With the Skoda Fabia series, Skoda Auto has established a strong foundation for its five-car portfolio. The supermini's family roots are evident throughout. From the bold, elegant lines of its look look-and-feel down to its smallest part, the Fabia exemplifies Skoda's attention to detail via easy, clever solutions and innovation. And now, in spring 2010, the Skoda Fabia has been completely updated with a new face and an even greater emphasis on energy efficiency and convenience. The breadth of its technical innovations goes far beyond a mere facelift.
The Skoda Fabia Combi and Skoda Roomster also receive the bold new exterior inside and out as well as numerous technical changes under the skin. But while the looks might have changed, the characteristics of this multi-talented pair have not have not. With luggage capacity of 505 litres with its back seatings in place and 1485 litres with them flat, the Skoda Fabia Combi continues to offer the sort of boot room that exceeds what is normally provided in this class. Meanwhile the Skoda Roomster, with its extremely versatile Varioflex back bench system, continues to fulfil the requirements of families and active people alike. Its boot volume can be extended from a minimum of 480 litres to 1810 litres, making the Skoda Roomster a load-carrying champion.
The new Skoda Fabia RS also celebrates its premiere at the 2010 Geneva Motorshow and, for the first time, the sportiest Skoda Fabia is available as an estate. Its mix of a high performance 132 Kw (180 bhp) motor and low fuel consumption of just 6. 4 itres/100 km mark it out as a class leader.
With these variants of the Skoda Fabia series, Skoda Auto provides a model range in the small-car segment to meet almost each buyer need.
Honda's continuing commitment to petrol-electric hybrid technology. The release of the latest addition to the practical Honda Jazz line-up marks the first time a parallel hybrid car has been available to B-segment buyers. Importantly the Honda Jazz Hybrid will not lose any of its practicality, with the compact nature of the Honda IMA system enabling the B-segment vehicle to retain its ultra-flexible Magic Seats and 300 litres of boot room.
The IMA battery pack and performance control unit have been integrated in the space under the boot floor, retaining the normal boot space and enabling the Magic Seats to fold in the same manner as non-hybrid versions. This means that the seatings still fold completely flat to offer a surprising 831 litre of room or the bench bases can be folded up to sit vertically, so as to accommodate tall items within the vehicle.
The IMA hybrid system is shared with the Insight and CR-Z hybrids, taking advantage of the proven reliability of this hight-priority technology. With almost two decades of development and 10 years of sales behind it, the Honda IMA system has proven itself to be a customizable and dependable system, with over half a million cars on the road benefitting from its mix of low emissions and fuel efficiency.
The new model features the same IMA system as in the Insight hybrid, using the same 1. 3 litre I-vtec motor as its dedicated hybrid model sibling. The IMA system is combined with a CVT gearbox in the Honda Jazz and with emissions of just 104 g/km of CO2 it has the lowest CO2 output of any automatic vehicle in the B-segment. As a petrol-electric hybrid, the new derivative has ultra-low levels of other exhaust emissions, not just taxable components.