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I don't understand some people. They claim to know what's good for the world and yet when faced with something perfectly good they simply dismiss it as "rubbish" because it doesn't reach their high standards. For example, a dislike of a particular supermarket because they don't think it's up to snuff. It's fools like that who are making Skoda's job of making really good cars rather difficult.
For the last couple of decades, Skoda has been making cars that don't live up to the company's former image. They're … Read more
Along with the Morgan 3-wheeler we have the BAC Mono, as beautiful as it is bonkers. A single-seater road legal car, complete with cockpit, suspension on show for all to see and a racing-style steering wheel.
If that's not mad enough for you, upgrade to the Radical RXC, the world's most extreme road-legal coupe. A car that can produce its own weight in downforce is perfect for that trip to the shops.
Or maybe that would be a job for the world's fastest taxi? The Skoda Octavia VRS that Skoda tuned to create the fastest 2.0-litre … Read more
Rally cars: They look like the cars you see on the street, but that's pretty much where the similarity ends. We asked Andreas Mikkelsen to teach us to drive his Skoda Fabia S2000 to see how different they are...
The saying goes, "If you don't ask, you don't get," right? It took one slightly tipsy ask at the Skoda Citigo launch to see whether Skoda would be foolish enough to let me have a go in its internationally acclaimed Fabia S2000 rally car. It turns out: yes, we could have a play. Not only that, … Read more
As birthday presents go, Skoda did well for itself when its vRS sub-brand turned 10 in 2011. Rather than releasing a Fabia vRS with some stickers plastered to the side, or an Octavia vRS with a tiny dollop of extra power, Skoda decided to break a world record. It wanted to take an as-close-to-standard-as-possible Octavia vRS to Speed Week in Bonneville and come away with a world record.
The car it took isn't exactly showroom fresh -- the parachute attached to the back isn't on any options list I've ever seen. The engine has been fiddled with … Read more
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Gentlemen, do strollers make you feel like less of a man? Czech-based automotive company Skoda has come up with a solution: the vRS Mega Man-Pram, created to celebrate the launch of the third-generation Octavia vRS family car in the U.K.
The monster 6.5-foot-tall pram comes complete with hydraulic suspension, 20-inch alloy wheels, all-terrain tires, rear-view mirrors, a high-beam headlight, an anti-stress push-bar grip, and high-spec brakes with brake lights. The inside is lined with sports-style upholstery and adjustable lumbar support. … Read more
Škoda today released pictures and information on the MissionL concept, which will be revealed at the 2011 Frankfurt International Motor Show, which runs September 13 to 25.
The MissionL concept is a compact five-door that will be marketed throughout Europe, Russia, and China. The market in India will have its own version of the car, Skoda said in a press release.
With production plans for the MissionL, the Czech Republic-carmaker will increase its sales to 1.5 million vehicles by 2018. Škoda makes seven other models and lists a dozen concepts that are in the works.
"Revealing the look … Read more
This is episode 21 of CNET Roadside Assistance for Thursday, the 14th of July 2011, the show were the Car Tech guys take a moment to field your questions and listen to your comments. We tackle a Skoda question, Antuan's love affair with a 1st Generation Miata, mounting your Droid X, and debate who likes the convertible Nissan Murano.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 021 SHOW NOTES
"Have you heard about the new 16-valve Skoda...it's got eight valves in the engine and eight in the radio." The old ones, as they say, are the oldest--and how times have changed since Skoda was the laughing stock of the auto world. The Czech carmaker, which is part of Volkswagen group, has announced that its flagship Superb sedan (that's its name--we'll have to reserve judgment until we see its official unveiling at this year's Geneva auto show) will come with VW's latest hard-drive-based touch-screen navigation system.
The RNS 510 system, which includes … Read more