Skoda appears to be preparing an image change.
The Czech carmaker unveiled the Montreux, a high-end concept that, if produced, would rival models such as the BMW 3 series and Mercedes-Benz C class.
Skoda, which is part of the VW group, has built its modern reputation on affordable, well-built, mainstream models such as the Fabia supermini and upper-medium Octavia. But the Montreux indicates that Skoda is considering a return to its tradition of producing prestige cars.
This tradition began in the 1920s and survived until the 1940s with models such as the Skoda 860 and the eight-cylinder Superb 4000.