The Skoda Yeti small SUV gets its off-road abilities from Swedish supplier Haldex AB and Canadian partsmaker Magna Powertrain Inc. Haldex provides its fourth-generation four-wheel-drive coupling while Magna Powertrain supplies its high-performance power-take-off units and rear axle drives. Four-wheel-drive variants of the Skoda Octavia and Superb also have power-take-off units and rear axle drives from the Magna International subsidiary. Skoda expects that 60 percent of car buyers will chose a four-wheel-drive variant of the Yeti and the rest will opt for two-wheel drive, spokesman Jaroslav Cerny said.
ArvinMeritor Inc. is responsible for the Yeti's electric two-part panoramic sunroof, which is a derivative of the sunroof the U.S. supplier provides to the station wagon version of the Volkswagen Golf. Skoda and VW are sister brands. ArvinMeritor produces the sunroof at its plant in Lozorno, Slovakia.
The Yeti offers nine airbags, six of them are standard equipment. The suppliers of the airbags include: Sweden's Autoliv Inc., which provides the passenger airbag; Takata-Petri, a division of Japanese supplier Takata Corp., which delivers the front-side airbag and the head-side airbag; and U.S. company TRW Automotive Corp., which supplies the driver, side and knee airbags. Continental AG regulates the deployment of the airbags with its control units and satellite sensors.
Skoda assembles the Yeti at its plant in Kvasiny, Czech Republic. Prices start from 26,290 euros in Germany.
The SUV, which debuted at the 2009 Geneva auto show, also has five engine options.