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Car of the Week photo: Skoda Scala sets a new face. Veiled women climb the Alps

A slightly camouflaged Skoda Scala prototype face during testing
| Photo: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien

The look of improved forms is usually ready at the moment of submission. However, subsequent testing and new homogenization (often including a crash test) are performed at a later time. In the case of the Scala, the light camouflage indicates that the changes will be only minor in the bumper areas.

Inside, the additional load on the rear seats is clearly visible, simulating the full load of the car during testing. The car is equipped with a special measuring technology, the sensors clearly show which ones are on the wheel rims.

Skoda introduced the Scala in 2019 as the successor to the Rapide. The car is based on the MQB A0 platform designed for the smaller models of the Volkswagen Group.

The five-door hatchback was later supplemented by the Kamiq crossover, which now significantly outperforms the Scala in terms of sales. The automaker of Mladá Boleslav produced 44,229 gauges in 2021 (an annual production decrease of 23.8% from 58,054 cars). Kamiqs removed 109,737 pieces.

Last year, the automaker’s president, Thomas Schaeffer, indicated that the 4.4-meter hatchback targeting the Kia Ceed or the Fiat Tipo would not get a successor. As early as September 2021, the German specialist magazine Automobilwoche came up with information that the successor would not be able to see it. The vehicle on display will survive until the Euro 7 standard expires – adapting engines and cars to new requirements is always very expensive, so when scala humidifiers are expensive, their end must come. Read more.

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The Scala took four years to develop, was manufactured in Mladá Boleslav and had its official premiere on December 6, 2018 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Sales started in April 2019.

The model was called the Scala at the last minute, and the automaker had to “buy” it from Renault. Read more.