Seven-seat Skoda Kodiaq set for Paris motor show


Skoda’s released a series of official preview pictures of its upcoming Kodiaq SUV, ahead of its official reveal.

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Skoda Octavia gets new SE Sport and SE Technology models

Skoda has added two new trim levels to its popular Octavia family car range, in an effort to boost value with added kit. The Octavia SE Technology and Octavia SE Sport are on sale now, priced from £19,925 and £19,990 respectively. 

The Skoda Octavia SE Sport is an all-new model available as a hatchback or as a more practical Estate. Buyers can choose between the 148bhp 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine or the 108bhp 1.6-litre TDI diesel – both of which can be specified with a manual or DSG automatic gearbox.

Standard kit includes 17-inch Denom alloy wheels, xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lights and LED rear lights. Inside you’ll find sports seats, a sports steering wheel, auto dimming rear view mirror, sat-nav, WiFi and cruise control.

The SE Sport costs £950 more than the SE, but is said to represent £3,150 worth of added value. Prices start from £19,990 for the 1.4 TSI hatch, rising to £23,345 for the 1.6-litre TDI DSG Estate.

Elsewhere, the Skoda Octavia SE Technology replaces the outgoing SE Business model and is also available as a hatchback or as an Estate. It comes with a diesel-only engine line-up – ranging from the frugal 108bhp TDI Greenline III, to the 148bhp 2.0-litre TDI. There’s also a standard 1.6-litre TDI, with a choice of manual and automatic gearboxes.

In terms of equipment, the SE Technology adds sat-nav, WiFi, front and rear parking sensors and adaptive cruise control. It’s worth noting that the Greenline model makes do with a standard – rather than adaptive – cruise control system. Also included is a chrome pack, double-sided boot floor cover and automatic lights and wipers.

The SE Technology costs £275 more than SE Business, but adds an additional £1,155 worth of kit. Prices start at £19,925 fort he 1.6 TDI hatchback, while the range-topping Estate with the same engine and a DSG automatic gearbox costs £22,395. All SE Technology cars, apart from the 148bhp 2.0 TDI, emit less than 100g/km of CO2.

Skoda nabs U.S. trademarks; sales decision expected in 2017


Czech marque registers U.S. trademarks amid parent company’s diesel woes

Skoda will decide in 2017 whether it will return to the U.S., the German daily Handelsblatt reports. The automaker has been quietly trademarking a number of existing model names at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, amid reports that crisis-hit Volkswagen Group, Skoda’s parent company, is thinking about letting the brand back into North America.

“During the next year, we want to have the question of North America decided for us,” Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier told Handelsblatt.

The brand currently has six models in its lineup and will add a large SUV named Kodiaq in a matter of months — a model well suited to North America. Skoda currently offers the Citigo and Fabia hatches, Octavia and Rapid sedans and wagons, the Yeti compact SUV and a range-topping, near-luxury Superb sedan.

So far Skoda has registered the Yeti, Octavia, Superb and its vRS sport trim level, the equivalent of Audi’s S lineup.

An important part of VW’s calculus on bringing Skoda to the States is that the brand remains untainted by the diesel scandal, even though its model lineup is still largely VW-based. The very few in the States who’ve even heard of Skoda or remember it sold in the 1960s may associate it, erroneously, with Soviet cars, but Skoda represents a blank slate for the automaker with a ready lineup of affordable and attractive models.

Since becoming part of VW in 1991, Skoda has pursued overseas markets aggressively and with great success, upstaging its corporate parent in a number of important markets including China, where Skodas are manufactured locally. The brand also has made impressive gains in Europe, where Skodas have effectively displaced VW as the Group’s budget brand amid the former’s price and model bloat. In addition to achieving industry-leading customer satisfaction ratings in a number of European countries, Skoda has also managed to completely shed its previous image of an Eastern European budget brand, itself becoming an aspirational, if still-inexpensive, car in many markets.

Skoda’s global reach is still growing, with the company set to start sales in Iran and South Korea shortly. One of the major unconquered markets for the brand remains North America, which Skoda left in the early 1990s after struggling with Canadian sales. By 2025, Skoda aims to sell cars in 120 markets, up from just over 100 at the present day.


Skoda Kodiaq SUV could lead brand’s charge into US market

The Skoda Kodiaq is the model best poised to launch Volkswagen’s Czech brand into the US market, according to the firm’s CEO, Bernhard Maier.

Speaking about the  Kodiaq launch, Maier said he believed the brand’s new SUV model would be a hit if sold in the US although he also explained that the US wasn’t on Skoda’s immediate radar.

