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    by Published on 23-07-2016 09:29 AM
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    Technological trendsetter can now be configured on audi.co.uk and ordered in UK Audi Centres nationwide


    • New 435PS and 900Nm Q7 flagship priced from Ł70,970 OTR, available to order now with first deliveries starting in August
    • Standard specification includes S-specific interior and exterior details, virtual cockpit, adaptive S air suspension, active sound exhaust system, rear view camera and Valcona leather upholstery with S embossing
    • New driving dynamics sports pack featuring quattro with sports differential, all-wheel steering and electromechanical active roll stabilization exclusive to the SQ7 TDI
    • Key optional equipment also includes 22-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, carbon ceramic brakes, Audi Matrix LED headlights, Tour pack featuring Traffic Jam Assist and night vision


    Another pioneer joins the UK Audi range this week – the new SQ7 TDI, priced from Ł70,970 OTR, is notable not only as the first ever ‘S’ version of the Q7 luxury SUV, but also as the first series production car to incorporate new electric powered compressor (EPC) technology that consigns ‘turbo lag’ to history. Supporting two sequentially activated turbochargers, the EPC helps to generate pulling power that is unparalleled in this class, and the V8 TDI-powered Q7 flagship is able to deftly deploy it thanks to a chassis bolstered by state-of-the art electromechanical active roll stabilisation. The integration of both systems is made possible by a powerful new 48-volt electrical subsystem which makes its Audi debut in the Q7 and will be the springboard for numerous revolutionary new technologies in the Audi models of the near future.


    As it is electrically driven and therefore not dependent upon exhaust flow
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    by Published on 23-07-2016 09:22 AM
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    • Sharp new looks and more technology for Volkswagen’s popular up! city car
    • Powerful new turbocharged 1.0-litre TSI engine joins the up! range
    • Entry-level new up! costs from Ł8,995 (RRP OTR)


    The exciting Volkswagen up! has been an acknowledged leader in the city car class since its launch in 2011. Setting the pace in its segment, strong sales around the world have underlined its credentials as a lively little car that’s practical, accessible, and fun. A punchy yet frugal three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol engine offered in one of two states of tune, allied to impressive packaging and smart styling, define the up! and these strengths have all been significantly enhanced in the new-look model.


    Opening for order at Volkswagen Retailers nationwide today (21 July), the revised up! boasts a subtly enhanced exterior design, the option of a new 1.0-litre TSI turbocharged engine offering up to 90 PS (available to order from August), and extra equipment as standard. A significantly broader range of exterior colours, decals and roof colours, allied to a large number of interior personalisation options, mean today’s up! can be carefully tailored to a buyer’s precise requirements, too, for the ultimate in city car individualisation.


    up!-graded styling


    The four-seat Volkswagen’s exterior changes focus on the front and rear of the car, which is offered in either three- or five-door configuration. The front has a new bumper, which gives the up! a mature look and works with the revised radiator grille and bonnet to give the car a purposeful stance. The Volkswagen roundel is now chrome-on-black, the new LED running lights are an additional styling cue – enhancing safety, too – while the up!’s angular door mirrors
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    by Published on 23-07-2016 09:16 AM
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    • ŠKODA SUV to make guest appearance at final stage in Paris
    • New red, grey and black camouflage
    • Thirteenth time ŠKODA is the official sponsor of Tour de France
    • A ŠKODA SUPERB is leading the racing field as the official Red Car; ŠKODA provided 250 organisational and support vehicles as well as more than 50 team cars


    ŠKODA KODIAQ is getting ready for a guest appearance at this year‘s Tour de France grand finale. The new ŠKODA SUV is set to lead the racers through the legendary Paris boulevard of Champs-Elysées to the finishing line at the race‘s concluding stage next Sunday.


    The ŠKODA KODIAQ is currently in intense preparations for its appearance in the last stage of the Tour de France from Chantilly to Paris. Sporting a new image, the car is going to lead the pack along the legendary Champs-Elysées boulevard to the finish. And it will be carrying a truly prominent driver: the Irish former professional road racing cyclist Stephen Roche, winner of the Tour from 1987 and ŠKODA brand ambassador.


    The first photos of the new ŠKODA KODIAQ published by the Mladá Boleslav car manufacturer present the new SUV covered in white, grey and black camouflage. The red, grey and black edges of the new camouflage style are inspired by ŠKODA‘s new design language has been designed and manufactured exclusively for the special appearance. Around 14.000 facets featured on the vehicle hint at the contours and character of the ŠKODA SUV.


    It took four specialists 120 hours to apply close to 21 m2 of foil on the new ŠKODA KODIAQ, adjusting it visually to the Tour‘s
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    by Published on 17-07-2016 10:19 AM
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    • Volkswagen introduces compelling lifetime replacement brake pads offer
    • New pads or brake shoes fitted by Volkswagen will subsequently be replaced free
    • Offer applies for the lifetime of the car’s ownership


    Volkswagen is introducing a great value new Lifetime Brakes replacement service as part of the brand’s ongoing commitment to driving down the cost of top quality car care and maintenance.


    The simple new offer works like this: if a Volkswagen customer has their car’s brake pads or shoes replaced with genuine Volkswagen parts at a participating Volkswagen Retailer, they can return for free replacement pads or shoes whenever they wear out in future. This lasts for as long as they own their Volkswagen and, as it includes the cost of parts and labour, it represents incredible value for money.


    The offer applies as soon as the customer has a set of brake pads or shoes fitted at a Volkswagen Retailer; all they have to do is show the invoice for the initial brake pad or shoe replacement. And Volkswagen Retailers will only use Volkswagen Genuine Parts, all of which are covered by a two-year warranty.


    The new Lifetime Brakes offer is the latest in a range of incentives, including Fixed Price Servicing, created by Volkswagen to drive down servicing and maintenance costs for the brand’s millions of owners nationwide.


    Aside from great deals such as the new Lifetime Brakes offer, having a Volkswagen serviced or repaired at a Volkswagen Retailer brings with it all manner of advantages, among them the high-quality of training
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    by Published on 08-07-2016 02:11 PM
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    • ŠKODA transfers its distinctive new design language into the SUV segment
    • Largest boot capacity within class
    • Available with up to seven seats
    • Latest infotainment, connectivity, and assistance system technology
    • Three TSI and two TDI engines
    • Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) as well as off-road function for 4×4 variants


    ŠKODA has kicked off its major SUV campaign with the new Kodiaq. The 4.7m long SUV is a versatile all-rounder. It offers the largest boot capacity within its class and will be available with the option of a third row of seats. The Kodiaq places a new brand emphasis on infotainment, assistance systems and connectivity, and goes on sale at the beginning of 2017.


    With the Kodiaq, ŠKODA is entering a new market segment that is growing quickly across the world – the large SUV class. With this campaign, the brand wants to engage new customer groups, increase its market share and further strengthen its position in international markets. The ŠKODA Kodiaq demonstrates where ŠKODA stands today, and points to its future – with a variety of new technology and future-oriented features in terms of connectivity, including mobile online services.


    “Our new ŠKODA Kodiaq SUV is a great all-rounder”, said ŠKODA CEO, Bernhard Maier. “It combines an active sense of vitality with the brand’s classic qualities – a high degree of functionality and an outstanding amount of space. As always, in the design process we have focused on offering a little bit more car, and as a result, the best vehicle in the segment. In addition, with its emotive design, the ŠKODA Kodiaq is a strong presence on the road.”


    Full of character:transfer of design
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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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