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5 minutos
show andtell

tristan_shale-hester@autovia.co.uk @tristan_shale BUYING a new car can and should be an enjoyable, exciting experience. But it also marks the beginning of a serious financial commitment, while the sheer range of models that are on sale today means a fair degree of homework is required. Customers may feel inclined to be even more cautious when they’re considering whether to go for a pure-electric model, because the vast majority of the UK’s drivers have only previously experienced owning and driving petrol or diesel vehicles. These stakes are not lost on Skoda, which is gearing up to introduce the Enyaq iV, its first bespoke EV. The brand has a reputation for level-headed, pragmatic practicality – in both its vehicles and its showrooms. And so the 128-dealer-strong UK network needs to be well placed to help potential…

8 minutos
meet the makers

Dana Plath Head of Business Development, Sales 25 years with Skoda When did you join Skoda? I JOINED Skoda straight after graduating from university in the nineties. For me, the company was at the top of my list of potential employers, even while I was studying. The brand has been with me since childhood. My family is a typical ‘Skodian’ family; my grandparents, parents and most of my relatives worked for Skoda and still do today. How has your work evolved over those years? IT’S changed a lot. When I started there were some computers, but the staff didn’t have access to E-mail – something that is very hard to imagine today, especially for the younger generations. New technologies have made work much faster, and the Covid-19 pandemic has taken the world of work out of the…

5 minutos
under enyaq

John_McIlroy@autovia.co.uk @johnmcilroy IT’S fairly common knowledge that Skoda has made great progress by using a VW Group set of parts called MQB. These components (not only the chassis, but also key elements such as the transmissions and electronics) have underpinned a great swathe of the Skoda range, including the Kamiq, Karoq, Kodiaq and Octavia, over the past decade. For Enyaq, though, Skoda has switched to a new all-electric toybox. It’s called MEB, which stands for Modularer E-Antriebs-Baukasten in German, if you’re asking. This is basically the all-electric equivalent of MQB. It’s already supporting some VWs, and upcoming models from Audi and Cupra will also use it. But the Enyaq will be the first European-built car from the family to be made outside Germany, at Skoda’s hometown factory in Mlada Boleslav in the Czech…

7 minutos
close to the edges

James_Brodie@autovia.co.uk @jimmybrods OLIVER Stefani is enthusing over the rear three-quarter angle of the new Enyaq. Should you find yourself in a showroom with the new EV, that’s the sweet spot you should look for, according to the trained eye of Skoda’s chief designer. He’s telling us all about what he hopes potential buyers of Skoda’s electric SUV will see when the car arrives in dealers this summer. Stefani has spent the vast majority of his career within the Volkswagen automotive giant, working at the group between 1992 and 1999, then rejoining in 2002. He’s also an important man when it comes to all things MEB, the platform that underpins the new model. The German-born designer was responsible for the very first Volkswagen ID concept, now the ID.3 production car. He was also behind…

8 minutos
buyer’sguide: volks wagen arteon

CO2 /tax 119-125g/km £155 Running costs 49-54mpg (1.5 TSI) £85 fill-up Performance 0-62mph/top speed 9.0 seconds/138mph VOLKSWAGEN has come a very long way since the launch of the Beetle in the 1940s. The firm’s first model really was a people’s car; it was very accessible and the focus was on utility and low running costs. In the intervening years things changed somewhat, reaching their zenith with the Phaeton’s introduction in 2002, although sales were slower than VW wanted. The company’s ambitions shrank a little after that with the introduction of the Passat-based CC saloon, which in 2017 was superseded by the more practical Arteon hatchback. This struck a neat balance between practicality, luxury and affordability. History THE Arteon hit UK roads in September 2017, priced from £34,305 and with a choice of 187bhp 2.0 TSI petrol or 2.0 TDI diesel engines. The latter…

13 minutos
10 best usedsmallsuvs

Expert insight Alex_Ingram@autovia.co.uk FEW areas of the new car market have exploded in popularity like the compact SUV sector in recent years. Whether you’d rather take a pragmatic or a slightly more superficial approach to car buying, it’s easy to see why the standards set and the choices available just keep on growing. Of all the segments on offer, few have to deliver such a wide range of strengths – and on such a tight budget. In general, these mini-SUVs derive their underpinnings from superminis – and take up barely any more space on the road. However, the chunky 4x4-inspired looks and high rooflines which make them so appealing to buyers also make them usefully more practical – in most cases they’re genuinely roomy enough to handle family life. So space and style are…