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Van mreže KarlheinzTopic starter

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New connectivity offering launched with the ŠKODA KODIAQ

​› ŠKODA is launching its new connectivity offering at the same time as the ŠKODA KODIAQ
› Infotainment Online for information and navigation, Care Connect for assistance and Remote Vehicle Access
› All services are included with the ŠKODA KODIAQ for one year as standard

​Mladá Boleslav, 8 November 2016 – Alongside the launch of the ŠKODA KODIAQ, the brand is also presenting its new connectivity offering – mobile online services – under the label ŠKODA Connect. These are divided into two categories. The Infotainment Online services provide information and aid navigation, while the Care Connect services provide assistance as well as remote access to the car.

​“From now on, ŠKODA KODIAQ drivers are fully connected – to their car and, if desired, to the world of ŠKODA,” explained Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “With ŠKODA Connect we are making a digital world accessible to our customers that will make their driving experience even more comfortable and safe.”

Infotainment Online services

The Infotainment Online services are available in every ŠKODA KODIAQ that is equipped with the Amundsen or Columbus navigation systems. One standout feature here is the online traffic information: this displays the current traffic flow on the selected route and suggests sensible alternative routes in the event of a traffic jam. With Google EarthTM and Google StreetViewTM, navigation using the Columbus navigation system becomes a visual experience. Additionally, the services provide customised information for drivers of the brand’s new large SUV in the form of fuel prices, parking information, news and weather.

Care Connect services

Besides the Infotainment Online services, the Care Connect services, which can be divided into Proactive Services and Remote Vehicle Access, will also be available from now on. These come as standard for every ŠKODA KODIAQ from the Ambition trim level upwards – irrespective of the choice of infotainment system. The data is exchanged via the car’s own integrated SIM card.

The Emergency Call function is particularly important here. This is automatically activated after an accident in which a restraint system, such as an airbag, has been deployed. The vehicle establishes a voice and data connection to a dedicated emergency call centre and transfers all of the necessary information. An employee at the emergency call centre initiates the most appropriate support measures and, where necessary, sends an emergency vehicle to the site of the accident. The driver or passengers can also trigger the Emergency Call manually via a button in the roof module. Service Scheduling is also included in the Proactive Services. Here the owner is contacted by the dealer before the vehicle’s service is due in order to arrange a convenient and timely appointment.

Part of the Care Connect portfolio: Remote Vehicle Access

The ŠKODA Care Connect services also include the services for Remote Vehicle Access, which can be accessed via the ŠKODA Connect app, i.e. via the user’s smartphone. Here the Vehicle Status service remotely informs the user about the status of the lights and fuel tank of the ŠKODA KODIAQ as well as whether the doors are open or closed. The Parking position function shows where the vehicle is parked. The Honk & Flash function makes it easier to find the car by activating the horn and indicator, as the name suggests.

The ŠKODA Connect app is complemented by the ŠKODA Connect portal, which brings the ŠKODA Connect services to the customer’s home computer. The portal can be used to configure services as well as transfer destinations and routes to the car. The ŠKODA dealer will help with registration and activation in the portal.

Use free of charge in the first year: the pricing structure

The Care Connect services from ŠKODA Connect can be accessed free of charge for the first year following the purchase of a new ŠKODA KODIAQ. Subsequently the services of Remote Vehicle Access are subject to a charge, while all other Care Connect services (Proactive Services and Emergency Call) can be used free of charge for a further 13 years.

The offer for the Infotainment Online portfolio has a similar arrangement. Use is free of charge for the first year and the customer can extend this for a fee thereafter. With the Amundsen navigation system, the services operate through the user’s connected mobile phone or via a data dongle that is available as an optional extra. With the Columbus system, the mobile phone’s hotspot can also be used or, as an option, a SIM card can be integrated into the ŠKODA KODIAQ via the LTE module.
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« Odgovor #436 poslato: Novembar 10, 2016, 13:32:38 posle podne »

ŠKODA grew by 10.6% in October

​› Global sales increased to 97,900 vehicles in October
› From January to October, 6.7% more cars were delivered to customers
› Considerable growth in China (+21.3%) and Europe (+4.9%)
› ŠKODA RAPID and ŠKODA SUPERB saw a double-digit increase worldwide

​Mladá Boleslav, 10 November 2016 – ŠKODA has begun the last quarter of the year successfully: in October, the Czech car manufacturer increased its global deliveries by 10.6% to 97,900 vehicles (2015: 88,500 vehicles). In particular, the high demand in China (+21.3%) and Europe (+4.9%) contributed to the positive sales development. Amongst the models, the ŠKODA RAPID (+37.4%) and ŠKODA SUPERB (+58.3%) impressed the most in October with strong growth rates. Since January, the brand has delivered 938,800 vehicles, e.g. 6.7% more vehicles to customers (2015: 880,000 vehicles).

“In October, ŠKODA seamlessly continued the positive sales development of the first three quarters. The brand’s considerable growth in the core markets of China and Europe laid the foundations for this,” said Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing.

In Western Europe, ŠKODA grew by 4.2% to 35,400 vehicles in October (October 2015: 34,000). In Germany, its strongest individual European market, the brand grew by 3.9% to 13,300 vehicles (2015: 12,800 vehicles). Deliveries saw a double-digit increase in Italy (1,700 vehicles; +22.9%), Sweden (1,400 vehicles; +20.7%) and Greece (100 vehicles; +15.5%). The Czech car manufacturer recorded further growth in France (2,200 vehicles; +5.5%), Great Britain (5,400 vehicles; +6.7%), Austria (1,800 vehicles; +10.1%) and Switzerland (1,500 vehicles; +3.4%).

ŠKODA also continued to grow in Central Europe in October: with 15,800 vehicles, deliveries were 6.7% higher than last year (October 2015: 14,800 vehicles). In its home market of the Czech Republic, the brand was able to reinforce last year’s strong performance with 7,600 deliveries. In Poland, ŠKODA achieved a considerable increase of 17.9%, having delivered 4,800 vehicles. ŠKODA also achieved growth in the following Central European markets: Slovenia (600 vehicles; +11.1%) and Croatia (300 vehicles; +81.8%).

In Eastern Europe excluding Russia, ŠKODA delivered 3,300 vehicles – 10.7% more than in the same month last year (October 2015: 3,000). The strongest growing markets in this region include Bosnia (100 vehicles; +49.5%), Bulgaria (300 vehicles; +25.6%); the Baltic states (800 vehicles; +57.2%) and Ukraine (400 vehicles; +52.2%).
Sales figures inRussia reached the same level as last year with 4,600 vehicles (2015: 4,600 vehicles).

ŠKODA recorded significant sales growth in China. In the largest individual market, deliveries increased by 21.3% to 32,000 vehicles in October (2015: 26,400 vehicles).

Global deliveries of the ŠKODA brand to customers in October 2016 (in units, rounded, by model; +/- in % compared to the same month last year):

ŠKODA CITIGO (3,600; +28.0%)
ŠKODA FABIA (17,300; +2.7%)
ŠKODA RAPID (19,200; +37.4%)
ŠKODA OCTAVIA (38,300; +3.6%)
ŠKODA SUPERB (12,200; +58.3%)
ŠKODA YETI (7,200; -28.8%)
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Van mreže KarlheinzTopic starter

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The new ŠKODA KODIAQ – Press kit

​› Discover new grounds: with the ŠKODA KODIAQ, the brand is starting its extensive SUV campaign and will conquer new markets and win over new customers
› Transfer of ŠKODA’s design language into the SUV segment; light, safe bodywork
› Very spacious interior, largest boot within its class with a volume of up to 2,065 l
› 4.70 m long, adjustable rear seats as standard, optional third row of seats
› Towing capacity of up to 2.5 tonnes, Trailer Assist available
› Functional and practical thanks to more than 30 ‘Simply Clever’ features, including door-edge protection and two umbrellas
› Pioneering driver assistance systems, which are often only available in higher vehicle classes
› State-of-the-art infotainment systems, Phonebox with inductive charging available as an optional extra
› Attractive new connectivity solutions with ŠKODA Connect
› Infotainment Online provides information and entertainment, Care Connect provides support in numerous situations including the Emergency Call feature
› Five engines, high performance with fuel efficiency› 6-speed manual transmission, 6- and 7-speed DSG transmission, front-wheel and all-wheel drive
› Balanced chassis, optional Driving Mode Select and DCC shock absorbers

​Mladá Boleslav/Palma de Mallorca, November 2016 – With a length of 4.70 m, up to seven seats and the largest boot within its class, the ŠKODA KODIAQ is the Czech car manufacturer’s first large SUV. From early 2017, ŠKODA’s latest model will present itself with all of the brand’s strengths: a design that is full of character, extraordinary interior space, practical intelligence and innovative technology that can otherwise only be found in higher vehicle classes. The ŠKODA KODIAQ marks the beginning of ŠKODA’s extensive SUV campaign.

