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Triple Triumph for ŠKODA Superb Estate

The ŠKODA Superb Estate has made it a hat-trick of wins in the annual awards from respected magazine Diesel Car.

It’s the third year in a row the popular load-lugger has scooped the top honour in the ‘Best Estate Car’ category. Claiming the title again is an amazing achievement for a car that first appeared in showrooms in 2010.

Not to be outdone, the ŠKODA Yeti also picked up an award. It was named runner-up in the ‘Best Crossover’ class.

Ian Robertson, Editor of Diesel Car, was full of praise for the ŠKODA Superb Estate. He commented: “For the past three years this car has been a winner. There’s simply nothing else that can compete for space, quality and sheer desirability. It’s ŠKODA value and quality in an estate car that is just the ideal all-round loadster. You just can’t argue with a boot that stretches from 633 litres to a whopping 1,865 litres.”

“For the Superb to be voted the ‘Best Estate Car’ for three years in a row shows what an exceptional product it remains. Thousands of new owners are finding that out for themselves every year and sales continue to grow year-on-year,” said Chris Horrell, Product Marketing Manager, ŠKODA UK.

Article source: www.skoda.co.uk

ŠKODA wants to complete IRC hat-trick in 2012

  • The IRC championship remains the priority
  • ŠKODA Motorsport to compete in the European Championship series for the first time
  • The team's agenda for the Czech rally championship has been extended
  • Hänninen and Kopecký named again as factory drivers
  • The team will enter the new year with a new factory-car design

Mladá Boleslav, 16 December, 2011 – The ŠKODA Motorsport team will continue the Fabia Super 2000 car in 2012. The team will be hoping to win the Manufactures title for the third year running. This has been the most successful year in the brand's long history of motorsport efforts. The participation in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC) with the Fabia Super 2000, where ŠKODA has won the titles in both the Drivers and Manufacturers categories for two consecutive years, remains the brand's top priority. Furthermore, one of the factory crews will compete in selected rallies of the European Championship, and the factory team will appear in the Czech rally championship. Juho Hänninen and Jan Kopecký remain the brand's factory drivers for 2012. The first event in 2012 to see the factory team in action is the Jänner Rally, taking place in Austria over the first weekend of January.

Commenting on the team's agenda in 2012, Head of the ŠKODA Motorsport team Michal Hrabánek says: “ŠKODA's top priority will be to defend the IRC titles we have won in the past two years. Three drivers in factory-prepared Fabia Super 2000s are going to fight for points in the Manufacturers category – Jan Kopecký and Juho Hänninen of ŠKODA Motorsport (factory team) and Andreas Mikkelsen of ŠKODA UK Motorsport. With future prospects in mind, we want to gain experience in selected events of the European Championship where we will be represented by Juho Hänninen and Mikko Markkula, one of our factory crews. Intending to become even more visible in the home market, the other factory crew, Jan Kopecký and Pavel Dresler, will appear on Czech tracks as part of the Czech Championship. Pavel Dressler has replaced Petr Starý who, unfortunately, has a long-standing health problem – in this connection, the whole team wishes Petr a fast recovery.”

2011 SWRC Champion Juho Hänninen: “I have learned a lot at ŠKODA Motorsport over the past three years, and these have been more than good times for the entire team. I believe that we will be successful also next year, which holds some new rallies for us, but that is exactly what makes this sport so exciting. I am pretty certain that we are going to make another step ahead with the Fabia.”

Three times IRC runner up Jan Kopecký: “I appreciate the opportunity to continue co-operating with ŠKODA Motorsport. Our ambition in the Czech Championship is of course to keep appearing on the top ranks and the goal in the selected IRC events is to always win as many points as possible in order to help ŠKODA win the third title in the Manufacturers category. I want to say a big thank you to Petr Starý for three great years that we have spent together and wish him a fast recovery.”

The Mladá Boleslav-based car manufacturer is celebrating 110 years of its motorsport efforts in 2011, a year which, has been its most successful so far. ŠKODA has comfortably repeated last year's victory in the Manufacturers category of the Intercontinental Rally Challenge championship, Fabia Super 2000 drivers have won the first three places in the Drivers category of the IRC (Mikkelsen 1st, Kopecký 2nd, Hänninen 3rd) and Juho Hänninen and Mikko Markkula have won the first-ever SWRC title for ŠKODA. At the end of this year, ŠKODA Motorsport and its Fabia Super 2000s made their debut in the Race of Champions, a prestigious multi-discipline event with a history of more than 20 years.

Article source: www.skoda.co.uk

Record-breaking success for ŠKODA at 2012 Auto Express Car of the Year awards 

 

 

 

  • ŠKODA Citigo crowned Car of the Year 2012 by Auto Express
  • Category wins for Citigo, Superb and Superb Estate
  • ŠKODA wins Driver Power Award for third year in succession
  • ŠKODA has won Car of the Year twice in the last three years

 

ŠKODA has swept the board at the 2012 Auto Express Car of the Year awards, winning five categories – including the prestigious Car of the Year title for the new Citigo. For the third year running, the Superb triumphed in the Best Family Car category, while the Estate version took the Best Estate Car award – an achievement no other brand has equalled in the magazine’s history.

ŠKODA also won the Driver Power Award for the third year in a row. The brand has finished at the top of the magazine’s annual satisfaction poll for the past three years. The 2012 featured three ŠKODAs in the top four, with the Yeti voted the number one car for owner satisfaction.

