Can Skoda’s new household hatchback significantly tackle established gamers such because the Ford Focus and Hyundai i30? You’d be forgiven for not being awfully acquainted with the Skoda Fast, a automobile which, whereas definitely respectable, lacked soul in our humble opinion. It additionally sat in an odd section, between the Fabia and the Octavia, making it not fairly a VW Golf rival however not a supermini both.It was bought in two bodystyles, the Fast and Fast Spaceback, and worldwide, was the second greatest vendor for Skoda after the Octavia. The identical wasn’t true of the UK, with gross sales amounting to a modest 3669 items in 2017.However sufficient background. What we’re driving right here is the brand new Scala. The Scala is an oblique alternative for the Fast – bringing a brand new identify and a wholly new recreation, if Skoda is to be believed. Scala comes from the Latin phrase which means ‘stairs’ or ‘ladder’, chosen to assist mirror the truth that the mannequin might be a “a leap ahead in design and know-how,” in line with the Czech model.The Scala gained’t be supplied in two bodystyles like its predecessor, with Skoda selecting to concentrate on the hatchback, a method which stays extremely essential in Europe.Additionally it is being pitched extra instantly as a household hatchback rival, supposed to tackle the likes of the Ford Focus, Hyundai i30 and Seat Leon.Which means an overhaul: in design, in dimensions and in its providing. Skoda has beforehand advised Autocar that it will likely be the primary mannequin to obtain a brand new era of inside and can provide “revolutionary options which have to date solely been seen in increased segments”.It’s additionally the primary European mannequin to bear the Skoda identify in lettering on the again changing the emblem, a transfer that Skoda has recognized as making its automobiles seem extra upmarket. It additionally helps consumers who’re much less acquainted with the model and the emblem – corresponding to within the essential Chinese language market – recognise the automobile as Skoda, reckons the maker.