From Fabia’s conception, SkodaAuto worked to create a vehicle that would provide more car than the supermini segment had ever seen, as well as provide fresh, timeless design. For this, Skoda designed a completely new small car platform for the Fabia, which was launched in 2000. Winner of the What Car? Car of the Year 2000 and Best Supermini in 2000, 2001 and 2002; Auto Express Car of the Year 2000 and Best Supermini 2001; Fabia was also shortlisted for the prestigious European Car of the Year Award.
Fabia’s trophy cabinet continues to grow, along with the model range. The summer of 2003 heralded the arrival of the überhatch, the Fabia vRS. Named Diesel Car of the Year by the Scottish Motoring Writers in 2003 and “Best Performance Diesel” by Diesel Car in 2004, the Fabia vRS has already used its own pulling power to draw in over 1,500 new owners since its launch in July 2003.
With a choice of hatchback, saloon and estate models comes a pick of three levels of equipment, Classic, Comfort and Elegance. Add to this engine choices from the entry-level 1.2 litre, three-cylinder six valve right up to the knock-your-socks-off, 130bhp 1.9 TDI vRS using Skoda’s impressive Pumpe Düse technology. With a choice of either manual or automatic transmissions, prices for the Fabia start from £7,495 for the 1.2 litre Classic five door hatchback up to £12,470 for the flagship 1.9 litre TDI PD Elegance Estate and £11,990 for the sporty Fabia vRS.
All in all, it is no surprise that the Fabia is turning so many heads. More than 60,000 Fabias have been sold in Britain since its launch in March 2000. And, in April 2004, the one millionth Fabia made its way off the Skoda production line in Mladá Bolseslav, in the Czech Republic and was delivered to a new Skoda buyer in the UK.