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    by Published on 18-06-2016 08:03 PM
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    • ŠKODA’s bestseller is even more dynamic and efficient
    • Three-cylinder TSI with a power output of 115 PS and low fuel consumption
    • Adaptive DCC optional for versions 150 PS or more
    • ŠKODA Phonebox for connecting and charging a smartphone inductively

    Mladá Boleslav, 13 June 2016 – The 2017 range of ŠKODA Octavia models is becoming even more dynamic and efficient. A new high-tech, three-cylinder turbo petrol engine completes the engine range; adaptive DCC is optional for versions with 150 PS or more.
    A turbo-charged, three-cylinder petrol engine has replaced the 1.2-litre, four-cylinder version. From its engine size of 999cc, the new 1.0 TSI produces 115 PS and provides 200 Nm of torque between 2,000 and 3,500 rpm. The first three-cylinder engine in the history of the Octavia has sophisticated acoustics and enables a driving performance that surpasses its predecessor.

    In combination with 7-speed DSG, the new 1.0 TSI accelerates the ŠKODA Octavia hatchback from 0-62mph in 9.9 seconds and achieves a top speed of 126mph. Combined with a 6-speed manual gearbox, 62mph can be achieved in just 9.6 seconds. The ŠKODA Octavia Estate is also available with 7-speed DSG or a manual gearbox; with a 124mph top speed and 10.1 second or 9.8 second 0-62mph time respectively.

    The biggest improvement, however, is to the new three-cylinder TSI’s fuel consumption, which is 8 per cent lower than that of the previous engine. The hatchback with 7-speed DSG can return 62.8mpg emitting 105 g CO2/km, while the manual gearbox lowers the latter to 104g/km. Choose the Octavia Estate and this increases to 61.4mpg (106g/km) and 62.8mpg (105g/km) respectively.
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    by Published on 18-06-2016 07:57 PM
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    • Powerful exterior with distinct three-dimensional lines
    • Elegant appearance thanks to clear interior lines
    • Largest boot in its class, optional foldable third row


    The ŠKODA Kodiaq, which will celebrate its world premiere in September, makes a strong statement with an impressive combination of powerful design and generous space. The exterior is clear-cut, the lines are distinctly three-dimensional – giving the new ŠKODA SUV an unmistakeable presence on the road. The interior is also characterised by clear lines and impresses with generous space alongside its elegant appearance.


    Jozef Kabaň, ŠKODA’s Head of Design, and his team have opted for a striking design language for the ŠKODA Kodiaq, which transfers the brand’s new design style into the SUV segment. Rationality and aesthetics work together unmistakeably here. As the design sketch already shows, all lines are clear, precise and sharp; the highly recessed shoulder line highlights the large ŠKODA SUV’s robust character. Flat, raked headlights are positioned on both sides of the wide ŠKODA grille. Their crystalline structure pays hommage to Czech crystal glass art, which is steeped in tradition.


    The extensively sculptured rear section also accentuates the ŠKODA Kodiaq’s sporty, robust SUV character. The LED rear lights are designed in the brand’s typical C-shape, continuing the ŠKODA SUV design lines in great detail. The side view is equally as strong. The long wheelbase and short overhangs point to the spacious interior. The SUV is available with two extra seats in the third row as an optional extra.


    With its clear design, the interior continues the striking
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    by Published on 18-06-2016 07:50 PM
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    • ŠKODA celebrates 15th anniversary of the first vRS model in the UK
    • Highly successful performance badge builds on SKODA’s sporting heritage
    • Three generations of Octavia vRS - now with the biggest range ever
    • Landmark cars including diesel-powered Fabia vRS - a sector first
    • Octavia vRS set and still holds International Land Speed Record

    ŠKODA’s rich sporting and performance history reaches a historic milestone in 2016 with the 15th anniversary of the vRS brand in the UK. Since the first Octavia vRS arrived in showrooms back in 2001, ŠKODA has continually developed the vRS range; adding more power, performance and excitement to cars wearing the famous three letter badge.

