Skoda has supplied a fleet of Kodiaqs to South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT), which have undergone one of the brand’s most ambitious conversions to date. The operational commanders required a bespoke conversion that involved elements such as moving the brand’s 9.2-inch infotainment screen on to the passenger’s side, a fully converted storage area for equipment, additional power supplies, auxiliary battery, split charging and mains shoreline capability.
Customers can now order Skoda’s first electrified car, the new Superb iV. The recently facelifted Superb now offers a low emission hybrid engine, and will be in UK showrooms later this month. Skoda’s first electrified car will be available in four trim levels with the plug-in hybrid powertrain: SE Technology for fleet customers, SE L, SportLine Plus, as well as the range topping L&K.
The fourth-generation of Skoda’s global best-seller has achieved a maximum five-star test score in the independent European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP). This makes the Octavia one of the safest compact models on the market. Its 88 per cent score for Child Occupant Protection puts it among the top performers of vehicles tested to date.
The first fourth-generation Octavia has rolled off the production line at Skoda Auto’s Mladá Boleslav plant. The company says the latest edition of the brand’s bestseller is “more spacious, safer, better connected and more emotive”. With around 400,000 units delivered each year, the Octavia is a favourite amongst European customers.
A new era in Skoda history is about to begin with the arrival of the new Citigoe iV. The brand’s first fully-electric production car will power into the UK early next year with prices starting from just £20,455 before the Government Plug-in Car Grant (PICG) discount of £3,500 is applied.
Skoda is preparing to launch the fourth generation of the Octavia, which has grown in size and is longer and wider than its predecessor. Nearly two thirds of all Octavia buyers opt for the estate body style and today, the Octavia is the bestselling estate in Europe and the most popular import car in Germany. Skoda will therefore launch the estate variant of the Octavia first; with the launch of the following a few weeks later.
The Skoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid will become the brand’s first electrified car when it goes on sale in the UK in January 2020. Prices for the new car will start at £31,970. The Superb iV combines a turbocharged 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and 85kW electric motor, delivering a total performance of 215 bhp (160kW) and CO2 emissions of less than 40g/km.
Skoda has released design sketches providing the first glimpse of the new Skoda Octavia. The company says that the new Skoda design language reveals that the fourth generation of the brand’s best-selling model will have a more emotive look; combining compact dimensions with a very generous amount of interior space.
Skoda has announced final prices and specifications for the all-new Kamiq. The new model is positioned below the Kodiaq and Karoq in Skoda’s three-model SUV line-up. The Kamiq is the second all-new Skoda to hit retailers in 2019, and like the Scala it follows, it features the latest evolution of the brand’s design language.
The first Superb iV has rolled off the line at the Skoda Auto Kvasiny plant. Carmaker Skoda Auto has comprehensively prepared the site for the manufacturing of the first electrified production model in the company’s history, investing approximately 12 million euros (about £10.6 million) in renovation work.