Skoda Scala etymology: What does its name mean?

The Skoda Scala will be a new Golf-class car and will replace the Rapid in the Czech company’s range, but what does its name mean?


Scala is Latin for ladder or stairway. Skoda says the new car will “scale new heights” in terms of technology, design and safety. We presume they also mean in the sales charts too, because the in-between Rapid has been a bit of a disappointment.

The company says the new Scala will also be a “step up in the evolution of the Skoda design language”.

The name has previously been used by Renault on rebadged Nissan models in some markets.



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Skoda Scala etymology: What does its name mean?