Following-on from the launch of the face-lifted Skoda Fabia and Skoda Roomster, Skoda Auto has unveiled the Skoda Fabia Estate GreenLine II and Skoda Roomster GreenLine II - the first of its second generation of environmentally-friendly GreenLine models.
The new model Skoda Fabia and Skoda Roomster's have been facelifted and fitted with new technology designed to further reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emission levels. The most important innovations include a new engine (1.2 TDI CR DPF/75bhp DPF) with Common Rail (high-pressure direct injection), start-stop technology, energy recuperation and gear recommendation (on a Maxi DOT display).
One of the biggest technological changes in the second-generation GreenLine version is a new three-cylinder supercharged engine (1.2 TDI CR DPF/55 kW) with a consumption of just 83.1 mpg and CO2 emissions of 89 g/km for the Skoda Fabia Estate GreenLine II, and 67.3 and 109 g/km for the Skoda Roomster GreenLine II.
In addition to lower CO2 emissions, other contaminant levels have also been reduced. The new engine complies with the EU 5 emission standard that, for diesel engines, has stricter regulations for nitrogen oxides and solid particles. The gear ratios of the car's five-speed transmission are identical to those of the ordinary Skoda Fabia and Skoda Roomster models fitted with the same engine. As a result, the GreenLine II offers the same responsiveness yet with lower consumption.
The key benefits of the stop-start system stand out in busy city traffic. The system operates automatically, directly after the engine starts. If, after some time, the driver stops the vehicle, engages neutral and releases the clutch pedal, the engine switches off automatically. As soon as the driver presses the clutch, the engine starts again immediately. stop-start makes it is possible to save up to 4.2mpg (combined) or up to 7.7 mpg in city traffic.
Energy recuperation is another state-of-the-art technology introduced on the new Skoda Fabia Estate i GreenLine II and Skoda Roomster GreenLine II. Effective utilisation of the vehicle's kinetic energy for battery recharging is a simple system that helps to save fuel continuously. The two systems - Start-Stop and Braking energy recovery work in partnership and, along with other measures, help to make the operation of these new models as environmentally-friendly as possible. The application of the energy recovery system has helped to reduce the CO2 emissions by 2 - 4 g/km.
Other technologies Skoda is introducing on the Greenline II models to improve economy are the gear recommendation system, which helps the driver make optimum use of the engine's potential, a lowered and aerodynamically-covered chassis and, last but not least, low rolling resistance tyres.Published 11 May 2010