ŠKODA bolsters fleet team with senior appointments

03/07/2017
Following record sales performance for ŠKODA fleet over the past year, two senior appointments have been made to continue the growth of True Fleet. Matt Hattersley has been appointed as national fleet sales manager and James Watson as regional contract & leasing manager for the south.

Milton Keynes, 3 July 2017: In his new position that takes effect on the 30 June 2017, Hattersley will report directly to ŠKODA’s Head of Fleet, Henry Williams, and will be responsible for the coordination of the corporate fleet sales team, driving the sales volume with existing customers and expanding the business into new sectors.

Hattersley has worked in the Volkswagen Group for the last six years holding a number of key senior positions. Commenting on his new role, Matt said: “ŠKODA has made great strides over the past few years; outward perception to the brand has shifted significantly and the new model line-up for fleet is attracting new customers every day.

“With a year that has seen the introduction of Kodiaq to the SUV segment, and with Karoq due soon, it’s an exciting time to join the brand. On top of this, I look forward to driving sales and providing the excellent level of support and service that fleet customers expect.”

James Watson has taken over the role as Contract Hire & Leasing Manager for the southern region. Having worked within Volkswagen passenger cars and latterly Volkswagen Financial Services Fleet, this is familiar territory for Watson. He said: “I’m delighted to be joining the ŠKODA fleet team at such an exciting stage of the brand’s growth. I look forward to using my experience to build on our relationships and collaborative approach in becoming the manufacturer of choice for fleet funders and customers alike.”

Henry Williams, Head of Fleet for ŠKODA UK, adds: “We are already at a turning point for the brand with the introduction of new vehicles and an ever-increasing market share. The next five years will be crucial for ŠKODA as we further develop our fleet strategy and begin to introduce hybrid and electric vehicles. I’m confident Matt and James will help to shape a positive future for the brand.”

Scala Interior
A design sketch provides a first glimpse of the interior of the new ŠKODA SCALA. The new compact model will be the first ŠKODA to feature the latest infotainment generation with a free-standing display positioned high up, in the driver’s immediate field of vision. The optional Virtual Cockpit has the biggest display in its class. In addition to new interior trims and premium materials the SCALA also offers a generous amount of interior space, along with the largest luggage compartment in this segment, at 467 litres.
Scala
Following on from the first silhouette images, ŠKODA reveals the name of its new model – the ŠKODA SCALA. The name derives from the Latin word ‘SCALA’ which means ‘stairs’ and is a step forward for the Czech car manufacturer in the compact hatch segment. The SCALA is the first ŠKODA production model in Europe to carry the ŠKODA name in lettering across the centre of the tailgate and replaces the ŠKODA logo.
ŠKODA dials into the future with new Virtual Cockpit option
ŠKODA is introducing a new, fully programmable digital instrument panel to its KAROQ, OCTAVIA, SUPERB and KODIAQ ranges - giving the customers the option to replace traditional analogue dials and gauges with a high-definition electronic display for the first time.
ŠKODA AUTO continues on the road to success. From January to the end of September, the car manufacturer increased its worldwide deliveries to customers by 7.8% year-on-year to a new record of 939,100 vehicles. ŠKODA AUTO also achieved sales revenue of 12.6 billion euros, an increase of 2.1% and the best result in the company’s history. The operating profit of 1.1 billion euros remained high in the first three quarters, but was negatively influenced by high financial expenditures for new models, electromobility and higher personnel costs.
ŠKODA is releasing a silhouette picture to grant the public a first look at its future model for the popular compact class. It provides a first taste of the distinctive and dynamic design of this five-door model. This hatchback model translates the emotive design language of the study ŠKODA VISION RS, which recently attracted attention at the Paris Motor Show, into a production vehicle.

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Baking fever has once again gripped the nation – and ŠKODA UK is no exception. The car manufacturer has partnered with celebrity baker and 2016 Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown to re-imagine a delicious, small-scale replica of the iconic Fabia cake. It comes more than a decade after ŠKODA’s advert, which saw a life-size version of the Fabia car made entirely out of cake.