Škoda at Monte Carlo Rally – A Strong Team and a New Car Livery 

06/01/2011
Mladá Boleslav, January 6, 2011 – A total of 10 Fabia Super 2000 will appear at the legendary Monte Carlo Rally this month (19th-22nd).  This is the opening round of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge Series (IRC), in which Škoda will defend its 2010 Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ titles.

Škoda Motorsport (factory team) will appear with both of its successful crews – last year's IRC winners Juho Hänninen & Mikko Markkula and runners-up, Jan Kopecký and Petr Starý. Škoda Motorsport's all-conquering Fabia Super 2000 project has received positive feedback from Škoda importers in many markets. As a result, the Monte Carlo Rally will see some big names driving a Fabia Super 2000, including Škoda UK Motorsport’s new driver Andreas Mikkelsen, the 2008 IRC Drivers’ Champion Nicolas Vouilloz, Freddy Loix (winner of three IRC races in 2010) and Mark Wallenwein of Škoda Auto Germany. A number of other Fabia Super 2000 are going to appear in the colours of private teams, all of whom are planning to fight for the best possible result in Monte Carlo, one of the world's most challenging rally events.

The Škoda Motorsport team will introduce an updated livery for Monte Carlo - the most striking element of which is the strong shade of green which has become synonymous with the Škoda brand. In contrast with the design used over the past few years, the new green-and-white combination has been reversed. The front doors will also bear a logo commemorating 110 years of Škoda’s participation in motorsport – an accolade only a handful of manufacturers can claim.

The Monte Carlo Rally starts on 19 January in the area around Valence, France, and ends with night-time special stages in the mountains near Monte Carlo in the early hours of the morning on 22 January. Drivers can look forward to a total of 13 special stages (337 competition kilometres) and over a thousand kilometres of road sections plus unpredictable weather, as is usual this time of the year.

ŠKODA UK is delighted to annouce the renewal of its three-year fleet relationship with Trinity Fire & Security Systems (TF&SS).
The Octavia Estate has won the ‘Best Estate Car’ award from respected magazine Diesel Car in its annual awards. The hard-working Octavia Estate won praise not just for its load-carrying ability, but also passenger space, low emissions and ŠKODA’s high levels of customer satisfaction.
ŠKODA is pleased to announce the start of a new Fleet contract with ECG Facilities Services.
The new ŠKODA Fabia R5 caused a sensation at its first ever race, with the ŠKODA team bringing home a clear victory from the new model’s world premiere in the Šumava Klatovy Rally. Now the high-tech racer will be presented as an Estate show car at the 34th GTI meeting at Wörthersee (13th to 16th May 2015). ŠKODA will also be presenting the ŠKODA Fabia R5 alongside three other sports cars.
Sitting in the middle seat has long been considered as pulling the short straw; siblings and family members pin you in on both sides, you’re robbed of a window seat and there’s limited leg room. However, new research conducted for the ŠKODA Octavia, shows that being a middle seat child may well set you up for success in later life, particularly in business.
The new dream car of 23 trainees from the ŠKODA AUTO Vocational School: The ŠKODA FUNstar pickup. The fun vehicle concept, based on the new ŠKODA Fabia, is the result of ŠKODA’s ‘trainee car’ project, which was run for the first time last year. The ŠKODA FUNstar will be making its public debut at the 34th GTI Meeting at Wörthersee from the 13th to the 16th May 2015.
ŠKODA customers have once again confirmed that the Czech brand makes some of the most satisfying cars to own, with three class wins in the annual Auto Express Driver Power customer satisfaction survey.
Milestone for ŠKODA: The highest authority in motorsport, the International Automobile Federation FIA, has given the new ŠKODA Fabia R 5 the green light.
Fabia drivers who find themselves in a blue mood, pretty in pink or simply seeing red can now change the colour of their car at the touch of a button. ŠKODA has created the world’s first ‘on the move’ colour-change system that allows motorists to alter the hue of individual panels via a new menu on the touchscreen infotainment system.
ŠKODA has added to the heightening anticipation around the all-new Superb with a virtual showcase of the new large car at the annual Fleet News awards, held last week at Grosvenor House in London.
