That’s the way to do it: Superb and Octavia take top honours at the 2017 Honest John Awards

ŠKODA is celebrating yet more awards success with two victories at the 2017 Honest John Awards. In what is rapidly becoming another 'silverware spring' for the brand, the Superb and Octavia Estate both drove off with category wins.

Unlike other awards, the Honest John honours are chosen by visitors to the HonestJohn.co.uk website, rather than a panel of journalists and experts. The reviews that generate the most interest among users – judged by the number of page visits – are the winners.

Leading the way was the Superb, which took the Large Family Car Award ahead of some of the strongest competition in the competition. Commenting on its remarkable triumph, Honest John Managing Editor Dan Powell said: “We’re big fans of the Superb and our readers agree with us when we say it is one of the best large family cars on sale in the UK right now. Powered by an efficient range of petrol and diesel engines, the Superb is luxurious and stylish enough to hold its own against its premium rivals, while its affordable list price and low running costs make it suitable for those working to a budget.”

Not to be out-done, the recently revised Octavia took top honours in the Estate category – adding to its significant list of industry accolades. "If you want space and lots of it then the Octavia Estate will be the car for you,” commented Dan Powell. “Over the past 12 months it has generated more interest with our readers than any other car in its class, with the majority attracted to its subtle styling, frugal engines and (of course) huge boot.”

The 2017 Honest John Awards add to ŠKODA’s remarkable collection of industry titles. The brand has won five honours in May alone, and is set to enjoy a busy summer with revised versions of the Citigo, Rapid and Rapid Spaceback all making their showroom debuts.

ŠKODA Retailer of the year 2016
ŠKODA UK has announced the winners of its annual Retailer of the Year (ROTY) awards, held this year in Budapest.

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 OTR. 

Less 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.