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Skoda Kodiaq’s UK Range Gets Sportier With, Um, Sportline Edition 7
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, prices, Skoda, Skoda Kodiaq, UK on 12 7th, 2017


It may not be the rumored vRS model we’ve been expecting, but the Sportline is nevertheless a new addition to the Kodiaq’s range, and it’s now available for order in the UK.

Slotting between the SE L and Edition trim levels, this version of the SUV carries a starting price of £32,130 and benefits from a few visual mods that set it apart from its siblings.

These include tweaked front and rear bumpers, 20-inch Vega Anthracite alloy wheels and black details on the grille, side mirror casings, roof rails and window trims.

Inside, the sporty theme is enhanced by the Alcantara-trimmed sports seats and door panels, dashboard and door inserts with a carbon effect, leather sports steering wheel, black trim, LED lighting pack and a ‘Sportline’ plaque.

Building upon the SE L grade, the Kodiaq Sportline has a 7-seat layout, a Columbus infotainment system with a 9.2-inch touchscreen display and integrated Wi-Fi, color multifunction trip computer, Drive mode select, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, front parking sensors and an electrically operated boot.

The Sportline will be offered with the 150PS (148hp) 1.4-liter TSI and 180PS (177hp) 2.0-liter TSI gasoline engines and the 2.0-liter TDI diesel in two outputs, with 150PS (148hp) and 190PS (187hp). All versions come with four-wheel drive as standard.

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Skoda Kodiaq’s UK Range Gets Sportier With, Um, Sportline Edition 7
Dec
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, prices, Skoda, Skoda Kodiaq, UK on 12 7th, 2017


It may not be the rumored vRS model we’ve been expecting, but the Sportline is nevertheless a new addition to the Kodiaq’s range, and it’s now available for order in the UK.

Slotting between the SE L and Edition trim levels, this version of the SUV carries a starting price of £32,130 and benefits from a few visual mods that set it apart from its siblings.

These include tweaked front and rear bumpers, 20-inch Vega Anthracite alloy wheels and black details on the grille, side mirror casings, roof rails and window trims.

Inside, the sporty theme is enhanced by the Alcantara-trimmed sports seats and door panels, dashboard and door inserts with a carbon effect, leather sports steering wheel, black trim, LED lighting pack and a ‘Sportline’ plaque.

Building upon the SE L grade, the Kodiaq Sportline has a 7-seat layout, a Columbus infotainment system with a 9.2-inch touchscreen display and integrated Wi-Fi, color multifunction trip computer, Drive mode select, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, front parking sensors and an electrically operated boot.

The Sportline will be offered with the 150PS (148hp) 1.4-liter TSI and 180PS (177hp) 2.0-liter TSI gasoline engines and the 2.0-liter TDI diesel in two outputs, with 150PS (148hp) and 190PS (187hp). All versions come with four-wheel drive as standard.

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Skoda To Launch Five Electrified Vehicles By 2025, First One Due In 2020 25
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Electric Vehicles, PHEV, Reports, Skoda, Skoda Citigo, Skoda Superb on 11 25th, 2017


Previous reports briefly talked about Skoda’s electrification plans, but now the Czech automaker has decided to shed some light into their future vehicle lineup.

Skoda’s chief, Bernhard Maier, revealed that the company plans to reveal no less than five fully-electric vehicles by 2025, with the first one scheduled to be revealed in less than three years.

“Skoda’s future will be electric. By 2025, we plan to offer five purely electrically powered models in various segments. We are pleased that the first all-electric Skoda will be built in the Czech Republic”, Maier said. “This decision underlines the [VW] Group’s confidence in the Skoda workforce. This is an important step for the future of the Skoda brand and the Czech Republic as an automotive location.”

However, before unveiling their first EV in 2020, which will be made in Mlada Boleslav, Skoda will launch their first PHEV, an electrified version of the Superb, one year earlier. The plug-in hybrid components will be made at the same facility, and the vehicle will roll off the assembly lines at Kvasiny.

Maier wouldn’t comment on the rest of the upcoming EVs, but one of them could be the production version of the Vision E Concept. The study that debuted at this year’s Auto Shanghai Show features an electric powertrain and autonomous driving technology.

A Skoda-badged version of the Volkswagen I.D. hatch is also possible, possibly named the Felicia E, as is a compact electric SUV, a 2- or 4-door coupe saloon, and a zero-emission Citigo.

