Saturday, 27 November 2021

ŠKODA most successful brand with eight wins in the ‘Auto Trophy 2021’ readers’ poll

ŠKODA wins more awards than any other brand with eight victories in the 34th ‘Auto Trophy 2021’ readers’ poll organised by the German car magazine Auto Zeitung. ŠKODA thus achieved the best result ever in the history of the readers’ poll. The FABIA left the competition behind among import vehicles in the ‘City Cars/Small Cars’ category, as did the OCTAVIA in the category of imported compact models. The KAMIQ was named the best SUV up to €25,000 in the import ranking, and the SUPERB scooped trophies as the import winner in the ‘luxury class’ and for best value for money. The ENYAQ iV took first prize in the ‘E-SUV up to €50,000’ category – both as the import and overall winner. Readers also voted ŠKODA the ‘Best Import Brand’. 12,126 readers and online users of the German car magazine Auto Zeitung cast their votes: In the 34th run of the ‘Auto Trophy’, they chose their favourites out of 248 models and 138 brands across 36 categories. ŠKODA took the title of ‘Best Import Brand’ with 34.9 per cent of the vote. This was the eighth time in a row since 2014 that the Czech manufacturer has won the title in the readers’ poll. In the ‘City Cars/Small Cars’ category, the ŠKODA FABIA secured victory among the import vehicles, receiving 29.6 per cent of the vote. The fourth generation of the popular small car is based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Toolkit MQB-A0 and offers the most space in the segment; the already generous boot volume has increased from 330 to 380 litres. The new edition also delivers improved comfort and a host of new safety and assistance features. 14th ‘Auto Trophy’ for the ŠKODA OCTAVIA The ŠKODA OCTAVIA continued its winning streak with this year’s success as the best imported vehicle in the ‘Compact Models’ category: 28.9 per cent of respondents voted for it, taking it to first place. For the Czech carmaker’s bestseller, this year’s ‘Auto Trophy’ award is now the eighth trophy in a row and the 14th victory overall. The fourth-generation OCTAVIA family is more economical and sustainable than ever, with the brand offering the most versatile drive portfolio in the model’s history; alongside modern TSI petrol engines and EVO turbodiesels, the OCTAVIA iV with plug-in hybrid drive is also available, while the OCTAVIA e-TEC with mild hybrid technology and the OCTAVIA G-TEC with natural gas drive complete the range. The ŠKODA KAMIQ received its first “Auto Trophy” shortly after its market launch in 2019, and followed up on this success in 2020 and 2021: Receiving 32.5 per cent of the reader votes, it landed in first place among the imported ‘SUVs up to €25,000’. The model rounds off the lower end of the Czech carmaker’s SUV family. The KAMIQ combines the typical advantages of this vehicle segment, such as a higher seating position, with the agility of a compact vehicle. ŠKODA SUPERB delivers the best value for money of all models The ŠKODA SUPERB once again had an impressive showing at the ‘Auto Trophy 2021’; the mid-range model achieved first place in two categories. In the ‘luxury class’ category, almost one in four readers (24.7%) opted for the mid-size model. At the same time, with 29.2 per cent of the votes, the SUPERB came out on top as the vehicle offering the best price-performance ratio. The extensive range of equipment includes full LED matrix headlights and numerous state-of-the-art assistance systems. The powertrain options include modern and economical TSI and TDI engines; the SUPERB iV with plug-in hybrid drive is also available. Two awards for the ENYAQ iV: Electric SUV clinches import and overall victory The ŠKODA ENYAQ iV entered the race for the ‘Auto Trophy’ awards for the second time. As it did in 2020, the all‑electric SUV once again won over the readers and online users of Auto Zeitung this year, winning the import ranking in the ‘Electric SUV up to €50,000’ category with 33.9 per cent of the votes. At the same time, it edged out the competition in this segment, receiving 24.6 per cent of the vote to take overall victory. The new flagship of ŠKODA’s model range offers the spaciousness you would expect from a ŠKODA as well as featuring the brand’s emotive design language. In the interior, new Design Selections replace the conventional equipment lines, and thanks to a clearly laid-out new offer structure, the ideal vehicle can be configured in just a few clicks. Article source: www.skoda-storyboard.com

