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    by Published on 16-07-2022 09:59 AM
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    • New 8-inch digital display fitted as standard to all models
    • Updated options include new Safety Package
    • New Travel Assist Plus option pack for SportLine model
    • New 19-inch alloy wheels for SportLine model
    • Range consists of three trim grades and five engine options
    • 2023MY KAROQ available to order now


    ŠKODA is introducing a number of key specification and trim updates to its popular
    KAROQ SUV line-up following the introduction of a facelifted model earlier this year. Positioned between the KAMIQ and KODIAQ in ŠKODA’s best-selling SUV range, the 2023MY KAROQ is set to deliver even better value for money to customers.

    The revised line-up, which is available to order now, consists of three trim grades: SE Drive, SE L and SportLine, with customers able to choose from three petrol and two diesel engines. Prices for the new KAROQ range from Ł26,255 OTR for the 1.0 TSI SE Drive model up to Ł37,725 OTR for the range-topping SportLine 2.0 TSI 190 PS DSG 4x4.

    Among the updates is the introduction of a new 8-inch Digital Display that replaces Colour multifunction trip computer and analogue dials across all trim levels. The new display offers drivers the option of three layouts – tachometer, rev counter and digital with the ambient lighting colour reflected in the display and side sections.

    ŠKODA has also updated its range of value-packed option packages. A new Travel Assist Package Plus, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, Front Assist with emergency braking, Blind Spot Detection, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Assist and Traffic Jam Assist, as well as USB-C port for rear view mirror, are available on the SportLine ...
    by Published on 29-05-2022 11:17 AM
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    • 70 years since the start of production of iconic R-Type Continental
    • In 1952, the fastest four-seat and most expensive car in the world
    • 208 examples built, one still owned by Bentley
    • Inspirational design DNA and definitive Continental ethos
    • The most celebrated of Bentley’s long line of grand tourers

    Bentley is celebrating 70 years since the start of production of the R-Type Continental – one of the most celebrated cars in the company’s 103-year history, and the first Bentley to wear the Continental name. With only 208 examples produced, the R-Type Continental was as rare a sight in the 1950s as it is today – but it went down in history as a benchmark Bentley, and the embodiment of the brand’s grand touring DNA. Its ethos and its exterior design were the inspiration for the first Continental GT in 2003, and it has inspired Bentley Design teams ever since.

    While the first prototype R-Type Continental (known as ‘Olga’ thanks to its OLG490 registration) was on the road in August 1951, it wasn’t until May 1952 that the car went into production, with customer deliveries starting in June. At the time, it was the fastest four-seat car in the world – a mantle that was picked-up by the modern-day Continental GT in 2003. It was also the most expensive, at Ł6,928 – nearly four times the 1952 average UK house price.

    The Iconic R-Type Continental


    The brainchild of Chief Projects Engineer, Ivan Evernden and Chief Stylist, John Blatchley, the R-Type Continental was described in period by Autocar magazine as ‘a modern magic carpet which annihilates great distances.’

    Two ...
    by Published on 19-03-2022 03:46 PM
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    • Audi exhibits concept for an executive class Avant with electric drive system
    • Unmistakable design for the electric age
    • Offers glimpse of future production models on new PPE platform
    • Fast charging with 270 kW – 300 km (186 miles) range in just 10 minutes


    Audi A6 e-tron concept, the second: as part of its 2022 Annual Media Conference, Audi is presenting the next model in its future electrically-powered A6 Luxury Class: the Avant. The company with the four rings introduced the Audi A6 Sportback with an electric drive system almost a year ago at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2021. The production-oriented A6 Avant e-tron concept car now illustrates the synthesis of pioneering drive technology and Audi’s traditional design world: the Avant.


    Like the Audi A6 e-tron concept that was exhibited in 2021, the A6 Avant also has an exclusively electric drive system based on the forward-looking PPE platform, developed under Audi’s leadership. At the same time, it represents a new design concept with the same dimensions as the A6 Sportback e-tron. At 4,960mm (16.3 ft.) long, 1,960mm (6.4 ft.) wide, and 1,440mm (4.7 ft.) tall, its proportions put it in the luxury class. Its lines are a consistent development in Audi’s contemporary formal language. Significant elements like the closed Singleframe and the continuous strip of lights in the rear emphasize its kinship with the other electrically powered Audis in the e-tron fleet.

