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  • Geneva Motor Show: New Superb Promises More Of The Same From Skoda
    Geneva Motor Show: New Superb Promises … Wed, Mar 4, 2015 09:05 GMT

    EVERY cost conscious buyer’s favourite brand, Skoda, has used the Geneva Motor Show to unveil its latest generation flagship Superb variant.The Czech car maker has opted … More »Geneva Motor Show: New Superb Promises …

    Geneva Motor Show: New Superb Promises More Of The Same From Skoda

    EVERY cost conscious buyer’s favourite brand, Skoda, has used the Geneva Motor Show to unveil its latest generation flagship Superb variant.The Czech car maker has opted not to mess with a largely tried and tested formula, with this model adopting an evolutionary approach to both its design and spacious cabin experience.While …

  • Skoda Tops for Customer Satisfaction
    Skoda Tops for Customer Satisfactio … Thu, Jan 29, 2015 10:05 GMT

    IT SEEMS Skoda really is the manufacturer of happy drivers, with the brand having just topped a table of car makers for customer satisfaction.The latest analysis, part … More »Skoda Tops for Customer Satisfactio …

    Skoda Tops for Customer Satisfaction

    IT SEEMS Skoda really is the manufacturer of happy drivers, with the brand having just topped a table of car makers for customer satisfaction.The latest analysis, part of the UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKCSI), was carried out by independent body the Institute of Customer Service. Skoda was in the top 10% overall and …

  • Exclusive Sneak Peek: 2015 Skoda Superb
    Exclusive Sneak Peek: 2015 Skoda Su … Thu, Dec 18, 2014 16:05 GMT

    IT'S NOT often you get secret access to a car months before the public will even see it, let alone be able to buy one. Just three UK journalists were granted an audience … More »Exclusive Sneak Peek: 2015 Skoda Su …

    Exclusive Sneak Peek: 2015 Skoda Superb

    IT'S NOT often you get secret access to a car months before the public will even see it, let alone be able to buy one. Just three UK journalists were granted an audience with the 2015 Skoda Superb, and it's going to be worth the wait.We're not allowed to show you the finished design yet; these camouflaged test …

  • First Drive: Skoda Fabia Fri, Nov 7, 2014 13:05 GMT

    What’s new?This third-generation Fabia is as good as brand-new from top to bottom. The exterior is all-new, there’s a stack of Euro 6 compliant engines to choose from … More »First Drive: Skoda Fabia

    What’s new?This third-generation Fabia is as good as brand-new from top to bottom. The exterior is all-new, there’s a stack of Euro 6 compliant engines to choose from and revised suspension front and rear. It’s a fraction longer and significantly wider than the outgoing car but also lighter by an average of around 65kg.On …

  • First Drive: Skoda Rapid Sport
    First Drive: Skoda Rapid Sport Tue, Jun 3, 2014 12:05 BST

    You can't get more practicality for less of your hard-earned cash. It's far from being born of the 1980s Skoda school of desirability, but it costs relative peanuts … More »First Drive: Skoda Rapid Sport

    First Drive: Skoda Rapid Sport

    You can't get more practicality for less of your hard-earned cash. It's far from being born of the 1980s Skoda school of desirability, but it costs relative peanuts to buy. To keep important mechanical elements the same, Skoda needed to maintain the rolling circumference.

  • First Drive: Skoda Rapid Spaceback GreenLine
    First Drive: Skoda Rapid Spaceback  … Mon, May 26, 2014 17:05 BST

    We've seen the Rapid Spaceback and we've seen Skoda's existing GreenLine fuel-saving efforts in the likes of the Octavia, but until now the two haven't been put together. … More »First Drive: Skoda Rapid Spaceback  …

    First Drive: Skoda Rapid Spaceback GreenLine

    We've seen the Rapid Spaceback and we've seen Skoda's existing GreenLine fuel-saving efforts in the likes of the Octavia, but until now the two haven't been put together. This becomes easily the most ice cap-friendly Rapid Spaceback, and with CO2 emissions from a paltry 88g/km it's aimed squarely at the road tax-averse. …

  • First Drive: Skoda Octavia Greenline III
    First Drive: Skoda Octavia Greenline … Tue, May 6, 2014 08:05 BST

    This is the latest in a line of tree-hugging efficiency-biased Greenline edition Octavias, with an economy-tuned engine, taller gearing for lower revs at cruising speeds, … More »First Drive: Skoda Octavia Greenline …

    First Drive: Skoda Octavia Greenline III

    This is the latest in a line of tree-hugging efficiency-biased Greenline edition Octavias, with an economy-tuned engine, taller gearing for lower revs at cruising speeds, and a special 'Eco' driving mode to reduce fuel consumption even further. Otherwise this is as pure an Octavia as they get: honest, comfortable, solid-feeling …

