Monday, 5 December 2016

ŠKODA KODIAQ wins Top Gear Award

ŠKODA’s new SUV voted best car for big families by British Top Gear Magazine. ​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.

Article source: www.skoda-auto.com

Monday, 28 November 2016

The Volkswagen Arteon

Three months ahead of its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen is providing a first look at the fascinating contours of its new top saloon, the Arteon. The totally new model sits above the Passat and emphasises emotionality in the upper mid-class .
In addition to a new and very emotive outline, Volkswagen is also introducing with the Arteon a highly expressive, horizontally accentuated brand look. The bars of the radiator grille extend here into the three-dimensional front headlights, while LED lighting elements additionally emphasise the striking layout and demonstrate dominance.
The four-door saloon impresses both through revolutionary design and great practical value in use. While the doors' frameless windows reflect the typical stylistic elements of a grand tourer, the top-hinged and wide-opening tailgate provides optimum access to the huge boot. Tobias Sühlmann, Exterior Designer, explains: “At first sight, the Arteon arouses enthusiasm through its expressive design. It then surprises through its practical virtues. This combination is unique!"
The name Arteon – with the emphasis put on the first syllable – is made up of two component parts: 'Art' describes the saloon's harmonious lines and emotionality. The ending 'eon' identifies it, in the same way as Volkswagen's top model for the Chinese market, the PHIDEON, as a premium model.
The new Arteon is being publicly unveiled for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show; its launch will then follow in summer 2017.
Article source: www.volkswagen.co.uk

Monday, 21 November 2016

New versions of Audi range stars reveal their darker side

Popular Black Edition specification casts its shadow over more Audi models including new A3 and S3, TT Coupe and Roadster and S6 and S7
  • Black Edition specification returns to the A3 and TT ranges and broadens its reach to Q3, S6 Saloon and Avant and S7 Sportback
  • A3 Black Edition prices from £26,565 OTR, S3 Black Edition from £33,880 OTR
  • Q3 Black Edition from £34,550 OTR
  • TT Black Edition from £31,735 OTR, TTS Black Edition from £41,285 OTR
  • S6 Black Edition from £59,440 OTR, S7 Sportback Black Edition from £66,780 OTR
  • Additional equipment highlights include black styling pack, privacy glass, piano black inlays and Audi, BOSE or Bang & Olufsen sound system upgrades depending on model
Audi design is even more becoming in black - this appears to be the opinion of an ever increasing number of UK customers choosing Black Edition versions of their preferred Audi model, prompting more widespread integration of the dark tinted specification option to include the latest A3 and S3, TT and TT Roadster, S6 and S7 Sportback models. Available from this month, these new variants join the first ever Black Edition version of the Q3 compact SUV, which has also just come on stream.
In the A3 three-door, five-door Sportback and Saloon ranges Black Edition specification is offered as a step up from the top S line trim. It brings special 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels with a matt titanium finish and darkened privacy glass extending from the B pillar rearwards, plus of course a distinctive black finish for the Single Frame grille surround, air inlets, window cappings and door mirrors. Inside, the ambiance is also enriched by a 10-speaker Audi Sound System with 180 watts of music power.
S3 three-door and Sportback Black Edition models combine the new colour-coding with 18-inch five-arm Turbine design wheels, while S3 Saloon Black Edition models upgrade to a 19-inch five-arm Wing design corresponding in size with the 19-inch wheel used by ‘standard’ S3 Saloon models. Internally all three variants also benefit from a Bang & Olufsen audio system in place of the Audi Sound System normally included as part of the S3 specification.
The Black Edition formula is applied in a similar concentration for TT and TTS Coupe and Roadster models, but in these versions 19-inch five-spoke Blade design alloy wheels and Bang & Olufsen audio form part of the package, as does an additional powered wind deflector for the Roadster.
The Q3 range adopts the Black Edition specification for the first time in its production lifespan as part of a package of upgrades which become applicable across the UK range from this month. Replacing the S line plus model, it builds on that version’s already extensive specification not only with its black styling package and 19-inch 10-Y-spoke design alloy wheels with their black diamond cut finish, but also with standard metallic paint, privacy glass and a BOSE sound system upgrade.
The particularly visually arresting S6 Saloon and Avant and S7 Sportback Black Edition models also derive their more brooding stance from similar styling revisions. S6 and S6 Avant Black Edition models combine these with 20-inch five twin spoke alloy wheels, while S7 Sportback Black Edition models move up to a 21-inch five-arm Rotor design. Inside, in addition to piano black inlays, both models gain a BOSE sound system and a flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel.
Article source: www.audi.co.uk

