Skoda CEO Winfried Vahland stated that the reason behind this decision is a lack of market penetration by the Fabia vRS. “With the Octavia vRS we made around an eight percent penetration into the market. With the Fabia vRS, it was less than one percent.” Essentially people wanted the looks of the vRS with the practicality of a normal hatch. This was where the Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo was introduced and it saw production numbers of twenty thousand units when Skoda had estimated the demand to be a little over than three thousand units.
The hot hatch market includes big players like the Fiat Punto Abarth, Suzuki Swift Sport and the Ford Fiesta Ecoboost. The Fabia vRS despite being a major player in the segment could not bring in the numbers in its sales the way it did on the spec sheet. Skoda has no plans for a replacement, but plans to introduce a larger SUV to its range. Currently, Skoda only offers the Yeti in the SUV segment, but at a length of 422cms it isn’t a lot larger than a hatchback although it has surprising off-roading abilities. Sadly Skoda must bid adieu to the Fabia Vrs, but existing drivers will continue to reap the benefits of owning a brilliant performance hatchback.
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