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After
its resounding victory in our 2006 Survey, Skoda’s got quite a reputation to
maintain. And the Czech manufacturer is staking a good chunk of that reputation
on this: the new Fabia.

Slightly
bigger than the outgoing model, the new Fabia is sticking resolutely with the
tried-and-tested three-door guise.

It’ll
be available with a choice of seven engines - four petrols and three diesels.
We expect that the entry-level 1.2-litre might still struggle on power, but a
new 1.6-litre 16v petrol option with 105bhp sounds much more promising, as does
the familiar 1.9 turbo diesel.

It’s
possible that these top-of-the-range engines will be available with the option
of a six-speed Tiptronic transmission.

There’s
good news for hot hatch enthusiasts too, as rumour has it that the new vRS will
get a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 170bhp, rather than the
gruff diesel of the outgoing model.

Obviously
demonstrating the Fabia’s versatility, Skoda also wheeled out a
hardcore-looking Fabia S2000 rally car and Mini-inspired white-roofed special
 edition.

We’re
especially enamoured with the rally version, even if it does look like that
roof - replete with air intake and spoiler - has been stuck on as a hasty
 afterthought.

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