Monday, 14 November 2016

The launch of the new Golf for 2017

Volkswagen is digitalising the most successful model in the Group’s history – the Golf – with a major update. The main focus of the 2017 model year is – alongside new engines, keener design and new assistance systems – a completely new generation of infotainment systems. As a world first in the compact class, the top-of-the-range “Discover Pro” system can be operated by gesture control. With its 9.2-inch screen it forms a conceptual and visual entity with the Active Info Display, which is also new to the Golf. In parallel to this, the range of online services and apps has also been enlarged. The update to the Golf, of which over 33 million have been sold to date, also reflects a new standard for assistance systems in the compact class: technologies such as City Emergency Braking with new Pedestrian Monitoring function, the new Traffic Jam Assist (partially automated driving at speeds of up to 60 km/h) and Emergency Assist, which is also new in this segment, significantly improve safety.
New TSI engines and a new 7-speed DSG. The progressive digitalisation is accompanied by the enhanced EA211 TSI engine family. The new Golf initially sees the debut of the new turbocharged petrol engine, the “1.5 TSI Evo” – a 110 kW/150 PS four-cylinder turbo with Active Cylinder Management (ACT). This will be followed by a BlueMotion version producing 96 kW/130 PS. Volkswagen has also boosted the performance of the Golf GTI, the new version of which will produce 169 kW/230 PS and 180 kW/245 PS (GTI Performance) and a new 7-speed DSG (dual clutch gearbox) will gradually replace the 6-speed DSG as a high-efficiency gearbox for the Golf.
Powerful, more refined design and new LED lights.Volkswagen presents the update to the two- and four-door Golf, the Golf Variant and the sporty Golf GTI and Golf GTE at Volkswagen’s headquarters in Wolfsburg. The more refined design of all new versions of the Golf makes a more powerful impression than ever before. The modifications include new bumpers at the front and rear, new halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights, new full LED headlights instead of xenon headlights, new front wings, new full LED tail lights – which come as standard for every version of the Golf – as well as new wheels and colours, and the interior of the 2017 model year Golf is finished off with refined new decorative trims and fabrics. The range of equipment versions of the Golf remains unchanged.

Article source: www.volkswagen.co.uk

Monday, 7 November 2016

HIGH-CALIBRE TECHNOLOGY

The Audi R8 LMS proves the brand’s lightweight design expertise, meets highest safety standards and features even more sophisticated aerodynamics than its predecessor.
Even more race car technology, lightweight design par excellence, more efficient aerodynamics, and a level of safety that surpasses the requirements of the regulations: These are the qualities with which the new Audi R8 LMS is prepared to continue the success of its predecessor.
Between 2009 and 2015, the drivers of the first generation of the customer sport race cars won 28 drivers’ titles, seven 24-hour races, and three 12-hour races around the globe. 200 GT3 race cars were manufactured by Audi in Neckarsulm and customers contest more than 300 worldwide races in them per year.
Article source: www.audi.com

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

ŠKODA Digital Lab: Mobility of the future

ŠKODA is strengthening its innovative power and digital development expertise by establishing a digital lab in Prague.
​Creative teams will be exploring and developing new business models in the innovative ideas workshop. This will involve integrating digital technologies more strongly into ŠKODA’s current core business, and developing innovative connectivity and mobility services. The pilot phase for the development of the digital lab will run until the end of 2016. The digital lab is then going to operate as an independent ŠKODA business entity. 

“The development of new digital technologies and solutions is of central importance for ŠKODA’s future development,” says ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier “We are preparing for the digital age with our Digital Lab. Digitization, connectivity and new mobile services are among the cornerstones of our 2025 strategy. Our goal is to develop entirely new mobility solutions for our customers. The car shall remain our core product. In the future, we will complement this with services that make daily driving easier, safer, more efficient and comfortable. As a result, ŠKODA will be shifting from being purely a car manufacturer towards a mobility service provider.” 

Innovative connectivity and mobility services will make a significant contribution to the company's future sales. The requirements for this are being created at the ŠKODA Digital Lab.  Customer-oriented ideas and solutions can be quickly generated, tested and turned into marketable products. 

