The new Skoda Fabia builds on the three previous generations, each of which is, in a way, an imprint of its time. Launched in 1999, the very first Fabia was a tabula rasa product. “We were given the key dimensions and a list of the technical requirements arising from the platform then being used, and our task was to design a modern but relatively conservative small car,” explains Václav Capouch, exterior design coordinator at the time. .
Three variants were created in parallel at the end, and the final design of the first Fabia came out of an internal competition.
The successor product was launched in 2007: “I see the second generation of Fabia as an imaginary bridge in terms of the brand’s design language at the time. Compared to current Skoda vehicles, models that precede this generation are much rounder, smoother, less crystalline and less sharp. However, the second generation features sharper lines while keeping this rounded surface architecture in place, ”comments Jiří Hadaščok, currently exterior design coordinator at Skoda Auto.
Showcasing clean, clearly defined surfaces combined with cubist shapes, the Skoda Fabia III was launched in 2014. One of the design cues the Fabia received for its third generation is what the designers called Wing Line, at know the side recess at the pointed lines below. the characteristic tornado line of today’s Skoda vehicles.
“This element helps to visually reduce the height of the car while giving the impression that the car is actually wider,” says Petr Matušinec, exterior design coordinator at Skoda Auto, describing the importance of this detail.