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This is the first official glimpse of what SKODA’s new compact city car, the Citigo will look like. It is the first car in the SKODA range to profile the brands new design style, which will be shared by all new models, including the first use of the new badge. The Citigo will be available in both 3 and 5 door derivatives and will be launched in the Czech Republic towards the end of 2011 and is expected to arrive in the UK at some point during the summer of 2012.
The dimensions of the Citigo are just 3.56 metres long, 1.65 metres wide and 1.48 metres high, making it an incredibly agile car to drive around town. As with all cars from SKODA, the Citigo will also be packed with ‘Simply Clever’ touches that will widen the cars appeal from the urban to jungle to the wide open spaces of the countryside too.
It will offer a generous amount of interior space, thanks to its 2.42 metre-long wheel base, to provide enough comfort for four passengers even on long trips. The boot volume will be a sizeable 251 litres with the rear seats up, or 951 litres with the seats folded down.
The interior will have numerous storage compartments, cup holders and multi-media systems, as well as storage pockets on the sides of the front seats. A bag hook on the glovebox handle and a photograph holder on the central console are two more clever interior features.
One more clever touch is a portable navigation system – a first for any SKODA car. The device can be fitted to the dashboard and then removed easily for use on the go. The system is an integral part of the vehicle’s onboard electronics, providing not only navigation, but also hands-free calling with built-in Bluetooth and onboard infotainment. The driver can also view information about the car, such as warnings from parking sensors etc, on the device’s five-inch touch screen.
The judges, made up of experienced motoring journalists and seasoned caravanning experts, were bowled over by the SKODA, describing it as “the best on hill starts by a mile”, “effortless to drive and tow with”, “confidence-inspiring” and “a very pleasant environment to be in”.
SKODA UK Director Robert Hazelwood said: “Winning any honour once is great, but to do it again is testament to the engineering excellence of the SKODA range. We know the caravanning community is an enthusiastic supporter of the Superb Elegance Estate. Its powerful 2.0-litre diesel engine and efficient DSG transmission create a refined and stable base for stress-free long-distance towing.”
The Volkswagen Jetta Sport 2.0 TDI DSG has been awarded the top prize at The Caravan Club Towcar of the Year 2012 Awards. In addition, it also beat of stiff competetion from 12 rival cars to win the top prize in the under £25,000 category too.
In addition, the Volkswagen Touareg Escape 3.0 V6 TDI also secured two awards when it was crowned the best in the over £32,000 class and the all-wheel-drive vehicles over 1800kg category.
Both vehicles were honored at a prestigious ceremony which was held at the Royal Automobile Club in London. All short listed vehicles on the night were voted for by a team of 11 experts, who put the cars through a series of rigorous towing tests at the Millbrook Testing Ground in Bedfordshire.
The judges said of the Jetta: “This car is as controlled as it is quick, offering stable towing both at speed and while driving around hills and bends. It steers smartly and accurately with little body roll, yet offers a well-damped ride even with a lively caravan on the back. It zooms up hills, stops on them securely and pulls away cleanly. And when you’re not driving it, it’s great to look at.”
“A near-ultimate towcar,” was the judges’ opinion of the Touareg. They went on to say that: “The Touareg flew round the bowl at Millbrook with never a twitch, even on the hill circuit. On-rails cornering was interspersed with an apparently insignificant collection of steep gradients, including hill-stops and starts.”
The concept vehicle represents the ultimate expression of Ford’s new global design language and explores powertrains and vehicle technologies that will be critical to the future of Ford production vehicles.
Ford’s Group Vice President of Global Product Development (Derrick Kuzak) commented that: “The Ford Evos Concept unites three key elements which are at the core of our One Ford global product strategy: outstanding design, smart technologies and fuel economy leadership,” said Derrick Kuzak, group vice president of Global Product Development.