    The Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept exterior model that is making its debut in March 2022 is not just a simple design exercise. Its lines and elegant proportions preview future Audi production models and offer clues about how dynamic and elegant the electrically-powered luxury class will look.

    “With the Audi A6 Avant e-tron concept, we are offering a completely tangible look at future production models on our new PPE technology platform,” says Audi Board Member for Technical Development Oliver Hoffmann. “We’re not just electrifying the Avant’s successful 45-year history. What we want most of all is ...
    by Published on 19-03-2022 03:40 PM
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    • Bentley Orlando commissions a space-themed Bentayga Speed
    • Cypress exterior accented with Orange Flame
    • Interior theme includes Galaxy stone fascias and waistrails blending seamlessly with a unique fluted interior
    • Orange micro-piping matches exterior highlights
    • Naim for Bentley speaker grilles finished in satin black
    • Individual personalisation requests double in first quarter of 2022
    • Mulliner Design team complete 100 requests this year so far

    Bentley Orlando has used Mulliner’s extensive capability to produce a bespoke space-themed Bentayga Speed for one of its customers. Using feature content from Mulliner’s personal commissioning guide and a number of bespoke elements, the resulting Bentayga Speed is a stunning individual example of the craftsmanship associated with Mulliner.

    The exterior paint shade of Cypress is famously familiar from the launch of the first generation Continental GT in 2003. The dark metallic grey with subtle green undertones creates a dark, stone-like exterior, with visual presence increased by the use of Blackline Specification – replacing all exterior brightware with gloss black version. Orange Flame accents to the gloss carbon fibre Styling Specification take inspiration from comet dust trails racing across the night sky, and add a bright contrast to the Cypress paintwork. The combination provides a
    unique backdrop for the bespoke interior.

    Inside the beautifully crafted cabin, the first individual feature visible when opening the doors are the illuminated treadplates depicting planets orbiting a solar system. The eye is quickly drawn to the Orange bezels surrounding the Galaxy Stone fascias set into the dashboard and mirrored on the door waistrails. ...
    by Published on 19-02-2022 06:38 PM
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    • First all-electric model to wear ŠKODA’s famous vRS badge
    • 299PS, all-wheel drive and 460Nm of torque deliver powerful performance
    • Striking exterior design changes include sports bumpers and 20-inch wheels and illuminated Crystal Face grille
    • Interior features vRS sports seats and black leather trim
    • Prices from Ł51,885 OTR
    • Order books open 17 February 2022 - UK deliveries from July


    The first all-electric ŠKODA to wear the brand’s famous vRS badge will arrive in the UK in July, marking the start of an exciting new chapter in the vRS story. Following its world premiere last month, the ENYAQ Coupé iV vRS will be available to order from 17 February with on-the-road prices starting from Ł51,885.


    Design highlights include sports front and rear bumpers and gloss black surrounds for the grille, window trim and rear diffuser. Badges, tailgate lettering and the air curtain trim on the front apron are also finished in black, while the rear bumper adds a full-length red reflector – a design feature shared will all other ŠKODA vRS models. Like all ENYAQ Coupé iV models, the vRS is fitted with a full-length panoramic glass roof as standard.

    The ENYAQ Coupé iV vRS comes with black 20-inch Taurus wheels as standard with 21-inch Vision wheels with an anthracite finish available as an option. Both feature aerodynamically optimised plastic Aero trims. Full LED matrix headlights and Crystal Face (illuminated by 131 LEDs) complete the vRS model’s exterior design package.

    Inside, the ENYAQ Coupé iV vRS features a model-specific Design ...
    by Published on 19-02-2022 06:30 PM
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    • Fully-electric ENYAQ Coupé iV is based on the Volkswagen Group’s MEB platform
    • The world premiere was held in Prague on 31 January


    Series production of the new ŠKODA ENYAQ Coupé iV has started at ŠKODA AUTO’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav. Like the successful, fully-electric ENYAQ iV, it is based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB). More than 120 units of the elegant coupé will be produced every day at the main plant alongside the ENYAQ iV, OCTAVIA and OCTAVIA iV model series.


    Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Production and Logistics, emphasises: “Last year, we produced 50,000 units of the ŠKODA ENYAQ iV. Now we are taking it to the next level by launching production of the new ŠKODA ENYAQ Coupé iV. I would like to congratulate the team on the successful completion of the preparation phase. It’s a great honour for the entire team that the coupé version of our successful electric SUV is also being produced at the heart of the brand, in Mladá Boleslav.”

    In future, 2000 employees will be assembling more than 120 units of the ŠKODA ENYAQ Coupé iV a day on the same production line as the ENYAQ iV and OCTAVIA. The two ENYAQ iV variants are the only models based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB) to roll off a European assembly line outside Germany.

    The emotive ŠKODA ENYAQ Coupé iV combines sporty lines with generous space and offers a boot capacity of 570 litres. The panoramic glass roof, which comes as standard, is the largest ...
    by Published on 06-02-2022 12:07 PM
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    • ŠKODA is adding an emotive coupé and its first ever all-electric vRS variant to its ENYAQ iV range
    • Athletic, elegant lines and a generously sized interior
    • Power outputs up to 220 kW** and rear‑ or all‑wheel drive
    • A range of up to 339 miles*** in the WLTP cycle and fast-charging capability
    • More sustainable: seat covers made of new wool and recycled PET bottles, and ecologically tanned leather


    Following the successful launch of the ENYAQ iV, ŠKODA is now adding an elegant coupé to the range. The line-up will also include a sporty vRS variant. The ŠKODA ENYAQ COUPÉ iV features an even more emotive design and, displaying sporty lines, generous space and a boot capacity of 570 l. At a value of 0.234, its drag coefficient (cd) has also been improved in comparison to the ENYAQ iV SUV. Depending on specification, this enables a range of up to 339 miles*** in the WLTP cycle, making the car perfectly suitable for travelling long distances. In the UK the coupé will be available with one battery size and a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive, and three power outputs ranging from 150 kW* to 220 kW** (vRS variant) for the ENYAQ COUPÉ iV. As with the ENYAQ iV, Design Selections replace the classic trim levels for the interior.


    Thomas Schäfer, ŠKODA AUTO CEO, says: “Following the successful launch of the SUV, the new ENYAQ COUPÉ iV brings even more emotiveness, sports styling and elegance to the ŠKODA iV family. Our designers and engineers have once again succeeded in combining a high degree of functionality with an emotive design. The brand-new range-topping model is also the first-ever all-electric ŠKODA vRS. The ENYAQ COUPÉ iV perfectly combines emotion with efficiency, offering the ŠKODA-typical generous amounts of space, even in a particularly elegant body.”

    The new ŠKODA ENYAQ COUPÉ iV and the ENYAQ iV are produced at ŠKODA’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav, making them the only MEB-based Volkswagen Group vehicles in Europe to be built outside of Germany. Due to its composition and a long wheelbase, the MEB modular electric car platform enables new options in terms of body proportions and design. As the high-voltage battery for the drive system is fully incorporated into the underbody, and because electric vehicles don’t have a transmission tunnel, the space available for rear-seat passengers is also particularly generous.

    Dark tinted panoramic glass roof as standard and gently rearward sloping roofline


    The new ŠKODA ENYAQ COUPÉ iV features an even more emotive design than the SUV variant and, in addition to a SportLine derivative, is also available as an athletic range-topping ...
    by Published on 06-02-2022 11:56 AM
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    • Fourth-generation FABIA continues the tradition of sporty lifestyle variants
    • Sporty exterior with numerous black elements and unique Monte Carlo skirts
    • Sporty interior design with red accents and carbon-style elements


    ŠKODA AUTO has released several official design sketches, offering a first glimpse of the new FABIA Monte Carlo. The sporty lifestyle variant made its debut eleven years ago in the second-generation FABIA. The signature black Monte Carlo elements show off the fourth-generation FABIA’s considerably more emotive lines and dynamic proportions. Carbon-style elements and red decorative trim strips provide accents in the sporty interior.


