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Series production of the Skoda Rapid begins

26th August 2012 Print
Skoda Rapid

Skoda has launched the production of the new Skoda Rapid in Mladá Boleslav. At the end of September, the Skoda Rapid will celebrate its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show. The newest model series is of central importance for Skoda’s growth strategy and will be introduced in European markets in October this year.
“The launch of the series production of the Skoda Rapid is a special moment for us,” emphasised Skoda’s chairman of the board, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “Today, we give the green light for the series production of the new class of Skoda. The car sets new standards in the compact class and is an important pillar of our growth strategy. The entire Skoda team has worked with great commitment toward this day – starting today, the new Rapid will roll off the assembly line. This car will appeal highly to our customers and strengthen the position of Skoda in international markets even further,” said Dr. Vahland.
The Skoda Rapid is the third model to be built at Mladá Boleslav as well as the Fabia and Octavia. At the current time, Skoda is modernising and expanding essential production areas in its main plant for the production of the Rapid and the next generation Octavia. The production capacity of assembly line one in Mladá Boleslav will be increased from 800 to 1,200 vehicles per day in the future. “This expansion, while production continues simultaneously on both lines, is a logistical and engineering masterstroke of our production, planning and logistical teams,” said Michael Oeljeklaus, the Skoda board member for production and logistics. “We will successfully realise a fundamental expansion of capacities in our main plant with this.”
In order to launch the production of the Skoda Rapid, various measures will be implemented in 17 production halls in Mladá Boleslav with a total of 173 individual projects to be realised. These involve more than 141 planners and 2,000 employees from external companies. The original assembly line will receive new facilities for the assembly of the Skoda Rapid, for example, for the mounting of modules such as the cockpit, front end and chassis, as well as for filling the vehicles with oils, fuels and coolants; they also include new testing facilities, conveying systems and as handling technologies. After the expansion of the production halls, the assembly line has grown by almost one third.
Skoda will continue its construction measures and the expansion of the logistical capacities in Mladá Boleslav, due to the upcoming production launch of the new Skoda Octavia during the coming months. In the first half year of 2012, the brand manufactured approximately 530,000 vehicles worldwide.
The Skoda Rapid has a lot of space, an expressive design, an excellent price/performance ratio, comprehensive safety equipment and economic engines. The Rapid sits between the Fabia and the Octavia in the brand's seven-car range.  It is part of the high-volume compact car segment, which represents about 36 per cent of the global automobile market. Within this segment – called the ‘A-segment’ – 42 per cent are hatch. According to industry experts, the number of sold vehicles of this type will increase approximately 50 percent until the year 2020.
Beginning in October 2012, the Skoda Rapid will successively make its debut in European markets. In 2013, this will be followed by a special version for customers in China, which is to be to be produced locally.  Also, the production of the Rapid for the Russian market at the Volkswagen plant in Kaluga is planned for the beginning of 2014. With the Skoda Rapid, the Czech manufacturer wants to primarily attract families who are looking for a spacious main car at an affordable price with the usual Skoda quality.
With its compact dimensions (a length of 4.48 meters, a width of 1.7 meters), the Skoda Rapid has an outstanding amount of space and room for five passengers and their luggage. Headroom, legroom as well as the boot volume represents the benchmark in this vehicle segment. They are complemented by numerous Simply Clever solutions, an outstanding price/value relation and comprehensive safety equipment. The choice of engines comprises five petrol and two diesel options.
The Skoda Rapid expresses the newly developed design language of the manufacturer: Perfect proportions, fresh and cleanly modeled surfaces and sharply drawn lines leading to an attractive, elegant overall appearance. The front end shows the innovative interpretation of the brand-typical design features: The new Skoda logo appears confidently on the harmoniously rounded front end of the bonnet. Pure emotions are also conveyed by the lateral shape of the car body. They are evoked by the long wheelbase and a coupe-like silhouette, plus a precise and sharp tornado line that creates a clear separation between light and shadow. Among the important characteristics of the Rapid are the large tailgate, allowing for optimal loading of the 550 litre boot. When the rear bench is folded down, the boot volume increases to up to 1,490 litres, a record in its class. The rear lights, with their brand-typical C-form and the new brand logo, guarantee the distinctiveness of the Skoda Rapid.

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