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ŠKODA AUTO is taking an extraordinary journey through 125 years of company history with twelve automotive milestones. The motorcade, featuring some of the Czech car manufacturer’s most important models, around the company’s headquarters in Mladá Boleslav is a highlight of the company’s 125th-anniversary celebrations. The selected vehicles range from the L&K Voiturette A, the brand’s first car dating back to 1905, to the still camouflaged ŠKODA ENYAQ iV. The new electric SUV will be officially presented later this year and heralds the start of a new era for ŠKODA. It combines the ideas, innovations and influences from ŠKODA’s 125-year corporate history in one vehicle.

Starting out from the ŠKODA Museum at the company’s headquarters in Mladá Boleslav, where some of these vehicles are on display as exhibits, the journey through time continues around the town. The route takes the twelve historical models past Mcely Chateau and Loučeň among other sites. ŠKODA’s test centre in Úhelnice is also on the planned circuit.

Each of the twelve milestones of this unique motorcade has shaped its time and added a chapter to the development history of ŠKODA vehicles. The automaker’s tradition is represented by the L&K Voiturette A built between 1905 and 1907, the first generation ŠKODA SUPERB (1934 to 1949) and the ŠKODA POPULAR MONTE CARLO (1936 to 1939) as well as a ŠKODA FELICIA convertible (1959 to 1964), a ŠKODA 1000 MB (1964 to 1969), a ŠKODA TREKKA (1966 to 1972) and a ŠKODA 110 R Coupé (1970 to 1980). The period from the mid-1980s to the present day is represented by the FAVORIT (1987 to 1994), the first generation of the modern OCTAVIA (1996 to 2010), a ŠKODA YETI (2009 to 2017), the ŠKODA SCALA produced since 2018 and a camouflaged ŠKODA ENYAQ iV, which will be presented to the global public soon.

Everything begins with the L&K Voiturette 
A The foundation stone for ŠKODA AUTO’s success story was laid by the founding fathers Laurin and Klement in 1905 with the L&K Voiturette A. It was the company’s first automobile ten years after the company, which began by producing bicycles and later motorbikes, was founded. Highlights from the 1930s include the impressive ŠKODA SUPERB, which was the brand’s flagship model even at that time, offering a spacious interior and a high level of driving comfort, and the ŠKODA POPULAR MONTE CARLO, which, thanks to its transaxle design with a transmission on the rear axle, had outstanding handling characteristics. It was in honour of this special model, which celebrated victories at the legendary Monte Carlo Rally, that ŠKODA introduced the MONTE CARLO designation that still denotes the sporty model versions of the FABIA, SCALA and KAMIQ today. Just like the POPULAR MONTE CARLO, the ŠKODA FELICIA from 1959 is also a design icon. ŠKODA reinvented itself visually with the convertible, reflecting a style that was the height of fashion at the time. 

ŠKODA 1000 MB with self-supporting body and aluminium engine block in the rear 
Three models from the 1960s are also in the line-up. In 1964 ŠKODA introduced a self-supporting body in the revolutionary ŠKODA 1000 MB, thus ushering in the era of the rear engine. The engine block was produced using a patented aluminium die-casting process and underlines the high level of mechanical engineering expertise at the Mladá Boleslav site. The drive concept with rear engine and rear-wheel drive was also utilised in the ŠKODA 110 R from 1970. The ŠKODA 130 RS, which was successful both in rallies and on circuits, later built on the sporty two-door coupé and is still remembered today in ŠKODA’s sporty RS models. Based on the original OCTAVIA, the TREKKA, which was built in New Zealand starting in 1966, is an early forerunner of today’s SUVs. The off-roader was tailor-made to meet customer needs and requirements specific to the market. 

Front-wheel drive and debut of the modern OCTAVIA 
Another milestone in the historical cavalcade is the ŠKODA FAVORIT. In 1987 ŠKODA launched the front-wheel drive with the compact model designed by Bertone and offered COMBI and PICKUP variants in addition to a hatchback. The 1996 OCTAVIA was the first ŠKODA model to be developed wholly under the umbrella of the Volkswagen Group, paving the way for the company to become a volume manufacturer. Its spaciousness and attractive price-performance ratio subsequently become an integral part of ŠKODA’s product identity. The ŠKODA YETI marked the brand’s successful entry into the SUV segment in 2009. This segment, in which the KAMIQ, KAROQ, KODIAQ and the upcoming ENYAQ iV form a complete SUV family today, is opening up new customer groups for the brand. The YETI also enjoyed great popularity thanks to its many innovative Simply Clever ideas, such as the individually adjustable VarioFlex seats. ŠKODA introduced a new design language with the SCALA in 2018 and now offers an even more emotive exterior in addition to the generous space characteristic of the brand. At the same time, the manufacturer took a leap forward in the area of connectivity – the SCALA is the first ŠKODA ‘always online’. 