The all-new ŠKODA Fabia has received the converted ‘Red Dot Award’ for its outstanding product design. The ‘Red Dot Award’ is presented annually by an international panel of experts. With 4,928 submissions from 1,994 participants in 56 countries this year alone, the ‘Red Dot Award: Product Design’ is of the world's largest and most internationally recognised product competitions
ŠKODA UK has bagged two enviable accolades at this year’s Fleet News Awards which took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The most prestigious event in the fleet calendar, the Fleet News Awards recongnises the best-performing businesses and individuals within the sector over the last 12 months.
ŠKODA UK has appointed Pietro Panarisi as its new Head of Press and PR. Pietro is returning to the brand having spent two years as Head of Press and PR at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
With its exceptionally spacious cabin and class-leading rear legroom, the all-new ŠKODA Superb is set to be a great place to do business when UK deliveries start later this year. And, thanks to the introduction from launch of a new SE Business trim level, company car drivers will get to enjoy an even higher level of specification, comfort and refinement.
ŠKODA has confirmed its remarkable success and growth with record sales and financial results for 2014 – breaking the one million deliveries milestone for the first time in its 120-year history.
ŠKODA has announced UK full pricing and specifications for the all-new Superb. The new model will launch later this year with the widest range of engine, transmission and trim level options ever offered to buyers of ŠKODA’s flagship model.
The ŠKODA Citigo and Octavia Estate have secured yet more silverware courtesy of car review website CarBuyer. The online giant handed the Best First Car award to the Citigo and bestowed the honour of Best Tax-Exempt Car on the Octavia Estate.
ŠKODA today announces that the new Superb will start from £18,640 when UK sales start later this year.
At this year’s Geneva Motor Show (5th to 15th March 2015), the third generation ŠKODA Superb will be celebrating its full public premiere – just two weeks after its debut in Prague. The brand’s new flagship is the best ŠKODA of all time and features an emotive design, the most room of any vehicle in its segment, and innovative MQB technology.
The new ŠKODA Superb rolled into the spotlight today with a spectacular world premiere at the Forum Karlín in Prague. The new ŠKODA Superb revolutionises the brand’s design.
With its elegant design, the new ŠKODA Superb is set to once again be a highlight in the automotive mid-class. Shortly before the world premiere on the 17th February in Prague, ŠKODA is showing the first exterior details of the new top model – details which underline the uncompromising, high design standards of the brand.
ŠKODA is welcoming business drivers into 2015 by adding equipment to the Superb SE Business model. The upgraded model now comes with full leather upholstery and heated front seats as standard with no increase in price.
ŠKODA is once again demonstrating the design and emotional power of the brand with the latest version of its flagship model, the Superb. The new ŠKODA Superb combines spaciousness, functionality and design in a truly unique way.
ŠKODA retailers all over the country are preparing for a busy weekend, with the launch of the new Fabia. Many retailers are also using this opportunity simultaneously to launch their new showrooms, which, just like the Fabia, are now more stylish and spacious than ever before.
ŠKODA UK is celebrating this week after the brand topped the automotive table in the latest UK Customer Satisfaction Index Summary (UKCSI) produced by the Institute of Customer Service.
The new ŠKODA Fabia is the safest small car according to the latest Euro NCAP crash tests. Back in November 2014, the new ŠKODA model achieved the highest score in its segment, becoming the only one of 14 small cars to get five stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests.
The new ŠKODA Fabia has won the prestigious What Car? Car of the Year 2015 award, at a glittering ceremony in London, having also been named ‘Best Small Car’, while the ŠKODA Octavia has been named ‘Best Family Car’.
The new ŠKODA Superb revolutionises the familiar ŠKODA design language. A new sketch shows an expressively designed saloon full of class and passion. The design is sophisticated, elegant, dynamic, discrete, modern and expressive.
The countdown has begun: The new ŠKODA Superb is in the starting blocks. The completely redeveloped ŠKODA flagship has recently completed the final test series in Southern Europe, among other regions.