​“With the ŠKODA KODIAQ, we are striking out in a new direction and opening up new markets,” says ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier. “With our first large SUV, we are conquering a new segment for the brand – and new customer groups. Our new addition to the ŠKODA model range is truly as strong as a bear: it makes the brand even more attractive thanks to its concept, striking design and as the first ŠKODA that has the option of always being online, thereby offering more comfort, safety and real-time information. The ŠKODA KODIAQ is at the forefront of ŠKODA’s extensive SUV campaign.”

ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development, Christian Strube, added, “The ŠKODA KODIAQ offers all of our brand’s strengths: well-thought-out functionality, superior interior space and excellent value for money. The largest boot compared to the competition and the optional third row of seats alone make our new SUV the ideal companion for day-to-day demands. And when it comes to driver assistance systems, infotainment and connectivity, the ŠKODA KODIAQ proves ŠKODA’s innovative capabilities, offering the technology of higher classes and therefore putting itself at the top of its segment.”

Exterior design
The ŠKODA KODIAQ is an all-rounder: the SUV is suitable for business, as well as family and leisure use – and drives off-road with ease. The brand transfers its new design language into the SUV segment with a design that reflects the car’s versatile character: the ŠKODA KODIAQ features a bold interplay of elegant lines, sporty contours and robustness, which make it easily recognisable.

All of the ŠKODA KODIAQ’s lines are clear, precise and clean-cut – this applies in particular to the distinctive, highly recessed shoulder line. Double horizontal lines on the front symbolise protection and strength. The wide, three-dimensional radiator grille is striking and conveys the robust character. The narrow, raked headlights, which flow seamlessly into the radiator grille, give the ŠKODA KODIAQ a distinctive appearance. The two double-headlights create a striking four-eyed face and stand out due to their crystalline structure, which can also be seen in other features such as the rear lights. Here, ŠKODA’s Head of Design, Jozef Kabaň, and his team were inspired by traditional Czech crystal glass art, which is also reflected in the effective interplay of light and shade on the SUV’s highly contoured surfaces.

In the side view, the long wheelbase and short overhangs point to the large interior. The wheel arches are slightly angular – a key element of ŠKODA’s SUV design language. LEDs are used as standard in the tail lights; the rear lights also feature the C-shaped design that is typical of ŠKODA. A choice of 14 paint finishes is available – four standard colours and ten metallic colours. The appearance of the components varies according to the three trim levels – Active, Ambition and Style – which are offered in the ŠKODA KODIAQ as optional extras.

Body
With its dimensions, the ŠKODA KODIAQ is at the upper end of the compact car segment. It is 4,697 mm long, 1,882 mm wide and 1,676 mm tall (including roof rails); its wheelbase measures 2,791 mm. The KODIAQ is based on Volkswagen Group’s modular transverse matrix (MQB) in which strict lightweight construction plays an important role. For the body, a combination of hot-stamped metal sheets forms the
ultra-strong backbone. With the entry-level TSI engine and front-wheel drive, the large SUV weighs just 1,427 kg when empty (without driver), or 1,535 kg with the 1.4 TSI engine and all-wheel drive.

Torsional stiffness, manufacturing precision, drive comfort and crash safety are also superior. Thanks to its highly aerodynamic finesse, the large SUV achieves a cx value of just 0.33.

Interior
The amount of space is typical of ŠKODA: the ŠKODA KODIAQ is just 38 mm longer than the ŠKODA OCTAVIA, but offers a larger-than-average interior for the SUV segment. Achieving extraordinary interior space from the exterior dimensions available once again proves the brand’s excellent engineering prowess. The large SUV’s interior length is 1,793 mm; elbow room is 1,527 mm in the front and 1,510 mm in the rear. Head room is 1,020 mm in the front and 1,014 mm in the rear. Rear legroom measures up to 104 mm.

The large SUV’s interior is also protective and robust. The crisp exterior design carries on into the interior: the double lines – with their three-dimensional appearance – also feature on the instrument panel. The interior is characterised by bold vertical elements, such as the four large air vents. The large display splits the instrument panel into two equal sections for the driver and passenger.

The high-quality workmanship as well as the logical and easy-to-understand operation are typical of ŠKODA. The large circular instruments have a precise and clear design. The steering wheel is available in a choice of different versions – one of which is heated. The optional three-zone Climatronic, which has its own control panel for the rear seats, is another feature which is often only found in higher vehicle classes. The electro-mechanical parking brake is activated by pressing a button.

Numerous comfort features are available for the front seats. As an option, they can be heated, ventilated and adjusted electronically; the latter optional extra also includes a memory function. The ŠKODA KODIAQ’s rear seats are also extremely versatile: they can be folded in a ratio of 60:40, can be moved lengthways by 18 cm as standard and the angle of the backrest is individually adjustable. Two more seats in the third row are available as an optional extra – the ŠKODA KODIAQ is the first 7-seater in the brand’s recent history.

As an alternative to the standard fabric covers, a fabric/leather combination and leather or Alcantara® covers are offered. The decor is available in five designs. In darkness, the optional ambient lighting adds an individual touch to the interior. It is built into the door trims and can be set to one of ten different colours.

Boot
With a volume of 720 to 2,065 l (with the rear seats folded down), the ŠKODA KODIAQ offers the largest boot within its class. If the optional folding passenger seat is chosen, the SUV can transport items up to 2.80 m long. An electrically operated tailgate is available as an option, and can – as an additional optional extra – also be opened and closed using foot gesture command or a button in the interior. The ŠKODA KODIAQ with the TDI/DSG/4×4 drivetrain can tow a trailer weighing up to 2.5 tonnes. An electrically retractable tow bar is available for this.

Equipment
The ‘Simply Clever’ features available in the ŠKODA KODIAQ are further proof that ŠKODA always offers a little bit ‘more car’ for your money – practical and convenient assistance in everyday life which is typical of the brand. These features include, for example, door-edge protection: thanks to preloaded springs, this deploys automatically when opening the car door and prevents the metal edge of the door from coming into contact with a garage wall or an adjacent car. When shutting the door, the trim folds itself back in. This ‘Simply Clever’ feature thereby prevents bumps and scratches to your own car, as well as to neighbouring vehicles. An electric child safety lock for the rear doors, In-Car-Communication, as well as sleep headrests are available as optional extras for the first time in a ŠKODA. All in all, the ŠKODA KODIAQ provides more than 30 ‘Simply Clever’ features, seven of which are new.

Driver assistance systems
ŠKODA’s large SUV takes to the roads with a wide range of driver assistance systems – many of which have, until now, only been seen in higher vehicle classes. Some systems come as standard, others are available as an option – individually, but also as a package.

An innovation for the portfolio is Trailer Assist: when the ŠKODA KODIAQ is towing a trailer, the system takes over steering when reversing slowly. Additionally, while reversing, the new Manoeuvre Assist function will brake as soon as an obstacle is detected behind the vehicle. The system is controlled using an enhanced function of the rear parking sensors.

The Area View system is also a first for the brand: the surround-view cameras, which are located in the front and rear sections as well as in the wing mirrors of the ŠKODA KODIAQ, come with wide-angle lenses and allow views of the area immediately surrounding the car to be displayed on the monitor. These include a virtual, top-down view and 180-degree images of the areas to the front and rear. This makes it easier to drive in confusing situations or on rough terrain.

Front Assist including City Emergency Brake comes as standard and, using radar, can detect dangerous situations involving pedestrians or other vehicles in front of the car. If necessary, the system warns the driver and, when required, partially or fully applies the brakes. City Emergency Brake is active up to 34 km/h. Predictive Pedestrian Protection complements Front Assist.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is also radar assisted and helps the driver to maintain the selected speed and the desired gap between the ŠKODA KODIAQ and the vehicle in front. Lane Assist, Blind Spot Detect and Rear Traffic Alert help the driver to stay in lane, make changing lanes safer using the rear radar and help when manoeuvring in reverse. If the car is fitted with Lane Assist, ACC and DSG transmission, Traffic Jam Assist comes as an additional function. It maintains speed and applies the brakes in slow-moving traffic. Additionally, the car will be kept in lane up to speeds of 60 km/h thanks to the Lane Assist function.
 