Sunday, 21 November 2021

Interieur sketches provide glimpses of the ŠKODA SLAVIA

ŠKODA has published official design sketches previewing the interior of the new SLAVIA for the Indian market. The notchback saloon’s cabin conforms to the current ŠKODA interior concept as featured in some of the brand’s other models, complete with the latest design elements. These include distinctive round air vents, a horizontal decorative trim strip in a contrasting colour and embossed wordmarks on the binnacle. Like the ŠKODA KUSHAQ SUV introduced in early 2021, the new SLAVIA slots into the A0 segment, a very popular category in India, and is based on the MQB-A0-IN version of the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Matrix, which has been specifically adapted by ŠKODA AUTO for the Indian market. The second new model resulting from the INDIA 2.0 project is produced locally in Pune and will be presented 18 November 2021. The central element in the interior of the current ŠKODA models is a free-standing infotainment display that will also be the main eye-catcher in the cabin of the new ŠKODA SLAVIA. Underneath this touchscreen display measuring up to 10 inches on the diagonal is a character line referencing the silhouette of the ŠKODA grille. It also serves as a handrest when operating the display. The width of the brand’s signature spacious cabin is emphasised by a horizontal, seemingly floating trim strip in a contrasting colour, which extends all the way into the distinctive round air vents on the sides. The digital instrument cluster’s display can be seen behind the two-spoke multifunction steering wheel. Like the KUSHAQ SUV model, the ŠKODA SLAVIA is based on the locally developed and manufactured MQB-A0-IN platform. ŠKODA AUTO has specially adapted this version of the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Matrix for the Indian market, ensuring it already complies with India’s new, more stringent safety and emissions requirements. Technical development was handled by the ŠKODA AUTO Technology Centre in Pune. Production uses a total of up to 95 per cent of components sourced from local suppliers. Article source: www.skoda-storyboard.com