In addition, the ŠKODA Digital Lab will be developing new working methods and forms of cooperation with external partners. This will include, among others, speed, adaptability and flexibility. The experience gained from the digital lab will be integrated into ŠKODA's corporate culture. Following the fundamental change in the automotive industry, the company will be in a position to meet the requirements of modern industrial culture.“We want to send out signals for the mobility of the future – both internally and externally,” explains André Wehner, Head of Corporate Development and Digitization at ŠKODA. “The digital lab is creating the prerequisites for even greater innovative strength at ŠKODA, and will connect the automobile to the digital world.” 

The exchange with other future workshops within the Volkswagen Group will be key. The ŠKODA Digital Lab will be working closely with the people responsible for digitizing the Volkswagen Group and the brands. The exchange of experience and results will therefore benefit the entire Volkswagen Group. 

At the ŠKODA Digital Lab, creative minds from various fields will be developing ideas, and solutions – regardless of their parent company, start-up centre or incubator – that can be used in practice by the Czech automobile manufacturer. “With the Digital Lab, ŠKODA is taking a new path in the development of products and services. It will be important to optimally combine the learned working methods of the automotive industry with the requirements of the young digital world,” says Wehner. 

The pilot phase of ŠKODA Digital Labs is currently underway. The Czech carmaker is working on this project in a strategic partnership with several development companies. IT professionals from ŠKODA and development companies are jointly developing novel technologies and solutions. 

ŠKODA examined three vibrant areas of Prague, which are characterized by their creative environment, as possible locations for the digital lab. The Czech capital also has the advantage of being in close proximity to ŠKODA’s headquarters in Mladá Boleslav and leading technology companies in the country. The company envisages the workshop will commence operations as an independent ŠKODA business entity in 2017. 

ŠKODA AUTO
› is one of the longest-established vehicle manufacturers in the world. The company was founded in 1895 – during the pioneering days of the automobile. Today, the company’s headquarters remain in Mladá Boleslav.
› currently offers the following models in the range: CITIGO, FABIA, RAPID, OCTAVIA, YETI, KODIAQ and SUPERB.
› in 2015 delivered more than 1 million vehicles to customers worldwide.
› has belonged to Volkswagen Group since 1991. The Volkswagen Group is one of the most successful vehicle manufacturers in the world. ŠKODA, in association with the Group, independently manufactures and develops vehicles, as well as components, engines and gear transmissions.  
› operates at three locations in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India mainly through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan through local partners.
› employs over 26,600 people globally and is active in more than 100 markets.

Article source: www.skoda-garage.com 

Monday, 24 October 2016

All-new Audi A5 Coupe and Sportback models in shape for UK debut

Sharpened Coupé and Sportback models deploy an all-new platform and cutting edge infotainment to mix business with pleasure perfectly
  • SE, Sport and S line specification available on both models
  • Three TDI and two TFSI engines join the A5 Coupé range
  • Five-door Sportback configurable with one TFSI and two TDI engines from launch
  • Flagship S5 available in both body styles with 354PS and 500Nm
  • Audi Drive Select, three-zone electric climate control, Twin leather upholstery, heated front seats, power-operated tailgate, Audi Smartphone interface and Audi connect Safety and Service comprise standard specification
  • Wide range of technology available such as Matrix LEDs, Audi Phone Box, Bang & Olufsen 3D Sound System, Audi virtual cockpit
  • Pricing starts from £30,700 OTR for the Coupé in 2.0 TFSI form and from £38,005 OTR for the A5 Sportback 2.0 TDI quattro Sport (SE pricing will be announced at a later date)
  • 4.7-second S5 Coupé and Sportback both priced from £47,000 OTR
Less than a month after its European debut at Paris, the successor to the five-door Audi acclaimed for wrapping high functionality in a captivating coupé-like silhouette is ready to order in the UK. Sporting a host of technological advancements that encapsulate Vorsprung durch Technik under its sharpened and toned skin, the A5 Sportback joins the equally attractive new Coupé which has been available since late September. It will touch down here a couple of months after its two-door relative in February 2017.
Heading up the highly intelligent new range, and available to order at the same time in both Coupé and Sportback form is an even faster, more powerful and more efficient S5 quattro, now featuring a turbocharged V6 TFSI. Power has ramped up to 354PS, propelling both three-door and five-door versions to 62mph in just 4.7 seconds.

