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.
Skoda is stoking anticipation of the all-new Skoda Octavia vRS iV. The Czech manufacturer has released three official exterior design sketches showing the sporty range-topper for the fourth Octavia generation, which will have its world premiere on 3 March at the Geneva Motor Show.
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.