Saturday, 13 November 2021

New Tiguan Allspace now available from dealerships

The new Tiguan Allspace is now available from dealerships, offering all the most popular strong points of a spacious SUV, space for up to seven people, an updated design and new efficient engines. The long version of Volkswagen’s best-selling SUV model is also available with new technological features, such as IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist for semi-automated driving assistance, We Connect mobile online services and IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights. Customers can choose between five engines, front-wheel or all-wheel drive, and the three equipment packages Life, Elegance and R-Line. The entry price for the new Tiguan Allspace (1.5 l TSI, 110 kW / 150 PS, 6-speed manual gearbox) is 36,900 euros. Since it was launched onto the market in 2017, the Tiguan Allspace has become an out-and-out success. The new variant, which is 22 centimetres longer than the standard Tiguan, has sold more than 1.7 million units around the world to date. The Tiguan Allspace has now also received the same updates as the shorter model variant – impressing with a sharper look, digital cockpit and comprehensive connectivity. The different powertrain options have an array of sustainable innovations. The new control and assist systems guarantee even more convenience, as the new Tiguan Allspace brings on board a wide range of online-based services and functions, thanks to the next-generation Infotainment system MIB3. When it comes to its look, the illuminated radiator grille and dynamic turn signals are real highlights. Customers also have the option of ordering the interactive IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights, which offer added safety and comfort. The LED tail light clusters have also had a makeover. Additionally, there are two new exterior paintwork options and an extra 18-inch design for the range of alloy wheels. Spacious vehicle interior with a digital update The Tiguan Allspace’s interior has enough space for an optional third row of seats. With this option, the spacious five-seater vehicle transforms into an SUV with space for up to seven people. To give the interior a modern feel, the vehicle is equipped with the Digital Cockpit Pro as standard, an updated multifunction steering wheel, and an Infotainment system with a large colour display measuring up to 9.2 inches. The optional Air Care Climatronic 3-zone automatic climate control system is controlled from a new module with touch panels in the centre console. Add to that the third generation of the modular infotainment matrix (MIB3), which enables customers to enjoy advanced We Connect mobile online services. These include, for example, an Online Voice Control feature, access to streaming services, cloud-based personalisation, and wireless use of apps via App-Connect Wireless for Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. The digital innovations in the new Tiguan Allspace enhance the driving experience while reflecting Volkswagen’s new ACCELERATE strategy – and the company’s transformation into a software-oriented mobility provider. Wide range of drive systems, improved emissions Five efficient and powerful drive systems are available for the new Tiguan Allspace: The 2.0-litre TDI drive systems with 110 kW (150 PS) and 147 kW (200 PS) improve their emissions thanks to a dual SCR catalytic converter with twin AdBlue® dosing. The 1.5-litre TSI engine with 110 kW (150 PS), which comes with a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard or an optional 7-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox, is equipped with Active Cylinder Management (ACT). Two further 2.0-litre TSI engines are also available, delivering 140 kW (190 PS) and 180 kW (245 PS). Their power is transferred to the road thanks to the standard 7-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive. All engine options comply with the strict Euro 6d-ISC-FCM emission standard. In conjunction with 4MOTION, the permissible maximum trailer weight is 2.5 tonnes. Advanced assist systems The new Tiguan Allspace’s technological update also includes new, very advanced assist systems. The standard equipment package offers the enhanced Front Assist Autonomous Emergency Braking function, Lane Assist lane departure warning system, Driver Alert System, and Active Cruise Control (ACC), which also includes the Stop & Go function when combined with the 7-speed DSG dual clutch gearbox. The optional IQ.DRIVE Travel Assist function facilitates assisted steering, braking and acceleration at speeds up to 210 km/h. Predictive cruise control (Predictive ACC) is also available as an option. New structure for specification packages In Germany, the new Tiguan Allspace is available with three specification packages: Life, Elegance and R-Line. The standard equipment in the Life package includes silver exterior mirror housing, silver anodised roof railing, 18-inch alloy wheels, comfort seats, two USB ports and an electric boot lid. The Elegance specification package for an especially stylish new Tiguan Allspace includes chrome features, 19-inch alloy wheels, ambient lighting with 30 different colours, IQ.LIGHT LED matrix headlights, a heated steering wheel, and the Easy Open & Close function for the boot lid. The R-Line package comes with 19-inch alloy wheels, a special design for the front apron, sill extensions, a rear spoiler, a leather multifunction sports steering wheel and sports seats for extra dynamic flair. Article source: www.volkswagen-newsroom.com

Friday, 5 November 2021

Sharpened design and innovative technologies for the flagship: the enhanced Audi A8

