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Škoda Felicia
Škoda Felicia Combi
Škoda Felicia Pickup
Škoda Felicia Fun
Skoda Felicia front 20070920
Manufacturer Škoda Auto
Parent company Volkswagen Group
Assembly Vrchlabí, Czech Republic
Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic
Kvasiny, Czech Republic
Predecessor Škoda Favorit
Škoda Forman
Successor Škoda Fabia
Class Small family car
Light commercial vehicle
Body style(s) 5-door hatchback
5-door estate
2-door pick-up
2-door panel van
Layout Transverse front engine,
front-wheel drive
Engine(s) 1.3 L I4
1.6 L I4
1.9 L I4 Diesel
Transmission(s) 5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,450 mm (96.5 in)
Length 3,855 mm (151.8 in) — Felicia
4,205 mm (165.6 in) — Combi
Width 1,635 mm (64.4 in)
Height 1,415 mm (55.7 in) — Felicia
1,420 mm (55.9 in) — Combi
Kerb weight 920 kg (2,028 lb) -
1,060 kg (2,337 lb)
Related Volkswagen Caddy

The Škoda Felicia,[1] (Typ 791) is a small family car produced by the Czech automaker Škoda Auto between 1994 and 2001 (1995 - 2001 for the estate). It was one of the first models to benefit from Škoda Auto's takeover by the German giant Volkswagen Group. The Felicia was a reworked version of the Favorit, but had a fresh, more modern appearance, with a redesigned front end, and a wider range of internal combustion engines. It was premiered in October 1994 on the Charles Bridge in Prague. Serial production begin in October 1994, and ended June 2001.

The name Felicia was not used for the first time, resurrecting a nameplate originally used by Škoda in the 1960s for a range two-seater sports cars. They were very popular.

Production start: October 1994 — Felicia
June 1995 — Combi
August 1995 — Pickup/Fun

Production end: June 2001
(2000 — Fun)

Skoda Felicia Pickup

Škoda Felicia Fun version


As the Felicia benefited from Volkswagen input, it helped to elevate Škoda's image in Western Europe. It heralded the first ever diesel-powered Škoda, and became their first car to feature major safety and convenience features. Some SLXi models featured air conditioning and velour upholstery. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), drivers airbag, and seat belt tensioners were also available.

In 1998, the Felicia made headlines after its high satisfaction score gave Škoda the "Best Manufacturer" accolade in that year's J.D. Power Car Survey.

Production of the Felicia ceased at the end of June 2001, one year after the launch of the Fabia. A total of 1,416,939 cars had been made (the pick-up model was available for sale throughout 2001).

Body stylesEdit

Škoda Felicia & Škoda Felicia Combi

Škoda Felicia & Škoda Felicia Combi

The Felicia came in a variety of body styles, both for personal and professional use. The base model was a five-door hatchback, and from June 1995, was accompanied by an estate — replacing the Favorit-based Forman - now redubbed as the Felicia Combi (Typ 795).[2] There was also a pick-up version, the Felicia Pickup, (Typ 797)[3] and a panel van called a Felicia VanPlus.[4] The pick-up version was also imported to some countries re-branded as the VW Caddy pick-up. The pick-up model also had a lifestyle edition named the Felicia Fun, (Typ 796) conceived mostly for the Western European market. The rear screen section hinges out into the loadbay, allowing 2 extra seats to be folded out, giving comfortable seating for 4 adults. A tonneau cover is available to cover the rear seats, which are otherwise open to the elements. A Truckman top is also available which encloses the rear seats and loadbay, making for a more practical bad weather conversion. Luggage capacity[4] in the hatchback was 272 litres with the rear seats in the upright position, and this increased to 976 litres with the rear seats folded. For the Combi (estate version), this was 447 and 1,366 litres respectively.

In 1998, the Felicia and Felicia Combi received a minor facelift. The most obvious visual change was a redesigned radiator grille and larger bumpers, but changes also included minor upgrades to the chassis and bodyshell to improve crash safety.[4]

PowertrainEdit

All internal combustion engines used in Felicia are inline four cylinder designs, operate on the four-stroke cycle, are fuel injected, and water cooled. The fundamental layout of the Felicia's powertrain included engines mounted at the front of the vehicle, and orientated transversely. The line-up included the old 1.3 litre overhead valve (OHV) Škoda petrol engines, now with Bosch Mono Motronic single-point fuel injection (up until 1997), and Siemens multi-point fuel injection, with two rated power outputs of 40 kilowatts (54 PS/54 bhp) and 50 kW (68 PS/67 bhp). There was also two engines sourced from Volkswagen Group: a 55 kilowatts (75 PS/74 bhp) 1.6 litre petrol engine with Magneti Marelli multi-point fuel injection, and a 47 kilowatts (64 PS/63 bhp) 1.9 D diesel engine. The 1.6 litre model served as a homologation basis for the Škoda Felicia Kit Car used in the World Rally Championship's F2 class.

The only transmission was a five-speed manual gearbox, which was of a transaxle design, and contained the differential and final drive units. Drive was through the front wheels.

engine
designation
displacement, valvetrain,
fuel system
max. power
@ rpm
max. torque
@ rpm
years
petrol engines
1.3 1289 cc, 8v overhead valve (OHV)
Bosch Mono Motronic single-point fuel injection
40 kW (54 PS/54 bhp)
@ 5,000
94 N·m (69 ft·lbf)
@ 3,250
1994-1997
1.3 i 1289 cc, 8v overhead valve (OHV)
Siemens multi-point fuel injection (MPI)
50 kW (68 PS/67 bhp)
@ 5,500
100 N·m (74 ft·lbf)
@ 2,600-3,750
1997-2001
1.6 1598 cc, 8v single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
Magneti Marelli multi-point fuel injection (MPI)
55 kW (75 PS/74 bhp)
@ 4,500
137 N·m (101 ft·lbf)
@ 3,500
1995-2001
diesel engine
1.9 D 1896 cc, 8v single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
Lucas AEF distributor injection pump, indirect injection with whirl chamber
47 kW (64 PS/63 bhp)
@ 4,300
124 N·m (91 ft·lbf)
@ 2,500-3,500
1995-2001

GalleryEdit


See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Škoda Felicia". Škoda-Auto.com. Retrieved on 21 July 2009.
  2. "Škoda Felicia Combi". Škoda-Auto.com. Retrieved on 21 July 2009.
  3. "Škoda Felicia Pickup, Škoda Felicia Fun". Škoda-Auto.com. Retrieved on 21 July 2009.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Škoda Felicia - Technical Data" (in Czech). minosurkala.webpark.cz. Retrieved on 21 July 2009.

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