    The exterior sketch of the new ŠKODA FABIA Monte Carlo shows how the signature details of this model version enhance the emotive design and dynamic appearance of the new FABIA. The frame of the ŠKODA grille features the same black finish as the spoiler lip on the exclusive front apron, which is characterised by a large air intake. The diffuser in the sporty rear apron and the lettering on the tailgate are also finished in black, as are the exterior mirror caps, the window frames, the side skirts and the rear spoiler; the wings feature Monte
    Carlo badges.

    The interior is predominantly black. The height-adjustable sports seats benefit from integrated headrests, while the 3-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel bears the Monte Carlo badge. The leather trims for the steering wheel rim as well as the handbrake and gear stick feature black stitching. ...
    by Published on 06-02-2022 11:51 AM
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    • Fully updated KAROQ SUV to start from Ł25,950 OTR
    • Revised front and rear end design
    • Three trim levels: SE Drive, SE L and SportLine
    • High equipment levels with new technology including Full Matrix LED headlights
    • Two petrol and two diesel engine options - all from Volkswagen Group EVO family
    • DSG automatic and four-wheel-drive available on selected models


    ŠKODA has announced pricing and specifications for the fully updated KAROQ SUV ahead of its arrival in the UK in spring. The model will feature a host of design improvements, higher equipment levels and more efficient drivetrains.


    The UK range will feature three familiar trim levels: SE Drive, SE L and SportLine with customers able to choose from a range of two petrol and two diesel powertrains. Prices range from Ł25,950 OTR for the 1.0 TSI SE Drive model up to Ł37,760 OTR for the range-topping SportLine 2.0 TDI 150PS DSG 4x4.

    KAROQ SE Drive


    SE Drive models start from Ł25,950 OTR and come generously equipped with 17-inch Scutus alloy wheels, Amundsen touchscreen navigation and LED headlights (low functionality) as standard. SE Drive models also feature rear LED lights with welcome effect and dynamic indicators, colour multifunction trip computer, Smartlink with wireless Apple CarPlay and rear parking sensors as standard.

    KAROQ SE L


    SE L models are priced from Ł27,785 OTR and build on the high specification of SE Drive, adding 18-inch Miran alloy wheels, chrome roof rails and window surround, Winter Pack (which includes heated steering wheel and front seats, heated windscreen washer nozzles and headlight ...
    by Published on 09-01-2022 10:12 AM
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    • New trim grades offer more equipment and value for money
    • New KODIAQ range now features SE Drive and SE L Executive trim grades
    • KAMIQ line-up boosted with introduction of new SE L Executive model
    • All new trim grades open for order



    ŠKODA is giving its KODIAQ and KAMIQ ranges significant specification boosts with the introduction of new feature-packed trim grades. KODIAQ SUV customers will be able to choose new SE Drive and SE L Executive models, while KAMIQ buyers can take advantage of a new, highly specified SE L Executive model. Both are available to order now.


    New KODIAQ SE Drive and SE L Executive


    An update to the KODIAQ range will see a new SE Drive trim level replace the previous SE grade. It builds on the already generous specification of the SE model, but adds new 18” Ascella anthracite alloy wheels, electrically adjustable, heated and folding door mirrors with integrated indicators and Amundsen satellite navigation with 8" touchscreen display and integrated Wi-Fi. Customers also get ŠKODA’s feature-packed Infotainment Online (1 year) as standard, along with front parking sensors and a rear-view parking camera. As with the SE model, the SE Drive is available with five and seven seater layouts with the latter also adding variable boot floor and cargo storage compartments in the boot.

