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2003 Frankfurt Show, Part IV Page 2

Škoda Roomster: Making a Minivan Fun

2004 Skoda Roomster

2004 Skoda Roomster

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The name sums it up. The design team at Škoda combined “room” with “roadster,” and the result is the Roomster, a concept five-passenger family vehicle brimming with enough clever innovations to appeal to active young adults. The windshield and front door windows seem to be from an airplane cockpit, and a large amount of glass is used throughout the vehicle, including two lengthwise sunroofs and a rear hatch made completely of glass that extends down to the bumper. This gives a sense of space and openness, especially for rear-seat passengers, and there indeed is a lot of room in the Roomster. The rear seat slides back to the tailgate – the seat travel is 30 inches – giving more legroom than a limousine and the cargo space of a small van. The front passenger seat turns 180 degrees, so rather than just keep an eye on the kids, you can face them. There’s only one rear door, on the passenger side, which slides back on a large hinge. It’s wide and reaches high into the roof, providing easy access. When VW bought Škoda Auto a few years ago, no one could have foreseen this 100-year-old Czech brand becoming a style and innovation leader. There are no plans to produce the Roomster, but it’s possible some design elements may appear on future Škoda vehicles.

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