Škoda Fabia I
Small great car
Number of cars produced: 1,788,063
Maximum power: 37‑96 kW
Maximum speed: 147‑204 km/h
The FABIA I is revealed to the public at the Frankfurt motor show.
The practical FABIA COMBI I impresses at the car exhibition in Paris.
The model’s sedan body premieres in Geneva.
The FABIA I receives its new 1.2 HTP engine developed in Česana.
ŠKODA celebrates its success with the FABIA WRC racing special at the Geneva Motor Show.
The brand’s second model line, developed in its entirety after the carmaker had merged with the VW Group, was built on the FAVORIT and FELICIA models and was the first car in the Group to use the then‑most modern A04 Group platform. The small city and family car for the 21st century boasted an exceptionally high‑quality galvanised body. With its wide range of petrol and diesel engines, driving characteristics, quality of materials and first‑class workmanship, the FABIA immediately shot to the top of its class. Its production accelerated and improved thanks to the comprehensive modular production, during which the parts were assembled outside the body of the car.
Appreciated by the experts
The first-generation FABIA captivated the experts and even made it to the finals of the European Car of the Year 2000.
bestseller under the hood
The most popular first-generation engine was the 1.2 HTP 12V engine powered by 47 kW, which was included in 19 percent of the cars produced.
Supporting a brewery
In 2003, Plzeňský Prazdroj’s vehicle fleet included 77 FABIA COMBI cars, which were used by the sales representatives.
Did you know that…
… 6,927 cars of the first-generation FABIA sedan version model were produced in Vrchlabí? In Poznań, Poland, 44,488 hatchbacks were produced, and in 2002, assembly began in Solomonov, Ukraine, as well.
Shortly before noon on 3 July 2013, Peter Kirchhoff stopped in front of the ŠKODA Museum with his FABIA 1.9 TDI / 74 kW produced in 2000. His odometer read an incredible 999,999 km.
The first-generation FABIA boasted not only brand-new technology but also design. It was created by the team of two dozen designers under the baton of their chief designer, Dirk van Braeckel. “We were given the basic dimensions and technical requirements resulting from the platform, and our task was to draw a modern but still relatively conservative small car”, recalls Václav Capouch, who had the position of the team’s exterior design coordinator at the time. In the end, three design variants were created in parallel. In addition to the one by Václav Capouch, there were also the versions produced by Belgian Luc Donckerwolk and Brazilian Raul Pires, whose design was eventually developed into the final form.
The first-generation FABIA RS drives great, and I am extremely happy with it. I appreciate its low consumption, decent acceleration, great body rigidity and quality workmanship. Even with greater mileage, the car is reliable and doesn’t burn oil.
EBK/6 – ergoconcept of car and hmi
Our FABIA 1.4 MPI has 2001 as the year of birth on its birth certificate. In 2011, I bought it from one of my colleagues, Václav Kolář, for my wife to drive as the second car in our family. The car stayed away from accidents, and everything is original, including its pleasant Elegance trim and electric sunroof. So I realised that it would turn into a nice “youngtimer” in a few years. Its mileage is 124,000 km, and when I was at the state inspection facility last year, its local employee offered me CZK 15,000 more than I had originally paid Václav.
PSW-F – casting Tooling Production – Machinery I.
FABIA headed to Italy. Starting in 2012, it served a young owner from Šenov near Ostrava for seven years before it came to me. When I started working at ŠKODA AUTO at the beginning of March 2020 and moved, the FABIA returned to its birthplace after 15 years. Even after 16 years, it still handles all of its functions – moving, being a highway “rocket” during my regular drives between Mladá Boleslav and Ostrava, and on fun rides in the region – with grace.
EB/1 – Innovation
We finished two seasons of the Czech Rally Championship as the frontrunners with my first-generation FABIA COMBI 1.2 HTP 12V 47 kW. The FABIA completed more than 214,000 km without any issues. For the time being, regularly maintaining it and occasionally replacing the ignition coils was enough.
PFK-K – Kvasiny Welding Shop
Summer 2002: A year went by, and my family went to Croatia. Our car was filled with food, clothing and beach equipment up to the ceiling, as always. There was also a potty that was used at every stop.
PLC – CKD Centre
I drove the first few hundred kilometres with it at the driving school. After I got my driver's licence, I often borrowed it from my father and, eventually, bought a similar one. The first-generation FABIA is an emotional car that stole my heart with its reliability and unprecedented practicality. My green beauty has driven almost 350,000 km, but for its 1.9 SDI engine, these are still its teenage years.
GX/F – PL Frontends Connectivity Development
Years ago, I owned my FABIA model for four and a half years, and I have fond memories of it. It was a station wagon with Elegance trim and a 1.9 SDI engine. We travelled across a large part of Europe with this car. The most interesting part was definitely our trip to Spain: We drove almost 7,000 kilometres in 10 days. Even on such a tough journey, my FABIA proved itself and showed its main benefits – easy and pleasant driving, large boot and low fuel consumption. It was a well-built car, one of the best, if not the best of its time and in its class.
VMP-4 – SUV Product Marketing