    The KODIAQ SE Drive is available with two engine options; a 1.5 TSI petrol and a 2.0 TDI. Both develop 150PS and can be specified with a seven-speed DSG. The 2.0 TDI is also available with four-wheel drive. Prices start from Ł30,415 ...
    by Published on 12-12-2021 11:45 AM
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    • ŠKODA makes Up to 120kW and Up to 125kW DC fast charging a standard feature on the ENYAQ iV 60, 80 and 80 SportLine models
    • Enyaq iV able to take full advantage of a new generation of ultra-fast chargers


    ŠKODA is reducing the time new Enyaq iV owners will spend charging by equipping all new models with upgraded DC fast charging as standard. As part of the brand’s ongoing commitment to offer exceptional value for money, the upgrade means that new owners will be able to significantly cut charging times when connected to the new generation of higher power DC rapid chargers.


    The update covers both new Enyaq iV 60 and Enyaq iV 80 models and means that buyers of the 60 can charge at up to 120kW while those choosing the 80 can charge at up to 125kW as standard. Previously, both models had a maximum charging rate of up to 50kW as standard. In real terms this means that the charge time (to 80%) for an Enyaq iV 60 charging at up to 120kW charger is reduced from 55 minutes to 35 minutes*. For the Enyaq iV 80, the time is reduced from 1hr 10 minutes to just 38 minutes with up to 125kW DC charging.

    While the majority of the UK’s public DC rapid chargers have an output of 50kW, a new generation of high output chargers is being installed across the country. These advanced new units have outputs ranging between 120kW and 350kW and have been designed to dramatically shorten charging periods. All Enyaq iV models can charge at any rapid charger equipped with an industry-standard CCS connection.

    ...
    by Published on 13-11-2021 06:21 PM
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    • Digitized light for more safety and a progressive technology experience
    • Extensive technology portfolio with many intelligent functions
    • UK sales begin December 2, prices start from Ł73,375


    A sharpened design and innovative new technologies, Audi is ensuring the increased presence and sporty elegance of the A8, the trailblazer in the premium segment. Ordering in the UK for the refreshed flagship begins on December 2, with the first customer deliveries due in the second quarter of 2022. The starting price for A8 is Ł73,375 with long wheelbase starting from Ł77,375. The S8 is priced at Ł99,650.


    As the successor to the Audi V8, the A8 has been the brand’s leading edge in the luxury saloon segment of Audi’s portfolio since 1994. The Audi A8 is a symbol of and a trailblazer for the status and prestige of the brand. The fourth generation of the luxury saloon, which Audi introduced in 2017, raised it to a new level concerning power, look, and equipment. As an initial series model, the A8 revealed the future design language upon its launch and consequently it is essentially the progressive face of the brand to the present day. The sharpened design coupled with established technologies and outstanding comfort in the back seats defines Audi’s premium conception in this segment. The saloon thereby represents the symbiosis of masterful comfort and sporty handling and it, therefore, covers the full breadth of driving experience. With precision in all details and many intelligent functions, the new A8 is a high-value technology pioneer.

    Even more prestige and authority: the exterior design


    The Audi A8 is a saloon that represents status and exudes authority – now that it has been reworked, its exterior is even more representative, confident, and athletic. The base of the Singleframe grille is now wider and chrome angles that increase in size from bottom to top adorn its grid. The side air intakes are more upright and just as freshly styled as the headlights, whose lower edge on the outside creates a distinctive ...
    by Published on 13-11-2021 06:15 PM
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    • The Volkswagen electric offensive continues its advance with the launch of a new ID. family top model as part of the ACCELERATE brand strategy
    • The new ID.51 and the sporty ID.5 GTX2 with dual-motor all-wheel drive inspire delight with their expressive design, long-distance capability and the latest generation of software
    • Comprehensive digitisation and over-the-air updates represent the next milestone on Volkswagen’s journey to becoming a software-oriented mobility provider.
    • Sustainable e-mobility: like the ID.3 and ID.4, the new ID.5 is manufactured at the Zwickau plant and both models are carbon-neutral on delivery to the customer.


    On the “Way to ZERO”: The new ID.5 does more than just expand the successful ID. family; the new Volkswagen launch moves the electrification of its new car fleet forward and into a new market segment. The elegant, expressive E-SUV coupé is equipped with the new ID. software version 3.0, which includes improved charging performance and voice control among other features. With the use of swarm data and latest-generation driver assistance systems, Volkswagen is also taking the next step towards automated driving.