With sharpened design, particularly in the front and rear, and innovative technologies, Audi is ensuring the increased presence and sporty elegance of the A8. For that reason, the company with the four rings is even more intensively working out the confident and progressive character of the active luxury sedan. The new high-end headlights and taillights inspire with innovative functions and form the apex of the A8’s established technology portfolio. Thanks to the enhancement, the exterior of the A8 has an even more representative, confident, and athletic effect. To summarize, the newly designed and precisely orchestrated design elements in the front, side, and rear areas significantly increase the A8’s presence and authority and sharpen the profile of the brand’s top model. Beyond the basic exterior, Audi is offering its customers the chrome exterior package and, for the first time in the A8, the new S line exterior package. The look is even more defined with the additional black appearance package. The color swatch for the A8 includes eleven colors, among them the new metallic district green, firmament blue, Manhattan gray, and ultra blue. New in the Audi A8 are five matte colors – Daytona gray, florette silver, district green, and glacier white. Digital Matrix LED headlights and OLED rear lights Comparable with video projectors, the Digital Matrix LED headlights use DMD (digital micromirror device) technology. Each headlight has approximately 1.3 million micromirrors, which disperse the light in tiny pixels and precisely control them. One new function is lane and orientation lights for highways. The enhanced A8 comes with Digital OLED rear lights(OLED = organic light emitting diode) as a standard feature. When ordering the car, there are two rear light signatures to choose from – three with the S8. In conjunction with the assistance systems, the digital OLED rear lights have a proximity indication feature. Reduction as a design medium The architecture of the interior is strictly horizontally oriented to emphasize the car’s width. In the dark, the ambient light package plus (standard with Audi design selection and in the S8 elegantly stages the interior and there are reading lights in the rear that use Matrix LED technology. The range of seats and seat equipment in the enhanced Audi A8 is varied, very comfortable, and radiates the highest degree of authority – especially for the back seats, where many options are available. The relaxation seat in the A8 L is the apex of the program. It offers numerous adjustment options and a footrest on the back of the passenger seat. Passengers can use it to have the bottoms of their feet warmed and massaged to various degrees. The high-quality workmanship underscores the A8 interior’s workshop character. New solutions: Navigation and Audi connect MMI Navigation plus is standard in the enhanced Audi A8 series. It is supported by the third generation modular infotainment toolkit (MIB 3). The likewise standard online and Car-2-X services from Audi connect augment the navigation system. They are divided into two packages: Audi connect Navigation & Infotainment and Audi connect Safety & Service with Audi connect Remote & Control. For modern demands: the new screens in the back Attractive options are also available for the infotainment hardware. The new screens in the back are tailored to the expectations of today's rear-seat passengers. That means two 10.1 inch displays with full HD resolution attached to the backs of the front seats. Three packages: the driver assistance systems There are about 40 driver assistance systems available in the enhanced Audi A8. Some of them – including the Audi pre sense basic and Audi pre sense front safety systems – are standard equipment for the series. Options are clustered into the “Park,” “City,” and “Tour” packages. The assistance package plus consolidates the packages. Features like the night vision assistant and surround view cameras are available separately. Sovereign and efficient: the engine range To begin with, the enhanced Audi A8 is available with three motorizations. Apart from the 3.0 TFSI as a V6 engine, the 4.0 TFSI, which is available for the A8 and the S8 in various output levels, distributes its four liters of displacement to eight cylinders with cylinder on demand technology. In brief, the A8 is also available as a Diesel engine; a plug-in hybrid model (PHEV) will follow. The Audi S8 – inspirational performance in the luxury class The Audi S8 TSFI quattro1 is the sporty top model in the series. The biturbo V8 generates 420 kW (571 PS) of power and 800 Nm of torque from 2,050 to 4,500 rpm. Only in the S8 are the predictive active suspension, sport differential, and dynamic all-wheel steering built in ex factory. All the previously mentioned motorizations come with mild hybrid technology (MHEV) as a standard feature, which uses the A8’s 48-volt main electrical system. tiptronic, quattro and the sport differential: the whole gamut of driving experience All engines in the Audi A8 are connected to a fast and gently toggling eight-step tiptronic. Thanks to an electric oil pump, the automatic transmission can change gears even when the combustion engine is not running. The constant all-wheel drive quattro with the self-locking center differential is standard, optionally supplemented with the sport differential (standard in the S8). It actively distributes torque between the rear wheels during fast cornering and thereby makes the handling even sportier and more stable. The adaptive air suspension with controlled damping is standard. Progressive steering is another standard feature. Dynamic all-wheel steering is also available as an option. It is standard equipment in the Audi S8. Predictive active suspension One highlight of the enhanced A8 is the predictive active suspension. It can load or unload each wheel with additional power individually via an electric motor and thereby actively regulate the position of the chassis in any driving situation. The wheel range for the enhanced Audi A8, which goes from 18 to 21 inches, includes six new designs from Audi and Audi Sport. In top versions like the Audi S8, Audi offers carbon fiber ceramic brake disks as an option. A8 L Horch: special for the Chinese market The Audi A8 L Horch, the top version for the Chinese market, is 5.45 meters (17.9 ft.) long, which is 13 cm (5.1 in.) longer than the A8 L. In the interior, the expanded diamond quilting, logo embossing in the cushions, and deep-pile floor mats in the back emphasize the exclusivity of this version. On the exterior, the specifically designed Singleframe with vertical braces, among other things, indicate that it is a luxury model. Also unmistakable are the Horch badge and the “H crown.” For the first time in the D segment, the top model is offering a two-color finish for customers in China. Base price: starting at 99,500 euros The enhanced Audi A8 starts in December in European markets. In Germany, the base price for the A8 is now 99,500 euros. The Audi S8 is available starting at 144,800 euros. Article source: www.audi-mediacenter.com

