Milton Keynes, 27 April 2016 - The 2016 questionnaire received more than 49,000 responses, covering 32 manufacturers and 183 models, with ŠKODA models featuring heavily in the top 25 overall positions. Along with a number of wins and podium places in various classes and categories, the brand was voted third best in the UK to own, improving on last year’s result with an overall score of 90.45%.
Central to the manufacturer’s success was its best-selling Octavia model which triumphed in the Compact Family Car class. The 1st place category result, which was also the 7th most highly-rated car overall, saw the family model, with prices starting from £16,515, record a score of 92.52%.
Owners were particularly impressed with the model’s practicality, cementing 3rd place in this specific category, confirming its usefulness as a tool for transporting families safely, in comfort and with space to spare. They also recommended its in-car tech (9th overall) and praised its low running costs, reliability and performance.
Praise for ŠKODA continued in the Supermini class with two models featuring in the top 5 positions; the Citigo placing second and the Fabia posting a 4th place finish. With a 91.94% rating the smallest car in the ŠKODA range finished 11th in the whole survey, and the slightly larger Fabia returned a score of 91.29% for a 22nd place result.
Another silver medal was awarded to the previous generation ŠKODA Superb, which beat 163 other vehicles to finish 2nd in the Family Car category with a score of 91.46%. And the venerable Yeti continued the brand’s trend for high scores, thanks to its 91.58% rating in the toughly contested Offroad/SUV category and 16th overall placement.
The ŠKODA range starts at £8,275 for the Citigo supermini. For more information, visit www.skoda.co.uk.
ŠKODA's appearance at the Shanghai Motor Show 2017 (19 – 28 April) is characterized by electric change: With the Vision E study, the company provides its first brand-specific outlook on the future of individual mobility. The emotionally designed five-door SUV coupé can travel up to 500 kilometres on purely electric power and meets the level 3 requirements for autonomous driving. ŠKODA is intensively pursuing the electrification of its model range, and will be offering five purely electric models in various segments by 2025.
ŠKODA DESIGN emphasises its commitment to a distinct design identity with continuous development of its design language. Harmonious proportions, clean-cut lines, bold contours and crystalline features are combined to create a design that places a focus on precision and clarity. One of the sources of inspiration for ŠKODA's designers is Czech crystal glass art, which is characterised by outstanding craftsmanship. This yields an expressive, emotionally charged design which harmoniously combines aesthetics and functionality.
ŠKODA has announced that ordering for the new
Octavia vRS and Scout ranges will open on 1 March, with prices starting from £25,130
cylinder capacity, more power. In the ŠKODA FABIA and ŠKODA FABIA ESTATE, a 1.0
TSI engine with three cylinders and four valves is replacing the 1.2-litre
engine with four cylinders that has been used to date. The new engine offers more
power. The power output of the ŠKODA FABIA 1.0 TSI is 95 PS, while the output
of the more powerful version is at 110 PS but offers an improved torque figure of
200 Nm (previously 175 Nm). Downsizing offers another advantage: the engine’s
fuel consumption has been reduced by up to six per cent. One reason for this is
the three-cylinder engine concept with a reduced weight of the free inertial
forces and a more efficient oil pump. The revised ŠKODA FABIA and ŠKODA FABIA
ESTATE will be introduced to the public for the first time at the Geneva
International Motor Show (7-19 March 2017).
ŠKODA has delivered its two-millionth vehicle in China. The milestone vehicle is a ŠKODA SUPERB with a 1.4 TSI engine in Polar White. Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing, handed over the brand's flagship to customer Li Hongan in Shanghai. China is the largest single market for the long-established Czech brand. In 2017, ŠKODA is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its entry into the Chinese market.
ŠKODA is enhancing the elegant and affordable family favourites ŠKODA RAPID and ŠKODA RAPID SPACEBACK with numerous innovations. New lighting systems ensure even greater safety. Passengers are 'always online' thanks to an available WLAN hotspot. The new programme includes two efficient 1.0-TSI engines with three cylinders. The upgraded models will be presented to the public for the first time at the Geneva International Motor Show (7 – 19 March, 2017).
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