It’s badge engineering at it’s best – the Skoda Rapid just recently launched in India is a Volkswagen Polo Sedan with a Skoda Fabia front end. It’s platform-mate, the Polo Sedan is also on sale in India as the Volkswagen Vento. There seems to be plenty of buyers in India for both cars though – Volkswagen sold 2,143 units of the Vento in January 2012 in India, while the Rapid commanded 1,513 buyers.
The Indian market Skoda Rapid is available with the same engine options as the Vento – either a 1.6 liter petrol or a 1.6 liter TDI diesel, with both engines using a 5-speed manual, and an optional 6-speed automatic for the 1.6 liter petrol.
The Skoda Rapid nameplate originated in the 80s and was used on a coupe that was described by a magazine as a “poor man’s Porsche” in reference to its handling abilities. Wouldn’t it be cool if Skoda added a coupe version of the Rapid later?