Driver Alert detects signs of fatigue in the driver and prompts the driver to take a break. Emergency Assist, also only in combination with DSG transmission, is a further function of the ACC and Lane Assist combination. Should a situation arise where the driver becomes unable to drive the vehicle, the system can bring the large SUV to a standstill. Crew Protect Assist, available in a choice of two variants, closes the windows and sunroof, and tensions the seat belts automatically in the event of an impending accident. If you have an accident, the Multi-Collision Brake, which comes as standard, prevents any further uncontrolled movement of the ŠKODA KODIAQ. The camera-based Travel Assist with Traffic Sign Recognition displays speed limits and other road signs as images on the in-car computer as well as the navigation system.

ŠKODA Connect
With its infotainment and connectivity solutions, the large SUV from ŠKODA shows how an SUV can always be online. With the new, groundbreaking and innovative mobile online services, ŠKODA presents a new dimension of navigation, information and entertainment. At the same time, ŠKODA Connect helps with remote access to the vehicle as well as assistance.

ŠKODA Connect is comprised of two categories: the Infotainment Online services provide more information and real-time navigation details. Care Connect provides remote access as well as assistance.

Infotainment Online includes Online Traffic Information, which shows traffic flow on the chosen route in real time. The Google Earth™ services (available for the Columbus system) embed the route into a topographical view from Google; Google Street View™ (available for the Columbus system) displays a street view of the destination. Map updates as well as the Petrol Stations, Parking Spaces, News, Weather and My Points of Interest services round off the infotainment package. Infotainment Online services are provided free of charge for the first year after purchasing a new car fitted with a navigation system and are available at an extra cost thereafter.

The Emergency Call after an accident is the most important feature of the Care Connect services: the Emergency Call  is sent directly to an emergency call centre when a restraint system is deployed. This comes as standard for the Ambition and Style trim levels and is integrated into the Care Connect services. It also comes with a notification function for minor accidents as well as a Breakdown Call. Proactive Service is also included in the Care Connect services. When this is activated, all of the required data is sent to the garage in a timely manner before a vehicle’s service. The third Care Connect service is Remote Access.

ŠKODA now also offers the ŠKODA Connect app, which can be used to access and control additional services. For example: the smartphone will alert the owner if their car is being moved by a third party in an unauthorised manner – be that too fast or outside a specified area. Using the app, the route planner can be transferred from home to the navigation system in the car. Complementing the ŠKODA Connect app, the ŠKODA Connect Portal, which brings the ŠKODA Connect services to the customer’s home computer, is also available.

The Care Connect services are available free of charge for the first year after purchasing a new car. Thereafter, Remote Access services are subject to a fee, while all other Care Connect services (Proactive Service and Emergency Call) can be used free of charge for another 13 years.

For the first time, the SmartLink+ app also integrates SmartGate in the new ŠKODA KODIAQ SUV – alongside the existing Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink™ standards. All of the popular services are available in just one app: navigational data, music and news, as well as all of the relevant vehicle data via the car’s infotainment system – and this is the case for every trim level.

Infotainment systems
The music and infotainment systems in the ŠKODA KODIAQ represent the latest technology. They work quickly, offer state-of-the-art functions and interfaces, and feature capacitive touch displays in a glass design – they react to the touch of a finger and not just to pressure. The basic functions are easy to operate using physical buttons and control dials.

The Swing infotainment system with its 6.5-inch screen comes as standard. It can be supplemented with a smartphone Bluetooth connection and ŠKODA SmartLink+. SmartLink+ supports the use of the Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink™ standards in the car. When the customer connects their phone to the USB port, the relevant setting shows on the infotainment display.

The optional Bolero infotainment system features a high-definition 8.0-inch touchscreen, including the In-Car-Communication (ICC) function. The hands-free microphone records the driver’s voice, and transfers it to the back seats via the rear speakers.

The Amundsen navigation infotainment system builds on the capabilities of the Bolero system with a navigation function as well as a special display mode for driving off-road or even in narrow car parks. The top-of-the-range infotainment system, the Columbus navigation system, adds a 64-GB flash memory and DVD drive. An optional LTE module facilitates high-speed online access in the ŠKODA KODIAQ. Using a Wi-Fi hotspot (optional), passengers can use their mobile devices to surf, stream and send emails at their convenience.

Attractive additional components round off the hardware offering in the ŠKODA KODIAQ: the Phonebox charges a smartphone inductively using the Qi standard and connects to the car aerial – both processes occur wirelessly. The Canton Sound System features ten speakers, including a subwoofer, and has a power output of 575 W. As an option, the ŠKODA KODIAQ can be equipped with tablet holders that can be attached to the front headrests. The devices can be charged using optional 230-V and USB sockets.

Engines
Five powertrains, two TDI and three TSI engines, make up the engine range at the launch of the ŠKODA KODIAQ. They have capacities of 1.4 and 2.0 l, and power output ranges from 92 kW (125 PS) to 140 kW (190 PS). The diesel and petrol engines feature turbocharged direct injection and fulfil EU6 emission standards. All engines also feature a Stop-Start system, brake energy recovery and a powerful thermo-management system, contributing to low consumption despite the mighty power delivery.

The 2.0 TDI is available in two versions. The first version generates 110 kW (150 PS) and 340 Nm. The top-of-the-range version delivers 140 kW (190 PS) and puts 400 Nm on the crankshaft. On average, when fitted with a front-wheel-drive manual gearbox, the entry-level TDI consumes 4.9 l of diesel (129 g CO2/km) per 100 km. The most powerful diesel engine accelerates the large SUV from 0-100 km/h in 8.9 s and reaches a top speed of up to 210 km/h.

The range of petrol engines consists of two 1.4 TSI engines and one 2.0 TSI. The entry-level version of the compact four-cylinder generates 92 kW (125 PS) and 200 Nm of torque. Its NEDC consumption is 6.0 l per 100 km, which corresponds to 137 g CO2/km. In the more powerful version, the 1.4-litre exerts 110 kW (150 PS) and 250 Nm of torque; its ACT system – Active Cylinder Technology – shuts down the second and third cylinders when the load and engine speed are low. The top-of-the-range 2.0 TSI petrol engine features a new combustion process for high efficiency. Power output is 132 kW (180 PS), torque is 320 Nm.

Transmission
The ŠKODA KODIAQ is available with various different transmissions. Depending on the engine, there is a 6-speed manual gearbox or DSG transmissions with six or seven speeds.

The new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is making its debut at ŠKODA. It is a variant that has been designed for powerful engines with torque of up to 600 Nm. The DSG transmission is a very compact construction and enables quick and comfortable gear changing.

The driver can operate the 7-speed DSG in the automatic D and S mode, or control it manually using the gear lever or the steering wheel paddles. When Eco mode is selected in the optional Driving Mode Select, the car is taken out of gear: as soon as the driver takes their foot off the accelerator at a speed above 20 km/h, drive is disengaged – the ŠKODA KODIAQ is coasting.

Both top-of-the-range engines – the TDI with 140 kW (190 PS) and the TSI with 132 kW (180 PS) – are coupled with the 7-speed DSG and all-wheel drive. This combination is new at ŠKODA. The manual 6-speed transmission and 6-speed DSG are the options for the 1.4 TSI with 110 kW (150 PS) and all-wheel drive; front-wheel drive is coupled with the 6-speed DSG. The entry-level diesel with all-wheel drive is offered with the manual 6-speed transmission or the 7-speed DSG; the front-wheel-drive version is offered solely with the 7-speed DSG. The entry-level TSI is available with manual
6-speed transmission and front-wheel drive.

The all-wheel-drive system with electronic control is available for most engine variants. It delivers a big increase in traction, stability and driving safety – even off-road.

The centrepiece of the all-wheel drive is an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch. The all-wheel-drive system works intelligently and quickly. The control unit constantly calculates the ideal driving torque for the rear axle; loss of traction is virtually eliminated due to a control system that is dependent on driving status. When in overrun or at low load, drive is provided via the front axle, which saves fuel.

Chassis
The chassis of the ŠKODA KODIAQ is also the result of concentrated expertise. The components of the MacPherson front struts consist partially of aluminium; the steel four-link rear axle absorbs the longitudinal and transverse forces separately. The power steering, using an efficient electro-mechanical drive, ensures exact contact with the road and works in close harmony with several assistance systems in the ŠKODA KODIAQ.

