The annual Tow Car Awards is a joint venture organised and judged by Practical Caravan, What Car? and The Camping and Caravanning Club – and features one of the most in-depth assessment processes in the business.
Having put shortlisted contenders through a variety of gruelling tests at the HORIBA-MIRA proving ground in Warwickshire, the judging panel declared the new Octavia as the winner of the ‘Up to 1,400kg’ category, awarding it a five star rating in the process.
Confirming the panel’s decision, David Motton, Tow Car Editor, Practical Caravan magazine said: “The Octavia is great to tow with and supremely practical. The 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel does its usual fine job – there’s plenty of punch for overtaking or towing up to speed on the motorway. The Octavia estate also has a huge boot. No wonder it’s a firm favourite with the practicality testers as well as drivers.”
Not to be outdone, the Superb secured top spot in 1400-1549kg kerb weight category for the second year running and was named the outright winner of the 2017 Fuel Economy Award. As with the Octavia, the judges were impressed with the Superb’s all-round ability and suitability to towing – awarding it another five-star rating.
“The Superb is roomy, great value and an excellent tow car.” said David Motton. “If you need to stop in a hurry, the Superb comes to a halt quickly and without drama. It’s not just the short distance that impresses, but also the stability while slowing and the lack of bumping from the ‘van.“
The Superb also saw off stiff competition to take the 2017 Fuel Economy Award. In a category where judges scrutinised fuel consumption under heavy loads and challenging roads, the Superb – which was tested in 2.0 TDI 150PS form – excelled once again.
Naming the Superb as the winner, David Motton said: “The winner of this award has to be stable and capable as a tow car, as well as fuel efficient. That’s why this year’s winner is the ŠKODA Superb.”
ŠKODA models continue to enjoy recognition for their exceptional towing abilities. These awards are the latest in an ever-expanding collection of silverware dedicated to towing. In addition to offering factory-fitted options for tow bars, ŠKODA also offers a range of touring and lifestyle accessories.
Full details of the Tow Car Awards 2017 will be available at
www.thetowcarawards.com from 14 June.
ŠKODA UK has launched its first online showroom. Customers can access the ŠKODA Live Tour on their computer, tablet or smartphone – and gain the showroom experience at a time and place that suits them. ŠKODA Live Tour instantly connects the customer to a ŠKODA Product Host by an internet video link, who takes them into the Live Tour showroom and introduces the ŠKODA models.
ŠKODA’s new compact SUV is called the KAROQ. The name and its spelling originate from the language of the Alutiiq, an indigenous tribe who live on an island off the southern coast of Alaska. For the name of the new compact SUV, ŠKODA has drawn on the spelling of the ŠKODA KODIAQ and in doing so, has created a consistent nomenclature for the brand’s current and future SUV models. The ŠKODA KAROQ will be introduced to the public for the first time in Stockholm on 18 May and represents a further milestone in ŠKODA’s SUV campaign.
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.
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