    Octavia vRS Mk1 (2001-2006)


    The Mk1 Octavia vRS was the first modern-era ŠKODA to enter the fiercely competitive performance car market. Perfectly showcasing the brand’s optimism, confidence and engineering skills, the Octavia was powered by a 180PS, 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine, the Mk1 Octavia vRS delivered numerous firsts for the brand. Not only was it the most powerful production ŠKODA ever produced, it was also the fastest (146mph Hatch) and most expensive with a UK price tag of Ł15,535.


    The first-generation Octavia vRS proved an instant hit with car buyers and the world’s motoring media alike. While it broke a price barrier for the brand, its high equipment levels meant that no rival could match the Octavia vRS for sheer value and entertainment.


    Fabia vRS Mk1 (2003-2007)


    ŠKODA’s passion for ripping up the performance car rulebook took another leap forward in 2003 with the introduction of the Fabia vRS. Powered by a 130PS, 1.9-litre turbodiesel engine, the Fabia defied convention and proved
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    by Published on 03-06-2016 02:14 PM
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    Embedded SIM unlocks even more of the advantages of Audi connect infotainment services


    • Many new Audi models fitted with a permanently installed SIM card, including the new A3, A4, Q2 and Q7 range
    • Data flat rate included for Audi connect services
    • No more roaming fees when travelling around Europe
    • Complimentary 3-month trial is equipped

    Audi is now equipping its new models that use the second-generation modular infotainment platform with the Audi connect SIM. The factory-installed SIM card offers customers the advantage of being able to immediately use the wide range of Audi connect services with the accompanying data flat rate both domestically and abroad.

    The Audi connect SIM is a permanently installed SIM card, known as an embedded SIM or eSIM, which customers in Europe will receive in combination with the optional Audi connect equipment package. This transforms the car into a mobile communication centre. The SIM card brings Audi connect services on board via an LTE/UMTS module with a download speed of up to 100 MBit/s. Services include navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View, travel, traffic and parking information. In addition, drivers can access their Twitter and e-mail accounts and their smartphone’s calendar. The new SIM card contains an unlimited data volume for using these services. Another advantage is that in most European countries, the Audi connect SIM automatically accesses the provider for each specific country, as needed. This eliminates high, country-specific roaming charges and inconvenient roaming
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    by Published on 03-06-2016 02:08 PM
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    • High specification Match Edition joins Volkswagen Golf Estate line-up
    • Extra equipment brings even greater value to Golf R and Passat
    • Award-winning Touran compact MPV receives more power


    The already appealing Volkswagen Golf Estate range is getting more attractive still with the arrival of the compelling Golf Estate Match Edition, which replaces the SE trim and brings with it an abundance of important equipment upgrades.


    The new Volkswagen Golf Estate Match Edition includes elegant 16-inch ‘Dover’ alloy wheels and front fog lights, while external features are further enhanced by the addition of a Mirror Pack which delivers remote electrically folding door mirrors, as well as door mirror puddle lights and reverse activated kerb-view adjustment on the passenger’s door mirror.


    The German manufacturer is also adding parking sensors to the level of comfort and convenience already offered by the Golf Estate Match Edition, and that is in addition to the high spec 6.5-inch colour touch-screen, Bluetooth telephone and audio connection, car information display, DAB digital radio and a CD player.


