PRAGUE -- Skoda Auto, the Czech unit of Volkswagen AG, said on Thursday it was considering adding a small off-road car to its model portfolio.
"We are considering making a small car," said spokesman Jaroslav Cerny without elaborating.
The new model would be based on the Yeti study the company presented in February. The Yeti is a small version of an SUV.
The CTK news agency quoted Chairman Detlef Wittig as saying at an auto show in the city of Brno that the car could reach the market in 2008 at the earliest but Cerny declined to give any timing.
Skoda now makes the small Fabia, mid-sized Octavia and Superb limousine.
It has announced it would expand one of its existing factories to make cars based on its more extravagant Roomster study.
Last year, Skoda sold 451,675 cars remained the biggest Czech company by sales and the heart of the country's booming car and car parts industry.