​​​​ŠKODA has confirmed prices and specifications for the new Fabia Estate ahead of its debut in spring 2015. Available in three trim grades: S, SE and SE-L, the third-generation Fabia Estate is priced from just £1​​​2,460 and offers a significant specification boost over the outgoing model.​
ŠKODA has enjoyed a fruitful time at 2014 Green Apple Awards with the Citigo collecting the award for Best Supermini. The frugal, low-emissions Czech city car pipped rivals to clinch the title in the majestic surroundings of the House of Commons in London.​
​​​​​​​​​The new ŠKODA Fabia has been awarded the maximum five-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash tests. The outstanding test results underline the high level safety of the new small car from ŠKODA, which is going to be launched in the first European markets in the next couple of days. The Euro NCAP rating is based on results for occupant protection for adults and children, pedestrian protection and safety assistance systems.​​​
​ŠKODA’s global deliveries increased 10.4% to 95,600 vehicles in September (September 2013: 86,600), making this the best September in corporate history.  ŠKODA managed to achieve their second-best sales month in China since entering the market back in 2007. The brand’s market share in Europe increased to 4.4 % over the first nine months. ​​
ŠKODA has announced prices and equipment specifications for the all-new, third-generation Fabia. And, just as the original Fabia did 14 years ago, the new model is set to redefine sector expectations for quality, efficiency and equipment.
​Reason to celebrate: under the header ‘Welcome New Fabia', the first third-generation ŠKODA Fabia rolled off the production line at ŠKODA’s parent plant in Mladá Boleslav.
The new ŠKODA Fabia not only impresses with its emotionally-charged design; the car is also more intelligent and practical than ever before. In typical ŠKODA style, the new Fabia has a total of 17 ‘Simply Clever’ features, nine of which are new.
​ŠKODA’s Head Designer Jozef Kabaň speaks about the demands on form and function of the new ŠKODA Fabia.
​​​The best July of all time: 82,800 vehicles were delivered (July 2013: 69,700). ŠKODA adds 26 per cent in Western Europe and 17.3 per cent in China. Strong gains for ŠKODA models Octavia, Rapid, Yeti and Superb. ŠKODA model campaign continues in autumn with the new ŠKODA Fabia​.

ŠKODA UK has recorded its busiest September ever with 10,991 registrations for the all-important plate change month. The 2014 figure eclipses last September’s total of 10,380 registrations. 

​​London’s Air Ambulance has updated its rapid response fleet with the addition of four replacement ŠKODA Octavia vRS Estate cars. The vehicles will operate when the charity’s helicopter is unable to fly and support the service as back up vehicles in the event of Major Incidents. 2.0 TSI 220PS model offers high performance with low emissions
ŠKODA UK will supply a fleet of 36 vehicles as part of its three year commitment to be the official vehicle provider to Prudential RideLondon, an annual two-day festival of cycling taking place over the weekend of Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th August 2014.
Modern, dynamic and emotional; the new ŠKODA Fabia rolls up on the automotive catwalk. The first design sketch shows a young, crisp, urban small car with typical ŠKODA genes and lots of character. ​​
Thousands of teenagers across the UK are now less likely to have an accident after passing their driving test thanks to the Young Driver scheme powered by ŠKODA. ​​​​​
ŠKODA has continued its rich run of awards success with a third successive City Car of the Year title at the annual Auto Express Awards. The brand was also commended for the Superb and Octavia Estate, in the Best Family Car category and Best Estate Car category respectively.​​
Fully prepared and always ready for an adventure – the latest model to join the Octavia range is a true Scout in every sense. Building on the strengths of its acclaimed predecessors, the second-generation Octavia Scout is a unique all-rounder that combines off-road ability with exemplary on-road refinement and the brand’s famous practicality.​​
A new special edition version of the ŠKODA Fabia Hatch has gone on sale at UK retailers, offering exceptional value for money.​
ŠKODA’s record-breaking new model sales and its satisfied dealers have combined to earn it the prestigious ‘Car Maker of the Year’ honour from Motor Trader.​​
Between January and June, the Czech carmaker delivered 522,500 cars, making the first half of 2014 a record, with more than half a million vehicles sales (first half of 2013: 464,600; up 12.5 %).
ŠKODA has recorded its best ever six-month sales period in the UK, with a staggering 39,176 new cars registered from January to June 2014.
