Skoda Expands Its Monte Carlo Range: Geneva Motor Show

In the coming years, Skoda wants to lift annual sales to an impressive 1.5+ million vehicles, up from 920,800 in 2013 and to do so, it plans to introduce on average, one new or redesigned model every six months. For now, the Czechs are placing their efforts on improving the current range with new editions like Monte Carlo spec vehicles.

Skoda is likely to show an expanded range of Monte Carlo models at Geneva Auto Show. Previously only Fabia Monte Carlo was available in both hatchback and station wagon forms; however Skoda is to showcase Rapid, Yeti and Citigo Spaceback versions at the show, which will be available to purchase in summer in United Kingdom.

Skoda Monte Carlo

Scheduled to be seen for the first time in Geneva next week, the all-new models will feature new black exterior trim, tinted rear windows and sporty design with black aluminum wheels. Even though the Monte Carlo special editions are made to celebrate the company’s achievements in motorsports, they don’t bring any performance improvements whatsoever. Instead they depend on purely cosmetic touches like red stitched steering wheel, unique fabric design, sports seat and black interior. In addition to Monte Carlo models, the automaker will also showcase its 5-door Vision C Concept at Geneva Auto Show, together with Octavia’s CNG powered variant and new Skoda Octavia Scout.

Skoda Monte Carlo Back View

Skoda grows by 16.5% in January: Fantastic start to 2014

A strong start to the year for Skoda Auto: Worldwide vehicle deliveries in January increased by 16.5% to 80,900 (January 2013: 69,500 vehicles). The Czech manufacturer once again achieved double-digit growth in Europe with 48,200 vehicles sold. In the brand’s strongest individual market, China, Skoda’s deliveries increased by 27.3% to 27,500 units, thereby selling more cars in China than ever before in one month. The new ŠKODA Octavia has made an excellent start to the new year with growth of 40.2% in Western Europe.

“This has been an excellent start to 2014,” says Werner Eichhorn, Skoda Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “With 16.5% growth and the best January ever, we have truly confirmed the outstanding performance of the second half of 2013. Our model campaign is paying off in the markets. The strong start to the year and the promising number of incoming orders make us confident that we will continue to grow this year.”

After a record eight new or revised Skoda models launched in 2013, 2014 is all about the Skoda growth strategy. “The design and model campaign is continuing into the next stage,” says Eichhorn. The design of Skoda cars is playing an increasingly important role. At this year’s Geneva Motor Show in early March, Skoda will be presenting the spectacular ‘Skoda Vision C’ design study. The five-door coupé study demonstrates the brand’s emotional appeal and power, and leads the next step in the evolution of ŠKODA design.

Skoda grows by 16.5% in January: Fantastic start to 2014

Skoda’s strength was demonstrated in Western Europe this January, where deliveries rose by 13.4% to 30,100 vehicles (January 2013: 26,500). In the brand’s second largest market, Germany, Skoda grew by 6.7% to 9,500 vehicles delivered, thus confirming its position as the country’s strongest foreign brand. The brand once again achieved a great result in the UK, where deliveries rose by one quarter (25.3%) to 5,400 deliveries. Skoda saw double-digit growth in Ireland (1,600 vehicles; up 31.0 %), France (1,600 vehicles; up 10.1%), Italy (1,300 Vehicles; up 20,5 %), Finland (1,200 Vehicles; up 80%), Spain (1,100 vehicles; up 79%), Denmark (1,100 vehicles; up 40.0%), the Netherlands (900 vehicles; up 54.7%), Norway (600 vehicles; up 44.4%) and in Portugal (200 vehicles; up 54.2%).

In Eastern Europe, Skoda boosted vehicle deliveries in January by 11.1% to 6,900 (January 2013: 6,200). In Russia – Skoda’s third largest market – the brand grew by 2.6% to 4,700 vehicles sold. Russia will see the market launch of the Skoda Rapid this spring. Skoda also achieved strong growth in Serbia (200 vehicles; up 77.5%), Romania (300 vehicles; up 19.4%) and in the Baltic States (300 vehicles; up 8.5%).