In the Active and Ambition trim levels, the large SUV from ŠKODA comes equipped with 17-inch wheels as standard; 18-inch wheels are standard in the Style trim level. The range of optional extras extends to burnished 19-inch wheels. The brakes – with large ventilated brake discs at the front – are strong and stable. When cornering quickly, the electronic differential lock XDS+, which is a function of the Electronic Stability Control (ESC), makes handling even smoother and safer for both front- and all-wheel drive.

As an optional extra, ŠKODA is making Driving Mode Select available in its large SUV. It allows the driver to adjust the operation of the engine and DSG management, power steering, air conditioning and other systems in Normal, Eco, Sport and Individual modes. The all-wheel-drive versions offer Snow mode on top of this, which is designed for driving on roads and does not have a speed limit. Snow mode adapts the operation of the ABS, ASR and ACC (if fitted) systems, as well as the engine management to slippery and snow-covered roads.

Adaptive Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) is also available as an option, and is integrated into Driving Mode Select. Here, electric valves control the work of the shock absorbers depending on the situation. Combined with Driving Mode Select, the system adapts to the driving style of the driver and manoeuvres the driver safely on the road. Using DCC, the driver can choose between Comfort, Normal or Sport modes.

And the ŠKODA KODIAQ keeps going when the paved road ends. Off-road mode can be selected by the simple touch of a button (optional for the all-wheel-drive versions in combination with Driving Mode Select). Here, the chassis, engine management and brakes adjust their operation specifically to rough terrain. This mainly involves pulling away, traction and deceleration. In off-road mode, Hill Descent Assist helps the driver to safely master driving downhill over rough terrain by braking appropriately.
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« Odgovor #438 poslato: Novembar 23, 2016, 13:33:41 posle podne »

ŠKODA on record course: One million vehicles already delivered in 2016

​› Growth course: ŠKODA delivers one million vehicles to customers by mid-November – around one month earlier than previous year
› Successful top model: ŠKODA SUPERB sales up 85.2% over the same period last year
› Further growth momentum thanks to new ŠKODA KODIAQ and comprehensively upgraded ŠKODA OCTAVIA
› Outlook: ‘Strategy 2025’ sets the course for company’s future and defines high-growth areas of activity

​Mladá Boleslav, 23 November 2016 – Today, ŠKODA surpassed the mark of one million vehicles delivered in 2016. This means that ŠKODA has reached the milestone approximately one month earlier than 2015, and has delivered a seven-digit number of vehicles for the third year in a row. The top model ŠKODA SUPERB has made a considerable contribution to this success.

From January to today, almost 115,000 units of the flagship have rolled off the production line – an increase of 85.2% compared to the previous year. The launch of the new large SUV model ŠKODA KODIAQ and the comprehensively upgraded ŠKODA OCTAVIA promise further growth momentum for 2017.

​“The current financial year shows that ŠKODA can sustainably tap into new customer segments with a modern model range on the international markets,” says ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier, adding: “We will also continue our growth course in 2017. The new ŠKODA KODIAQ is going to play an important role in this; the model will expand our range in the growing SUV segment.”

The flagship ŠKODA SUPERB has recorded particularly dynamic development over the year to date: Between January and October, almost 115,000 units of the top model made their way to customers around the world. Compared to the same period last year, this represents an increase of 85.2% (January to October 2015: 61,900 vehicles). The popular small car ŠKODA FABIA and the compact ŠKODA RAPID are also showing positive trends. Deliveries of these models increased by 6.7% and 7.0%, respectively, over the same period.

The heart of the brand, ŠKODA OCTAVIA, has made a significant contribution to the expected record sales: ŠKODA delivered 361,700 units of their bestseller from January to October. In the coming year, major revisions are planned for the ŠKODA OCTAVIA. The successful model is set to further strengthen its successful position on the international markets.

ŠKODA will be launching their first large SUV on the markets next year.  With the ŠKODA KODIAQ, the brand is launching their campaign in the currently largest and fastest growing SUV segment. The new model will open up new customer groups for the traditional brand. Orders are already being placed for the ŠKODA KODIAQ, which will be heading to the first customers in February 2017.

Beyond the positive outlook for 2017, ŠKODA has set the course for long-term growth. The plan of action is set out in Strategy 2025, with which the Czech manufacturer is preparing for the challenges facing the automotive industry. Key aspects of the future strategy include electromobility, digitalizing the company, products and manufacturing, as well as new mobility services and connectivity. ŠKODA intends to grow in two dimensions: Firstly, in terms of increasing vehicle sales; and secondly by expanding the growth course to include new business segments, such as digital mobility services.
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ŠKODA achieves double success in 'Auto Trophy 2016'

​› Readers of 'Auto Zeitung' magazine choose ŠKODA as best import brand among 35 candidates
› ŠKODA OCTAVIA repeats last year’s victory among imported vehicles in compact class
› Around 60,000 readers and online users voted in 'Auto Trophy 2016 - World's Best Cars' 

​Mladá Boleslav/Cologne, 29 November 2016 – Readers and online users of the renowned magazine 'Auto Zeitung' have voted: ŠKODA is once again the best import brand in Germany. This is the seventh time the traditional Czech brand has won this category in the ‘Auto Trophy’. The ŠKODA OCTAVIA is also a serial winner: The brand’s bestseller has repeated last year’s success, winning the import ranking among compact cars.

​“The fact that the readers and customers of Auto Zeitung once again voted us best import brand is a great honour for the whole ŠKODA family,” says Bernhard Maier, ŠKODA CEO. In the course of our ongoing model campaign, we are making every effort to do justice to the trust placed in us.”

ŠKODA enjoys an excellent reputation among the readers and online users of Auto Zeitung: In this year’s 'Auto Trophy', they chose the traditional Czech brand as the best import brand overall for the seventh time after 2001, 2008, 2011 2013, 2014 and, 2015. ŠKODA, receiving 18.1% of the votes cast, went head to head against 35 competitors and won their fourth consecutive victory in this ranking.

The ŠKODA OCTAVIA is also among the repeat winners of the 'Auto Trophy'. This year, with 17.9% of the votes cast, the model triumphed in the category 'The best compact class - import', thus repeating its success from the previous year; the ‘heart of the brand’ outranked 18 competitors. Over the last decade, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA has won five victories in various categories in the 'Auto Trophy'. The result of the current reader poll also reflects the bestseller’s success in the registration statistics: In the first ten months of this year, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA achieved 48,593 new registrations in Germany. This means that the successful compact model is currently ranked ninth out of all new registrations in Germany, and remains the only import vehicle in the top ten new registrations of the Federal Motor Vehicle Authority (KBA).

This was the 29th year of polling conducted by ‘Auto Zeitung’. Since 2014, the 'Auto Trophy' has been added to the 'World’s Best Cars', as readers and online users of international auto trade magazines from the Bauer Media Group publishing house, including Auto Zeitung, can also participate in the vote. In total, some 60,000 participants cast their votes in 2016. In the German-speaking world, they selected their favourites in 17 categories, seven of which were international. The two categories ŠKODA won were selected in Germany.

In the past few years, it is not only ŠKODA’s bestseller that has retained the upper hand in the 'Auto Trophy': In 2013, the ŠKODA CITIGO and YETI won the coveted trophy in their respective categories for the second time in a row.  In the same year, readers of the 'Auto Zeitung' voted the ŠKODA SUPERB winner of the import ranking. In 2012, ŠKODA also took three class victories with the models CITIGO, RAPID and YETI. In previous years, as well, the tradition Czech brand’s models were regularly on the winning stage.
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ŠKODA KODIAQ wins Top Gear Award

​› ŠKODA’s new SUV voted best car for big families by British Top Gear Magazine
› Maximum flexibility in everyday life thanks to largest boot in its class, up to seven seats and over 30 practical ‘Simply Clever’ solutions
› ŠKODA KODIAQ heading to customers in February 2017

​Mladá Boleslav, 30 November 2016 – Top rating from Top Gear: The British auto magazine awards the ŠKODA KODIAQ best car for big families. The Czech carmaker’s first large SUV impressed the panel with its high flexibility in everyday life, excellent price-performance ratio and as well as with its emotional design. The ŠKODA KODIAQ will be heading to customers in February 2017.

​“Minimising stress is at the heart of the KODIAQ’s mission,” is the experts’ verdict. “That’s what its versatility is all about, because you never fear it won’t ably put its shoulder to any task family life throws at it: fetching of stuff and carrying of people, hauling or going mildly off-road or defeating slippery roads. It’s reassuring and safe, but it manages to avoid tedium.”