  • First Drive: Skoda Rapid Spaceback
    First Drive: Skoda Rapid Spaceback Wed, Oct 16, 2013 14:58 BST

    STOP THAT train of thought – the Rapid Spaceback doesn’t actually have more space in it than the normal ‘notchback’ Rapid.The boot is actually 135 litres smaller, with … More »First Drive: Skoda Rapid Spaceback

    First Drive: Skoda Rapid Spaceback

    STOP THAT train of thought – the Rapid Spaceback doesn’t actually have more space in it than the normal ‘notchback’ Rapid.The boot is actually 135 litres smaller, with 415 litres compared to the larger Rapid’s 550. Right about now you’re probably wondering what the point of the Spaceback is, but there’s more here than meets …

  • First Drive: Skoda Octavia vRS
    First Drive: Skoda Octavia vRS Wed, Sep 11, 2013 18:05 BST

    SKODA’S second generation Octavia has been something of a quiet success story. A little bigger and more refined than the company's first example, it is routinely spoken … More »First Drive: Skoda Octavia vRS

    First Drive: Skoda Octavia vRS

    SKODA’S second generation Octavia has been something of a quiet success story. A little bigger and more refined than the company's first example, it is routinely spoken of in glowing terms in the same breath as more expensive cars from traditional premium manufacturers.This third generation Octavia is, again, a little bigger …

  • First Drive: Skoda Superb
    First Drive: Skoda Superb Wed, May 22, 2013 16:05 BST

    BUILDING on the successful formula of space, refinement and generous levels of standard equipment, Skoda’s latest generation Superb packs all the familiar qualities that’s … More »First Drive: Skoda Superb

    First Drive: Skoda Superb

    BUILDING on the successful formula of space, refinement and generous levels of standard equipment, Skoda’s latest generation Superb packs all the familiar qualities that’s already convinced so many to sign on the dotted line.Improvements to the Superb might not be immediately obvious, however Skoda has focused on the things …

  • First Drive: Skoda Octavia
    First Drive: Skoda Octavia Wed, Jan 16, 2013 10:05 GMT

    THE OCTAVIA is the mainstay of Skoda’s global operation making up around 40% of the company’s sales, so a new one is just about the most important thing to happen in … More »First Drive: Skoda Octavia

    First Drive: Skoda Octavia

    THE OCTAVIA is the mainstay of Skoda’s global operation making up around 40% of the company’s sales, so a new one is just about the most important thing to happen in any four-year product cycle.The new car’s looks are much changed. It looks a lot like an oversized Rapid, but the tell-tale difference is the pair of body-coloured …

  • Fond Farewell (Skoda Fabia vRS Estate Long Term Test Final Month)
    Fond Farewell (Skoda Fabia vRS Estate … Sun, Dec 9, 2012 16:05 GMT

    A BAD man has taken 'my' Fabia vRS away. Okay, he was really a nice chap, but that doesn't compensate for the Fabia-sized hole in my life. It could've been more economical … More »Fond Farewell (Skoda Fabia vRS Estate …

    Fond Farewell (Skoda Fabia vRS Estate Long Term Test Final Month)

    A BAD man has taken 'my' Fabia vRS away. Okay, he was really a nice chap, but that doesn't compensate for the Fabia-sized hole in my life. It could've been more economical and I've experienced quieter cars over long distances, however it was a lot of fun. And, at the end of the day, that's what it’s all about.After choosing …

  • Hatching A Sensible Plan (Skoda Fabia 2007-present day)
    Hatching A Sensible Plan (Skoda Fabia … Mon, Nov 12, 2012 12:05 GMT

    ENGINES – Thanks to the deep reserves of the Volkswagen parts bin, the Fabia boasts a good selection of frugal petrol and diesel engines. Save for the hot vRS model, … More »Hatching A Sensible Plan (Skoda Fabia …

    Hatching A Sensible Plan (Skoda Fabia 2007-present day)

    ENGINES – Thanks to the deep reserves of the Volkswagen parts bin, the Fabia boasts a good selection of frugal petrol and diesel engines. Save for the hot vRS model, don’t expect lightning performance from the range – this is very much a car for undemanding drivers.EXTERIOR – Looking a little more upright than its predecessor, …

  • Delaying The Inevitable (Skoda Fabia vRS Estate Long Term Test Month Five)
    Delaying The Inevitable (Skoda Fabia … Fri, Nov 2, 2012 08:05 GMT

    WHERE are all the green cars? It's a question I've often asked myself as I tolerate the weekly motorway grind. Save for the odd ray of metallic sunshine, in my time with … More »Delaying The Inevitable (Skoda Fabia …