ŠKODA has confirmed that its innovative CitiJet concept car will make its first UK appearance at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (26-29 June). The cheeky convertible is based on the brand’s award-winning Citigo, and will appear alongside the Yeti Xtreme and VisionC concept cars during Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 June.​
ŠKODA UK has extended its sponsorship of this year’s Tour de France by becoming an official event partner for the UK Fan Parks. The new partnership coincides with the manufacturer’s 11th consecutive year sponsoring the race. This year’s Tour de France, the world’s largest annual sporting event, returns to the UK for the fourth time in its 101 year history. The race will run from Saturday 5th July – Sunday 27th July across England, Belgium and France. ​
ŠKODA is marking its fourth year of partnership with the Goodwood Festival of Speed with a spectacular display that celebrates the brand’s rich sporting history – on two wheels and four.​
ŠKODA UK will be the official vehicle sponsor for The London-Paris 2014. In support of the manufacturer’s sponsorship, a group of 12 fleet staff and customers are preparing to embark upon the 300 mile cycle endurance event (26-29 June) as part of Team ŠKODA. ​
ŠKODA has revealed full details of its latest retail finance promotions on its desirable range of new cars. With a strong focus on 0% APR and free servicing, it means there is something for every type of customer.​
The holiday season is almost here and the ŠKODA Octavia has again proved it’s the perfect partner for summer trips away with a caravan – by winning its class in the annual Tow Car Awards.​
The brand’s worldwide deliveries grew 15.2% in May to 91,200 vehicles (May 2013: 79,100), making this May the best in corporate history and the ninth month in a row of continuous growth. Western and Central Europe were driving force behind the growth increasing by a quarter. In China the brand achieved 10.8% more deliveries than in May last year. The new ŠKODA Octavia continued to win the hearts of customers, with an increase of 76% in Western Europe, and Chinese customers are looking forward to its imminent market launch. ​
ŠKODA UK is delighted to announce the appointment of Warren Richards as the brand’s new Head of Service and Parts Operations. ​
ŠKODA has continued its remarkable 2014 performance with another double-digit increase in monthly registrations for May.​
ŠKODA UK has launched a new online tool which makes the ordering of practical, durable and stylish accessories more convenient and hassle-free. This is the latest addition to the manufacturer’s easy-to-navigate website (www.skoda.co.uk) where customers can also book their car in for a service. ​
ŠKODA’s association with cycling dates back 119 years, when the Czech brand started out making pedal-powered two-wheelers. Today it’s respected as a global partner of the sport, and is celebrating the UK stages of the Tour de France with three stunning limited edition models.​
It’s another excellent result for ŠKODA in the respected annual JD Power satisfaction survey. The manufacturer scored a top five position in the brand rankings, with two models inside the top 10 vehicles and one overall class win.​
ŠKODA UK has announced a two-year partnership, which will see the manufacturer become the Official Partner of the UCI continental level cycling squad, Team Raleigh. A long-standing champion of cycling worldwide, ŠKODA UK provides vehicles to the Tour de France, Tour of Britian and Prudential RideLondon as well as other major cycling events across the world.​
RS – ŠKODA aficionados associate these initials which, according to ŠKODA historians, stand for Rally Sport, with very sporty, racy, classy and dynamic cars. The ŠKODA RS story began in 1974 with the ŠKODA 180 RS and ŠKODA 200 RS racing cars. The legendary ŠKODA 130 RS in the 1970s and 1980s was one of the most successful sports cars of its time. The Czech car makers launched the ŠKODA Octavia RS (known in the UK as Octavia vRS) as the first RS model of the new era in 2000. Then came the ŠKODA Fabia RS (also known in the UK as Fabia vRS) in 2003. The new ŠKODA Octavia RS has been the current star of the ŠKODA RS racers for the past year – it is the fastest and most powerful Octavia of all time. ​
Neil Simpson will contest the Jim Clark Rally, 14 years after his last appearance on the event, in his ex-factory Simpsons ŠKODA Fabia S2000.​
