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Fabia facelift heralds fleet push

Date: 19 April 2010   |   Author: Hugh Hunston

Skoda is anticipating a significantly higher fleet factor for its facelifted Fabia range courtesy of lower CO2 rated and more fuel-efficient diesel and petrol engines.

The next generation Greenline variant, due on sale first in estate car form from July, will offer sub 90g/km figures and over 70mpg. It will use a 75PS 1.2-litre diesel and the hatchback version should arrive in November.

Last year the Fabia's business car element slipped to 19.9% as sales were skewed towards retail due to scrappage accounting for the bulk of the model's hatchback and estate car volumes.

New powertrain combinations, including the 105PS, 1.6-litre, common-rail diesel "CO2 champion" should result in a re-appraisal among fleet operators as it brings the CO2 rating down to 109g/km against 129g/km for the outgoing 1.9TDI engine with an identical power output. This matches the existing Greenline model.

Comparable combined cycle fuel consumption figures are 67.3mpg compared to 57.3mpg for the previous generation diesel.

The bulk of the range will go on sale in May with price increases varying from 2.4 to 4.5%.

One Fabia variant with less fleet potential but likely to feature on user chooser choice lists will be the new sub £16,000 vRS Fabia. It swaps a 130PS diesel manual for a new 180PS, 1.4-litre TSI turbo petrol power plant, matched to a seven-speed DSG paddle shift sequential transmission. The switch from diesel to petrol power has predictable knock-on issues for business users, with both economy and emissions rising.

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