With up to seven seats, 24 driver assistance systems, more than 30 ‘Simply Clever’ solutions, a maximum trailer load of 2.5 tonnes and the largest boot in its class, the ŠKODA KODIAQ was a clear choice for the ‘best car for large families’ award. In addition to its high flexibility in everyday life, the Czech automaker’s latest model also stood out due to its excellent price-performance ratio. An additional plus point in the jury’s evaluation: the emotional design of the SUV. With the ŠKODA KODIAQ, the brand has transferred their expressive design language to the SUV segment for the first time. The distinctive interplay of elegant lines, sporty contours and a robust build symbolize protection and strength.

The latest model will be heading to the dealerships with all the brand’s strengths in early 2017. The amount of room is characteristic of ŠKODA: with a length of 4.70 meters, a width of 1.88 meters and a wheelbase of 2.79 meters, the brand’s engineers have maximized the interior space. This enables the vehicle to respond flexibly to various seating and cargo requirements – thanks also to the longitudinal and tilt-adjustable seats. In addition, the SUV scores with practical intelligence through numerous useful ‘Simply Clever’ solutions and innovative technologies, which would usually only be found in higher vehicle classes. ŠKODA is launching their broad SUV campaign with the brand’s first large SUV.
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« Odgovor #441 poslato: Decembar 13, 2016, 13:31:44 posle podne »

ŠKODA sales increase 9.6% in November

​› Global deliveries increase to 97,500 vehicles in November
› Significant growth in Europe (+9.1%) and China (+12.1%)
› Demand for ŠKODA models CITIGO, RAPID, OCTAVIA and SUPERB increasing
› Milestone: ŠKODA already delivered one million vehicles to customers by mid-November – around one month earlier than last year

​Mladá Boleslav, 13 December 2016 – ŠKODA is on course for a strong year-end close: In November, the Czech automaker’s global sales increased by 9.6% to 97,500 vehicles (2015: 89,000 vehicles). Particularly high demand in China (+12.1%) and Europe (+9.1%) made a significant contribution to this positive sales trend. In terms of models, the ŠKODA SUPERB (+34.9%), ŠKODA RAPID (+25.1%) and ŠKODA OCTAVIA (+6.7%) performed impressively in November. In the first eleven months of this year, ŠKODA was able to increase vehicle sales by 6.9%, surpassing the one-million-sales mark in November. 

​“With our young and modern model range, we are increasingly addressing new customer groups. This is particularly noticeable in the rising number of orders for vehicles with higher equipment levels,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing.

In Western Europe, ŠKODA deliveries increased 10.7% to 37,200 vehicles in November (November 2015: 33,600). In Germany – the brand’s strongest single market in Europe - ŠKODA recorded an increase of 7.6% to 14,600 vehicles (2015: 13,600 vehicles). Deliveries grew by double digits in Denmark (1,200 vehicles; + 20.7%), Great Britain (5,900 vehicles; +21.8%), Italy (1,700 vehicles; +28.9%), Spain (1,800 vehicles; +18.1%) and Switzerland (1,600 vehicles, +18.3%). The brand also achieved growth in the Netherlands (1,700 vehicles, +9.9%), Austria (1,700 vehicles, +8.1%) and Finland (700 vehicles, +6.0%).

In Central Europe, ŠKODA also continued to grow in November: Delivering 16,100 vehicles, sales were up 7.6% over the previous year (November 2015: 15,000 vehicles). In their domestic market, the Czech car manufacturer achieved a sales increase of 4.2% with 8,000 deliveries. In Poland, deliveries rose by 17.5% to 4,700 vehicles. In addition, the brand’s sales increased in Croatia (200 vehicles, +33.3%) and Slovenia (500 vehicles, +8.8%).

In Eastern Europe excluding Russia, ŠKODA delivered 3,200 vehicles; 9.1% more than the same month last year (November 2015: 2,900 vehicles). In Ukraine (400 vehicles +62.8%), Bosnia (100 vehicles, +68.7%) and the Baltic States (600 vehicles +34.9%), the number of registrations increased significantly. ŠKODA also recorded double-digit growth in Serbia (600 vehicles, +11.8%) and Bulgaria (300 vehicles, +19.8%).

Despite the continuing tension on the Russian auto market, ŠKODA recorded a sales increase of 3.0% with 4,800 deliveries (2015: 4,700 vehicles).

ŠKODA achieved strong growth rates in China. On the largest single market, deliveries rose by 12.1% to 30,000 vehicles in November (November 2015: 26,800 vehicles).

On the sales markets overseas, ŠKODA recorded a sales increase of 34.6% with 1,800 deliveries (November 2015: 1,300 vehicles). The brand’s sales increased especially in Australia (400 vehicles, +14.7%) and New Zealand (100 vehicles, +128.0%)

ŠKODA global deliveries to customers in November 2016 (in units, rounded off, by model; +/- in percent compared to November 2015):

ŠKODA CITIGO (3,000; +7.2 %)
ŠKODA FABIA (17,100; -0.2 %)
ŠKODA RAPID (19,500; +25.1 %)
ŠKODA OCTAVIA (38,000; +6.7 %)
ŠKODA SUPERB (12,100; +34.9 %)
ŠKODA YETI (7,500; -13.7 %)
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Construction of new ŠKODA press shop in Mladá Boleslav in full swing

​› New PXL II turbo press line up to 15% more efficient than conventional systems thanks to innovative servo technology and energy recovery
› High-speed stamping press also makes it possible to press large aluminium body parts for the first time; with daily capacity of 23,000 parts
› ŠKODA invests total of EUR 86.4 million into technology, construction and infrastructure, creating 140 new jobs at headquarters
› ŠKODA Board Member for Production Michael Oeljeklaus: “The PXL II is an important part of ‘GreenFuture’ environmental strategy”

​Mladá Boleslav, 14 December 2016 – ŠKODA is further expanding their production capacities. The traditional Czech brand is building a state-of-the-art and particularly energy-efficient press shop at their main plant in Mladá Boleslav. The launch of the new turbo press line PXL II came in 2015 with the construction of the 11,600 m2 hall. The installation of the press line for the main production line is currently in full swing. The trial operation of the new PXL II press line will commence in one week.

​“The new press shop is another important element of our 'Green Future' environmental strategy, which focuses on resource-efficient and sustainable production and energy-efficient vehicles,” says Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA Board Member for Production and Logistics. “The system is one of the most modern of its kind in Central Europe. In addition to its exemplary energy efficiency, it also enables a particularly flexible production process and significantly shorter changeover times thanks to decentralized servomotors.” The time required for changeovers has been reduced to only three minutes.

Innovative servo technology is used for the new PXL II press line. The energy required to produce the pressed parts is generated directly by the 14 servomotors on the press line. In contrast, the conventional mechanical press drive utilizes the energy accumulated in a flywheel. Unlike this system, the conversion energy can be flexibly adjusted and regulated as required with the new system. A further advantage is that the energy released during pressing can be partially recovered. Compared to conventional systems, the new press line consumes up to 15% less energy in continuous operation and is also characterized by its ease of use. It is one of around 20 facilities of its kind in the Volkswagen Group, and also enables the pressing of large aluminium parts for the first time. The PXL line uses state-of-the-art technologies to control the transport of pressed parts between the individual process steps. This increases the total capacity to 80,000 parts in the XL category.

The optimization phase with limited production commences on 20 December, 2016. In February, 2017, ŠKODA’s first press line for aluminium body parts will be in full operation – where up to 23,000 press parts will be produced for several models every day. In this project, ŠKODA has invested a total of EUR 86.4 million and created 140 new jobs. ŠKODA will be operating the new press shop in twelve-hour shifts around the clock, seven days a week, with more than 1,000 employees. The try-out press was completed before the putting the main production line into operation. The try-out press is being used to prepare the tools for the new press line.
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ŠKODA OCTAVIA with new assistance systems and superior connectivity services

​› Mobile online services from ŠKODA Connect provide best networking
› Infotainment online services for the latest information and entertainment
› Care Connect services for assistance and remote vehicle access
› New driver assistance systems for even greater safety and comfort

​Mladá Boleslav, 15 December 2016 – ŠKODA has comprehensively upgraded their bestseller, equipping it with new technologies. Mobile online services connect the ŠKODA OCTAVIA closely to the owner, and a number of new driver assistance systems make driving even more comfortable and safer.

​ŠKODA has equipped their bestseller with a new range of connectivity services: mobile online services under the label ŠKODA Connect. These are divided into two categories: Infotainment online services for the navigation systems Amundsen and Columbus are used for information and navigation; Care Connect services provide assistance and remote access to the car, regardless of the infotainment system.