Skoda had a fantastic start to the new year in Central Europe, with deliveries to customers increasing by 26.0% to 11,200 (January 2013: 8,900). In their home market, the Czech Republic, the manufacturer increased deliveries by as much as 27.8%, selling 4,700 new vehicles; almost 1000 cars more than in January 2013. Skoda also achieved significant growth in Poland (4,300 vehicles; up 33.0%), Slovenia (400 vehicles; up 56.6%) and Croatia (200 vehicles; up 44.7%).

In the brand’s strongest individual market, China, Skoda achieved the best sales month ever in January and grew by 27.3%. In total, the brand delivered 27,500 vehicles to Chinese customers (January 2013: 21,600 vehicles); more than ever before in one month. In India, the brand achieved 1,600 deliveries in January (January 2013: 2,400; -32.5%).

Skoda deliveries to customers in January 2014 (in units, rounded off, listed by model; +/- in per cent against January 2013):

  • Skoda Octavia (34,400; +14.5%)
  • Skoda Fabia (12,900; -18.6%)
  • Skoda Superb (7,400; -13.6%)
  • Skoda Yeti (5,400; -2.3%)
  • Skoda Roomster (2,300; +19.4%)
  • Skoda Rapid (15,800; +286.7%)
  • Skoda Citigo (sold only in Europe: 2,800; -21.3%)

Skoda Superb facelift launched for Rs. 18.87 lakh ex-showroom Delhi

Skoda Superb facelift made its initial debut at Delhi Auto Expo 2014, and now the Czech based carmaker finally tagged a price tag of Rs. 18.87 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) around its neck and launched on Indian shores.

Earlier during the late 2013 Skoda has rolled out Octavia facelift which was then followed by Superb facelift, and later to be seen rolling out Yeti and Rapid facelift by late 2014.

The new Skoda Superb has got an all-new butterfly shaped front grille clustered in between the new bi-xenon headlights with integrated LED daytime-running lights.

Front and rear bumpers are revamped.

New Skoda Superb facelift

C couple of brand new creases on the bonnet can also be witnessed stretching from the logo towards the hoods. The top-end trim Elegance gets a power washer, the signal indicators on front transformed in the shape of C shredded in seven LED segments.

Rear remains more prominent in the term of aesthetics to look at, which got the tail lamp unit matching to those of Audis. The new Super typeface and New Skoda branding logo completed then facelift avatar on its 16-inch 10 spoke alloys.

Skoda Superb facelift

Mentioned below are the prices of different Superb facelift variants listed as per ex-showroom Delhi:

  • Skoda Superb 1.8 TSI MT Ambition: Rs 18.87 lakh
  • Skoda Superb 1.8 TSI MT Elegance: Rs 20.65 lakh
  • Skoda Superb 1.8 TSI AT Elegance: Rs 22.27 lakh
  • Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI AT Ambition: Rs 23.43 lakh
  • Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI AT Elegance: Rs 25.20 lakh

Skoda Superb facelift launched

Skoda Superb facelift launched for Rs. 18.87 lakh ex-showroom Delhi Skoda Superb facelift launched 2014

2014 Skoda Superb facelift teased

Many of the reports have pointed out what Skoda India has in mind for the 2014 Indian Auto Expo. The Czech company is expected to launch the new Yeti and the Superb facelift. Though the Superb facelift had been unveiled in Europe last year, the new Superb will make its debut at the Delhi Motor Show in India this year. The deliveries and sales of the car are scheduled to commence by mid 2014.

In order to spread word about the car in the market before it is unveiled, Skoda has been teasing car enthusiasts with the Superb facelift on the social media. As per the reports, it is also said that the company will be announcing the price of the car at the event itself. The car features quite a lot of notable changes. The refreshed Superb at the front will get new headlamps, fog lights, updated front bumpers and redesigned grille. The headlamps have been integrated LED daytime running lights.

