Škoda Fabia III
Economical and safe
Number of cars produced: 1,104,015 (till 31 MARCH 2021)
Maximum power: 44‑70 kW
Maximum speed: 159‑186 km/h
The model’s third generation already featured elements of the brand’s current crystalline design language. The car’s sporty, elegant look was supported in its rejuvenated version through the use of LED headlights. However, the new car’s arrival also emphasised its significantly more environmentally friendly operation. Thanks to its weight loss and new engines, its consumption and emissions decreased by up to 17 percent. Its unexpectedly comfortable chassis and extensive safety and comfort equipment permitted one’s driving experience corresponding to higher‑class cars. The car designers also took growing passenger safety demands into account. In addition to the robust design and six airbags, the Front Assist system helped to further improve the car’s safety. It warned of the danger of a collision and was able to prevent it or minimise any consequences resulting from a collision.
The carmaker presents its FABIA III and FABIA COMBI III models in Paris.
The homologation process of the FABIA R5 special is successfully completed.
The FABIA III defends its year‑old victory in the Best Small Car category of the prestigious “What Car?” magazine competition.
The modernised FABIA III is unveiled in Geneva.
The racing specials derived from the FABIA model are among the most successful cars in the brand’s 120‑year motorsport history. The path leading to the podium started with the FABIA WRC, produced between 2003 and 2007, with which legendary Colin McRae completed two World Championships. It was famously followed by the FABIA Super 2000, which debuted in Monte Carlo in January 2009 and immediately began raking in the laurels. Two years later, it even secured the crew of Juho Hänninen/Mikko Markulla the historic title of World Rally Champions in the S-WRC class. Through the ŠKODA Motorsport Customer Program, private teams purchased 63 special cars over the course of seven years, all of which were based on the second generation of the model series. The FABIA Rally2, homologated in 2015, even surpassed its predecessor. The carmaker’s team won several Czech and world rally titles with it, and the customer teams won dozens of national and regional championships. To date, the ŠKODA Motorsport team has delivered more than 400 rally bestsellers to its customers.
In the name of connectivity
The new FABIA enabled the passengers to connect their smartphones through the MirrorLink SmartGate functions to the car’s infotainment, controlled via its 6.5‑inch display. Customers gradually began using the wide range of ŠKODA Connect online services.
The ŠKODA FABIA was the first car with which I got to meet life’s challenges at the age of 18. I remember the moment I got inside the first generation with its 1.9 SDI engine, which my parents lent me. The FABIA accompanied me on the most important moments of my life (e.g. high school graduation), drove me to my dormitories when I studied at the university in Liberec and still serves me today. I’ve only replaced the older model with a newer one. To drive to my first job, I’m currently using the new FABIA 1.0 TSI model of the third generation in the Monte Carlo version with its beautiful grey Steel colour. I already look forward to the new generation, especially with the 1.5 TSI engine!
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