    The offering is bolstered by an upgrade of the infotainment system to the impressive Discover Navigation system, with Car-Net Guide and Inform. Discover Navigation adds, as standard on the Golf Estate Match Edition, dynamic navigation with branded points of interest, speed limit display and a choice of three route options (Fast, Short or Eco). And in addition, the dynamic Car-Net Guide and Inform programme provides online access to a range of useful information such as live traffic updates, current local fuel
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    by Published on 03-06-2016 02:03 PM
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    World premiere of the latest two-door, four-seat Audi icon


    • Intelligent multi-material construction method trims 60kg from its predecessor, making it the lightest body in its class
    • More interior space, a longer wheelbase and a larger luggage capacity
    • Two TFSI and three TDI engines, with outputs ranging from 190PS to 286PS, are up to 17 per cent more powerful and as much as 22 per cent more efficient
    • Turbocharged V6 TFSI in the all-new S5 Coupé delivers 354PS and 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds
    • Powerful six-cylinder engines for more driving pleasure and efficiency
    • High tech interior with optional Audi virtual cockpit and Audi connect
    • quattro with ultra technology can be specified for four-cylinder manual TFSI and TDI engines
    • Predictive efficiency assistant and traffic jam assist now available, along with cross traffic assist rear, collision avoidance and an exit warning system
    • UK ordering expected to open towards the end of the summer

    Nine years after it first cut a dash and subsequently established itself as a modern-day Audi design icon, the all-new Audi A5 Coupé has undergone both a technological transformation and an artfully crafted styling evolution that brings it absolutely up to date and introduces a fresh, contemporary look while still retaining the graceful presence and elegant character of the original.
    Its beautifully flowing bodywork has been aerodynamically optimised to deliver a drag coefficient of just 0.25, while beneath the skin is a new platform that reduces weight by up to 60kg over its predecessor. A range of powerful TDI and TFSI engines and an even more advanced suite of infotainment and driver assistance systems that are at the cutting edge of Vorsprung durch Technik also converge on thenew Audi A5 Coupé.

    Body


    The new Audi A5 Coupé sports a modern and honed look. It is nevertheless true to its DNA with the dynamic and elegant
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    by Published on 28-05-2016 04:12 PM
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    • The only pick-up in the segment with a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine
    • Maximum power of 165 kW / 224 PS and 550 Nm of torque
    • Top speed of 193 km/h (120 mph)
    • Latest radio/navigation systems and mobile online services


    Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has revealed the first images of its new Amarok on the move, as well as the interior which offers customers a number of new features. These include an attractive cockpit, with a colour multi-function display for the Aventura launch model and state-of-the-art radio/navigation systems. For the driver and front-seat passenger, the Amarok also provides 14-way adjustable ergoComfort seats, which have already won awards for their back-friendliness.


    Superior and robust: at home both on and off the road, the Amarok, with its new 3.0-litre V6 TDI engine achieves 550 Newton metres of torque and 165 kW / 224 PS at his highest power output level. It can reach a top speed of 193 kilometres per hour (120 mph) and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.9 seconds.


    The pick-up is an attractive alternative thanks to its high seat position, good all-round visibility and high-quality interior, making for a comfortable ride both on- and off-road. And, despite its impressive size, getting into the Amarok is easy, with doors that swing open wide and – depending on the design variant – grab handles on the A and B-pillars to help you climb into the cab.


    One of the highlights of the new Amarok’s interior are the new electrically adjustable ergoComfort seats for the driver and front-seat passenger, which provide plenty of head and legroom.
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    by Published on 28-05-2016 04:06 PM
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    • Following successful online crowd sourcing data competition, with close to 13,000 entries, SEAT UK has confirmed pricing and specification for new Ateca First Edition
    • Exclusivity guaranteed with only 200 Ateca First Edition models destined for UK
    • Online “lifestyle configurator” highlighted most popular Brit specification choices as 18-inch bi-colour alloy wheels, satellite-navigation system with eight-inch touchscreen, Keyless Enter & Go (KESSY), electric tailgate with virtual pedal for opening and closing, rear parking sensors with rear-view camera, dark-tinted rear windows, black roof rails and window surrounds
    • First Edition competitively priced at Ł21,995 (1.0 TSI) and Ł24,305 (1.6 TDI), with over Ł3,500 more equipment than SE upon which it is based, offers customer saving of Ł1,100
    • Ateca First Edition available with two engines: 1.0 TSI 115PS and 1.6 TDI 115 PS
    • Pre-orders for Ateca range, including new First Edition, being taken from 1st June 2016, ahead of UK showroom launch on 9th September


    Following the huge success of its latest UK marketing initiative to tap into the British psyche and discover the perfect recipe for a compact SUV, SEAT is now able to confirm pricing and specification for its new Ateca First Edition.


