Skoda Superb Combi

skoda Superb Combi

skoda Superb Combi

Škoda Auto will present the Skoda Superb Combi at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show. The car is a logical continuation of the Skoda Superb model series and offers an ideal combination of practicality and elegance. The estate version follows on from the hatchback, the current generation of which has found more than forty-two thousand owners, in just over a year since it was launched.

The newest addition to the Skoda Superb range extends the tradition of estate versions that are typical of what customers have become used to in Škoda cars – timeless design and spacious interior that make the Skoda Superb Combi an ideal car for every driver who requires a comfortable, reliable car in all circumstances.

2010 Skoda Suberb Range Launched In Australia

2010_skoda_superb_02_sCZECH MANUFACTURER Skoda has released its Superb large-car entry into the Australian market today, a car that that will sit above the Octavia as the company’s local flagship model.

Priced from $42,990 (before on-roads), the Superb blends luxury and practicality into a longer and lower package than the VW Passat.

And, unlike the Passat, the Superb has one significant ace up its sleeve – its innovative TwinDoor hatch system, which gives the Superb the outright practicality of a hatchback as well as the greater convenience of a conventional boot.

Essentially a door within a door, the TwinDoor’s lower metal section is capable of opening independently of the upper glass section, allowing smaller items to be thrown in without having to lift the entire hatch. Need to transport some bulky flat-pack furniture? Press a button and the rear glass swings up and away, just like a regular hatchback.

With the rear seats up, boot space is a respectable 565 litres. Fold them down, and load volume increases to 1670 litres.

When all closed up, the Superb’s rump looks no different to that of any other sedan, and the TwinDoor mechanism doesn’t appear to add anything in the way of complex shutlines or hinge bulges.

2010_skoda_superb_05_sThree powertrains are available from launch: a 118kW turbocharged 1.8 litre TSI petrol,  125kW 2.0 TDI turbodiesel and a 191kW 3.6 litre V6. The latter also comes with a Haldex all-wheel-drive system that’s closely related to that fitted to the Passat R36, while the 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TDI are front-wheel drive only.

All engines come equipped with VW-sourced twin-clutch DSG gearboxes, with the 1.8 TSI receiving the latest seven-speed unit and the 2.0 TDI and 3.6 FSI getting six ratios each.

The 3.6 V6 is the performer of the bunch, launching from zero to 100km/h in a quick 6.5 seconds. The 1.8 FSI and 2.0 TDI aren’t exactly slow, hitting triple digit speeds in 8.5 and 8.8 seconds respectively, but their true talent lies in fuel consumption.

The 1.8 drinks 8.8 litres of petrol per 100km, while the diesel sips just 6.9l/100km.

As for how it drives, keep an eye out for TMR’s first drive report on the Superb. Our man Tim O’Brien is currently on the road putting each Superb variant through its paces, so stay tuned for his review – it should be just around the corner.

Skoda Yeti Confirmed For 2010

2010_skoda_yeti_02SKODA AUSTRALIA, looking to extend its brand footprint in the Australian market, has confirmed that the snappy and versatile Yeti is on its way.

The Yeti will be in Australian showrooms in mid to late 2010.

Yeti is obviously a priority for us… we’ll be looking at (its arrival) sometime next year,” Head of Skoda Australia Matthew Wiesner said yesterday.

Engines and drivetrain choices have yet to be confirmed, but with the Yeti set to offer a 77kW 1.2 and 118kW 1.8 litre petrol engines alongside three 2.0 litre turbodiesels in Europe, the focus will undoubtedly be on frugality, not rock-hopping grunt.

The 1.2 TSI petrol is available only as a front-driver, as dies the lowest-spec 81kW 2.0 TDI. The rest of the Yeti range will be all-wheel-drive and, coupled with the crossover wagon’s tall ride height, should allow some limited off-road thrills.

The Yeti’s launch date is still too distant to speculate on pricing or trim levels, but this information will certainly surface closer to launch.

While speaking to TMR Mr Wiesner also confirmed that Skoda has a few other models in store for Australia, with the facelifted Scout arriving in August this year, followed by the updated RS Octavia in September.

Skoda Fabia Scout

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Skoda-Fabia_Scout

Škoda Auto has presented first photographs of the Škoda Fabia Scout, a vehicle that had its world premiere at the 2009 International Geneva Motor Show. The design of the brand new Scout includes distinct features and cool-looking protective elements, thus giving the small cars segment – often looked at primarily from the perspective of functionality and economy – some new, emotional dimensions. A uniquely shaped bumper and plastic guards give this new version of Škoda’s popular estate more robust features. On top of all that, protective elements on the sides of the body and a silver roof-rack underline the Škoda Fabia Scout’s bold shape.

Four engines are available for the new Škoda Fabia Scout – two petrol units (1.4 litres, 63 kW (86 HP), fuel consumption 6.5l/100km and 1.6 litres, 77 kW (105 HP), fuel consumption 6.9l/100km – the latter will also come with a six-speed transmission) and two diesel engines (1.4 litres, 59 kW (80 HP), fuel consumption 4.6l/100km and the top-class 1.9-litre engine offering 77 kW (105 HP) and a fuel consumption of 4.9l/100km) – both diesel engines can be fitted with a diesel particulate filter.

The dominant element of the interior is the Scout-specific upholstery. Lose woven carpets and the vehicle’s tail bear the Scout sign. The pedals have a stainless steel surface with anti-slip heavy-duty rubber elements.

The Škoda Fabia Scout is fitted with Arktos lightweight alloy wheels designed specially for this model. As an optional equipment item, the customer can choose seventeen-inch wheels of the same design instead of the sixteen-inch standard version. Other distinctive features of the Škoda Fabia Scout include fog lamps (with corner design) and tinted windows.

Skoda’s five-door coupe plans

skodaSkoda will enlarge its range from today’s five models to seven models within five years — and the line-up will include a five-door coupe.

The new Focus/Astra-sized car has been signed off by senior management and the full-scale styling models are finished. It is due to go on sale in 2012 or 2013, fitting between the Fabia and next-generation Octavia, which will grow slightly in size.

A Skoda insider told Autocar, “Determination to elevate the brand and our presence in 100 markets globally means we have to widen our product footprint. But as the Roomster and Yeti show, we do not always do the obvious thing.”

The five-door coupe will use the same basic platform as the Volkswagen Golf and will feature the VW Group’s small-capacity normally aspirated and turbocharged petrol engines, plus DSG transmissions. But it will not get the Superb’s Twinhatch boot, for cost reasons.

Karl Neuhold, head of exterior of design for Skoda, said, “There are many options available to our senior management and this could be one of those menu choices. Our Czech Republic research and development unit has received major investment so many things are possible and we do things the Skoda way.”

The second all-new model will be Skoda’s version of the VW Up city car, due in 2011. It will be available as a three and a five-door model, complementing the Fabia, which is only available with five doors.

It will be built at a new factory in Slovakia alongside the VW and Seat derivatives. VW originally planned to make all the Up models at Skoda’s Mlada Boleslav factory, but fluctuations in the value of the Czech currency forced it to choose a Euro-zone country.

Skoda is also working on a budget saloon that will be based on the Octavia platform. It will provide a sister car to the new mid-sized Volkswagen saloon that will be available only in the US.

The budget car is unlikely to be sold in Europe, as it clashes with Skoda’s brand image and could provide unwelcome reminders of the company before Volkswagen resurrected it.

Instead, it will be sold in developing markets, specifically India and China, where it will be built. The car will allow Skoda to take advantage of the predicted growth in car sales outside of the world’s developed nations.