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Old 20th February 2009, 10:57   #1
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Lightbulb Skoda plans to bring Yeti to life in India!

It is not the case of the abominable snowman but Czech car maker Skoda — part of the VW Group — is getting ready to pump up its presence in the Indian car market. Speaking exclusively to Zig-Wheels.com, Dr Thomas Kuehl, member of the board in charge of sales and marketing, informed that his company would be launching an all new small-sized SUV in the country in early 2010.

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It is an established fact that Skoda has been mandated within the VW Group (which includes the other mass market brands like VW and Audi which are also in India) to tap all newer markets in the developing world as the group’s entry level marque. The Yeti is a butch little vehicle (based on the design concept of the same name which was shown in 2005) which has been designed for both urban and leisure driving and has the capability of all wheel drive. More a crossover than an SUV, the Yeti’s compact nature will ensure that it would be the preferred option for those who dote on SUV-styled vehicles but didn’t either have the money or were daunted by the sheer mass such vehicles sport.

This pleasing crossover embraces a wrap-around windscreen, coated windscreen side-pillars (which in the automotive lexicon is normally termed the A-pillar), and the characteristic roof covering which Skoda is noted for. The car will bridge the gap in the Skoda lineup between the Fabia and the Octavia and it would be the ideal ticket for those who wish to ply the urban jungle in the week while making tracks in the outback on weekends. Engine and transmission systems would necessarily mirror those already seen on the Fabia and Octavia sold presently in India though with all wheel drive capability expect a boost in both power and torque. The Yeti would predominantly be built with a front wheel drive configuration for the masses while the all wheel drive version would employ VW’s 4Motion all-wheel drive gear, having specifically been made to cater to all VW group offerings with transversely mounted engines.

The Skoda Yeti would be priced just around Rs 10 lakhs and in all likelihood would make its debut at Auto Expo in Delhi next January. The Yeti would be put together at the Aurangabad plant as a CKD operation using kits shipped in from Skoda’s Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic.

On the domestic front, Thomas Kuehl inaugurated Europa Auto, the company’s 60th 3S dealership in Pune on Thursday. Skoda India hopes that by this year end it would have 65 full 3S (sales, service and spares) dealerships and by early March it would also commission the company’s first spare parts warehouse in the country. “We have a growing customer base and expanding product lines and a responsive spare parts infrastructure is an important step to keep pace with this growth,’’ informed Kuehl.

In March, the company would also be ushering in the all new next generation Skoda Superb, a magnificently engineered new car with room to shame the Mercedes-Benz S-class and the BMW 7-series luxury saloons and bristling with technology and flair with its all new V6 engine. Watch this space.

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Rehaan's thread on Skoda at the Auto Expo has many pictures of the Yeti. All Yeti discussions can continue at this link:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/auto-e...po-2010-a.html

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No way it would be prices at 10 Lakh... How can one expect a manufacturer selling a Hatch @ 6-7Lakh will offer a so called SUV for 10 Lakh.
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The Skoda Yeti would be priced just around Rs 10 lakhs
Price tag of 10L & that too in CKD form. Too good to be true. Or is it some mistake by an auto journo?

If Skoda India manage to price it at 10L, then it would really be VFM from Skoda.
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Hehehe, let the Sam jokes begin!
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Plus, we are very happy with our Yeti, looking at the way Skoda A** is, I would not be keen on buying it any longer.

PS: I always wanted to buy the Yeti, the Skoda Yeti!
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These auto jurno's keep comming with nonsense again and again.
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From my perspective, Yeti is a compact SUV. It is far smaller in dimensions when compared to the likes of CRV, Outlander etc.

Check the Skoda website for more details at Skoda Concepts Cars - Yeti - home
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isnt the yeti already alive?
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Does anyone knows if it comes with only 3 door version as seen in the sample photograph?
If it is a 5 door small SUV, it is worth even if it is priced at 13-14 lakhs.
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Probably the same interview printed in "Pune Mirror" with some additional information.
It also mentions about Skoda launching a car in the 3.5 - 5L bracket below the Fabia in 2011. So we can a India specific car or Skoda going the Renault way developing a cheap car... or is this VW effect of moving Skoda down to it's rightful place a notch below VW cars Since VW is expected to launch the Polo and Polo sedan...
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Does anyone knows if it comes with only 3 door version as seen in the sample photograph?
If it is a 5 door small SUV, it is worth even if it is priced at 13-14 lakhs.
Check out the website link that I have given in my previous post. Yeti is a 5 door vehicle but the design makes it look like 3 door.

Also, from the pictures of the concept, it looks like it would seat only 4 passengers. Don't know if the production version changes or remains the same.
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Good to have Compact SUV in Indian Market. This will reduce the fuel guzzling but same time will give you a SUV like driving.

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No way it would be prices at 10 Lakh... How can one expect a manufacturer selling a Hatch @ 6-7Lakh will offer a so called SUV for 10 Lakh.
This Compact SUV kind of vehicle is much better than any Hatch In India. Comparing Hatch with the Compact SUV is not idle. But again this is an Indian Customer mentality that if we are paying 6-7L then we need to have Boot.
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I like the way they have integrated the bumpers into the body lines and kept them without color in most areas suceptible to scratches.

If launched at this price, it will kill every SUV within the +/- 2/3 lakhs range
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Looks like a overgrown Fusion to me.
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