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 customers are the happiest car owners in Britain, according to the UK's largest independent automotive customer satisfaction survey, Driver Power. The brand secured an incredible gold rush of awards in the Driver Power 2017 New Car Survey with the Superb and Yeti proving to be the star performers, taking first and second place in the overall Car of the Year ranking. The duo also took top honours in their respective segment categories, outscoring the competition in the survey's individual vehicle attribute sections. In total, ŠKODA was awarded 10 Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.
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.
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