Skoda Reveals Scala As The Name For The Rapid’s Replacement

Skoda is going back to the drawing board to replace the Rapid as the principal compact model in its lineup, and in the process, they came up with a brand new name.

Scala is the handle it’s settled on, drawn from the Latin word for “stairs” or “ladder” to signify the step forward that the Czech automaker is aiming to take with this new model.

“With the new Škoda Scala, we are opening a fresh chapter in Škoda’s compact class,” said the company’s CEO Bernhard Maier. “This is a completely new development that sets standards in terms of technology, safety and design in this class. We are confident that the Scala has the best chance of redefining the A-segment for Škoda.”

The new model was previewed in the form of the dynamic-looking Vision RS concept at the Paris Auto Show just a couple of weeks ago. The production version likely won’t look quite as sporty – at least not until an RS performance variant arrives – but it is expected to retain the show car’s five-door hatchback body-style, and ditch the sedan (or wagon) form of the outgoing Rapid.

The move is anticipated to put the Scala in a more direct competition with the likes of the Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Golf, embracing a shape (and its inherent versatility) more popular among European customers. As for North American buyers, it’s highly unlikely that Skoda would ever ship the Scala across the Atlantic.

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  • iea96

    Not the best name for a car imo. But if it looks like anything similar to the Vision RS Concept, it would be serious.

  • Bad idea. I don’t have good memories of the Renault Scala.

    • Able

      I knew you were from India.

      • I’m not, actually. I had it as a rental when I visited a few years ago. It’s essentially the Almera that was on sale here, but worse.

  • Tinky-Winky

    Scala sounds like a cheap car sold in emerging markets.

  • Able

    A-segment? That should say C-segment.

    • Ilbirs

      I consider the same. A-segment for Skoda is the Citigo, while B-segment is the Fabia. Maybe the guys on the brand are trying to force the Golf-sized Scala in a role that doesn’t belong to it. The automakers are still too excited about attributing to a segment a car that is too big for that niche, something that is a consequence of the bloating trend that took as a plague lineups across the globe.

      • Feanor

        This is internal segment designation of VW group: Golf is also A segment. It corresponds to global C segment designation. I don’t know why VW group uses different letters. They obviously don’t mean the A segment of city cars.

        • Ilbirs

          Yes, I forgot that particularity. By using this internal naming scheme, the Citigo is an A00, while the Fabia is an A0 and models on the likes from everything from the Rapid (and soon the Scala) to the Octavia become A, while the Superb is the B.

  • designer_dick

    Looks like they’re carrying over the Rapid Spaceback’s extended rear glass on the hatchlid.

    • Miknik

      It’s an option currently, and probably will remain one, or fitted only to the top versions….

  • Toss

    Teatro alla Scala from Milan it’s a monument of culture. To associate it with a boring car it’s a blasphemy!

  • salamOOn

    there is nothing wrong with a Rapid and this name is within the carmaker history. Scala is weird.

  • I hate the name! It sounded me Renault-ish.

    • Miknik

      That’s because there is a Renault Scala in developing markets.

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    Volkswagen Group continues to scrape the bottom of the barrel.

  • Matthew Raworth

    I guess you could call it the Skoala 😏🐨

  • atomicbri


  • Perry F. Bruns

    Scoop! Skoda scamps scrimp, scrape “Scala”

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