    Created purely as a one-off launch trim level, exclusivity for the extremely well-specified and striking First Edition is assured, with just 200 examples destined for UK retail buyers.


    SEAT has taken its time with its first-ever SUV, to create what it believes is the best car of its ilk to live
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    by Published on 13-05-2016 11:47 AM
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    World premiere of the new Golf GTI Clubsport S at Lake Wörthersee: most powerful GTI ever smashes the Nürburgring lap record

    The Golf GTI Clubsport S breaks the lap record for front-wheel-drive cars on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, with a time of 07:49:21

    This exclusive GTI is a two-seater with a 310 PS engine and newly configured chassis


    Ten key facts – the Golf GTI Clubsport S in keywords


    1. The most powerful Golf GTI ever breaks the lap record for front-wheel-drive production cars on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, with a time of 07:49:21.


    2. Only 400 of the limited edition Golf GTI Clubsport S, which delivers 228 kW/310 PS and can go from 0-100 km/h in just 5.8 seconds, will be made.


    3. Uniquely, the Golf GTI Clubsport S has a Nürburgring setting, which can be accessed using the driving profile selector.


    4. The Nürburgring setting finetunes the adaptive chassis control DCC, engine, steering and sound to suit the Nordschleife.


    5. The chassis of the Golf GTI Clubsport S was fine-tuned in extensive racetrack tests and completely reconfigured.


    6. With the EU unladen weight reduced to 1,285 kg, the 310 PS results in a sports car power-to-weight ratio of 4.15 kg/PS. (EU unladen weight incl. driver and luggage: 1,360 kg).


    7. New exhaust system sees tail pipes with an enlarged cross-section produce strong backfire when braking.


    8. The Golf GTI Clubsport S is a two-door, two-seat car, with the rear seats removed to save weight.


    9. The Golf GTI Clubsport S comes with 19-inch alloy wheels (“Pretoria”) and semi-slicks.


    10. The production number 001/400 to 400/400 in the interior reveals that the car is an exclusive special edition.


    In brief – the world premiere of the Golf GTI
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    by Published on 13-05-2016 11:37 AM
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    • Name refers to the Kodiak bear that lives on a remote island near Alaska
    • ŠKODA's Kodiaq debuts in the second half of 2016, heralding the Czech brand's global SUV campaign


    ŠKODA’s new large SUV is to be called Kodiaq. The name refers to the Kodiak bear that lives on a remote island off the southern coast of Alaska. Its spelling is derived from the language of the indigenous people – the Alutiiq. ŠKODA will usher in a new SUV campaign with the introduction of the Kodiaq when it makes its public debut in the second half of 2016.

    Living alongside c.14,000 people on Kodiak Island – a harsh yet fascinating landscape located off the southern coast of Alaska (57°N 153°W) – are almost 3,500 Kodiak bears. The Alutiiq, the natives, call the bear Taq uka 'aq – the letter ‘q’ at the end is a characteristic of animal names. ŠKODA’s use of the letter ‘q’ creates a distinctive name for a very distinctive new ŠKODA.

    At 4.70 metres long, ŠKODA’s new SUV can comfortably seat seven people and offers remarkable performance both on and off the beaten track. The hidden power of the Kodiaq can also be seen in its design – distinctive, muscular lines representing a dynamic, robust and strong appearence.

    ‘Discover new ground’ is the claim under which the Czech carmaker will be launching the ŠKODA Kodiaq. The model marks the beginning of the brand’s new SUV campaign, and will attract new consumer groups in the fast-growing SUV segment. The ŠKODA Kodiaq celebrates its public debut in the ...
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