    Delaying The Inevitable (Skoda Fabia vRS Estate Long Term Test Month Five)

    WHERE are all the green cars? It's a question I've often asked myself as I tolerate the weekly motorway grind. Save for the odd ray of metallic sunshine, in my time with the Fabia I've seen very few brightly coloured cars.Thank goodness for Kermit, my bright green Fabia vRS, is all I can say. Having initially been on the …

  • Fast Friend (Skoda Fabia vRS Estate Long Term Test Month Four)
    Fast Friend (Skoda Fabia vRS Estate … Mon, Oct 1, 2012 20:08 BST

    AS THE days get shorter and the roads aren’t always as dry as I’d like them to be, I could quite easily start moaning about the pitfalls of running a Fabia vRS.Having … More »Fast Friend (Skoda Fabia vRS Estate …

    Fast Friend (Skoda Fabia vRS Estate Long Term Test Month Four)

    AS THE days get shorter and the roads aren’t always as dry as I’d like them to be, I could quite easily start moaning about the pitfalls of running a Fabia vRS.Having racked up a disproportionate amount of motorway miles lately, I can’t say the car’s fuel economy has been especially impressive. You’ve got to employ a fair …

  • Speed Freak (Skoda Fabia vRS Estate long term test month three)
    Speed Freak (Skoda Fabia vRS Estate … Tue, Sep 11, 2012 08:10 BST

    WHEN you're talking about Skoda it's hard to ignore the UK firm's recent - and successful - foray into motorsport. For the history nerds out there, rallying isn't a new … More »Speed Freak (Skoda Fabia vRS Estate …

    Speed Freak (Skoda Fabia vRS Estate long term test month three)

    WHEN you're talking about Skoda it's hard to ignore the UK firm's recent - and successful - foray into motorsport. For the history nerds out there, rallying isn't a new venture as Skoda has long established connections with the sport famous for bobble hats, long walks in cold, dark forests and Thermos flasks.However, just …

  • First Drive: Skoda Rapid
    First Drive: Skoda Rapid Mon, Jul 16, 2012 17:09 BST

    MUTTERINGS about never-ending new car price rises have been building for the last few years, but Skoda has news for which you might want to sit down.Here is the Rapid, … More »First Drive: Skoda Rapid

    First Drive: Skoda Rapid

    MUTTERINGS about never-ending new car price rises have been building for the last few years, but Skoda has news for which you might want to sit down.Here is the Rapid, which revives a name from the 1930s in a car that slots between the Fabia and the Octavia, at more or less exactly the same basic dimensions as the 2001 …

  • Keeping It In The Family (Skoda Fabia vRS Estate Long Term Test Month Two)
    Keeping It In The Family (Skoda Fabia … Thu, Jul 12, 2012 14:06 BST

    KERMIT, as he is now affectionately called, has been a busy, er, bee recently. From pounding the nation’s motorways to being on a speeding train under the Channel, ‘my’ … More »Keeping It In The Family (Skoda Fabia …

    Keeping It In The Family (Skoda Fabia vRS Estate Long Term Test Month Two)

    KERMIT, as he is now affectionately called, has been a busy, er, bee recently. From pounding the nation’s motorways to being on a speeding train under the Channel, ‘my’ Fabia vRS has rarely had the opportunity to stand still.To say that the time spent recently with Skoda’s green machine has been fast paced is something …

  • Green With Envy (Skoda Fabia vRS Estate long term test month one)
    Green With Envy (Skoda Fabia vRS Estate … Mon, May 21, 2012 19:05 BST

    IT’S VERY green, isn’t it? I figured that, if you’re going to run something a little left field like Skoda’s Fabia vRS for six months, you might as well go for broke … More »Green With Envy (Skoda Fabia vRS Estate …

    Green With Envy (Skoda Fabia vRS Estate long term test month one)

    IT’S VERY green, isn’t it? I figured that, if you’re going to run something a little left field like Skoda’s Fabia vRS for six months, you might as well go for broke in the colour department. And yes, I did choose the metallic green paint and black wheel combo myself. That it’s already been christened ‘Kermit’ by friends …

  • First Drive: Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo
    First Drive: Skoda Fabia Monte Carl … Wed, May 2, 2012 12:05 BST

    SOME PEOPLE say the art of making great small cars is all but lost, but that just isn’t true. Here’s a little Skoda that proves the point.To celebrate 100 years of the … More »First Drive: Skoda Fabia Monte Carl …

    First Drive: Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo

    SOME PEOPLE say the art of making great small cars is all but lost, but that just isn’t true. Here’s a little Skoda that proves the point.To celebrate 100 years of the Monte Carlo rally Skoda has come up with the Fabia Monte Carlo, a trim level based on the mid-range SE, with five doors by default and pepped up with some …

 

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