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Skoda Snowman SUV Production Could Start in 2015 at Kvasiny Factory

The Skoda brand has been on the straight path to success the past decade, going from strength to strength with ever more advanced cars at reasonable prices. Their reputation means Volkswagen Group bosses are now pushing for a premium lineup, rumored to be spearheaded by a large nice SUV.
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Rumors of the Skoda Snowman first started appearing after the 2013 Detroit Auto Show debut of the VW CrossBlue concept, a 7-seater built on the MQB platform. Last December Skoda head hancho Winfried Vahland said the SUV wouldn't be ready until 2016, but the rumor mill grinds a different story today.

According to Czech publication Ekonomika, he Snowman will be built in 2015 at the Kvasiny factory. This is where Skoda builds its flagship, the Superb, as well as the Yeti SUV and Roomster MPV. The same report suggests a SEAT version will also be built on the same assembly line. Considering Skoda builds the Spanish brand's Mii city car and Toledo notchback sedan, this seems plausible, even if unconfirmed.

Skoda reportedly declined to comment, though the local head of the union, Jaroslav Povsik said he "does not want to jinx the outcome." Work ha reportedly already started on a new welding shop annex of the factory, which will reportedly start hiring hundreds of workers.

The Snowman is expected to be a flagship of the SUV range with limited appeal, like the Superb. Development costs are thus likely to be shared with SEAT in order to justify another low-volume nameplate. Of far greater importance for Skoda is the new Fabia supermini, its bread and butter people's car that's expected to be replaced within a year.


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