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Frankfurt preview: Skoda MissionL concept

by Ronan Glon

Skoda is preparing to add a sixth model to their lineup.

Skoda has released pictures of the MissionL, a concept car that they will display at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week.

The MissionL borrows styling cues from the VisionD concept that Skoda showed in Geneva last March and looks almost ready for production. It is a five-door hatchback and Skoda has plans to sell it in Europe, in Russia, and in China, though it will be slightly different in each of those regions. The Indian market will get a four-door version of it.

Skoda has not given any information about the MissionL's size so it is not certain where it will slot in their lineup. They have said that it prefigures their sixth model, so we can safely assume that it will not replace an existing one.

No word was spoken about what engines will be found under the MissionL's hood, but it will very likely be the usual assortment of Volkswagen-sourced gasoline and diesel engines.

The production car spawned by the MissionL will mark the beginning of what Skoda calls a model offensive. The brand is part of Volkswagen and to help their parent company reach their goal of dominating the auto industry by 2018, they have set an ambitious growth strategy: they want to reach 1.5 million sales annually by 2018.

"The world premiere in Frankfurt gives a clear signal that Skoda is going full steam ahead now. We are going to present a new vehicle every six months over the next two or three years", said Skoda's Board Chairman Dr. Winfried Vahland.