“With its compelling design and innovative technology experience, this is a clear demonstration of the exciting vision we have for the Ford brand. While you will never see this car on the road, the next generation of Ford products around the world will display many of the distinctive design ideas and advanced technologies it showcases.”
This new design vision is completely focussed on delivering a vehicle that is completely driver-centric. The Evos’s exterior is immensely interesting and attracts the eye as a car that looks, fun-to-drive. This element of fun is echoed in the cars interior, which is built around the driver. The cars stylish and innovative cockpit promises new levels of driving pleasure and interaction.
The interior architecture features clean and simple surfaces, with a muscular, athletic character to the slim upper instrument panel, enhanced by bold trapezoidal cut-outs. Contrasting these muscular forms, curvaceous cockpit display surfaces sweep down either side of the driver, providing secondary information about vehicle and infotainment systems.
The concept features a bold red driver’s seat and the vision of unprecedented driver interaction via an advanced driver interface. The two rear seat passengers get an equally special experience, with dedicated touch-screen displays to interact with the vehicle and individually adjustable sports seats.
“Both the exterior and interior of the Ford Evos Concept clearly communicate that this is a driver’s car, so that as soon as people see the vehicle, they will immediately want to get in and drive,” said executive design director Moray Callum.
SKODA is set to showcase a brand new design concept called MissionL at the Frankfurt International Motor Show next week. The unveiling of this design which is almost production ready will showcase the look of future models from SKODA.
The new compact five-door vehicle will be launched in Europe, Russia and China and it will feature specific modifications in each of these regions. In addition, the Indian market will have its own version, a compact sedan. This is all part of SKODA’s growth strategy which aims to increase sales to 1.5 million vehicles by 2018.
“Revealing the look of our new compact model, the MissionL shows exactly the direction our brand is going to take,” said SKODA Board Chairman Dr Winfried Vahland. “The world premiere in Frankfurt gives a clear signal that SKODA is going full steam ahead now. We are going to present a new vehicle every six months over the next two or three years.”
A SKODA has become officially the fastest two-litre supercharged production car in the world. This amazing feet was completed by the 600 bhp ‘salt spec’ Octavia vRS, which was built to celebrate vRS’ 10th anniversary.
The previous record of 216 mph was set in August 1998, but on Friday 19th August 2011 that record was comprehensively eclipsed when a Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) sanctioned speed of 227.070 mph on Utah’s legendary Bonneville Salt Flat was secured by the SKODA.
The honour of driving this car was handed to journalist Richard Meaden, who is now an official member of Bonneville’s ‘red hat club’. Richard said: “I’m not big on hats, but I’ll make an exception in this instance.” He added: “It was scary at the time but worth the palpatations!”
“This is a truly stunning achievement,” said Robert Hazelwood, Director for SKODA UK. “Our goal was to break 200 mph as a celebration of 10 years of vRS, and we have achieved that, and significantly more. The success is a tribute to everyone who has worked so tirelessly and with such passion to make SKODA a world beater.”
Britain’s best loved small car, the Ford Fiesta has been chosen to commemorate 100 years of Ford success in Britain, with the launch of the “Centura”. The “Centura” is a special edition model which is built on the most popular model and engine choice in the UK.
Available exclusively in black, the “Centura” is a fitting tribute to the Model T, which were the first Ford cars to be manufactured in the UK, all the way back in 1911.
Based on the Ford Fiesta Zetec, the “Centura” boasts a comprehensive list of additional standard equipment valued at £1,800, including metallic Panther Black paint, chrome mirror and door caps, LED daylight running lights, 16-inch seven-spoke alloy wheels, automatic headlamps and windscreen wipers, reverse parking sensors and a parking camera mounted in the rear view mirror.
Just 1,000 Ford Fiesta Centura special editions will be available, priced at £13,395 for the three-door version and £13,995 for the five-door. The Ford Fiesta remains the UK’s best-selling car with 52,327 sold in the first half of this year.
