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 technical requirements arising from the platform then in use, and our task was to draw a modern yet relatively conservative small car,” says Václav Capouch, Exterior Design Coordinator at that time.
Three variants were created in parallel in the end, and the final design of the first Fabia came out of in-house competition.
The successor product was launched in 2007: “I see the second generation of the Fabia as an imaginary bridge in terms of the brand´s design language of that time. Compared to today’s Skoda vehicles, the models preceding this generation are much rounder, softer, less crystalline and less sharp-cut. However, the second generation features sharper lines while keeping that rounded-surface architecture in place, “comments Jiří Hadaščok, currently Exterior Design Coordinator at Skoda Auto.
Featuring clean and clearly defined surfaces combined with cubist shapes, the Skoda Fabia III was launched in 2014. One of the design elements that the Fabia received for its third-generation era is what designers called Wing Line, i.e. the sharp-lined side recess below the tornado line characteristic of today’s Skoda vehicles.
“This element helps to visually reduce the height of the car while making an impression that the car is actually wider,” says Petr Matušinec, Exterior Design Coordinator at Skoda Auto, describing the significance of this detail.