Sunday, 31 October 2021

Volkswagen Group doubles deliveries of pure e-vehicles in third quarter

The Volkswagen Group successfully continued its global electric offensive in the third quarter of 2021. Despite a shortage of semiconductors, 122,100 BEVs were delivered to customers from July to September, an increase of 109 percent compared with the prior-year quarter. Particularly the market ramp-up in China accelerated significantly in Q3, where 28,900 BEVs were delivered, compared with 18,300 in the first half of the year. The BEV share of total deliveries rose to more than 6 percent in Q3. A total of 293,100 BEVs were delivered worldwide by the end of September, more than twice as many as in the prior-year period (+138 percent). There also continued to be strong demand for vehicles with a plug-in hybrid drive (PHEVs). A total of 246.000 PHEVs were delivered in the first nine months, more than twice as many as in the prior-year period (+133 percent). In terms of BEV deliveries by region, Europe was still clearly in the lead, with 209,800 vehicles (share of 72 percent). The Group was the market leader here, accounting for a BEV market share of around 26 percent. In the USA, the Group delivered 27,300 BEVs, which corresponded to 9 percent of its global BEV deliveries. This gave the Group a market share of around 8 percent in the all-electric vehicle segment, putting it in the number two position. In China, 47,200 BEVs were delivered by the end of September; this represents 16 percent of the Group’s global BEV deliveries. In the third quarter, the accelerated market ramp-up meant that China accounted for a share of 24 percent. Christian Dahlheim: “As planned, we significantly accelerated the BEV market ramp-up in China in the third quarter, and we are on track to meeting our target for the year of delivering 80,000 to 100,000 vehicles of the ID. model family.” By the end of September, the core brand Volkswagen delivered 167,800 BEVs to customers (share of 57 percent). This was followed by Audi with 52,800 vehicles (share of 18 percent), ŠKODA with 32,100 vehicles (share of 11 percent), Porsche with 28,600 vehicles (share of 10 percent) and SEAT with 8,800 vehicles (share of 3 percent). The top 5 BEV models in the nine-month period were as follows: – Volkswagen ID.4 72,700 units – Volkswagen ID.3 52,700 units – Audi e-tron (incl. Sportback) 36,100 units – Porsche Taycan (incl. Cross Turismo) 28,600 units – ŠKODA Enyaq iV 28,200 units Article source: www.volkswagen-newsroom.com

Sunday, 24 October 2021

ŠKODA FABIA shortlisted for European AUTOBEST award

The fourth generation of the ŠKODA FABIA is among the finalists in the race for the “Best Buy Car of Europe in 2022” title. The jury for the annual award event held since 2001, comprising renowned automotive journalists from 32 European countries, has selected the FABIA, along with five other vehicles, for the final test drives. The 32 jury members will convene at Fahrtechnik-Zentrum Teesdorf in Austria on 24 and 25 November to test all the finalists, with the winner announced in mid-December. 2002 saw the first generation of the FABIA voted “Best Buy Car of Europe”, while in 2014 the third generation was among the finalists, as were the KAMIQ and the OCTAVIA in the past two years. The European AUTOBEST organisation was founded in 2000 and has been awarding its annual trophies since 2001. The current jury is composed of 32 journalists representing 32 European countries. Jury members each select three favourite vehicles from the year’s finalists, in 13 different categories – from exterior and interior design to practical usability, technologies, eco-friendliness and price. The categories have different point scores, ranging from 100 to 500. The winning vehicle is the one that achieves the highest score out of a maximum of 2,500 points. The fourth generation of the ŠKODA FABIA is more emotive and dynamic than ever before and is based for the first time on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Toolkit MQB-A0. The FABIA is the most spacious car within its segment and boasts enhanced comfort features as well as a plethora of new safety and assistance systems. Classic brand qualities, such as excellent value for money, high functionality and a host of Simply Clever features, make this car the perfect entry-level model to the ŠKODA range. The FABIA is longer and, at 4,108 mm, exceeds the four-metre mark for the first time. The boot – which was already the largest in the segment – has gained an additional 50 litres and now offers a capacious 380 litres of luggage space. Five petrol engines from the Volkswagen Group’s current EVO generation deliver power outputs ranging from 48 kW (65 PS) to 110 kW (150 PS). Segment-leading aerodynamics with a drag coefficient (cd) of 0.28 and the optional 50-litre fuel tank enable a range of more than 900 km in the WLTP cycle. Article source: www.skoda-storyboard.com