Anthony Ireson, marketing director, Ford of Britain, said: “Fiesta has been a UK favourite its entire lifetime and it was a natural choice to use this great icon to help mark our centenary. With a unique specification and affordable price, the Centura will appeal to thousands of customers, and we anticipate strong demand – who knows it might even become a collector’s car one day!”
The Ford Fiesta Centura 1.25-litre 82PS petrol engine is exempt from vehicle excise duty in the first year.
Today sees the arrival of a new brand in to the Mon Motors Group family. SEAT becomes the fifth brand to join the Mon Motors Group, which already represents Audi, Ford, Skoda and Volkswagen at locations throughout South Wales and the West of England.
Capitol SEAT is based at our existing Skoda dealership on Leeway Industrial Estate in Newport. In an attempt to properly showcase both of these exciting brands and give our customers an even better service, we have decided to invest in a brand new building.
The building will be divided in to two separate sections, with each brand having their own entrance at the front of our site. This will allow us to give each brand the focus it deserves and give you, our customers the chance to fully experience what each brand has to offer. The new building will be finished in the spring of 2012.
Capitol SEAT is already fully operational though and has the full range of new SEAT cars and a wide selection of quality used SEAT’s available on site. In addition, Capitol SEAT is also a fully accredited SEAT repairer.
Visit www.capitolseat.co.uk for more information.
The two models that were a roaring success with judges were the new Audi A6 (Best Executive Saloon) and the Audi A1 (Best Supermini). This was the first award for the new Audi A6 Saloon since its launch earlier this year, while the A1 can add this to its ever growing list of accolades.
Graham Hope, Acting Editor of Auto Express commented that: “The new A6 has wasted no time in demonstrating its abilities, having seen off a whole host of talented and desirable rivals to secure class honours in this competitive sector. The car’s stunning cabin, excellent engines and sharp dynamics set a benchmark for other to beat.”
There to represent the Audi A6 Saloon on the night was Amy Wand (Product Manager for the A6 Saloon) who said: We’re delighted that the A6 Saloon has picked up its first award so soon after its launch, reinforcing the fact that it really sets the benchmark in its class for luxury and refinement.”
Turning to the ‘Best Supermini’ award, Hope said: “It’s top marks for the Audi A1, which scoops this year’s premium supermini prize. With its winning blend of style, refinement and top-notch quality, the A1 is a cut above the competition.”
Brand representation came in the form of Neysan Vahdat (A1 Product Manager), who said: “The A1 is having a stunning first year, and has proved its wide-ranging appeal with this Best Supermini award from Auto Express. We wanted to bring a subcompact hatchback to market that was as uncompromisingly ‘Audi’ as our customers would expect in every way – from its performance to its styling and build quality – and it seems that customers and journalists are still as excited about it as we are.”
These cars at the opposite ends of the Audi model mix, which just illustrates the brands commitment to making progressive and technologically advanced cars that lead the market.
Ford has made the all new Ford Focus range even more accessible with the arrival of the all-new Focus Studio. The model will go on sale in time for the new 61-plate this September and will start from just £13,995.
This brand new model replaces the popular Ford Focus Sport, a final special edition of the previous model which has been on sale since October 2010 and reached sales of 15,000.
Nigel Sharp, Ford of Britain managing director, said: “With the high end of the new Focus range fully established, we are now making it easier for customers to get behind the wheel at the entry level – and this new Studio model is not only affordable but it is also well equipped, attractive and economical too.”
Standard equipment on the all-new Focus Studio includes 16in sports-style alloy wheels, body-coloured rear spoiler, radio/CD player, USB connectivity, air-conditioning, electrically-operated body-coloured door mirrors with integrated turn indicators, electrically-operated front windows, Ford Easy Fuel ‘capless’ refuelling, and Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) with torque vectoring control.
The Studio will be offered as a five-door hatchback with 85PS 1.6 Ti-VCT powertrain, delivering a fuel efficient 47.9mpg. There will be three colour choices – Panther Black, Moondust Silver and Frozen White.