One particularly useful feature of Infotainment Online is Online Traffic Information, which indicates the real-time flow of traffic along the selected route and suggests useful alternative routes in case of traffic jams. The services also provide customized information on fuel prices, parking information, news and weather information online. Via the ŠKODA Connect portal, routes, destinations and points of interest can be transferred directly from the computer to the navigation system. Especially for the system Columbus, there are other services, including Google Earth™ and Google Street View™. The Online Map Update service regularly updates to the latest maps available. 

Among the Care Connect services, the emergency call (eCall) is one of the most important. If a restraint system is triggered after an accident, an emergency call centre is alerted. In addition, there is a notification function for minor accidents, as well as a breakdown call service. Service Scheduling is also included in the Proactive Services. Here the owner is contacted by the dealer before the vehicle’s service is due in order to arrange a convenient and timely appointment.

The new ŠKODA Connect app on the smartphone also supports more Care Connect services; one particularly interesting feature is the new remote services. The Vehicle status service, for example, informs you about the status of the vehicle's lighting, or open or closed doors. The Parking-position function shows the location of the vehicle. Honk & Flash makes it easier to find for the vehicle by sounding the horn and activating the hazard lights. Area Notification and Speed Notification inform the owner if the vehicle is moved without authorization.

The driver assistance systems in the comprehensively upgraded ŠKODA OCTAVIA go beyond compact-class standards. Some come from higher segments and complement the already very extensive range. The predictive pedestrian protection is specialized for city driving. In the range between 10 and 60 km/h, it triggers an emergency brake if a pedestrian dangerously steps out into oncoming traffic. The system is part of the optional Front Assist that includes city emergency braking function. Blind Spot Detect supports the driver when changing lanes with two radar sensors monitoring traffic at the rear.  If a collision is imminent, a warning light is illuminated in the exterior mirror housing. Rear Traffic Alert assists when parallel parking or leaving a parking space; it detects oncoming vehicles very early.

Another innovation in the ŠKODA OCTAVIA is the optional trailer assist. Using the rotary switch for the exterior mirrors, the driver specifies the angle at which they want to reverse their trailer. When the driver then slowly accelerates, the system makes appropriate steering suggestions. Maneuvre Assist helps when reversing without a trailer, activating the brakes soon as it detects an obstacle behind it.
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ŠKODA produces 19 millionth vehicle

​› Milestone car: ŠKODA FABIA rolled off Mladá Boleslav production line
› Growth: Deliveries increase six fold since 1991
› Strategy 2025: ŠKODA preparing intensively for the future of the automobile
› Model campaign: Comprehensively revised and expanded product range
› Outlook: New ŠKODA KODIAQ market launch set for February 2017

​Mladá Boleslav, 19 December 2016 – ŠKODA has produced their 19-millionth vehicle. The jubilee car – a ŠKODA FABIA in 'Moon-White' – rolled off the production line at the main ŠKODA plant in Mladá Boleslav. The vehicle will be heading to a customer in the Czech Republic. The production anniversary underscores the Czech car manufacturer’s successful growth strategy. ŠKODA will set a new sales record in 2016.

​“ŠKODA is once again on course to set a new production and sales record in 2016. In the 25th anniversary year of the partnership between ŠKODA and Volkswagen, this once again demonstrates the ŠKODA team’s capabilities and the strength of the brand,” says ŠKODA CEO, Bernhard Maier. “We are going to build on this development over the coming years. The foundation for this is our Strategy 2025, which will prepare ŠKODA sustainably for the processes of change in society and the automotive industry.”

“We have 19 million reasons to be proud. This milestone underscores the performance of our Czech and international production sites, as well as the competence of our team,” says ŠKODA Board Member responsible for Production and Logistics Michael Oeljeklaus.

ŠKODA is one of the longest-established automotive companies in the world. The company began manufacturing automobiles in 1905: In that year, the company founders Laurin and Klement built their first automobile in Mladá Boleslav – a Voiturette A. Since then, the company has produced 19 million vehicles at their Czech and international plants.

ŠKODA has grown dynamically since joining forces with the Volkswagen Group in 1991. The brand made a dramatic comeback, quickly becoming an internationally successful producer with 7 model series and over 40 model versions in their current portfolio.

In perusing their growth strategy, the company relies on an international and efficient production network. ŠKODA vehicles are currently manufactured at 14 locations in 7 countries. In recent years, the Czech car manufacturer has continued to expand their production capacities. Since 1991, the brand has invested more than 350 billion Czech crowns into the manufacturing processes and factories in the Czech Republic alone.

ŠKODA will continue along their growth course over the coming years. The driving force behind the growth strategy is ŠKODA’s largest model campaign of all time. Since 2011 the brand’s vehicle range has been extensively revised and extended into key segments. The latest innovation is the new ŠKODA KODIAQ, which will set new standards in the dynamically growing SUV segment. Its launch is set for February next year.

Consistently expanding the ŠKODA model range is an important element of the ŠKODA Strategy 2025, the aim of which is to prepare the car manufacturer for the progressive and profound changes in the industry and society. In this context, the company will be intensifying their commitment to the areas of digitization, electrification and internationalization over the coming years.


Selected milestones in ŠKODA AUTO’s manufacturing history*:
› 19 December 2016: 19 million ŠKODA cars produced since 1905
› 19 January 2016: 18 million ŠKODA cars produced since 1905
› 24 November 2015: 12 million ŠKODA cars produced at the Mladá Boleslav plant
› 10 December 2014: ŠKODA manufactures the 1 millionth vehicle in 2014 – the first time the company had produced one million vehicles in a single year 
› 19 March 2014: 11 million ŠKODA cars produced at the Mladá Boleslav plant
› 26 August 2013: 4 million ŠKODA OCTAVIAs produced
› 9 July 2013: 1 Million ŠKODA vehicles in China since 2007
› 5 February 2013: 15 million ŠKODA vehicles since 1905
› 30 January 2012: 14 million ŠKODA vehicles since 1905
› 12 October 2011: 10 million ŠKODA vehicles at the Mladá Boleslav plant
› 8 April 2009: 12 million ŠKODA vehicles since 1905
› 13 July 2006: 10 million ŠKODA vehicles since 1905
› 1991: 5 million ŠKODA vehicles since 1905

* Production figures including L&K vehicles
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ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS: The most powerful OCTAVIA of all time

​›    2.0 TSI petrol now with 169 kW (230 hp), 2.0 TDI diesel also with all-wheel drive
›    New front end, full-LED headlights, RS-specific details
›    Top technologies for infotainment, connectivity and driver assistance systems set standards in compact class

​Mladá Boleslav, 20 December 2016 – Just weeks after introducing the extensively modernized ŠKODA OCTAVIA, the Czech automobile manufacturer presents the top model in the series – the ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS. The new front section, modified rear and sporty interior Ambient highlight its dynamic character. The upgraded ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS is available as a saloon and estate. Both body styles have two four-cylinder engines to choose from. While the 2.0 TDI diesel engine has the same 135 kW (184 hp) output as previously, the performance of the 2.0 TSI petrol engine has increased by 7 kW (10 hp) to 169 kW (230 hp), making it the strongest and fastest series-production model in the history of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA. New premium technologies supporting infotainment, connectivity and driver assistance systems emphasise the exceptional position of the compact sports car in its segment.

​Dynamic design

The appearance of the new ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS accentuates the extensively redeveloped design of the series in a particularly sporty and emotional way: The new front section with a wider radiator grille, which has been extended with additional headlamps featuring a crystalline look, and the even wider air intakes with honeycomb structure in the redesigned bumpers are masculine and dynamic. The four full-LED headlights with Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), as well as the LED side-mounted headlights integrated into the bumper shape the new front end. At the rear, the saloon’s spoiler and the estate’s roof spoiler set independent accents.

The rear is dominated by a powerful black diffuser element and broad red reflector lamp above. These elements are unmistakable characteristics of the upgraded ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS. In addition, the model now features LED-technology license plate illumination and taillights in the classic C-design as standard.

The interior of the new ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS is characterized by the sporty black interior. The RS-Sport seats provide plenty of lateral support thanks to high sides and integrated headrests. In addition to the leather/fabric combination, the sports seats are now also available in an Alcantara version. The multi-function sports steering wheel (for DSG gearbox with shift paddles) has a perforated leather crown. Ambient lighting comes as standard. The recesses of the door handles are illuminated, the pedals shine in an aluminium finish, and the entry panels bear the RS logo. ŠKODA-typical ‘Simply-Clever’ solutions include an umbrella under the passenger seat and a removable LED lamp in the boot of the estate.

