Skoda's new Fabia is geared toward the youth market
Skoda's new Fabia supermini, which was officially unveiled yesterday, will be here for the start of the 151-registration period in January.
It has been one of the great little cars of the past decade. And now the third generation of the large supermini is on its way.
There is little doubt that younger buyers are targeted in particular, with the car showing much sharper and crisper lines.
While its length stays under the four-metre mark, it is 30mm lower and a substantial 90mm wider.
This is expected to improve room overall for passengers. And boot space is expected to be in the region of 330 litres.
As we reported last week, it will be a good deal easier on the juice.
The Czech maker is claiming an average 17pc reduction in fuel consumption across the range.
Contributing in a big way to that is the fact the car is as much as 65kg lighter than the existing one.
I've always consider the current Fabia to be one of the sturdiest and most solid cars of its size and class on the road.
There will be four petrol and three diesel engines in the new-car lineup.
The entry-level 1-litre three-cylinder petrol is the same as that in the town-car Citigo.
In addition to that there will be a similarly sized, but more powerful, 1-litre as well as two 1.2-litre petrols.
The 1.4-litre turbocharged diesels will be interesting.
They have power ranging from 74bhp to 103bhp.
And there will be a super-duper Greenline version (start-stop, kinetic energy recuperation, and low-rolling resistance tyres) of the 74bhp diesel next year which is claimed to be capable of knocking emissions to 82g/km.
It will also extract fuel consumption of up to 91mpg.
Production starts any day now and we will see it officially at the Paris Motor Show in October.
We may have a better idea of price and spec for the Irish market by then.
Saab in 'talks' with investors
The owner of Saab, the National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), is reportedly in discussions with potential partners.
The company is trying to get car production re-started and is aiming to attempt to develop new models. NEVS had to stop production back in May because there was a shortage of money to pay suppliers.
The company has denied it is facing insolvency following a bankruptcy petition by one of its suppliers. A spokesman told Automotive News it is talking with potential investors but declined to give any names.