ENYAQ iV leads ŠKODA towards an electric future 
Just as the other eleven milestones have shaped their eras, the new ŠKODA ENYAQ iV will have a significant impact on the coming years. It combines all ŠKODA’s virtues such as ingenuity, inventiveness, design expertise and boldness with forward-looking technologies. It represents the essence of all the brand values; it is surprising, practical, and Simply Clever. The ENYAQ iV is the result of 125 years of development experience, creativity and passion and is leading the company towards a sustainable and electric future. The world premiere will take place in the second half of the year, and the market launch is set for the first quarter of 2021.

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ŠKODA is celebrating the company’s 125th anniversary at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg. Visitors to the ŠKODA pavilion can enjoy a trip through time at the special exhibition ‘From Heritage to the Future’, which takes them on a journey through the company’s history, from its establishment in 1895 by Václav Laurin and Václav Klement to its entry into the era of electric mobility. In addition to the ŠKODA POPULAR 1100 OHV from 1939, the all-electric ŠKODA VISION iV and ŠKODA CITIGOe iV are also on display. The Czech manufacturer’s current model range is also represented by the new ŠKODA OCTAVIA and the flagship SUPERB. 

Andrea Frydlová, director of the ŠKODA Museum, says: “The Autostadt is the ideal place to introduce ŠKODA to a wide audience interested in cars. We are delighted that the new exhibition is dedicated to the Czech car manufacturer’s 125th anniversary. Visitors are invited to embark on a journey through ŠKODA’s corporate history, experience the automotive present and at the same time venture a glimpse into the future”.

Christian Philipp, Head of ŠKODA Experience Marketing, adds, “The ŠKODA pavilion at Wolfsburg’s Autostadt is a great showcase for our brand. The special exhibition ‘From Heritage to the Future’ offers us a perfect opportunity to familiarise the public with 125 years of company history in ŠKODA AUTO’s anniversary year, with exciting exhibits illustrating the development of our brand”.

A highlight of ŠKODA’s corporate history, the POPULAR 1100 OHV, is currently on display at the ŠKODA pavilion. In 1939, the two-door roadster became the first production model to use the transaxle construction principle; the transmission was mounted separately on the rear differential rather than next to the engine. Thanks to this innovative design, the vehicle was technologically ahead of its time.

At the exhibition, the concept study ŠKODA VISION iV and the ŠKODA CITIGOe iV build a bridge to ŠKODA’s sustainable and electric future. The city run-around was launched at the beginning of this year as ŠKODA’s first all-electric production vehicle. The four-door VISION iV crossover coupé with two electric motors and four-wheel drive is a concept study that gives a definitive outlook of the new ŠKODA ENYAQ iV. The all-electric SUV features captivating and sporty lines and will make its debut later this year. The ENYAQ iV is ŠKODA’s first production model to be based on the Volkswagen Group’s modular electrification toolkit (MEB).

The fourth generation of the best-selling OCTAVIA and the SUPERB are particularly sustainable performers in the current model range. At the ŠKODA pavilion, the version of the Czech car manufacturer’s flagship on show is the SUPERB COMBI iV with plug-in hybrid drive. Its large boot, ŠKODA roof box and bike rack complete with ŠKODA mountain bike underscore its strengths as a versatile and practical lifestyle vehicle. The ŠKODA OCTAVIA COMBI G-TEC features an environmentally friendly natural gas engine. When powered by natural gas (CNG), CO2 emissions are around 25 per cent lower than when running on petrol, and there are also significantly fewer nitrogen oxides (NOx) and no soot particles.

Visitors to Autostadt with a valid one-day ticket or annual pass are welcome to enjoy the special exhibition “From Heritage to the Future” every day during the official opening hours while adhering to the general hygiene and social distancing guidelines. In addition, an Overview or Discovery tour enables visitors to the ŠKODA pavilion to expand their knowledge of the ŠKODA brand.

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ŠKODA cars are among the safest vehicles in their segment. One reason for this is the wide range of modern assistance systems, many of which come as standard. The introduction of new and enhanced systems demonstrates once again that ŠKODA leaves nothing to chance when it comes to safety and driving comfort: they support the driver, give visual and acoustic warnings and actively intervene in dangerous situations. 

The new ŠKODA OCTAVIA has raised the bar in terms of safety in its class. Some assistance systems in the new edition of the brand’s bestseller are making their first appearance at ŠKODA, while others have been upgraded or offer an extended range of functions. Up to 20 different sensors feed data and information back to the systems. The new Emergency Steer Assist, which actively supports the driver in an impending collision with a pedestrian, cyclist or another vehicle by increasing steering torque to facilitate a controlled swerve, is making its debut. The turning assistant, which is also new, can detect oncoming traffic at intersections when turning left and warn the driver in good time. If necessary, the vehicle will even stop automatically to prevent a collision. Another helpful extra is the exit warning system, which detects vehicles or cyclists approaching from behind when a door is opened. The sensor range is up to 35 metres. Also new onboard is the local hazard warning. This automatically alerts the driver to traffic disruptions near the vehicle – such as the end of a traffic jam. 

