Škoda Felicia

Škoda Felicia

Infobox Automobile
name = Škoda Felicia

manufacturer = Škoda Auto
production = 1994-2001
class = Small family car
body_style = 5-door hatchback
4-door station wagon
2-door pick-up
2-door panel van
engine = 1.3 L I4
1.6 L I4
1.9 L Diesel I4
layout = FF layout
transmission = 5-speed manual
predecessor = Škoda Favorit
Škoda Forman
successor = Škoda Fabia

The Škoda Felicia is a small family car produced by the Czech automaker Škoda Auto between 1994 and 2001 (1995 - 2001 for the Estate). It was one of the first models to benefit from Škoda's take over by the Volkswagen Group. It was a reworked version of the Favorit, but had a more modern appearance, with a redesigned front end, and a wider range of engines. A serial production begin in the late 1994. The name Felicia was not used for the first time, resurrecting a nameplate originally used by Škoda in the 1960s for a range two-seater sports cars. They were very popular, with many still in operation today.

The Felicia's line-up included the old 1.3 L OHV Škoda units, now with Bosch Mono Motronic single-point fuel injection (up until 1997), and Siemens multi-point fuel injection with two power outputs of 54 hp (40 kW) and 68 hp (50 kW). There was also two engines sourced from VW: a 75 hp (55 kW) 1.6 L petrol engine with Magneti Marelli multi-point fuel injection and a 64 hp (47 kW) 1.9 diesel. A five-speed gearbox was finally standard on all models. The 1.6 L model served as a homologation basis for the Škoda Felicia Kit-Car used in the World Rally Championship's F2 class.

The Felicia came in a variety of bodyworks, both for personal and professional use. The base model was a 5-door hatchback, and was accompanied by an estate — replacing the Favorit-based Forman - now redubbed as the Felicia Combi. There was also a pick-up version and a panel van called a Cube Van. The pick-up version was also imported to some countries re-branded as the VW Caddy pick-up. The pick-up model also had a lifestyle edition named the Felicia Fun, conceived mostly for the Western European market. It was available as a fake double cab model, with two reclinable rear seats and a fabric cover.

As the Felicia benefited from Volkswagen input, it helped change Škoda's image in Western Europe. It heralded the first ever diesel powered Škoda and became their first car to feature major safety and convenience features. Some SLXI Models featured air conditioning and velour upholstery.

In 1998, the Felicia made headlines after its high satisfaction score gave Škoda the "Best Manufacturer" accolade in that year's JD Power Car Survey.

Production of the Felicia ceased at the beginning of 2001, one year after the launch of the Fabia. A total of 1,416,939 cars had been made (the pick-up model was available for sale throughout 2001).

External links

* [http://www.feliciaklub.cz Felicia Klub]
* [http://minosurkala.webpark.cz/Skoda/felicia.htm Technical data of Felicia and prices]
* [http://WWW.SKODA-FELICIA.CO.UK Home to the UK Skoda Felicia]
* [http://www.briskoda.net Skoda Fan site]

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