Skoda Felicia Pickup
Produced by the Czech automaker Škoda Auto between 1994 and 2001 (1995 - 2001 for the Škoda Felicia Combi), the Škoda Felicia was a small family car and one of the first models to benefit from Škoda's take over by the Volkswagen Group. It was a reworked version of the Favorit, featuring a redesigned front end and a wider range of engines. Serial production began in late 1994.
The name Felicia was not new, being originally used by Škoda for a range of two-seater sports cars in the 1960s. Popular even up until today, this range was widely successful.
The Škoda Felicia line-up included Bosch Mono Motronic single-point fuel injected 1.3 L OHV Škoda units (up until 1997) and Siemens multi-point fuel injected engines with two power outputs (54 hp (40 kW) and 68 hp (50 kW)), as well as two VW units: 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. These were paired with a five-speed gearbox. The 1.6 L model was a basis for the Škoda Felicia Kit-Car, used in the F2 class of the World Rally Championship.
The Škoda Felicia came in several bodyworks, making it suitable for both personal and professional use. Available models included a 5-door hatchback, an estate (replacing the Favorit-based Forma), a pick-up, and a Cube Van. The pick-up version was also imported to some countries re-branded as the VW Caddy pick-up. In addition, a lifestyle version, called the "Škoda Felicia Fun," with two reclinable rear seats and a fabric cover was available as a fake double cab.
The Škoda Felicia was the first car to feature major safety and convenience features, some SLXI Models even having air conditioning and velour upholstery, and it helped change the automaker's image in Western Europe. In 1998, the car made headlines with its high satisfaction score giving Škoda the prestigious "Best Manufacturer" accolade in that year's JD Power Car Survey.
In 2001 production of the Škoda Felicia ceased, one year after the launch of the Škoda Fabia. In total 1,416,939 vehicles had been produced (the pick-up model was sold throughout 2001).
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