Innovative assistance systems for even greater safety and driving comfort 
From autumn, the Area View system will be available for the OCTAVIA. This provides an overview of the immediate surroundings when parking and manoeuvring. Four cameras create a 360-degree image around the vehicle, which is shown on the central display in the cockpit. Side Assist can detect vehicles approaching from behind or in the blind spot up to a distance of 70 metres. A warning light appears on the inside of the exterior mirrors. If the driver nevertheless switches on the indicator, the system actively intervenes by correcting the steering to prevent collisions when changing lanes on motorways and dual carriageways. Front Assist with anticipatory pedestrian and cyclist protection offers added safety in the city. It detects vehicles in front and stationary vehicles as well as cyclists and pedestrians moving in front of the vehicle. The system gives visual and acoustic warnings and, in critical situations, initiates braking to actively prevent a collision. 

The Adaptive Distance Assistant, which automatically matches your speed to vehicles in front up to 210 km/h, has also been upgraded. In the predictive version, the system now also uses the camera on the windshield as well as data from the navigation system to automatically adjust speed to the course of the road. Both variants feature a stop-and-go function that automatically decelerates vehicles with DSG to a standstill and then automatically resumes driving within three seconds. The brakes are also applied in cars with manual transmission, provided the driver has engaged the appropriate gear and releases the clutch in good time before coming to a standstill. 

Travel Assist provides additional comfort and safety: it combines the functions of various systems and detects a medical emergency. Travel Assist includes Anticipatory Adaptive Distance Assist, an improved version of traffic sign recognition, Adaptive Lane-Keeping Assistant with road works recognition, Congestion Assist and Emergency Assist. Every 15 seconds while driving, Travel Assist checks whether the driver is touching the steering wheel or has possibly lost control of the vehicle. If the driver does not intervene despite a warning, Emergency Assist activates the hazard warning lights and brings the vehicle to a controlled stop. 

Modern assistants from higher vehicle segments now available for the compact class 
Lane Departure Warning and Front Assist with City Emergency Brake function come as standard in the compact models SCALA and KAMIQ. Lane Departure Warning uses the camera in the windscreen to detect lane boundaries and road markings. The system warns the driver of unintentional lane changes and automatically counter-steers to keep the vehicle in its lane. Front-wheel assistant monitors the distance to the vehicle in front and warns the driver of an impending collision. If necessary, the assistant initiates automatic braking. From 5 to 60 km/h, the system also detects cyclists and pedestrians. 

Numerous safety systems and assistants from higher vehicle classes are also available as options. These include Adaptive Distance Assist or Side Assist with integrated Rear Traffic Alert. This assists the driver when backing out of a parking space. The assistant displays objects at the rear and also detects vehicles approaching from the side at speeds of up to 70 km/h. If the driver responds neither to the visual nor the acoustic warnings, the Rear Traffic Alert initiates automatic emergency braking. The rear-view camera or optional parking steering assistant, which automatically manoeuvres the vehicle into and out of longitudinal and transverse parking spaces, also provides assistance when parking. The integrated Manoeuvre Assist brake function detects obstacles in front of and behind the vehicle and automatically brakes if necessary. Other useful options include fatigue detection, hill-start assist and high-beam assistant.

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ŠKODA cars offer plenty of space for passengers and luggage as standard. Models like the KODIAQ, the SUPERB COMBI, the OCTAVIA COMBI and the SCALA even boast the largest boot in their class. And if that’s not enough, ŠKODA offers numerous possibilities to transport bicycles, sports equipment and bulky items. ŠKODA Genuine Accessories make it easy to carry additional luggage the roof, the rear rack or in a separate trailer. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many families will be spending the summer holidays in their own country this year. So it is good to know that ŠKODA offers many transport solutions to increase the vehicle’s luggage capacity to suit individual needs. Be it bicycles, sports equipment, a tent or barbecue equipment – if something doesn’t fit in the boot, the extra holiday luggage can be easily carried on the roof, the rear rack or in a separate trailer. These high-quality and stable carrier systems and roof boxes are versatile and noticeably increase comfort when travelling. The range of accessories also includes retrofittable trailer couplings, which are rigid, removable or swivel-mounted, depending on the model. All genuine accessories have been developed and tested especially for ŠKODA vehicles and meet the most stringent requirements for fit, handling, durability and safety. 

