Skoda’s new small saloon, based on its Mission L concept car, will be called Rapid when it goes on sale next year.
Skoda boss Winfried Vahland made the announcement on the eve of the Beijing Motor Show, as the Mission L made its debut in China.
The Rapid name has been used on a small Indian market Skoda in recent years, but is best known as the coupe that was on sale in UK in the late eighties and ceased production in 1990.
The new Rapid will sit between the Fabia supermini and Octavia hatch in price and size, so expect a starting price of around £12,000.
A new Octavia, also due next year, is set to be larger and more expensive than the current car, distancing itself from the Rapid and enabling the Superb to move further upmarket.
Skoda chose the Beijing Motor Show for the announcement due to the importance of the Chinese market to the Czech car maker – 25 per cent of all Skodas sold worldwide are sold in China. The UK remains an important market, though, accounting for five per cent of all sales.