that has its roots in very different cultures. Then it is important that everyone can contribute their own ideas and that no thought is prematurely discarded. We always try to give every idea the space and time it needs to grow.

The Czech car manufacturer has been around for more than 125 years. Inspire historical models?
Stephanie: Definitely. I spend a lot of time in the SKODA Museum looking at the historic vehicles. The quality and craftsmanship these vehicles represent is impressive. Hardly any other car manufacturer in the world has such a tradition and can draw on influences such as Bohemian crystal glass art. As we look to the future, the history of the brand shows us where we come from and what SKODA stands for. That inspires and guides us. Let’s take the SKODA POPULAR MONTE CARLO*. It is my absolute favorite piece in our museum. Uniquely beautiful, very elegant and dynamic, simply a dream car that can still be a source of inspiration for today’s vehicles. For example, for the Crystal Face of the SKODA ENYAQ iV, we used the chrome-plated protective grilles of the headlights of the POPULAR MONTE CARLO as a guide. Otherwise, we designers draw our inspiration from art, architecture or simply from everyday life. You just have to go through life with your eyes open.

What should customers pay attention to when deciding on a new vehicle??
Stephanie: On the design, of course! Joking aside, the design of a vehicle always plays an important role when buying a car. After all, it’s the first thing you see of a car – and every time before you get in. The design should arouse emotions, because with emotions you can reach people and get them excited about something. It is often the most important reason why we decide to buy a car or not. The same applies to the interior. You should simply feel comfortable in your car because you spend a lot of time in it. In addition, I think it is important to pay attention to quality in addition to the latest technology, comfort and safety. The new FABIA is an example that meets all the criteria – and that makes me proud.

* Monte Carlo is a registered trademark of Monaco Brands

SKODA AUTO

  • steers successfully through the new decade with the NEXT LEVEL – SKODA STRATEGY 2030.
  • is striving to be one of the five top-selling brands in Europe by 2030 with attractive offers in the entry-level segments and other e-models.
  • develops into the leading European brand in India, Russia and North Africa.
  • currently offers its customers ten car model series: FABIA, RAPID, SCALA, OCTAVIA and SUPERB as well as KAMIQ, KAROQ, KODIAQ, ENYAQ iV and KUSHAQ.
  • delivered over one million vehicles to customers worldwide in 2020.
  • has been part of the Volkswagen Group, one of the world’s most successful automobile manufacturers, for 30 years.
  • manufactures and develops vehicles as well as components such as engines and transmissions independently within the group.
  • maintains three locations in the Czech Republic; manufactures in China, Russia, Slovakia and India primarily through group partnerships and in the Ukraine with a local partner.
  • employs more than 43.000 employees worldwide and is represented in over 100 markets.

SKODA AUTO Deutschland GmbH

  • entered the German market in September 1991.
  • represented in connection with around 1.100 sales and service partners the SKODA brand in Germany.
  • is part of the success story of the traditional Czech brand: in 2020, over 181.000 new SKODA vehicles were registered as passenger cars, which corresponds to a market share of 6.2 percent. SKODA was not only the number one import brand in Germany for the twelfth year in a row, but also further consolidated its position among the well-known volume brands.

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