Roof racks and roof boxes for all models 
Roof racks are available for all ŠKODA models with and without roof rails. Long and bulky objects that do not fit in the boot or the interior can be attached to them. When not in use, the base and crossbars can be neatly stowed away in a storage bag. The easy-to-fit roof boxes are a particularly practical addition to the luggage rack, offering up to 510 litres of additional storage space. These can hold a large part of the holiday luggage, making it a breeze even for the 3.60-metre-long CITIGOe iV. The ŠKODA roof boxes are lockable, waterproof and available in black, silver and white. Their aerodynamically optimised shape minimises the impact on fuel consumption and driving stability at higher speeds. The wind noise during the journey is also kept low. 

Bicycle racks for the roof and trailer hitch 
ŠKODA offers two equally practical and secure transport solutions for bicycles. Vehicles with a trailer hitch can be equipped with a rear rack that can hold up to three bicycles, depending on the model. The lockable rack makes mounting straightforward and safe and is also suitable for carrying e-bikes thanks to its high load-bearing capacity. It comes complete with rear lights and license plate holder. The alternative is another lockable bicycle rack for the roof, which can be mounted on the roof base rack or the roof rails using crossbars. This allows up to three bikes to be transported safely. Winter sports enthusiasts also get their money’s worth, as special roof racks are available for the CITIGOe iV, OCTAVIA, SUPERB and the SUV models KAMIQ, KAROQ and KODIAQ that can carry up to four pairs of skis or two snowboards. 

Trailer coupling can also be retrofitted 
Most ŠKODA models can also be retrofitted with a trailer hitch from ŠKODA Genuine Accessories. In addition to versions with a rigid ball head, there are also versions with a removable or swivel ball head that can be hidden under the vehicle when not in use.

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The brand has developed a significant presence in the fleet sector, largely thanks to its value-packed SE Technology models that have been created specifically to meet the demands of company car drivers. 

The new OCTAVIA SE Technology models are available to order now, and build on the strengths of their predecessors, which were acclaimed across the fleet market for their practicality, high equipment levels and remarkable value for money. 

SE Technology models offer two advanced engine options with power outputs ranging from 115PS to 150PS. The petrol option is a 1.5 TSI 150PS while the diesel offering is a 2.0 TDI unit that develops 115PS. Both drive through a six-speed manual gearbox. 

In terms of standard equipment, OCTAVIA SE Technology models feature 16-inch Twister AERO alloy wheels, LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, two-spoke leather multi-function steering wheel, voice control and front and rear parking sensors with manoeuvre assist. To provide business drivers with the best possible connectivity on the road, all SE Technology models are equipped with ŠKODA’s range-topping Columbus infotainment system with 10-inch touchscreen display and digital Virtual Cockpit. For the first time, this new system can display the navigation maps in a different level of zoom on either screen. This new function can be adjusted via an innovative touch slider located below the display on the centre console, which can also be used to control the volume. 

The OCTAVIA SE Technology is always online thanks to a built-in eSIM, enabling access to the latest ŠKODA Connect mobile online services. These include eCall, a comprehensive remote vehicle access and infotainment apps backed by online data, which is mandatory in the EU. The car features five USB-C ports; two in the front centre console for charging or connecting media devices and USB sticks, and a further three, one of which can optionally be housed in the overhead console above the rear-view mirror. Wireless Smartlink for Apple CarPlay is also fitted as standard (Android version available at a later date).

Despite this remarkably high specification prices for the SE Technology start from a P11D of £22,410, BiK from 28% for the 1.5 TSI 150PS hatch model. A full range of options are also available, allowing drivers to tailor their car to meet their exact needs. Options include Full LED Matrix headlights, an electrically operated boot, integrated tow bar and larger 17-inch alloy wheels. 

The fourth-generation OCTAVIA is longer and wider than its predecessor, has an even larger boot and showcases the latest evolution of ŠKODA’s design language. The new interior combines class-leading practicality with outstanding functionality and high-quality materials. The estate’s boot capacity, which is the largest in the segment, has increased by another 30 litres to 640 litres. The hatch can now hold 600 litres – 10 litres more than before.

And, as fleet and company car drivers have come to expect, the new OCTAVIA is brimming with intelligent Simply Clever features. These include a convenient filler tube for AdBlue® enabling it to be filled up using a lorry pump nozzle while in the rear, two smartphone storage pockets on the front-seat backs are ŠKODA firsts. Both models are equipped with multifunctional storage pocket below the boot cover, with the estate adding an automatically retractable load cover. The storage compartment in the front doors feature the familiar umbrella while a filling funnel integrated into the lid of the windscreen washer tank is yet another new feature in the OCTAVIA.

The all-new OCTAVIA SE Technology also includes Front Assist, Lane Assist and up to nine airbags, including a driver knee airbag and rear side airbags. These features, plus optional crew protect assist combine to make the new model the safest OCTAVIA ever. 

The new model is available to order now, with first deliveries expected later this summer with additional variants scheduled to arrive by the end of the year.

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