SKODA has just produced the 1,500,000th second-generation Fabia, writes Trish Whelan.
The jubilee vehicle, a Fabia 1.2 TDI, rolled off the production line last week at the main factory in Mladá Boleslav.
The Fabia made its debut back in 1999. Now having sold 3,253,817 first and second generation Fabias to date the small car is the Czech car manufacturer's best-selling model, after the Octavia with 3,984,821 sales worldwide.
Here in Ireland, more than 13,500 Fabias have been sold, according to Raymond Leddy, Head of Marketing for SKODA Ireland.
The Fabia range has broadened over the years to include the Fabia Combi Estate, the Fabia Monte Carlo, the high performance Fabia RS and the new highly specified Fabia Exclusive model (pictured left) with €1,100 worth of free equipment including BlueTooth, 16-inch alloy wheels, multi-function steering wheel and rear parking sensors. This Fabia Exclusive range is priced from €15,440 for the 1.2 HTP 70bhp petrol available to order from this month.