Chassis, technology, engines

The 15 mm lower sports suspension and the rear track, 30 mm wider than the predecessor, as well as the red brake callipers underline the dynamic character of the new ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS. 17-inch wheels are available as standard, while 18- or 19-inch wheels are available as an option. On request, 19-inch light-alloy wheels are available in silver. Progressive steering, Performance Mode Select with Performance Sound Generator (option), the stability program ESC with electronic cross barrier XDS+ and Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) add to the intensive driving pleasure of the new ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS. DCC allows the driver to choose between Comfort, Normal or Sport modes.

The new engine of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS 2.0 TSI provides 169 kW (230 hp) and has a maximum torque of 350 Nm at 1,500 to 4,600 rpm. The front-wheel drive sports model sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds. The model’s top speed is 250 km/h. The combined fuel consumption is 6.5 litres per 100 km (149 g CO2/km; all values: saloon with manual transmission). As standard, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS 2.0 TSI is equipped with a manual 6-speed manual gearbox, optionally with a 6-speed DSG.

In the ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS 2.0 TDI, a diesel engine with an output of 135 kW (184 hp) and a maximum torque of 380 Nm from 1,750 rpm ensures acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds and a top speed of 232 km/h.  The combined fuel consumption is 4.5 l/100 km (119 g CO2/km, all values: saloon with manual transmission). The ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS 2.0 TDI is available either with front-wheel drive (manual or 6-speed DSG) or 4×4-wheel drive and 6-speed DSG.

Infotainment and ŠKODA Connect

As all versions in the series, the current ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS features the latest generation of infotainment systems. The capacitive touch displays are designed in glass (except for the series music system Swing).  The top version is the navigation system Columbus with a 9.2-inch monitor, WLAN hotspot and optional LTE module.

Driver assistance systems

The wide range of driver assistance systems in ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS sets new standards in the compact class. New features include Trailer Assist, Blind Spot Detect, which warns the driver of vehicles in the blind spot, and Rear Traffic Alert, which monitors side and rear traffic when leaving a parking space. The Crew Protect Assist closes windows and sunroofs in the event of an imminent accident, tightens driver and passenger seatbelts and works in conjunction with the improved Front Assist including city emergency braking and predictive pedestrian protection.

History

The abbreviation RS was first used for racing cars in 1974, and has been used for the top sporty versions in the ŠKODA model range since the year 2000. To date, more than 200,000 ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS models have been sold worldwide, of which 100,000 units of the third generation that was launched in 2013.
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ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT: The robust all-rounder receives new technology

​› Reworked ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT with various innovations in technology and equipment
› A total of three engines are available from 110 kW (150 PS) to 135 kW (184 PS); 2.0 TDI (110 kW) now also available combined with all-wheel drive and DSG transmission
› Wide range of driver assistance systems in the ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT sets benchmarks within its segment

​Mladá Boleslav, 21 December 2016 – The comprehensive revision of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA family continues. Now, after the hatchback, Combi and the fastest model variant – the ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS, comes the most versatile member of the family with various innovations in technology and equipment. The upgraded ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT launches with three engine variants and state-of-the-art all-wheel-drive technology with electronically controlled, hydraulic multi-plate clutch. With a ground clearance that has been increased by 30 mm in comparison to the ŠKODA OCTAVIA COMBI, the compact five-door also masters rough terrain. Beyond that, it impresses with good climbing capability, a high towing capacity and numerous ‘Simply Clever’ features from ŠKODA.

​Versatile character

The robust all-rounder impresses like always with a distinctive off-road look, innovative all-wheel drive, the best driving characteristics and increased versatility both on and off the road. The comprehensively reworked ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT bears the same front as the newest generation of ŠKODA OCTAVIAs and thereby underlines the family resemblance: it features a more prominent bonnet, the new front end with wide radiator grille and additional headlights with a crystalline look, full-LED headlights with adaptive front headlights (AFS). Also the modified fog lights and tail lights are equipped with LED technology. Its independent character is recognisable by silver-coloured underbody protection at the front and the rear. Furthermore, the Rough-Road package is also part of standard equipment and features plastic covering for the undercarriage as well as the brake and fuel lines.

The ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT impresses with its interior space, which for the compact car segment is particularly generous, good body layout, distinct versatility, high level of functionality and great driving characteristics. Besides the increased ground clearance, the all-wheel drive with electronically controlled, hydraulic multi-plate clutch, which comes as standard, also ensures even greater driving pleasure off the road. When driving on rough terrain the advantages of the ramp angles, which have been increased to 16.6 degrees at the front and 14.5 degrees at the rear, become apparent.

Both the front and rear axle of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT are fitted with an electronic differential lock (EDL) as standard. EDL allows the car to pull away smoothly on difficult surfaces, transmitting drive to both the front and rear axles.

For safer and easier descents on rough terrain the Off-Road function is available for the ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT. When in use the speed of the vehicle is consistently maintained without the driver needing to do anything. Modern engine management, which increases safety during descents using braking, makes the driver’s life easier.

The ‘Simply Clever’ features include a heated steering wheel and seats with the Thermo-Flux function which, from time to time, increases the air and moisture permeability and provides considerably more riding comfort in different climatic conditions – the upgraded ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT is therefore an adventurer in the truest sense. The boot has a capacity of 610 to 1740 litres and thanks to its width of 1010 mm, is also perfectly suited to transporting bulky loads without any problems. Numerous storage solutions in the interior increase its practicality. The towing capacity is up to two tonnes, depending on the engine version.

Technology and engines

The ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT is based on the ŠKODA OCTAVIA COMBI. The 2.0 TDI (110 kW) combined with all-wheel drive and a 7-speed DSG transmission is new to the range.

The reworked adventurer is available from market launch with a total of three different four-cylinder engine variants:
1.8 TSI: 132 kW (180 PS), top speed 216 km/h, 0 – 100 km/h in 7.8 seconds, combined consumption 6.8 l/100 km, CO2 158 g/km
2.0 TDI: 110 kW (150 PS), top speed 207 km/h, 0 – 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds, combined consumption 5.0 l/100 km, CO2 130 g/km
2.0 TDI: 135 kW (184 PS), top speed 219 km/h, 0 – 100 km/h in 7.8 seconds, combined consumption 5.1 l/100 km, CO2 133 g/km.

Infotainment and ŠKODA Connect

The current ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT is equipped with all the modern infotainment systems of the new ŠKODA generation. All of the capacitive touch displays feature a glass design (except for the standard Swing music system). As the top-of-the-line version, the Columbus navigation system has a 9.2-inch monitor and an LTE module, and provides passengers with a Wi-Fi hotspot. The automatic ‘eCall’ emergency call is available as an option. The mobile online services from ŠKODA Connect are the ideal complement to the modern infotainment. They set new standards in navigation, information, entertainment and assistance and can even be configured using your home computer.

Driver assistance systems

The wide range of driver assistance systems in the ŠKODA OCTAVIA SCOUT sets new standards within its segment. Innovations here include Trailer Assist, Blind Spot Detect (warns of any vehicles in the blind spot) and Rear Traffic Alert (monitors traffic coming from the sides and behind when manoeuvring). The Crew Protect Assist function, which closes windows and the sunroof in the event of an impending accident and tensions the seat belts on the front seats, is connected to the improved Front Assist function, which includes the City Emergency Brake and predictive Pedestrian Protection functions. Park Assist’s functions have been further perfected.
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ŠKODA Vrchlabí plant: High-tech site celebrates 70 years

​› Vrchlabí plant founded in 1864, ŠKODA location since 1946
› Successful site transformation in 2012 from manufacturing vehicles to producing components
› ŠKODA one of most important industrial employers in Hradec Králové region

​Mladá Boleslav, 22 December 2016 – The ŠKODA Vrchlabí plant has been part of ŠKODA’s production network for 70 years. The rapid and successful 2012 transformation of the site for the pioneering production of automated dual-clutch transmissions (DQ 200) is an intrinsic part of ŠKODA’s long-term investment programme. The gearboxes produced there are used in ŠKODA automobiles and other Volkswagen Group vehicles. 