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Skoda Octavia vRS Estate Makes Sure Your School Runs Are Anything But Dull 18
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in reviews, Skoda, Skoda Octavia, Skoda RS, Skoda Videos, video on 11 18th, 2017


When it comes to compact family cars, the Skoda Octavia has always been somewhat of a smart choice within the segment, being larger than its main competitors, well built and competitively priced.

The Estate version of the Octavia can be had in the range-topping vRS trim, powered by either a petrol or a diesel engine, married to a six-speed manual or a DSG dual-clutch gearbox.

CarBuyer went out and tested the facelifted Octavia vRS, focusing on some of its strong points, such as the rear legroom and boot space, and the new infotainment screen that’s simple to use. The reviewer appreciated the special ‘vRS’ mode, which changes the throttle response, steering, and exhaust note, and the optional dynamic chassis control system that allows users to firm up the suspension for a sporty drive.

On the other hand, the Octavia vRS does have some flaws: it’s not that good to use around town with the DSG gearbox and there’s some noise coming into the cabin at certain points that could become quite annoying. Moreover, the interior, as good as it may be, has black trim everywhere, and apart from the sport seats, you don’t feel like you’re sitting in a performance model.

But is this enough to make you consider a different ride, such as the Ford Focus ST Estate? Find out the verdict in the video that follows.

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What’s Skoda Cooking With This Kodiaq Prototype? 17
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Scoops, Skoda, Skoda Kodiaq, Skoda Scoops, Skoda Videos, video on 11 17th, 2017


The Skoda Kodiaq is already available in various markets, so spotting a prototype of the 7-seater SUV testing on the Nurburgring raises some questions.

What we have here cannot be answered with certainty by anyone outside the company, but we think that we’re likely looking at a new version.

One scenario calls for the rumored range-topping vRS being put to the test, and the black bumpers of the prototype, along with the basic halogen headlights, might be there to trick bystanders into thinking they’re looking at a entry-level Kodiaq – which, come to think of it, is another possibility.

Anyway, if this is indeed the Kodiaq vRS, then it will benefit from a number of improvements over lesser variants, including a more aggressive body kit, a tweaked chassis and improved brakes, while power could come from the 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel of the European VW Tiguan.

Another explanation is that this prototype is a test bed for a hybrid powertrain – but it’s all speculation, so we’ll have to wait a little bit longer until we can find out more about what Skoda has in store for its SUV.

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Can A Skoda Superb Really Hold Its Own Against A BMW M760Li? 14
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW 7-Series, BMW Videos, Skoda, Skoda Superb, Skoda Videos, video on 11 14th, 2017


The Skoda Superb and BMW 7 Series are both fairly large European sedans, manufactured by German auto groups.

That’s about where the similarities end, though – especially when the Bimmer in question is the top-of-the-line M760Li.

The very pinnacle of BMW’s sedan lineup, the M760Li is the closest thing we’ve seen yet to a full-on M7, packing a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 that sends over 600 horsepower to all four wheels.

The Superb 280 seen here is also the performance version of Skoda’s flagship sedan, albeit on a different plane entirely. Its engine is less than a third the size of the Bimmer’s, with a third the cylinders, half the turbochargers, and less than half the output.

It’s also considerably less expensive than the BMW, but the big question is how the Skoda measures up. And that’s the question which the fellas at CarWow have set out to answer in this latest clip. You’re gonna have to watch for yourself to see what they found, though, so set aside six minutes and enjoy this improbable face-off.

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Can A Skoda Superb Really Hold Its Own Against A BMW M760Li? 14
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW 7-Series, BMW Videos, Skoda, Skoda Superb, Skoda Videos, video on 11 14th, 2017


The Skoda Superb and BMW 7 Series are both fairly large European sedans, manufactured by German auto groups.

That’s about where the similarities end, though – especially when the Bimmer in question is the top-of-the-line M760Li.

The very pinnacle of BMW’s sedan lineup, the M760Li is the closest thing we’ve seen yet to a full-on M7, packing a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 that sends over 600 horsepower to all four wheels.

The Superb 280 seen here is also the performance version of Skoda’s flagship sedan, albeit on a different plane entirely. Its engine is less than a third the size of the Bimmer’s, with a third the cylinders, half the turbochargers, and less than half the output.