“If we do decide to compete in the US, we will have one chance to make a good first impression,” he said. “We feel that if we were there now, the Kodiaq would be a home-run car.”
Maier said the three new markets that currently most interest Skoda are South Korea, Singapore and Iran but he added: “America is the one that we don’t currently compete in with the biggest potential”.
Skoda is undertaking a feasibility study to determine whether a potential US entry would make sense. The company has also recently trademarked the names of several of its models with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Names trademarked by the brand in the US include Superb, Octavia, Yeti and vRS, as well as a yet-to-be-identified H-Tec model name.

No timescale has been set for Skoda to make a decision about the US but its all-new Kodiaq model will go on sale in European markets at the start of 2017.


New Skoda Kodiaq: price, specs, 2017 release date and Tour de France


Skoda’s eagerly anticipated Kodiaq will be competitively priced from around £23,000 when the order books open and we’re expecting our first chance to bring you a review of the production version before the end of the year. Before that the Skoda Kodiaq is all set to lead the Tour De France grand finale this weekend, travelling down the legendary Boulevard Champs-Elysées in Paris. 


Skoda Kodiaq at the 2016 Tour De France

Sadly for Skoda fans, the Kodiaq won’t yet be fully unveiled at the Tour de France. The brand has prepared a special red, grey and black camouflage for the pre-production prototype, matching the tour’s ‘red car’, a Corrida Red Skoda Superb that acts as a mobile control centre for the race.

Fans will have to wait until the 1st September for the official reveal of the Kodiaq in Berlin, with Skoda then giving the public its first up-close look at the 2016 Paris Motor Show a few weeks later. The Tour De France the prototype Kodiaq will, however, provide our clearest look at the new car to date. It will be driven on the final stage by former professional cyclist and Skoda brand ambassador Stephen Roche, marking the 13th time Skoda has been the official sponsor of the world’s most famous cycling race.


The Skoda Kodiaq launches the Czech car maker‘s model offensive in the SUV segment. The Kodiaq is designed to be an embodiment of the brand’s latest design language and most advanced technology. Skoda promises a distinct look with its own character as well as exceptional interior space and numerous advanced features.

One rung up the SUV ladder from the smaller Skoda Yeti, the new Skoda Kodiaq SUV will be a 5 or 7-seater with a range of the latest turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. It will also get hybrid power in 2019.


Skoda Superb, Kodiaq RS models under consideration


Skoda’s hot sub-brand could be extended to include Superb RS and Kodiaq RS models in the coming years.

Bernhard Maier, Skoda’s CEO, recently told that the Czech marque believes that there’s “serious potential” for performance versions of the brand’s largest models, the Superb and soon-to-be-revealed Kodiaq.

He said that expanding the number of offerings under the RS sub-brand was “under discussion”.

Given that both the Superb and Kodiaq use the Volkswagen Group’s MQB component set for front- and all-wheel-drive vehicles with transverse engines, it’s clear that both vehicles could easily spawn a performance variant.


Whether or not we see a Superb RS or Kodiaq RS comes down to establishing a business case for both of these models. Maier noted that buyers are increasingly flocking to high-end trim lines on both the Octavia and Superb, and that “larger models have more potential to add value”.

An anonymous senior source told the British magazine that while buyers have been pestering the brand to build a Fabia RS, the company hasn’t been able to make the numbers stack up.

If approved, the Superb RS and Kodiaq RS could use the Volkswagen Golf R’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which in Europe, at least, generates 221kW of power.

It’s unknown when the Czech brand will make a decision about the Superb RS and Kodiaq RS.


New Skoda Superb Sportline trim revealed

Skoda has broadened the Superb range by introducing a new Sportline model. It will sit at the top of the range and is mark out by a unique bodykit and lengthy kit list.

As standard, Sportline Superb models come fitted with bi-xenon headlamps, sat-nav, 19-inch alloy wheels, Alcantara sport seats, rear parking sensors and a subtle body kit. Sportline models also come with a sport chassis and Skoda’s Drive Select Mode – allowing you to chose between comfort, normal and sport modes.

It’s available with almost all engines in the Superb range; only the 1.6-litre diesel and lowered powered 1.4-litre TSI petrol are not available with Sportline. All-wheel drive will be available, as will a DSG automatic transmission.

Alongside the expansion of the Superb range, Skoda has also taken the opportunity to add two new trims to the Octavia lineup: SE Sport and SE Technology – the latter replacing the existing Business model.

Both new trims go on sale in August with SE Tech being the cheaper of the two priced from £19,925. As standard it comes with adaptive cruise control, sat-nav, front and rear parking sensors, as well as auto lights and wipers. SE Sport – priced from £19,990 – comes with cruise control, 17-inch alloys, sat-nav, Bi-xenon lights and ‘dynamic’ sport seats.