Skoda is in talks to build cars in China

Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic. Skoda is negotiating to build its models in China, said chairman Detlef Wittig.

The Czech automaker also will introduce a new Superb large-segment car and could launch a rival to Renault's Logan low cost family car.

Skoda also will expand its model range by introducing a minivan similar to the Roomster concept shown at the IAA in Frankfurt, confirmed Wittig.

Wittig said Skoda will build a successor to the Superb, its top model.

"The Superb was and is important for Skoda," said Wittig. "There will definitely be a successor."

Wittig declined to rule out Skoda building a competitor to the Renault Logan low cost family-sized car mainly aimed at developing markets.

Renault will launch the Logan in western Europe next June priced at 7,500 euros.

Wittig said: "We will observe (Logan's launch) very closely and will respond to it."

Wittig said Skoda already has a Logan competitor with its Fabia small-segment model, which, he said, "is a spacious family car for less than 10,000 euros."

Wittig believes the Chinese market has a lot of growth potential.

"The increasing demand for Skodas means that there is a chance that we will build cars in China," Wittig says. "We are making preparations for this and negotiations are under way."

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