2014 Skoda Superb Facelift

While there are a number of changes in the front itself, the rear end of the car will feature redesigned tail lights with the license plate being incorporated on the bootlid. The engine of the car is said to remain the same as the previous model, as it will be offered either with the 2.0-litre TDI motor or the 1.8-litre TSI engine. At the moment there is not much information available about the car as Skoda is just trying to create a buzz in the market before it is launched.

Skoda Superb Facelift

Skoda Octavia Coupe Confirmed

Skoda is quite delighted with the new product launches over various markets and, some aggressive sales plans for the near future. To beef up its lineup further, the Czech based carmaker is now confirmed of going the coupe way with the new Octavia (in conceptual form) by next Geneva Auto Show.

There is ample of time for the carmaker to work on, while only a thin layer of information is been landed on the reporting-dial. It is reported to be based on four-door coupe version, and the Volkswagen’s modular MQB platform to be riding underneath it. Octavia’s bold triangular LED headlamps and similarly-shaped tail lamps, alongside its sophisticated creases across the body with the low roofline, which earlier too resembled like a coupe, is expectedly asked do the job for new Octavia to go seamless into a coupe variant. Large wheels to just finish off the tint of regarded look, left by the other tweaks.

Skoda Octavia

Engine specification to be varied in between 1.4L TSI and 2.0L turbodiesel worth of 140hp and 150hp respectively. The option of manual and an automatic gearbox will also be there to choose from.

While a range-topping vRS-variant said to arrive later on the paddock at a further part of the plan, along with a GTI-borrowed 2.0L four-cylinder of 220hp. A diesel engine of 2.0L (TDI) with 184hp engine will beef up the lineup with leaving no gap empty for competitors to barge upon.

Skoda Laura Discontinued in India

The launch of new Skoda Octavia may have shaken up the competitors, but would it go such extreme with its in-house sibling may have not been thought of by us. The launch of new Octavia has discontinued the sale of Laura in India. And company is no longer selling the car in our country. The official Indian website of Skoda too removed the particular model plate from the list.

It seems that Czech-based carmaker have sold all the units of old-Octavia and the Laura so that its new car may be sold in numbers at least for present. The plans of the automaker is also been expected that a new Laura to be rolled out at a near future,  because the phased out model was doing its job in India since long back and was also finding itself a bit old as compared to the competitors.

Skoda Laura

Laura was available in India in petrol as well diesel guise. The 1.8L TFSI and 2.0L TDI were been found under its hoods. Laura was priced at Rs. 14.55 lakh for entry level, the top-end costs at Rs. 19.27 lakh.

Skoda Octavia Scout to Launch in 2014

Skoda traveled the paths of sophistication with a number of badges in sedan repertoire, but the off-road is been remained an exception for the Caezh based carmaker always. However, only handfuls are there to name for the Skoda off-roader in global markets at present, Yeti and Fabia Scout are the most popular ones from stable of Volkswagen owned automaker.

Appropriate to the expectations, a report on internet revealed that Skoda is planning an Octavia Scout for launching it in Europe by August 2014. It will be dwelled with some off-road looks, by means of new front and rear bumpers, unpainted wheel arch, 20mm raised height, and more off-road aesthetical jargons. By the time we assume that engine specifications would remain the same as of it is present there in sedan version, which the report claimed that all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive, both the options will be made available in the market when it will be rolled out.

To an addition, Skoda has is reported to be rolling out an luxury version of Octavia dubbed as ‘Laurin & Klement edition’ soon. It is said to be having the xenon headlights, LED tail lamps, 18-inch alloys to mark the exclusive notes on exteriors. On interiors, the leather seats with wood accent and chrome trim running across the cabin will delish the whole package. New dashboard and revamped speed dials is said to be just added as the icing on assorted German cake.

Skoda Octavia Scout

Skoda Octavia Scout Back View

Courtesy: Autocar

Skoda plans to revamp its entire dealerships by 2015

Skoda revealed of revamping all its 5,300 dealerships throughout the globe. It has said to be implementing all new language of design in all its outlets.

Skoda has recently given the new looks to most of its model plates. And now the news came that all its dealerships are going under knife for the change. It seems that Czech based carmaker is on the spree of hunting as many ducks as possible with its all new stoning strategy.

