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 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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