    “The ID.5 is electric, sporty and elegant. Our premium SUV coupé with all-electric drive marks another milestone in our ACCELERATE strategy,” says Ralf Brandstätter, brand CEO. “It offers locally carbon-neutral driving enjoyment for a discerning customer group. We are breaking into a completely new market segment with this model.”

    New from 2022: Volkswagen ID.5 and ID.5 GTX


    Elegant and dynamic design, outstanding aerodynamics, extensive range. The new ID.5 and the sporty ID.5 GTX with dual-motor all-wheel drive are the ...
    by Published on 13-11-2021 06:07 PM
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    • All-new Taigo is Volkswagen’s first SUV-coupé, bringing sleek looks, charisma and flexibility to the compact SUV segment
    • Brand’s latest SUV starts from Ł21,960 OTR in generously equipped Life specification, with a 1.0-litre 95 PS engine and 5-speed gearbox
    • Taigo majors on substance as well as style, with IQ.Light LED matrix headlights, Travel Assist and Digital Cockpit all fitted as standard, depending on trim


    The Volkswagen Taigo is now open for order to UK customers, offering the latest safety and driver assistance systems, connectivity and infotainment, versatility and desirability, wrapped up in a stylish SUV-coupé body, and fitted with an array of efficient and flexible petrol engines. The model starts at Ł21,960 OTR for the model in Life specification, allied to a 1.0-litre, 95 PS TSI engine and 5-speed manual gearbox.


    At 150 mm longer than the entry-level SUV in the Volkswagen range – the compact T-Cross – and shorter and lower than the stylish T-Roc, the Taigo complements neatly the brand’s SUV line-up, which also comprises the Tiguan, ID.4, Tiguan Allspace and Touareg.

    The newcomer features the higher seating position and ground clearance of an SUV, while also offering comfort and style. Personalisation is provided via a wide and vibrant range of paint colours, while further customisation is available optionally across various aspects of the interior. Customer demand for high levels of technology and connectivity are met, with wireless App-Connect and wireless smartphone charging, as well as streaming and internet services, all included from Life trim upwards.

    The Taigo ...
    by Published on 13-11-2021 05:58 PM
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    • More than half a million units produced since the SUV’s introduction in 2017
    • ŠKODA's best-selling SUV and the brand’s second most popular model overall after the Octavia in 2020 and in the first half of 2021
    • Second model from the ŠKODA SUV campaign has won numerous awards
    • The revised ŠKODA Karoq will make its debut in a digital media presentation on 30 November


    Since its introduction in spring 2017, the ŠKODA Karoq has contributed substantially to the Czech car maker’s success. Alongside its older sibling the Kodiaq, this compact SUV has won over numerous customers and car magazines worldwide, playing a key role in shaping the development of the ŠKODA brand in recent years. More than 500,000 units of the Karoq have rolled off the production lines since 2017. In 2020 and in the first half of 2021, it was ŠKODA's best-selling SUV and the brand’s second most popular model overall after the Octavia. The freshened ŠKODA Karoq will make its debut in a digital media presentation on 30 November.


    Martin Jahn, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Sales and Marketing, says: “With its generous amount of space and typical ŠKODA functionality, the Karoq has delighted our customers right from the start. It was our most popular SUV model during the past year and the first half of 2021 – which illustrates its importance within the model portfolio. I am convinced that we will build on this success story with the new edition of the Karoq and attract new customers to the brand.”

    Introduced in 2017, the ŠKODA Karoq represented the second stage ...
    by Published on 09-10-2021 07:08 PM
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    • Audi R8 V10 performance RWD now with 570 PS
    • 60 percent carryover parts with LMS GT4, produced at “Böllinger Höfe” plant
    • New Edition models bring extra exclusivity
    • Prices start from Ł126,885 OTR for the coupé and Ł135,575 OTR for the spyder


    Even more power, even more fun: the true meaning of “performance” at the Audi Sport GmbH. The new R8 V10 performance RWD (Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 13.0 – 12.9 (18.1 – 18.2 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 298 – 294) is available as a coupé or spyder with 30 PS extra and a sporty complement to the R8 V10 performance quattro. This rear-wheel drive sportscar, with its mid-mounted engine boasting 570 PS, is the embodiment of fun driving.