Saturday, 16 October 2021

ŠKODA AUTO takes on worldwide responsibility for Volkswagen Group’s MQB-A0 Global Platform

ŠKODA AUTO is now responsible for developing the Volkswagen Group’s existing MQB-A0 Global Platform. This will be used by the Group brands ŠKODA and Volkswagen to develop new entry-level models for regions with high growth potential including India, Russia, Africa as well as the ASEAN countries and Latin America. On the heels of ŠKODA’s specially adapted MQB-A0-IN platform for the Indian market, the Czech carmaker is taking on responsibility for a global platform for the first time. ŠKODA is drawing on its high level of development expertise, ability to coordinate complex Group projects and experience in entry-level segments to implement this project in individual regions. “By assuming responsibility for the MQB-A0 Global Platform, ŠKODA AUTO is in charge of the worldwide development of a platform for the first time. We are applying our development expertise, taking on even more responsibility within the Volkswagen Group and at the same time strengthening ŠKODA AUTO’s headquarters as an important European development centre for the Group. I am convinced that we will be able to win over many new customers thanks to the MQB-A0 Global Platform and bolster the Group’s position in the entry-level segments.” Thomas Schäfer, ŠKODA AUTO CEO Through our comprehensive platform strategy, we achieve economies of scale that enable us to offer our customers worldwide state-of-the-art technology and high quality at competitive prices. Based on this, the Group’s volume brands – Volkswagen and ŠKODA – can quickly deliver products to customers that are unique in the volume segment. As a brand with significant expertise in entry-level mobility, ŠKODA is ideally positioned to assume worldwide responsibility for the successful further development of the MQB-A0 Global Platform within the Volkswagen Group. This way, we are creating synergies that will further increase profitability within the volume group.” Ralf Brandstätter, Chairman of the Board of Management at Volkswagen Our development team has a deep understanding of the entry-level segments. We are now bringing this to bear with the development of the MQB-A0 Global Platform. For us, this is a great award and at the same time strong motivation to make the project a success. Based on this platform, new models will be created that are precisely tailored to the diverse customer needs in the various regions.” Johannes Neft, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Technical Development The MQB-A0 Global Platform is used worldwide and forms the basis for new models with combustion engines in the entry-level segments. The focus is on India, Latin America, Russia, Africa and the ASEAN countries where the entry-level segments are of major importance and at the same time offer further growth potential. ŠKODA AUTO: High level of development expertise; many years of experience in entry-level segments The Volkswagen Group relies on ŠKODA AUTO’s high level of development expertise and many years of experience in the price-sensitive entry-level segments. The Czech car manufacturer already has responsibility within the Volkswagen Group for India, Russia and North Africa. At the beginning of June, series production of the KUSHAQ started at the Indian plant in Chakan, Pune. This is the first series model based on the MQB-A0-IN version of the Modular Transverse Toolkit that ŠKODA has specially adapted for the Indian market. The platform will also be used for other Volkswagen and ŠKODA models. In the medium term, there are plans to offer the KUSHAQ in other emerging markets, as well. The second model is already in the starting blocks and will be unveiled later this year. Additional, highly qualified employees ŠKODA will require highly qualified employees for the MQB-A0 Global Platform, especially in the area of Technical Development. While some will transfer to the project from other positions, the majority will be newly recruited. Article source: www.skoda-storyboard.com