Skoda Auto UK is re-aligning the pricing of its most popular model range, the Fabia, effective 1 January 2004. It is a move that will see nearly all prices change while the best-selling Fabia, the 1.2 6-valve in Classic trim, will remain the lowest-priced five-door hatchback in the marketplace.
The price changes are designed to standardise the price steps between Fabia’s three trim levels and have been achieved without any changes in the comprehensive range of standard equipment that is included with each trim level. Skoda has also standardised price steps between hatch and estate prices at £750, as well as differences in prices between petrol and diesel engines. The premium step for diesel is £1,095 for the SDI and £1,265 for the TDI PD with its pumpe-düse technolgy.
The entry-level Fabia Classic includes ABS braking, driver and front passenger airbags, reach- and rake-adjustable steering wheel, height-adjustable driver’s seat and a stereo sound system with a single CD player (not on 1.2 54bhp). Also standard are a split, folding rear seat and bags of carrying capacity -- 260 litres in the hatch and 426 in the estate – with the rear seats in place.
The mid-range Comfort adds remote central locking; electrically-operated front windows; electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors; front fog lights; and a trip computer over the Classic’s standard equipment. These features are valued at £760, but the price step from Fabia Classic to Comfort is only £650, across all the engine choices, in both hatch and estate.
The biggest changes are in the Elegance range. In addition to the features in the Classic and Comfort trims, Elegance models include air-conditioning, an alarm system, 14" alloy wheels (with 15" wheels on the 2.0 litre model) and heated front seats. These features are valued at £1,100, while the price step from Comfort to Elegance is only £760. The prices of all Elegance models, both hatch and estate, have been reduced substantially, with decreases in RRP of £778 for a Fabia 1.4 16-valve hatch in Elegance trim and a drop of £928 for the same model in the estate version.
The price of the hot-selling Fabia vRS, with its 1.9 TDI PD delivering 130 bhp and outstanding, torque of 310nm @1,100rpm for sporty yet economical driving, remains at its launch price of £11,990.
Mary Newcombe, Head of Marketing for Skoda Auto UK, explained the reasons for the price re-alignment. "In re-aligning the Fabia’s prices, we have maintained the lead in entry-level prices for our customers. The Fabia Classic 54bhp remains the lowest-priced five-door in the small car sector and the Fabia Classic 1.4 TDI PD still costs less that the majority of its competitors. Combined with fantastic levels of standard equipment, a wide range of available engines and options, and Škoda’s three-year warranty, the Fabia is the clear choice for savvy customers."
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