    The Audi R8 V10 performance RWD (Rear Wheel Drive) is the sporty new cutting edge of serial rear-wheel drive sportscars from Audi. “The Audi R8 V10 RWD really struck a chord with customers right from the start with its rear-wheel drive derived from the R8 LMS racecar and its unfiltered dynamics. Now it has 30 PS and 10 Nm more, taking the driving experience to a whole new level,” says Sebastian Grams, Managing Director of Audi Sport GmbH. The base versions of both models, the R8 V10 quattro and the R8 V10 RWD as a Coupé and Spyder, will be replaced by the new performance models. This puts the R8 model range more firmly in the top position.

    Top speed of 204mph


    This mid-mounted engine sportscar leaves others in the dust, accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds (3.8 seconds for the Spyder) with a top speed of 204mph (203mph for the Spyder). The crown jewel of the new R8 is the renowned naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10 FSI motor with ...
    by Published on 01-10-2021 02:12 PM
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    • Production of the CUPRA Born has started at Europe's largest electric vehicle plant in Zwickau, Germany
    • CUPRA anticipates Born will increase the brand’s share to 20 per cent of the company's global sales and play a key role in reducing CO2 emissions
    • Griffiths: "Producing our first 100% electric model in Europe's largest electric vehicle factory will provide valuable lessons as we look to build electric vehicles in Martorell from 2025 onwards"
    • The CUPRA Born will be the star of Automobile Barcelona 2021, which starts this Thursday
    • Born to be available to order from November

    CUPRA has begun series production of its first 100% electric car, the CUPRA Born, at the Zwickau plant in Germany.

    CEO Wayne Griffiths and the company's Board Members visited Europe's largest electric vehicle plant to mark the start of production of the new model. They were welcomed by Stefan Loth, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Saxony and former head of the Martorell plant.

    Production of the CUPRA Born marks the start of a new era for the brand, which at the 2021 Munich International Motor Show (IAA) announced an electric offensive with the ambition to becoming a fully electric brand by 2030.

    "With its emotional design and electric sportiness, the CUPRA Born is the impulse of the company's transformation and the start of CUPRA's electric offensive. Producing our first 100% electric model in Europe's largest electric vehicle factory will provide valuable lessons as we look to build electric vehicles in Martorell from 2025 onwards. Our ambition is to produce more than 500,000 urban ...
    by Published on 18-09-2021 05:17 PM
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    • Introducing a new, stylish body variant for the all-electric flagship ŠKODA Enyaq iV
    • Three power variants, rear- or all-wheel drive and even better aerodynamics
    • A generously sized interior and Design Selections inspired by modern living environments


    Following the successful launch of the ŠKODA Enyaq iV, ŠKODA AUTO is adding a new body variant to its first all-electric SUV range: the four-door ŠKODA Enyaq Coupé iV is characterised by an elegant, sloping rear. Its drag coefficient (cd) of 0.247 is even lower than the aerodynamic Enyaq iV SUV, making the Enyaq Coupé iV more efficient and enabling it to cover more than 332 miles in the WLTP cycle when fitted with the larger battery. There is a choice of two battery sizes and three power variants with rear- or all-wheel drive. Just like in the Enyaq iV, the classic trim levels for the interior have been replaced with the Design Selections. In typical ŠKODA style, the Enyaq Coupé iV boasts a generously sized interior and a boot capacity of 570 l.


    Thomas Schäfer, ŠKODA AUTO CEO, said: “We have made a great start on the international markets with our all-electric flagship ŠKODA Enyaq iV. The vehicle has been very well received by our customers, and roughly 70,000 orders have been placed. In early 2022, we will be upping the ante with the Enyaq Coupé iV: this variant of our e-SUV is even more emotive and presents a real design highlight, rounding off the top end of our model range.”

    The ŠKODA Enyaq Coupé iV is an excellent addition to the Enyaq iV line-up and offers a truly dynamic car for customers who enjoy an active lifestyle. With generous amounts of space ...
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