It’s also considerably less expensive than the BMW, but the big question is how the Skoda measures up. And that’s the question which the fellas at CarWow have set out to answer in this latest clip. You’re gonna have to watch for yourself to see what they found, though, so set aside six minutes and enjoy this improbable face-off.

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VW Up! Slated To Go EV Only, Could Gain Crossover Variant 11
Nov
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, Reports, Seat, Seat Mii, Skoda, Skoda Citigo, VW, VW Up on 11 11th, 2017


Earlier this year, reports surfaced that Volkswagen was considering pulling the plug on the pint-sized Up!. However, it appears the model might have been given a reprieve.

Automobile is reporting the company was initially considering more exciting variants based on the existing PQ architecture or transitioning the model to the newer MQB platform. Volkswagen’s passenger car boss, Dr. Herbert Diess, reportedly rejected both ideas as he thought the first plan would just result in the status quo while the MQB route would simply be too expensive.

Instead, the executive reportedly suggested an alternative which would see the Up! and its siblings become available exclusively as electric vehicles. The new models will reportedly be positioned as a Smart competitor and be loosely based on the existing e-Up!.

The decision to base the model on the existing EV will cut costs and the car will reportedly benefit from knowledge learned during the development of the MEB platform that will underpin models such as the ID Buzz, ID Crozz, and ID Hatch.

Both three- and five-door models are expected to return and they could eventually be joined by a crossover-inspired variant.

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VW Group Planning A Host Of Hybrid Hot Hatches 3
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hot Hatch, Hybrids, Reports, Skoda, Skoda Fabia, VW, VW Golf, VW Golf GTI on 11 3rd, 2017


Aware that it will take many years for all-electric vehicles to become commonplace, the Volkswagen Group intends on launching a selection of hybrid hot hatches early next decade as it continues its introduction of electrified models.

It is reported that senior executives at the automaker believe these hybrid hatchbacks will prove to be a valuable stepping stone towards full electrification and help to win over car enthusiasts about the benefits of electric propulsion.

Speaking to Autocar, an unnamed source said it is important to move step by step into the EV future.

“We are not just flicking a switch and expecting people to move to fully electric cars – it is a process that will take decades, and we must help take people through the transition step by step by showing what the possibilities are.”

It seems likely that one of the first hot hatches within the VW Group to receive hybrid power could be the next-generation Skoda Fabia vRS. Despite being a number of years away from being introduced, Skoda chief executive Bernhard Maier said it would make sense to electrify the model.

At the start of this year, it emerged that the next-generation Volkswagen Golf GTI could also use a hybrid powertrain. If current rumors hold true, that would mean a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine complemented by a 48V electrical system and integrated starter motor.

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Skoda Kodiaq GT Coming As A More Affordable Alternative To The BMW X4 2
Nov
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in china, Reports, Skoda, Skoda Kodiaq, SUV on 11 2nd, 2017


Skoda have been planning a Coupe version of the new Kodiaq ever since their large SUV was unveiled last year, and it appears that they have christened it the Kodiaq GT.
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Skoda Karoq Looks Good In Scout Guise 24
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in Renderings, Skoda, Skoda Karoq, SUV on 10 24th, 2017


In 2018, Skoda is widely expected to unveil a Karoq Scout, taking obvious design inspiration from the larger Kodiaq Scout.
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Possible Skoda Entry Into The United States Pushed To The Backburner 20
Oct
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Reports, Skoda, USA, VW on 10 20th, 2017


Skoda has been eyeing a potential entry into the United States but those plans have reportedly been pushed back.
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New Skoda Karoq Makes A Good First Impression 14
Oct
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, reviews, Skoda, Skoda Karoq, Skoda Videos, video on 10 14th, 2017


By retiring the Yeti and replacing it with the new Karoq, Skoda have added the second SUV into their range, after the larger Kodiaq.
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VW Group Seeking Ways To Defuse Tensions Between Its Brands 13
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Reports, Seat, Skoda, VW on 10 13th, 2017


VW Group will focus on making VW, Skoda and Seat more distinct in order to reduce tensions within the company.
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VW Looking To Stop Skoda From Being So Damn Competitive 5
Oct
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Reports, Skoda, VW on 10 5th, 2017


Skoda is apparently doing such a great job at making cars that some of VW’s managers and unions are now looking into ways to curb the competition from the Czech brand.
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