Drivers of Skoda’s all-electric Citigoe iV and Superb iV plug-in hybrid can now use Amazon Alexa voice assistants to start or stop charging remotely and check on the remaining range of their cars, all from the comfort of their home. The new features are part of a raft of upgrades added to the Skoda Connect service, with iV owners now able to perform a range of actions to simplify the charging and management of their electric vehicle.
Skoda is continuing the tradition of its performance vRS models in the fourth-generation Octavia. This model is the first from Skoda offered in three different drive systems. In addition to the Octavia vRS versions with either a petrol or a diesel engine, the Octavia vRS iV – the brand’s first vRS plug-in hybrid – is now being launched. Both the 2.0 TSI Octavia vRS and the Octavia vRS iV have an output of 180 kW (242 bhp). The 2.0 TDI produces 147 kW (197 bhp) and is the only model in the vRS range to be available with all-wheel drive on request. All three variants feature sporty bodywork detailing including vRS-typical black touches.
Skoda is targeting fleet customers and company car drivers with the launch of all-new Octavia SE Technology models. The brand has developed a significant presence in the fleet sector, largely thanks to these SE Technology variants that have been created specifically to meet the demands of company car drivers.
New infotainment systems are being introduced into Skoda’s flagship Superb as well as its Karoq and Kodiaq SUVs as part of model year updates. They are based on Volkswagen Group’s third-generation modular infotainment matrix and offer not only the Laura…
Skoda is set to welcome the fourth-generation Octavia to the UK this summer and has opened the order books for its newcomer from today. The company says the new model is the most advanced and sophisticated model ever to wear the Octavia badge, with the all-new model building on 60 years of Octavia tradition.
Skoda says that the new Enyaq iV marks a pioneering step forward in its electromobility strategy. The first Skoda production model based on Volkswagen Group’s MEB modular electric car platform “combines brand-typical virtues such as a generous amount of space and an emotive design with fun yet sustainable driving”. There is a choice of three battery sizes and five power variants, depending on requirements. The all-electric SUV is set to be built at Skoda’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav, making it the first MEB-based Volkswagen Group vehicle in Europe to be produced outside Germany.
The Octavia has been at the heart of the Skoda brand for more than six decades and 2020 marks the arrival of an all-new fourth-generation model. The all-new Octavia range launches with two body styles, two special First Edition trim levels and three engine options. Prices range from £22,390 for the 1.5 TSI 148 bhp SE First Edition hatch model to £29,515 for the 2.0 TDI 148 bhp DSG Estate SE L First Edition. Diesels start at £23,300 for the 2.0 TDI 113 bhp SCR bhp hatch model.
Skoda is adding a new SE Drive trim level to its Fabia, Karoq and Kodiaq ranges. Designed to “showcase Skoda’s broad range of advanced technologies and design features”, the new SE Drive models are intended further to “enhance the brand’s reputation for delivering unbeatable value for money”.
Skoda’s emergency services sales increased 75 per cent in 2019 compared to the previous year, with nearly 800 models sold. Skoda’s best-selling model in 2019 for the emergency services was the Octavia Estate with sales rising from 110 in 2018 to 339 in 2019 – an increase of 208 per cent year-on-year, while the Kodiaq and Superb Estate also registered increases of 116 per cent and 54 per cent, respectively.
Enyaq is the name of Skoda’s first electric SUV based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Electrification Toolkit (MEB). With its first all-electric SUV, Skoda says it is establishing a new naming convention that combines the ‘E’ in reference to electromobility and the ‘Q’ characterising the final letter of Skoda’s successful SUV family.