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Skoda Funstar – the Fabia pick-up loads up for Worthersee 2015

Published: 01 May 2015

► Skoda Funstar is a Fabia pick-up
► Designed for Worthersee festival
► For show only, no production plans 

Builders rejoice! The Skoda Fabia flatbed is here – in the shape of this one-off Funstar pick-up truck designed for the Volkswagen-backed Worthersee motoring festival.

It’s the result of a project by 23 Skoda apprentices to design something wacky and fun; don’t go expecting a Fabia pick-up in showrooms any time soon.

But the stubby junior pick-up is the perfect motor for the extreme-flavoured GTI Meeting in Austria starting on 13 May, where it’ll rub shoulders with high-performance Golfs and other surprises.

Skoda Funstar pick-up in detail

This flatbed is based on a cut-n-shut Fabia and while this is a cloud-cuckoo-land design exercise, we’re impressed by the ‘Skodaness’ of it. The drop-down tailgate retains the crisp precision and sculpted character seen on the rump of an Octavia or Fabia hatchback.

It might be bound for the Worthersee festival, but this Fabia is no vRS model – despite the borrowed 18in alloys from the go-faster Octavia and the lairy steel-grey and moon-white paint scheme. It’s powered by a 1.2 TSI petrol engine developing 121bhp mated to a seven-speed DSG transmission.

The Czech firm employs 880 apprentices at the Skoda Vocational School; it’s been running courses since 1927 and has trained 22,000 students in that time, most of whom end up working for Skoda.

By Tim Pollard

Group digital editorial director, car news magnet, crafter of words