Broad portfolio of powertrains

A choice of three TDI and two TFSI power units are available in the new A5 Coupé and Sportback. The four-cylinder 2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TDI both produce 190PS and can be configured with either a six-speed manual or 7-speed S tronic transmission. An ultra version of the TDI in the Coupé offers the same power, torque (400Nm between 1,750 and 3,000rpm) and 0-62mph performance (7.7 seconds), but combines this with the potential for even greater economy returns of up to 70.6mpg combined and 105g/km compared to the already impressive peak of 67.3mpg combined and 111g/km for the 'standard' 2.0 TDI.
A 2.0 TFSI producing 252PS and 370Nm of torque is mated exclusively to quattro all-wheel drive. In the Coupé, 0-62mph takes a mere 5.8 seconds (6.0 for the Sportback) and both top out at 155mph. The combined 47.9mpg potential and 136g/km is unchanged regardless of the silhoutte.
At the top end of the scale, a V6 TDI with 218PS is offered in conjunction with quattro drive and S tronic transmission in the Coupé, and appears in 286PS* form exclusively linked to an eight-speed tiptronic in the Sportback. The former boasts a 6.2-second 62mph sprint time and 155mph top speed despite CO2 of as little as 119g/km and up to 58.9mpg combined.
Drawing on a turbocharged V6 TFSI powerplant that delivers 354PS and 500Nm between 1,370 and 4,500rpm, the S5 Coupé and Sportback share 4.7-second zero to 62mph capability, and both can reach a limited top speed of 155mph. An integrated exhaust manifold, new combustion technology and a freewheeling function embedded in the standard eight-speed tiptronic transmission all contribute to lower consumption than that of the predecessor, resulting in 38.2mpg combined for the Coupé (37.7mpg for the Sportback) and a shared CO2 value of 170g/km.

SE, Sport and S line specification

In keeping with the rest of the Audi range, the hierarchy for A5 Coupé and Sportback consists of SE, Sport and S line specification levels. The lead-in SE option now features more equipment than ever, including a host of infotainment and driver assistance systems.
These range from the Audi Smartphone Interface connection hosting Apple Carplay and Android Auto, and the front and rear Audi Parking System Plus to the Audi pre-sense City which warns the driver of a imminent collision and can initiate emergency braking and the multi-collision brake assist, capable of reducing further impacts through full braking. Also new to the A5 range is the Audi connect Safety and Service package. Fitted as standard, an embedded SIM card enables occupants to dial an emergency or assistance call service with a one-touch button function inside the car.
All SE models are fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels, and come equipped with xenon headlights aided by LED daytime running lights. Further highlights include Audi Drive Select, a deluxe three-zone electronic climate control system and a power-operated tailgate for Sportback models (coupé models come fitted with an electric boot lid release mechanism).
Sport models build on this further by incorporating an LED interior lighting pack, electrically adjustable sports seats with 4-way lumbar support upholstered in Twin leather, SD card-based MMI navigation and a three-month free trial of Audi connect.
Standout features on the sharper S line in addition to the customary visual enhancements are 18-inch alloy wheels, sport suspension, LED front and rear lights with dynamic rear indicators and front sports seats upholstered in leather/Alcantara.

S5 Coupé and Sportback set the pace

On the top rung, the S5 quattro models are of course marked out by S specific upgrades that subtly convey their performance potential. In addition to the customary quad oval tailpipes and aluminium-effect door mirror housings, S5 logos adorn the grille, front wings and rear. Partly polished 19-inch alloy wheels conceal S sport suspension and specially tuned brakes, while a matt aluminium finish extends to the rear diffuser, inlays surrounding the air inlets and radiator grille. The vibrant Misano red and Navarra blue paintwork are also exclusively available for this model.
Inside, Fine Nappa leather extends to the front S super sports seats, combining lumbar support, pneumatic adjustment and a massage function. MMI navigation plus and a three-year subscription to the Audi connect suite round out the interior upgrades.
Separately on S5 models, a sport differential can complement the quattro drivetrain for more targeted torque distribution to the rear wheels, improving stability and agility in fast corners.

Progressive technology

Naturally, the most forward-thinking technological advancements can now supplement the already extensive standard equipment list, from the Audi virtual cockpit and Matrix LED lights to a head-up display and Bang & Olufsen 3D sound system. In terms of driver assistance, adaptive cruise control with Stop&Go incorporates a traffic jam assist function capable of taking over braking, acceleration and steering inputs at speeds of up to 37mph to take the strain off stop-start traffic. A similarly innovative feature is the predictive efficiency assistant, which uses route data to calculate when free-wheeling or engine braking can be automatically applied to boost overall mpg.

Article source: www.audi.co.uk