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Old 7th September 2011, 12:25   #256
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I guess they will differentiate by offering an AT in the Diesel which is currently not available in the Vento. Makes sense to have 2 cars in the same segment, as customers lost to other brands could remain with the VW group.
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Old 7th September 2011, 18:27   #257
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But the only issue is the news about the diesel tranny sounded more like a wishful thinking and a mere speculation. Atleast to start with, it is only going to come with the same 1.6 petrol and diesel powerplants from the Vento stable.

If skoda does bring in the auto tranny, then it is a big differentiating factor from vento and it will address the lack of choice for the buyer looking for a AT diesel sedan below 10 lakhs.
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You never know. If the Lauretta comes with the Diesel AT option, then VW maybe offer the same AT option for the Vento as well. IMO, Why would they miss out on this opportunity?

The marketing gimmicks these Auto cars companies will undertake, is unimaginable!
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Lauretta disguised as a VW caught by Sirish Chandran. Image from his twitter page.

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I believe the rear lights will be similar to the laura's.There are two patches beneath the vento rear lights and that clearly means the skoda lights will be much larger.It would be much more good looking than the vento for sure.
Hope the interiors have some sprucing up == lots of chrome
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Guys- please don't bash me for this, but it's possible Skoda are seriously reconsidering the "Lauretta" monicker. Sources say the online bashing of the name has stung the company hard and they may well revert (YES I used "revert" correctly!) to the original choice.

What about IPR issues, you ask? Well- apparently they may risk it since the Rapide isn't launched in India.

Skoda Rapid it is then! Great decision by the company and definitely one that will impact sales positively IMHO!

Edit: offtopic perhaps but if true this just goes to show the power of opinion in the internet age. T-BHP and others shoul take a bow! Perhaps NOW Indian auto companies will start taking their online presence a bit more seriously.

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Oh come on Noop (and Skoda)! Make up your mind will you? Rapid > Lauretta > Rapid. For all we know they might just come up with a new name all together. Call it "Octavietta" (replacement of Octavia).

Good news is, the ridiculous name is being re-considered. Another good news is, the test car snaps have started leaking on the net. If these pictures are anything to go by, the car looks swell indeed.

Now, launch it with the AT Diesel and see the sales chart on fire!
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@noop! Monickers aren't ready! So does it mean production is yet to start?? Is Skoda considering Felicia by any chance!

OT: if Team-BHP has a voice in Skoda, then why is @harishv still going through what he is going through!
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@2cents: Production is in full swing dude! This car should be launched just before Diwali.

I think Rapid is a much nicer name than Felicia. Also Fabia and Felicia sound like the Bobbsey twins.

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Me thinks they should also change the Fabesque grill to the old Octavia grill or the Mission L car grill...and if they can make that nose a little less Bulbous . I hate Bulbous nose cars ! Come on Skoda
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Sensible decision to revert back the name, if it happens. And on close look at the rear picture posted above, I feel it looks more like the laura compared to the vento, which IMO is actually pretty good. They have masked it pretty well to hide the details, but then the crease do show up beneath the camoflauge!

I hope skoda offers this with more wide range of colour choices compared to its VW cousin.
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They should make the front end better! Agree with rxpaul. Pls skoda!
Good rear design! I hope they write the name of the car 'Rapid' in the centre of the boot, like they have done in the superb. Also is there a unveiling of this car at the frankfurt motor show? Any Idea?
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Hilarious!

Personally, "Rapid" is a much nicer and purposeful name. "Lauretta" is random, to be honest. Why try so hard to sound similar to Laura when that itself is not the smartest name that the company has come up with till date!
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The Skoda sedan for India, to be based on VW Vento will NOT be called Lauretta, says Sorabjee, Autocar India editor. Here is his tweet:Skoda to launch Lauretta on Oct 7th in India. Only it may not be the Lauretta. Skoda India wants to change name AGAIN!

It was Rapid, then Lauretta and now? Rapidetta?
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^^ Good to know T-BHP is a few days ahead of Mr. Sorabjee...again
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