At this year’s GTI event at Wörthersee, ŠKODA will be presenting the ŠKODA Yeti Xtreme – a world premiere of this solid and sporty concept rally car based on the popular compact SUV. The event will also mark the debut of the ŠKODA CitiJet – a design concept built by ŠKODA apprentices. It is with these expressive vehicles that the brand once again underlines the emotional qualities and versatility of its attractive model range.​
Clear the stage for the dream car of ŠKODA’s apprentices: the sporty city cabriolet ŠKODA CitiJet will be presented for the first time at this year's GTI event at Wörthersee. The design concept is the result of ŠKODA’s 'Apprentice Car' project. Six months in the making, 16 ŠKODA apprentices present the fruits of their labour to the public for the first time. ​
ŠKODA UK has won two awards at this year’s Fleet World Honours for the second year in a row. During the prestigious ceremony at the Royal Automobile Club on Pall Mall, London, which recognises innovation, quality and sustainability within the sector, ŠKODA UK was crowned the ‘Most Improved Manufacturer’ and collected the ‘Best Estate’ title for the fourth consecutive year, this time for the Octavia model. ​
ŠKODA UK has announced its support for this year’s Duchenne Dash, a charity bike ride to fundraise for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Taking place on 6th June 2014, the Duchenne Dash will see more than 100 cyclists embark on a gruelling route from London to Paris in just 24-hours.​
ŠKODA’s worldwide deliveries increased 15.5% to 89,600 cars in April (April 2013: 77,600), making it the best April in the company’s history. ŠKODA grew by 20.7% in Europe, in China by 7.6% and in Russia by 3%. The new ŠKODA Octavia has proved to be a huge hit, recording an increase in sales of around a third. Deliveries of the ŠKODA Octavia even rose by almost 60% in Western Europe.​​​
ŠKODA has unveiled full spec details and prices for the eagerly anticipated Citigo Monte Carlo.​​​
The premium flagship version of the all-new ŠKODA Octavia, the stunning Laurin & Klement (L&K), has been launched in the UK priced from just £26,570.​​​
The honours keep coming for ŠKODA, with a category win and three ‘Highly Commended’ recommendations in the annual Car of the Year awards from Diesel Car magazine. ​​​
ŠKODA UK has launched a new competitive fixed price service plan for cars aged three to eight years old. Costing £349 (including VAT) as a one-off payment, the latest competitive servicing package allows customers to budget in advance for routine servicing and have the assurance that any work is carried out by ŠKODA-trained technicians using only approved parts. ​​​​
Crawley Down ŠKODA gave local cyclists the opportunity to take part in a professional training ride on 28 April, in preparation for Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 2014. ​​​
ŠKODA will be encouraging motorists to get as comfortable as possible in their cars, as part of a new four-week-long TV advertising campaign for its spacious and luxurious flagship model Superb. Research by the vehicle manufacturer has revealed that after passing their driving test, an average person will spend at least three years of their life at the wheel. This is the equivalent of driving the 478,700-mile return journey from Planet Earth to the moon.​​​
ŠKODA has recorded its second key Driver Power triumph in seven days after being awarded the prestigious ‘Best Manufacturer’ title by the readers of Auto Express. Respondents to the annual customer satisfaction survey named ŠKODA as the number one brand thanks to exceptional scores across the product range. ​​​
On Saturday 26th April, Trust ŠKODA Wolverhampton hosted the final of a charity cycling challenge in aid of Cancer Research UK. Double Olympic gold medalist and five-times world champion, Ed Clancy, went head to head with local cyclists in an ultimate Wattbike challenge. The live final saw two local cyclists win a VIP ŠKODA trip to an alpine stage at this year’s Tour de France. ​​​
Trust ŠKODA Group UK has announced a charity cycling challenge with double Olympic gold medalist, Ed Clancy, to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Taking place at the Trust ŠKODA Wolverhampton dealership on the 26th April, the exclusive one-day event will see local cyclists go head-to-head against the five times world champion, in the bid to win a host of prizes, including a VIP trip to the Tour de France. ​​​
ŠKODA has confirmed its position as the nation’s most satisfying car brand with a fourth successive overall victory in the annual Auto Express Driver Power customer satisfaction survey. ŠKODA also triumphed in five model categories, making it the most successful brand in the 2014 survey. ​​​