“Operating the ŠKODA site in Vrchlabí for 70 years underscores the great tradition of the Czech automotive industry,” says Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for production and logistics. “The modern dual-clutch transmission DQ 200, produced by the local ŠKODA team, is of great strategic importance to the entire Volkswagen Group.”
The ŠKODA plant in Vrchlabí builds on the success of the company Petera & Sons. It was originally a saddlery, later vehicles, including luxury carriages and sleighs were produced there. Founded in 1864 by Ignatz Theodor Petera, the company produced the first automobile bodies in 1908. Three years later the factory received a prestigious commission from Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Josef I.

ŠKODA cars have been rolling off the production lines at Vrchlabí since 1946. In the same year, the Czechoslovak car-body factory was nationalized and integrated into the company AZNP. The employees played a decisive role in developing the special commercial-vehicle versions of the successful ŠKODA 1101 ‘Tudor’ series. The then modern production line also produced the open-top models and the so-called STWs - the predecessor of today's estate body version. Until 1981, special car bodies based on the ŠKODA 1200, 1201, 1202 and 1203 series were manufactured at Vrchlabí. These vehicles were superseded by the ŠKODA OCTAVIA (ŠKODA 105/120, FAVORIT, FORMAN, FELICIA, FELICIA COMBI, FELICIA FUN) and ŠKODA OCTAVIA (SKD) for export to Poland.

The Vrchlabí site was transformed from an automotive factory to a highly advanced component-production plant in 2012. Within 18 months, a new factory building had been erected and the existing production halls modernized. For the rapid preparation of the DQ 200 production and the dynamic development of the site, the Vrchlabí plant was awarded ‘Factory of the Year’ last year. In corporation with the Volkswagen Group, ŠKODA has so far invested around 250 million euros for DQ 200 production in the reconstruction of the production halls, technical equipment, the gear-production training centre, and logistics. The Vrchlabí plant has evolved into a high-tech location in recent years.

ŠKODA’s Vrchlabí plant is one of the most important employers in the Hradec Králové region with its 1,000 employees. The daily production capacity was expanded to 2,000 direct-shift transmissions this year. To date, around 1.4 million DQ 200 transmissions have been manufactured at this location. These are used in ŠKODA cars and other Volkswagen Group vehicles
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ŠKODA manufactures two million cars at Kvasiny

​› Milestone vehicle is the new ŠKODA KODIAQ in Moon White
› Modern production site: ŠKODA invests around seven billion crowns into Kvasiny plant
› Largest employer in region: additional 2,600 qualified workers by end of 2016

​Mladá Boleslav/Kvasiny, 3 January 2017 – ŠKODA has now built two million vehicles at the Kvasiny plant. The milestone vehicle – a ŠKODA KODIAQ in the colour Moon White – rolled off the production line at the traditional Czech company’s site. To launch the production of the brand’s first large SUV, ŠKODA’s East Bohemian factory had taken on 2,600 new employees by the end of last year. The production plant will be further modernized and expanded in the coming years.

​“Kvasiny is a state-of-the-art production facility with a great tradition and an outstanding team. As an important cornerstone of ŠKODA’s production network, the Kvasiny plant will be making a key contribution to ŠKODA Strategy 2025,” says ŠKODA Board Member for Production and Logistics Michael Oeljeklaus. “The site’s annual production volume will continue to increase over the coming years. To this end, we will be investing heavily into the location, expanding Kvasiny into a competence centre for the production of SUV vehicles among other things. We have recently reached an important milestone in this regard by launching production of the ŠKODA KODIAQ.

The Kvasiny plant has a tradition spanning the last 80 years, and is one of the most important employers in the Hradec Králové region. Cars such as the JAWA 700 were produced here as early as the 1930s. The first ŠKODA to be manufactured at Kvasiny was the ŠKODA SUPERB in 1947. In subsequent years, the models FELICIA (1958 to 1964), 110 R Coupé (1970 to 1980), ŠKODA pickup / VW Caddy pickup (1995 to 2001), SUPERB, ROOMSTER and YETI ran off the production Line.

The ŠKODA plant in East Bohemia is currently undergoing the most significant modernization and expansion in its history. As part of the comprehensive SUV campaign, which was launched with the ŠKODA KODIAQ, the manufacturer has invested approximately seven billion crowns into the location. Over the next few years, the production capacity of the plant will steadily increase to 280,000 vehicles annually. An additional 2600 employees had been added to the workforce by the end of 2016, and ŠKODA will be creating new jobs this year, as well. The company is one of the largest industrial employers in the region.


Automobile production at Kvasiny – important milestones

1934
The body shop Jawa Kvasiny is founded.

1947
Production launch of the ŠKODA SUPERB.

1959
Kvasiny launches the production of the convertible ŠKODA FELICIA.

1970
Production launch of the sporty coupé ŠKODA 110 R.

1981
Production launch of the ŠKODA GARDE / RAPID.

1991
ŠKODA joins the Volkswagen Group.

2001
ŠKODA’s new flagship, the SUPERB rolls off the production lines at Kvasiny.

2006
Launch of the ŠKODA ROOMSTER model produced at Kvasiny.

2009
The new ŠKODA YETI compact SUV is produced at Kvasiny.

2013
January: The assembly of the ŠKODA ROOMSTER returns to Kvasiny.
July: The new combined heat and power plant (CHP) becomes operational. Around 3 million euros go into creating an environmental project, later awarded ‘eco-project of the year’ in the Czech Republic.
November: 1.5 million vehicles have been produced at Kvasiny.
December: 500,000 second-generation ŠKODA SUPERBs have been produced at Kvasiny.

2014
September: The Kvasiny plant celebrates 80 years of operation.

2015
March: The third generation ŠKODA SUPERB rolls off the line. ŠKODA invests heavily in new production technologies, assembly and logistics areas for the start of production of the brand’s flagship made in Kvasiny. Around 62.3 million euros were invested in the new body construction alone.
October: The 500,000th ŠKODA YETI is manufactured at Kvasiny.

2016
October: The brand’s first large SUV – the ŠKODA KODIAQ – is manufactured at Kvasiny.
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New ŠKODA press line inaugurated in Mladá Boleslav

​› Trial operation of state-of-the-art servo press line PXL II underway; full operation commences in March 2017
› Every day up to 23,000 press parts will be produced for several models
› ŠKODA creates 140 new jobs and invests €86.4 million into construction, infrastructure and technology
› Integral part of ‘GreenFuture’ environmental strategy: up to 15% more efficient than conventional systems

​Mladá Boleslav, 6 January 2017 – ŠKODA has officially opened their new PXL II servo press line at the company’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav. The full operation of ŠKODA’s first press line for aluminium body parts will commence in March, when up to 23,000 press parts will be produced daily for several models. The construction work on the 11,600 square meter hall 4 began in 2015, with investments amounting to €86.4 million. For the first time, it will now be possible to press large aluminium car body parts on the state-of-the-art stamping press.

“The new press line is an important investment in the growth of the ŠKODA brand and the future of Mladá Boleslav plant.,” says Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA Board Member for Production and Logistics, adding, “The new press line is another important part of our ‘GreenFuture’ environmental strategy, which focuses on resource-saving and production as well as energy-efficient vehicles. The press is one of the most modern of its kind in Central Europe. In addition to its exemplary energy efficiency, thanks to decentralized servomotors, it also enables a particularly flexible production process and significantly shorter changeover times.”

“All workers' representatives, including those from Kvasiny and Vrchlabí took part in the opening of the turbo press line PXL II. Where an empty hall once stood, attractive work places with extraordinary working conditions have now been created. The local employees enjoy the full support of our trade union," says Jaroslav Povšík, Chairman of the trade union KOVO MB.
The new PXL II press line at ŠKODA’s main plant in Mladá Boleslav was officially opened yesterday, in the presence of Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA Board Member for Production and Logistics, as well as Jaroslav Povšík, Chairman of the trade union KOVO MB. The trial and optimization phase is now in full swing.

The new PXL II press line is based on innovative servo technology. The energy needed to produce the press parts is generated directly in the press line’s 14 servomotors. Conventional mechanical press drives instead use the energy accumulated in a flywheel. Unlike other systems, the conversion energy from the PXL II press line can be flexibly adjusted and regulated as required. Another advantage is that the energy released during pressing can be partially recovered. Compared to conventional systems, the new press line consumes up to 15% less energy in continuous operation and is also characterized by its ease of use. Changeover times have been reduced to just 3 minutes.

In March, 2017, ŠKODA’s press line will be in full operation – where up to 23,000 press parts will be produced for several models every day. In this project, ŠKODA has invested a total of €86.4 million, creating 140 new jobs. ŠKODA will be operating the new press shop in twelve-hour shifts around the clock, seven days a week, with more than 1,000 employees.
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