|Quote, originally posted by piokor06 »|
|Awesome news, this car would make a great production car. I'm assuming it's based on the Fabia and it's gonna go against the Kangoo/Partner/Doblo/Caddy with it's van like appearance with it's sliding doors.|
Sorry, bad news for you, Piokor06. I agree, this would make a great production car but it won't happen. At least not in the way I would like. Latest news is that Skoda is going to base the upcoming MPV on the next Fabia-platform (which is good news) and it's going to be competing with the Opel Meriva-sized MPV's not the van-like examples you offered.
But, the sliding doors will not stay, instead it will have a normal 5 door design. The sliding backseat also won't make it to production, instead Skoda has opted for a backseat that folds forward and is removable. So, no flat floor folding system that most other competitors are having/developing and most certainly not the sliding rear back seat from the concept car (which I loved). What we will get though is a ceiling-mounted storage system much like the ones in your examples above. That's both daring and innovative, wouldn't you say?
So what do we have to look forward to? A run of the mill, average MPV lacking all of the features that made the Roomster concept stand out a little. The design, you ask? Apparently "influenced" by the Roomster and the Yeti concept. A mix of these two would be less exciting or "sharp" than the Roomster's design on it's own, but it would still be distinctive in today's unobtrusive car market. Oh wait, I forgot, Skoda is owned by VAG, the car must not have any personality.
Do I sound bitter? I am! I really thought VAG would start producing personal products with the change of chairman instead of just over-prized ones. Colour me stupid.
P.S. I really sound like my avatar tonight, don't I? D.S.