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2012 Geneva Motor Show in pictures – part 2

Here’s the second and final part of our 2012 Geneva Motor Show photo gallery, featuring manufacturers from L–Z (well V actually). Highlights include the Aventador J pictured above along with a reappearance of the stylish Mazda Takeri concept. The awesome Pagani Huayra is also on show, check the raw carbon fibre model, it looks sublime. [...]

Volkswagen introduces versatile MQB platform

Over the next few years, and especially in the short–medium term, you’re going to be reading a lot about Volkswagen’s MQB platform, otherwise known as the Modular Transverse Matrix. MQB will be used in the small-medium segments across the Audi, Seat, Skoda and Volkswagen brands. In the context of VW it will be used to [...]

WRC teams shake it down before full Monte

The Monte Carlo Rally, fondly referred to as ‘The Monte’, is resuming its rightful and traditional position as the first WRC event of the year. Yesterday the top WRC teams were out in Valence giving their machines a final shakedown before taking on the full rally. You can read previews from Citroën, Ford, MINI and [...]

Skoda MissionL ‘liftback’ concept previewed

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Skoda has revealed two images of its MissionL concept car. It’s a ‘liftback’ design, which Skoda hopes will help the company achieve 1.5 million global sales by 2018. Last year Skoda sold 762,000 vehicles across the globe. They’ve given themselves seven years to double that number. To aid these lofty goals Skoda is setting up [...]

Skoda Octavia vRS speeds ahead at Bonneville

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Back in June Skoda UK said their specially-prepared Octavia vRS was going to break the 200mph barrier when they sent it over to race at Bonneville Speed Week. In the hands of evo motoring journalist Richard Meaden, they were true to their word, and then some. The official speed achieved by the 600hp (450kW) Octavia [...]

AIMS 2011 gallery: Skoda

The Skoda Fabia is coming. Entry level models are on sale now and the hot 132kW RS version will be in Australia early next year. You’ll probably be able to get your hands on a Fabia RS more easily than the Volkswagen Polo GTI on which it is based. We’re a bit lukewarm on the [...]

Let’s break that speed record

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Skoda UK is building a one-off ‘Bonneville Special’ Octavia vRS to celebrate 10 years of the vRS brand. As its name suggests the heavily tuned speed racer will hit the salt flats at Bonneville during Speed Week in August. The car will be entered in the 2.0 litre production category, which is odd, considering it [...]

VIDEO: Robert Kubica’s rally accident recreated

Details are a bit scant on this story, but it seems Skoda has gone to the trouble of recreating a life-size simulation of Robert Kubica’s horrific rally accident. When seen like this, and assuming the impact captured in this video is accurate, then we must be thankful Kubica is alive to tell us the tale. [...]

Wörthersee 2011: Skoda Fabia RS 2000

With the festivities at Wörthersee 2011 well underway Skoda is making sure it doesn’t miss out on any of the action. They’be prepared a new Fabia RS 2000 concept, based on their successful Fabia Super 2000 rally car. “These days, the GTI-Treffen is rightly hailed by fans of powerful engines and sporty customization as the [...]

Skoda Octavia RS ready for Targa repeat

Last year Skoda raced a parts bin special Octavia RS-P at Targa Tasmania. This year the same car has been given an orange coat to mark the company’s sponsorship of new AFL team GWS. The changes run deeper, too, with the car altered to make it eligible to run in the two-wheel drive Showroom class [...]

Geneva 2011: Škoda’s new logo and VisionD concept

Škoda has gone the extra mile at Geneva by unveiling a new logo as well as a new concept model. The concept, called the VisionD, reveals the company’s design direction for future models. A long wheelbase and short overhangs are the order of the day, according to Škoda, as this will allow for better interior [...]

Is Volkswagen about to dump its twincharged 1.4 litre engine?

Despite winning the 2009 International Engine of the Year award speculation is rife that Volkswagen will be discontinuing its twincharged 1.4 litre engine. While the clever use of supercharging and turbocharging offers excellent access to power right through the rev range it’s believed Volkswagen considers the engine to be too complex and expensive. Until Volkswagen [...]

Skoda Australia named as GWS Giants major sponsor

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Here at AUSmotive we like it when the motoring and AFL worlds collide. So it is with keen interest we follow the news of Skoda Australia being named as the major sponsor for the 18th AFL team the Greater Western Sydney Giants. You’ll be able to see the GWS Giants and Skoda more when the [...]

AIMS 2010: Photo gallery

Here is the AUSmotive photo gallery from the Australian International Motor Show industry day. There are 128 photos in all and you can simply click on each thumbnail to access a 2000px super image. Highlights include a couple of track specials in the form of the awesome Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and the rear-engined V6 [...]

2010 Skoda Superb Wagon – Australian pricing

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Recent vehicle sales may indicate an upward trend in the SUV segment, but Euro wagons will always rate highly on the AUSmotive cool wall. If you need a large family-sized car, buck the trend and get a Euro wagon. They have a je ne sais quoi that cannot be matched by any SUV. The new [...]