Skoda C-segment sedan to be named ‘Lauretta’

Skoda C-segment sedan to be named ‘Lauretta’

Skoda Auto India is ready with its new C-Segment sedan which will replace the Skoda Octavia in India. AutocarIndia editor Hormazd Sorabjee has revealed that the Skoda mid-size sedan, based on the Vento will be called the Lauretta (not the Rapid), which interestingly sounds like the fusion of word Laura with Jetta. Adding further to the info, those of you interested in the new car should grab a copy of AutocarIndia it will be carrying images and detailed info on the car in their anniversary issue.

The Lauretta borrows design cues from the Skoda Fabia and its German cousin, the VW Vento. It will share engines with the Vento, which means it will come with a 1.6-litre, 105bhp petrol and a 1.6-litre 105bhp diesel, mated to a five-speed manual transmission.

Skoda will undercut pricing of the Vento by atleast Rs. 20,000/-, so we can expect the Lauretta prices to start at Rs. 6.79 lakhs for the petrol and Rs. 7.79 lakhs for the diesel.. We can expect three variants each in petrol and diesel guise. It will be interesting to see how Skoda differentiates itself amidst the growing competition in the C-segment, where the Nissan Sunny is the only car left to debut. The Lauretta is expected to be launched around October this year, with deliveries starting from December 2011.

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