Paris show: Skoda previews new hot hatch concept


Sporty replacement for Skoda Rapid set to debut in concept form at Paris show

SKODA has provided its first glimpse of a future small performance car that is likely to replace the Rapid as the company’s Toyota Corolla fighter.
The Czech car-maker has revealed a pair of sketches of its Vision RS concept ahead of its reveal at this year’s Paris motor show, and while Skoda is yet to confirm solid details, it said the concept will show the “next design phase for its sporting RS model range”, as well as providing a peak at its next C-segment hatchback.
The Rapid landed in Australia in May 2014 after going on sale in parts of Europe in late-2012, but it is a low-volume model for the VW Group brand’s local arm.
However, Australian Skoda executives have previously stated their desire for a more competitive offering, with the second-generation model to more effectively take the fight to the big guns in the small-car segment, such as the Toyota Corolla, Mazda3, Hyundai i30 and even its VW Golf cousin.

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