Skoda Yeti Production Commences
Skoda's new Yeti will be released|
in Australia in early 2010.
18th May, 2009
The first Skoda Yeti rolled off the assembly line at Skoda’s Kvasiny,
Czech Republic plant on Tuesday 12th May, 2009. With the start of series production, Skoda has officially introduced
its fifth model line and entered the crossover segment. The very first Yeti spotted leaving the production hall was
an Aqua Blue, four-wheel drive model, fitted with a 1.8 TSI engine.
Skoda has designed Yeti as it does all its models – for the way people use cars. Clever solutions include the
flexible and practical VarioFlex rear seat system, which also makes it easy to increase Yeti’s carrying capacity to
as much as 1,760 litres.
Earlier, Skoda performed a number of final pre-production tests. One of the last test stages took place in the
area around Oslo, Norway, which offered a variety of road surfaces similar to those seen in all European countries
and most of the key regions outside Europe.
The test team used the diversity of roads and weather conditions to check some of the key systems, such as the
driving stability system, ventilation and air conditioning system performance. The tests provided valuable
information about the interaction between the respective control units, the chassis parameters and acoustic comfort,
as well as the characteristics of the off-road systems.
The vehicles tested in Oslo were a 1.8 TSI petrol and a 2.0 TDI diesel, both 4x4 models. The drivers tested the
vehicles' behaviour on forest roads, as well as on an extreme downhill course using the downhill assistant, a new
function enabling the driver to go down extremely steep hills in complete control.
Thanks to its higher ground clearance (180 mm) and fourth-generation Haldex clutch system, the Yeti offers
exceptionally good on-road as well as off-road driveability. Add in low fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions and
Yeti gives today’s drivers exactly what they require: economical running costs, outstanding flexibility, great
practicality, and less impact on the environment – the hallmarks of a crossover vehicle.
The Skoda Yeti is a modern, smart crossover vehicle with a fresh attitude and compact dimensions: wheelbase:
2,578 mm; length: 4,233 mm; width: 1,793 mm; height: 1,691 mm.
Combining 4x4 strengths with hatchback practicality, Yeti is scheduled to go on sale in Australia in early