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Start of ŠKODA RAPID facelift production in Kaluga

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29.06.2017

Moscow, 29 June 2017 - ŠKODA AUTO Russia announces the start of ŠKODA RAPID facelift production at the VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus plant in Kaluga. The model has always been a success in Russia due to its stylish design, utility and reasonable pricing. RAPID will please future owners with the new design and lighting, equipment level, modern infotainment systems and bright colors. The CKD production of ŠKODA RAPID is localized at the Kaluga plant from February 2014.

Start of ŠKODA RAPID facelift production in Kaluga


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«The ŠKODA RAPID is an important model for the brand in Russia,» said Jan Prochazka, Head of ŠKODA AUTO Russia. «Since the launch of this car in 2014, it has always been a success with customers, and now, three years later, we are pleased to present RAPID facelift, which has become even more functional and stylish. The fact that we produce this model locally allows us to strengthen the brand’s presence in Russia.»

The ŠKODA RAPID facelift will be produced at the facilities of the VOLKSWAGEN Group Rus plant in Kaluga. The full cycle production (CKD) supposes that the plant receives the components of the future model, which go through the process of welding, double priming, painting, anti-corrosion treatment with hot wax and Volkswagen’s special mixture. The final assembly of the model involves the installation of an engine, gearbox, glasses, seats and a number of other operations. Since 2015 1.6 MPI engine is assembled in Russia at the Volkswagen Group Rus motor plant in Kaluga. It is offered for all of ŠKODA models produced in Russia, including the ŠKODA RAPID facelift. Two shifts of the plant will produce about 110 RAPID facelift per day.

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The most significant exterior changes of RAPID facelift occurred in the front section. Main headlights are available as bi-xenon lights and daytime running lights with LED technology. A new fog lights and bumper design also distinguish the front section of ŠKODA RAPID that appear even wider than before. Coupé-style silhouette and the tinted tail lights, in the brand’s typical ‘C’ shape, gives the ŠKODA RAPID’s an even sportier look. Several new designs for the wheels and wheel trims are the final accent to the new look of the RAPID.

From the Entry trim level upwards, owners of the RAPID will have central locking and two folding keys with remote control, indicators in side mirrors, door handles and side mirrors painted in body color.

The list of options available now includes: front parking sensors, Light Assist, two USB ports in the rear, LED tail lights, interior lighting and new audio systems.

Updated infotainment system Swing with the new display 6.5″, along with the navigation system Amundsen, is able to use Smartlink opportunities. Both systems are designed to provide maximum comfort for the driver and passengers.

The model is very popular due to the combination of compact exterior dimensions (length 4483 mm, width 1706 mm, height 1474 mm) and maximum interior space. With a boot volume of 530 l, the RAPID has enough luggage capacity for all the family and allows easy loading thanks to the large tailgate.

Start of ŠKODA RAPID facelift production in Kaluga


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The ŠKODA RAPID range of body colours has some bright colors, which makes it especially interesting for younger buyers. Customers can choose from a number of colours: Copper Orange, Tornado Red, Rallye Green, Savannah Yellow and also new ones — Toffee Brown, Titanium Beige and Reef Blue.

Three petrol engines, ranging from 90 PS to 125 PS, are available for the ŠKODA RAPID in Russia. The basic version is a gasoline four-cylinder atmospheric engine 1.6 MPI (90 PS) with a 5-speed manual transmission. A more powerful option is the 1.6 MPI (110 PS) with a 5-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The top in the line is the turbocharged 1.4 TSI engine (125 PS) coupled with the DSG-7 transmission.

The RAPID has an excellent price/quality ratio: the basic price for the car is 604 000 rubles. The model can be ordered starting May 4, 2017. The market launch is planned for July 2017.



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