Milton Keynes, 13 January 2016 - ŠKODA is no stranger to What Car? silverware, with the Fabia being crowned overall Car of the Year 2015. This year the Fabia underlined its remarkable value, design and quality by retaining its Small Car title.
What Car? judges nominated the 1.2-litre 90PS SE model as its pick of the range, with What Car? Editorial director Jim Holder commenting: “The Fabia is a car that won’t leave those downsizing wanting; it’s well built, spacious, refined and is offered with a wide range of modern features and safety equipment. For the money, no other small car is as capable.”
Proving ŠKODA’s incredible longevity, the Octavia saw off some of the toughest competition in the business to scoop the 2016 Family Car title for the third time in a row. Despite the arrival of new contenders in this key category, the What Car? judges had no hesitation in choosing the Octavia, praising its practicality and high equipment levels.
Jim Holder said: “Interior space is exceptional, and includes a boot that’s easily big enough to cope with most people’s requirements. Factor in the excellent value the Octavia represents and that’s two very important boxes ticked for buyers.”
Completing ŠKODA’s hat-trick of category wins, the all-new Superb took top honours in the Estate car category. Selecting the 2.0 TDI SE Business as its favourite model, the What Car? panel found the new Superb’s combination of design, practicality and innovation impossible to resist.
“Raw capacity is no problem at all for the ŠKODA Superb Estate, which has one of the largest cabins available,” said Jim Holder. “Five adults will have no trouble getting comfortable for a long journey, and the boot is so big that none of them will have to pack light. It also gets neat touches such as a removable torch in the boot and Velcro dividers to stop stuff rolling around when you’re on the move. It really does feel like they’ve thought of everything that makes a great estate car.”
ŠKODA also performed exceptionally well in the What Car? price point categories – awards designed to highlight the best choices for buyers in a fixed price range. Once again, ŠKODA trounced the competition with six price point champions - more than any other manufacturer.
The Citigo (1.0 60PS SE 5dr) was named Best City Car in the under £10,000 price bracket, while the Fabia Estate (1.2 TSI SE) took victory in the under £18,000 price bracket in the Estate car category. The Fabia Hatch (1.2 TSI 90 SE) was also named Best Small Car in the £12,000-£15,000 bracket.
Further up the price and size scale, the Octavia Hatch (1.2 TSI 110 SE) was selected as the Best Family Car in the £16,000-£19,000 bracket, the Superb Hatch (2.0 TDI 150 SE Business) took top honours in the Compact Executive Car sector (under £25,000) while the Superb Estate (2.0 TSI 150 SE Business) completed ŠKODA’s haul with victory in the £18,000-£25,000 price bracket.
Commenting on ŠKODA’s exceptional performance, UK Brand Director Duncan Movassaghi said: “This has been a remarkable night for ŠKODA, and I’m delighted that our cars – from the smallest to the largest – have been recognised by What Car? These awards mean a great deal to everyone at ŠKODA, and we’re thrilled to add them to our ever-expanding collection of industry accolades.”
ŠKODA at the 2016 What Car? Awards summary
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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