ŠKODA UK is pleased to announce that every model from its GreenLine fleet of environmentally advanced cars is now available on the Motability Scheme*. Over 20 different variants offer customers high levels of safety, practicality and a generous specification.​​​
Neil Simpson finished a flying 5th overall on his first attempt at the Discover Northern Ireland Circuit of Ireland Rally, after an excellent performance in his ex-factory Simpsons ŠKODA Fabia S2000.​​​
ŠKODA UK has teamed up with UK Cycling Events, the country’s largest sportive organisers, to provide cyclists with their very own ‘Tour de France’ experience.​​​
ŠKODA is picking up the pace in China, and the company’s current model campaign continues: The highlight of the car maker’s appearance at the ‘Auto China 2014’ trade fair (20 – 29 April) in Beijing will be the Chinese premiere of the new ŠKODA Octavia, which will go on sale in China in May 2014. In addition, the company will be unveiling the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback Xindong and the urban version of the new ŠKODA Yeti at the trade show in China. ŠKODA’s model range in China is set to double in 2014 to six locally produced models. Through the product campaign and by expanding local production capacities, ŠKODA aims to increase deliveries to customers in China to more than 500,000 cars per year until 2018. During the first quarter of 2014, ŠKODA delivered over 62,000 vehicles to customers in China; an increase of 7.5% over the first three months of last year.​​​
ŠKODA UK will continue its association with British cycling by supporting one of the UK’s top pro cycling teams in 2014. The manufacturer, which provides vehicles to the Tour de France, Tour of Britain and a number of professional cycling teams, will partner with Rapha Condor JLT for the fifth consecutive year. ​​​
16 young apprentices of ŠKODA AUTO Vocational School build their dream car: the sporty convertible ŠKODA CitiJet.
Easter will be full of firsts for returnee rally driver Neil Simpson, as he makes his Circuit of Ireland debut in his ex-factory Simpsons ŠKODA Fabia S2000.
ŠKODA rewarded lucky competition winner, Elaine Mendes, with a ŠKODA Yeti Outdoor, as a result of its exciting campaign to launch the new Yeti range.
ŠKODA AUTO has sold more cars in the first quarter of 2014 than ever before in the first three months of a year.
ŠKODA UK has launched its new SE Business range for company car drivers. The new suite of vehicles offers corporate customers a low taxation liability and whole life cost combined with a comprehensive specification, class-leading space and versatility.
ŠKODA’s reputation as a brand offering desirable, high-value cars grew even further in the first quarter of 2014.
ŠKODA UK has won the brand’s prestigious Importer of the Year title for the second time in three years.
ŠKODA UK has become the first major brand to get behind the Women’s Tour, as official vehicle sponsor for the elite female cycling race.
ŠKODA is building on the success of its ‘3 Big Reasons’ finance offers by extending the campaign into the next quarter of the year – and by making it more flexible.
ŠKODA is celebrating the launch of its new Yeti range with a remarkable new special edition – the Yeti Ice.
ŠKODA UK has announced its continued support as the official car partner of the Tour of Britain. As part of the sponsorship deal, ŠKODA UK will again sponsor the King of the Mountains jersey and will also be official vehicle partner to the Pearl Izumi Tour Series and Tour Rides.
As the flowers begin to bloom, ŠKODA UK has introduced their Spring Health Check to ensure that motorists continue to stay safe after the wettest Winter on record.
ŠKODA UK scooped two prestigious accolades at this year’s Fleet News Awards which took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
ŠKODA will renew its association with the Goodwood Festival of Speed when champions past and present descend on the world-famous Goodwood Estate for the fastest and most exciting motoring show on earth.
The ŠKODA 1000 MB is now 50 years old. The compact car made its debut on the 21st March as the successor to the former ŠKODA Octavia. As the first ŠKODA with rear wheel drive, a rear engine and unibody construction, the ŠKODA 1000 MB is a milestone in the nearly 119-year history of ŠKODA.

ŠKODA’s television ad and promotional campaign for the launch of the Octavia vRS has been awarded Best Manufacturer Marketing Initiative in the 2014 Car Dealer Power Awards.