“Simply clever – clever engineering with a human touch” is the motto which Skoda is said to follow in the dealerships revamp. They have said 2015 will see the most of dealerships in all new avatar.

Architectural department of the brand will be dwelling the entire bay in drape of pristine white and green paint shade, with cozying interiors to match the tranquility. A new Skoda logo will be tapped on the side of building, and the building will also have a shade of grey running on the backs. New pylons and flags will be stacked on the outer for confirming the last stage or branding decoration. Meanwhile, the car-making organization will extensively use the glass on front to take an immense advantage of the sunlight. “Customers should be able to identify the Škoda partner as such at first glance,” said Škoda board member for sales & marketing, Werner Eichhorn. The new design attitude of Skoda, which is a part of 2018 Skoda’s growth plan, will have the reflection of its image flashing during day as well night.

Skoda Showroom redesign Exterior

Skoda has explained that sales as per 2018 Skoda growth strategy on global platform will be notched to more than 1.5 units million per year.

Skoda Showroom redesign Interior

Skoda transforms Rapid metro with complete train wrap

Skoda India ties up with the Gurgaon Rapid Metro with an innovative marketing initiative. For the first time, the entire train on the Gurgaon Metro line will be branded with the Rapid model line from Skoda Auto India. The collaboration was a natural fit as the Gurgoan metro line also bears the ‘Rapid’ name which coincides with the product ‘Rapid’ from Skoda Auto India. It also happens to be the first time the entire metro line is branded by a single product. The metro moves around the Corporate Hubs like DLF cyber city and Unitech corporate parks which is a catchment zone for Skoda’s target audience.

Commenting on this innovative approach, Mr. Kamal Basu – Marketing Director, ŠKODA Auto India said, “The association was based on our brand philosophy of being SIMPLY CLEVER, It was an opportunity for Skoda to take up this property as the metro was named after one of our carline ‘Rapid’. Gurgaon being one of the important market for us this association helps in increasing brand awareness as we reach out to 6 to 7 lacs of our audience every day. Apart from this, the Rapid Metro branding is also visible from Delhi – Jaipur highway which has a daily traffic of approx. 1 lac vehicles”

Skoda transforms Rapid metro
This a 3 month collaboration and Skoda will look to extend it depending on the response from this initiative. The Rapid is Skoda entry level sedan, by the brand. Since its launch in late 2011, Skoda has sold over 35,000 Rapids, making it one of the most successful cars for the brand. The Rapid is available at all Skoda showrooms across India and in Gurgaon it starts at Rs 7.16 Lakhs (ex-showroom Gurgaon).

Rapid Metro

New 2013 Skoda Octavia 1.8 Ambition launched in India for Rs. 16.85 lakh ex showroom Mumbai

Third-gen 2013 Skoda Octavia 1.8 ‘Ambition’ launched in India with a starting price tag of Rs. 16.85 lakh ex showroom Mumbai.

Hence, the 2013 Octavia launched in India some days back with an starting price tag of Rs. 13.95 lakh ex-showroom Delhi, for the starting variant called 1.4 TSI (petrol) Active. Taking a look at the whole range made available we noticed that 1.8 Ambition (Petrol) was missing and the demanding market scenario here seems to have challenged the Czech carmaker to fill in the gap silently.

Hopefully, the 1.8 TSI was available in Elegance only, costing near to Rs. 2 lakh more than the rolled out version. The new car of 1.8 now loses some whistles and bells to justify the price tag right for organization.

LED daytime running lamps, Xenons (which are now replaced with halogens), headlight washer, front parking sensors, side and curtain airbags, panoramic sunroof, 12-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control and memory settings for the wing mirrors, are the tweaks that has been shredded to conclude the Octavia 1.8 Ambition of Skoda.

New 2013 Skoda Octavia 1.8 Ambition

One too can check the price list of 2013 Skoda Octavia at the time of launch ex-showroom Delhi (excluding 1.8 Ambition):

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