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Skoda Yeti Production Commences

UK sales begin September

The first Škoda Yeti rolled off the production line on 12th May. The Yeti is the fifth model in the current Škoda lineup. Before that a number of final pre-production tests were undertaken in and around the city of Oslo in Norway. This area was chosen because it offers a good variety of different roads and also diverse weather conditions.

Road conditions experienced by the testing team include steep hills - where the downhill assistant function was put through its paces - and forest roads. Key systems that were tested during these runs include the ventilation and air conditioning performance as well as the driving stability system.

Tested were the 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TDI 4x4 models which use the fourth-generation Haldex clutch system. Other engines in the range include a 1.2 TSI with 77kW (103bhp) and a 2.0 TDI with 81kW (109bhp). The Yeti has a ground clearance of 180mm which should come in handy in mild off-road excursions. Standard wheels are 17 inches wide.

Škoda says the 4.2m-long crossover is quite spacious and offers a flexible luggage compartment whose volume can be increased up to 1760 litres using its VarioFlex rear seat system.

The first UK deliveries of the Yeti will begin this September.

 

Source: Skoda
Published May 14, 2009 4:05 pm By Thami Masemola

Škoda Yeti Production Unleashed

* Production started on 12 May 2009
* Final pre-production test drives conducted in Norway
* Yeti on sale in the UK in September

The first Škoda Yeti rolled off the assembly line at Škoda's Kvasiny, Czech Republic plant on Tuesday 12 May 2009. With the start of series production, Škoda has officially introduced its fifth model line and entered the crossover segment. The very first Yeti spotted leaving the production hall was an Aqua Blue, four-wheel drive model, fitted with a 1.8 TSI engine.

Škoda has designed Yeti as it does all its models - for the way people use cars. Clever solutions include the flexible and practical VarioFlex rear seat system, which also makes it easy to increase Yeti's carrying capacity to as much as 1,760 litres.

Earlier, Škoda performed a number of final pre-production tests. One of the last test stages took place in the area around Oslo, Norway, which offered a variety of road surfaces similar to those seen in all European countries and most of the key regions outside Europe.

The test team used the diversity of roads and weather conditions to check some of the key systems, such as the driving stability system, ventilation and air conditioning system performance. The tests provided valuable information about the interaction between the respective control units, the chassis parameters and acoustic comfort, as well as the characteristics of the off-road systems.

The vehicles tested in Oslo were a 1.8 TSI petrol and a 2.0 TDI diesel, both 4x4 models. The drivers tested the vehicles' behaviour on forest roads, as well as on an extreme downhill course using the downhill assistant, a new function enabling the driver to go down extremely steep hills in complete control.

Thanks to its higher ground clearance (180mm) and fourth-generation Haldex clutch system, the Yeti offers exceptionally good on-road as well as off-road driveability. Add in low fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions and Yeti gives today's drivers exactly what they require: economical running costs, outstanding flexibility, great practicality, and less impact on the environment - the hallmarks of a crossover vehicle.

The Yeti is a modern, smart crossover vehicle with a fresh attitude and compact dimensions: wheelbase: 2,578 mm; length: 4,233 mm; width: 1,793 mm; height: 1,691 mm.

Combining 4x4 strengths with hatchback practicality, Yeti is scheduled to go on sale in the UK in mid-September.

Yeti's dimensions:
Wheelbase: 2,578 mm
Length: 4,233 mm
Width: 1,793 mm
Height: 1,691 mm
Ground clearance: 180 mm
Boot space: 1,760 litres (with seats removed)

 

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Comments (11)

 SkyAngel SkyAngel
not handsome, but the original
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May 25, 2009 10:30 pm
 joelynn joelynn
it makes perfect sense in eastern and central europe... the roads are poorly maintained and so an affordable practical locally made car seems a great idea not pretty though- czechs have the most beautiful capital city in the world, some of the most beautiful girls... why not the most beautiful cars?
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May 18, 2009 4:14 pm
 politz politz
hey... wouldnt skoda make a case for itself as a low cost brand in the US? i mean, they have well built spacious cars with fuel sipping vw engines... sound perfect, doesnt it?
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May 15, 2009 6:47 pm
 Snark21883 Snark21883
Why is it so hard to understand? Are people really so dense as to not understand why somebody like me, who lives in a smallish town near the mountains, might want a car that's compact and efficient but which can carry skis, camping gear, kayaks, and the like? This is MORE useful than a hatch OR a big fuel-sucking SUV.
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May 15, 2009 6:43 pm
 James2911 James2911
This is like a B-Segment Nissan Qashqai/Dualis. And for the sceptics, Skoda isn't a company which gives itself over to the defining of sectors, unlike its mother brand Volkswagen. Just look at the Roomster, Superb and Octavia. Neither have direct rivals, but they still sell and appeal to people with open minds.
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May 15, 2009 11:51 am
 motorjedi motorjedi
It looks like nothing more than a Fabia/Roomster on steroids. No defining features. And no, those stupid fog lamps don't count. The image is not helped by that euro-trash lounge music.
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May 15, 2009 3:58 am
 -Matt- -Matt-
if it would be better looking, they would sell more than the tiguan. so it must be uglier ;)
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May 14, 2009 11:01 pm
 politz politz
dated, though cute.
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May 14, 2009 9:39 pm
 N20_Purge N20_Purge
Why do they even bother? I mean, is there even a point for these cars? these are just X-overs between a Hatch and a off roader. The 2 don't really go together. Why not get one or the other?
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May 14, 2009 9:36 pm
 Renegade Renegade
This little pig is so ugly.
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May 14, 2009 9:07 pm