PRAGUE -- Skoda will debut a concept for a sporty hatchback at the Paris auto show.
Called the Joyster, the three-door concept could preview a new image-boosting small car for the Czech brand.
Skoda says the concept is a stand-alone design study and not a prototype for its next Fabia small-segment car that is due early next year.
"This is a completely freestanding design study that might or might not become a production model just like the Roomster," Skoda spokesman Josef Balaz said.
European sales of the Roomster small-minivan started in July.
Currently, Skoda does not have a three-door car in its lineup. Skoda sources hint that the Joyster could be built. They point out that the Czech carmaker has built production versions of all the concepts it has shown at auto shows in recent years.
If Skoda builds a sporty three-door car based on the Joyster, it could come into conflict with Spanish carmaker Seat. Skoda and Seat are owned by the Volkswagen group but Seat is supposed to be sporty while Skoda is VW's value brand.
Skoda says the three-door concept shows the future development of its design language. The carmaker will release more details about the car during the Paris show's first press day on Sept. 28.
Jens Meiners contributed
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