Commenting on the haul of five honours, ŠKODA Brand Director Alasdair Steward said: “We’re delighted to receive these honours from Auto Express. To get such recognition for our products, both new and established, demonstrates how strong the brand has become. And to win the Driver Power Award for the third year in succession shows that we’re doing a great job of keeping buyers happy, too.”

Auto Express is Britain’s biggest-selling weekly car magazine. Its annual New Car Awards were held on Tuesday 26 June 2012 in London.
Announcing the results before a VIP industry audience, the magazine’s Editor in Chief, Steve Fowler, commented:

Car of the Year 2012 & Best City Car – ŠKODA Citigo

‘How does ŠKODA do it for the money? The Citigo is a small car with huge talent – it’s got space for four, drives superbly, is incredibly efficient and is beautifully built. Then there’s the price and kit list – it’s simply sensational value for money. We love it.’

Best Family Car – ŠKODA Superb

‘When it comes to family and fleet motoring, the ŠKODA Superb is the number one choice. It’s good to drive – both comfortable and rewarding – keeps running costs low, yet has executive car quality. And it’s got space to spare.’

Best Estate Car – Superb Estate

'The Superb Estate is about more than just space – although it’s truly enormous inside and practical, too. No, the Superb is great from behind the wheel, whether the car’s fully loaded or with just a driver on board. It’s well priced and cheap to run, too.’

Article source: www.skoda.co.uk

ŠKODA Celebrates: 14 million Vehicles Produced

  • ‘Laurin & Klement’ Superb special edition
  • Impressive growth of the ŠKODA brand
  • Production and sales to grow significantly by 2018
  • Model expansion in international markets

Mladá Boleslav/Kvasiny, February 2, 2012 – ŠKODA has produced its 14-millionth car. The celebratory vehicle rolled off the assembly line at the Czech plant at Kvasiny the other day. The ‘Laurin & Klement’ Superb special edition vehicle is designated for delivery to a German customer.

This special edition is another milestone for the sustained growth of the automobile manufacturer.

“This celebratory car is an impressive expression of our growth strategy,” says ŠKODA chairman of the board, Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “We are expanding at a high speed. Almost two thirds of the 14 million cars built by the company were produced and sold in the past 20 years, four million of which were produced in the past 5 years alone.”

ŠKODA plans to increase its worldwide sales to at least 1.5 million units per year by 2018. With a total of 879,200 units in 2011, the company sold more cars than ever in its history.

This current milestone illustrates the very dynamic development of the brand and, at the same time, points toward the great significance of its affiliation with the Volkswagen Group in the year 1991.

“We thank the entire ŠKODA team, which has made this development possible and which can rightly be proud of its achievement,” emphasizes Vahland.

ŠKODA began the largest model expansion of its history last year, to accomplish this goal. With Citigo and the compact sedan Rapid, sold in India, the two new model lines already celebrated their sales premieres at the end of 2011. ŠKODA wants to introduce an average of one new model to the market every six months in the coming years.

The manufacturer is increasing capacity in Czech and international plants and at the same time, ŠKODA continues the consistent internationalization of the brand, particularly focusing on the emerging markets of China, Russia and India.

At the end of 2012, the compact SUV Yeti will be produced in China in cooperation with Shanghai Volkswagen. Moreover, the brand will commence production of a new compact sedan in China at the beginning of 2013.

In Russia, a second production site following the one in Kaluga has been in operation since 2011. As well as this, capacities are growing in India - with the new compact sedan Rapid having been built in Pune since 2011.

Milestones of the car manufacture at ŠKODA AUTO:

    • January 30, 2012: 14 million automobiles since 1905

    • December 2011: 1.5 million vehicles of the Octavia II type

    • October 12, 2011: 10-millionth automobile produced at the plant in Mladá Boleslav

    • September 2, 2011: 4-millionth MQ200 gearbox built at the plant in Mladá Boleslav

    • April 8, 2009: 12 million automobiles since 1905

    • July 13, 2006: 10 million automobiles since 1905 (5 million of which were manufactured since the entry of VW in 1991)

  • 1991: 5 million automobiles since 1905
Article source: www.skoda.co.uk

 

The 2012 Arrival of Volkswagen Passat 2.5 SEL

 

 


This, the Volkswagen Passat 2.5 SEL was released with great fanfare. It was also named motor trend's car of the year.

It has a 170-horsepower five-cylinder engine with a six-speed automatic transmission strength. It also has a powerful heated seat and touchscreen navigation system. The SEL also has a dual zone climate regulator, a fender stereo and a sun protective roof.

It has a performance testing value of 0.60mph at 9.0 seconds, making this is a great value that makes the acceleration process of this car graded above every other Passat model.

The back seat is spacious. The basic pricing for the Volkswagen Passat is not as expensive as you would think. It's affordable with several features that will boast its road performance when tested.

Further, the front engine has a five pass, four down sedan. The wheel floor unit gets up to 110.4 with a braking of 130ft.

All these features make a Volkswagen Passat 2.5 SEL a great deal and a great package. The interior is cool with air conditioning system that blows accurate pressure of air from the door side and the rear.

The acceleration is a product of the cylinder system that it uses.

And of course, you can get your new VW Passat serviced with us after you get it.

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