Škoda Fabia at AIMS 2011


The ŠKODA Fabia has been very successful for ŠKODA globally and it has now arrived on Australian shores. Displayed at the AIMS 2011 the ŠKODA Fabia has low running costs, advanced powertrain technology and ŠKODA’s legendary value for money.

The Fabia has a smooth and sophisticated look. The front end is dominated by a bold grille, headlights and bumper arrangement which create strong horizontal forms across the nose, giving the Fabia a low, masculine stance. Trademark features of the Fabia are the distinctive wraparound windscreen and gloss black A-pillars.An added feature on the Fabia is the option of choosing a contrasting roof colour to further personalise the car.

Inside, the new Fabia’s entertainment system, steering wheel and materials provide an enjoyable driving environment. Chrome-trimmed air vent inserts, gearlever frame and handbrake button enhance the quality feel, as do high quality seat trim materials and air conditioning controls. Three-spoke leather steering wheel with radio and phone controls, multi-function trip computer, cruise control and Bluetooth® phone connectivity as standard further adds to the high comfort and convenience levels.

In terms of driver comfort, the new Fabia offers the driver a high driving position. This not only allows greater visibililty of the road ahead, it also makes access easier and more comfortable. All models feature height adjustment on the driver’s seat, along with height and reach adjustment on the steering wheel.

Practicality remains the core strength in the Fabia. All Fabia models boast large cabins and practical boot areas, and for the Fabia hatchback in particular, a generous 315 litres of boot space.


The Fabia balances the need of its passengers with the demands of its driver. In terms of road handling and comfort, the Fabia features MacPherson struts at the front, mounted to a three-part subframe. This assembly is attached to the bodywork with anti-vibration mounts that help to keep noise and vibration to a minimum.

The safety of passengers was one of the most crucial aspects in the development of the Fabia. The high safety level has been achieved by using the latest design methods, progressive technological solutions and state-ofthe- art vehicle construction techniques. Pedestrian safety was also a major target in the development and the bonnet and front bumper are designed in such a way that they deform on impact and absorb energy.

The Fabia will be available with a range of engines which are all designed and engineered to offer more performance, lower emissions and improved fuel consumption. Through the use of innovative technology, including turbocharging, supercharging and direct injection, ŠKODA’s engineers have been able to reduce engine capacities without harming performance.

At the Australian International Motor Show, ŠKODA is showcasing three models from of its acclaimed Fabia range – the Fabia 77TSI Hatchback, the Fabia Monte Carlo 77TSI and the Fabia RS 132TSI. Further models such as the Fabia Wagon, Roomster and other engines variants will be available in 2012.


Fabia 77TSI Hatchback

The internationally popular Fabia 77TSI Hatchback with a 1.2-litre TSI engine producing 77kW is amongst the Fabia models featured for the first time in Australia. The 1.2-litre TSI engine uses direct injection and turbocharging to deliver a smooth and economical driving experience which also delivers a low combined fuel consumption of 5.5L/100km. The Fabia 77TSI is fitted as standard with a five-speed fully synchronised manual transmission and comes standard with six airbags and ESC (Electronic Stability Control) including ABS, ASR, EBD and Brake Assist. DSG transmission will be available from 2012.

SKODA Fabia Monte Carlo AIMS 2011

Fabia Monte Carlo 77TSI

The most stylish Fabia at the Australian International Motor Show is the Fabia Monte Carlo.This model is enhanced by sporty styling and a bespoke interior. Launched to celebrate 100 years of the legendary Monte Carlo Rally, and to commemorate the 110-year anniversary of ŠKODA’s motorsport involvement, this special edition model is a nod towards the brand’s sporting pedigree.

From the outside, the Fabia Monte Carlo boasts a dynamic look, underlined by the introduction of piano-black body trim, which extends over the wheelarches and down the full length of the car, a black roof, black wing mirror covers, a black radiator grille, smoked headlights and black 16” lightweight alloy wheels.

SKODA Fabia Monte Carlo AIMS 2011

Inside the Fabia Monte Carlo, customers can choose between all black or, red and black sports seats which boast additional side support. Both versions come with black roof lining, a perforated leather steering wheel with red stitching, and leather handbrake and gearstick gaiter with red stitching (with the red-black interior option). To complete the enhanced sporty appeal silver kick plates and steel pedals are fitted as standard.

The Fabia Monte Carlo will be launched in conjunction with the Fabia 77TSI Hatchback later this year.

ŠKODA Fabia RS  AIMS 2011

Fabia RS 132TSI

With bold details and a sporty stance, the Fabia RS 132TSI stands out as the high performer in the Fabia range. This model encompasses all that the Fabia stands for, but with more power and the looks to match. Externally, the RS is distinguished by a rear spoiler, front spoiler with integrated LED daytime running lights, 17” alloys and trademark RS red brake callipers. Twin exhausts and tinted windows further enhance the sporty feel, while the availability of a contrasting roof colour (white or black) along with white, silver, dark chrome and black alloy wheel finishes, allow customers to personalise the look of their car like never before.

Inside, the Fabia RS features height-adjustable sports seats along with a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel. The latter is fitted with paddles for manual control of the seven-speed DSG gearbox. At the heart of the Fabia RS is a remarkable 1.4-litre TSI 132kW twincharged engine and is by far the most powerful engine ever offered in a production Fabia. Maximum torque of 175Nm is delivered between 1,550 and 4,100rpm and the Fabia RS sprints from 0-100km/h in 7.3 seconds.

The Fabia RS 132TSI will be launched in combination with other Fabia models in 2012.

Škoda Fabia RS 2000 Concept Car


Fabia 77TSI Hatchback $18,990*
Fabia Monte Carlo 77TSI $21,990*
Fabia RS 132TSI Pricing not available until launch in 2012

* Prices quoted are Manufacturer List Prices excluding dealer delivery charges, which may vary from dealer to dealer and statutory charges, which vary from state to state.

About Rob Fraser 1979 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.