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Skoda Yeti SUV hits market on November 18

SHANGHAI – Shanghai-Volkswagen officially put its first locally produced Skoda SUV model, the Yeti, on sales in China on November 18, reported sohu.com.cn.

Seven versions of the SUV will be available for customers with a price range of ¥165,800-¥223,800 ($27,207-$38,366).

Based on the PQ35 platform, the Skoda SUV has a dimension of 4,275×1,793×1,682 mm (LxWxH) with a wheelbase of 2,638 mm.

The locally produced Yeti adopts a 1.4TSI or 1.8TSI engine mated with a 6-speed DSG transmission. The 1.4TSI engine has a maximum power of 96 kW and a peak torque of 220 Nm, while the 1.8TSI engine has a maximum power of 118 kW and a peak torque 250 Nm.

Main competitors for the new SUV in China include Shanghai-Volkswagen Tiguan, Chang’an-Ford Kuga, Dongfeng-Honda CR-V and Beijing-Hyundai ix35.

Sales target for the SUV is set at 5,000 units per month, said Jia Mingdi, general manager of Shanghai-Volkswagen Sales Co., Ltd., in an interview with qq.com.cn.

According to Jia, Skoda sales in 2014 are expected to see a significant growth as the Rapid hatchback version and the new generation Octavia will be locally produced next year.

Cumulative sales of the Skoda brand cars in China reached 194,366 units in the first 10 months of the year, up 8.6 percent on a yearly basis, according to CBU-Autostats.

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