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Skoda Octavia

Skoda Octavia


Time has grown short in our wait for the 2014 Geneva Auto Show to begin in the little Swiss city of Geneva. The main media festivities are set to take place March 4th and 5th with the show remaining in full swing throughout the week for the general public. There will be plenty of new cars debuting for the first time along with numerous cars with minor updates.

While the actual list is incredibly long, we’ve compiled a condensed version of the main vehicles on display that are either new or show a significant update over their outgoing counterpart. As the event rolls on, we’ll be bringing you the brand new information straight from the automakers regarding their latest models. Be sure to watch out for news on the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge ’s powertrain, Subaru’s plans with the Viziv 2 Concept , and if Volkswagen will bring their Golf GTE to the United States.

Click past the jump for all the info on the 2014 Geneva Auto Show

The Skoda Octavia Scout will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show and it should mark Skoda’s intention of becoming a player in the crossover market.

To be fair to Skoda , the new Octavia Scout does possess some notable elements, even though the crossover does follow some of the same characteristics of its predecessor. The notable rough and sporty exterior is a big plus, given the rather bland public perception the company has in the industry.

More than that, the Octavia Scout also gets a choice of engine and a four-wheel-drive system that should improve the car’s performance and handling credentials.

Whether it’s enough to attract a new segment of buyers is another thing; Skoda still has some work left to do in that regard. But it’s pretty comforting knowing that the company is trying and at this stage in its ascent, you can be sure that it’ll have more surprises for the Octavia Scout when the vehicle makes its debut in Geneva.

Click past the jump to read more about Skoda Octavia Scout

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Every year, hundreds of motoring journalists from all over the world descend upon New York City for the New York International Auto Show . Among the new car reveals, fancy parties and exciting concepts, the New York Auto Show also plays host to the World Car of the Year Awards.

This prestigious award is handed out by a collection of experienced automotive journalists from around the world. Some of this year’s jurors include writers from countries like Japan, Russia, South Africa, China, Australia and more. Overall there are nearly 70 jurors in total.

Some of the previous year’s winners include the Mk VII Volkswagen Golf and the Nissan Leaf .

Of all the cars that were eligible for this year’s award, twelve have been selected as finalists. We have brought together all twelve of the final candidates for you here, and we also included a little bit information about each one.
Which one do you think deserves to win and why? Sound off in the comments below.

Click past the jump to read about the World Car of the Year candidates


Whenever the end of the year is upon us, we all spend enough time to take a break from all the holiday shopping to reflect on the year that was.

The same holds true in the automotive industry, except that instead of merely reminiscing, there are those that are in positions to hand out what they deem are the best cars of the year. Last week, 48 journalists from North America voted on the North American Car and Truck of the Year, whittling down the list to three finalists in each category with the winners being announced at the 2014 North American International Auto Show this coming January.

Well, Europe has its equivalent in the aptly named "Car of the Year jury." It consists of 58 members from 22 countries in Europe with representation depending on a specific country’s market size and its "importance in car manufacturing."

A subjective criteria, but okay, we’ll roll with it.

What’s important is that the list of contenders for the prestigious award has been narrowed down to seven finalists, all of which have as much chance as the other to succeed the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf . The winner will be announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March, giving the "Car of the Year" jury enough time to exhaust every analytical measure possible before making a decision on which car to vote for.

Good luck to all the finalists!

Click past the jump to read about the seven finalists for the Car of the Year award

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It began life as a humble Skoda Octavia , but destiny had different plans for it. The Romanian owner of this car had a wild, almost crazy idea of building what could be the fastest Octavia on the planet.

no need to mention that it is fast, as that is pretty obvious, but we do have to mention that it is fast enough to beat a Nissan GT-R . Mind you, the GT-R is one of the fastest-accelerating, all-wheel drive road cars on sale today. The Skoda in question also happens to have an interesting all-wheel-drive system under its skin.

Ghita Silviu is the Romanian man behind this creation, and he started off with an off-the-shelf Skoda Octavia with front-mounted, transverse engine. This 2.0-liter TFSI engine from a Golf GTI puts out a healthy 200 horsepower in the standard car, but in this example, it churns out a whopping 460 horsepower.

That’s not all, folks. Where the rear seats once lived, there is yet another engine powering the rear wheels. This is the same 2.0-liter TFSI, but with a slightly less intense 330 horsepower. This second engine has a standalone intake, cooling and exhaust systems. The combined output of the two engines is — wait for it — 790 horsepower!

The videos attached with this article prove the fact that this tricked-out Skoda is quicker off the line than a Nissan GT-R. How embarrassing would it feel to be beaten by a Skoda if you happen to be at the wheel of Godzilla, which hits 60 mph in just 2.9 ticks. This monster of an Octavia completes the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. That’s Bugatti Veyron -like performance. Additionally, the Skoda blitzes past 120 mph in nine seconds. Unfortunately, once off the line, we can’t make out who crosses the quarter-mile marker first, so that needs to be investigated as the videos fail to prove the GT-R fell to the mighty Skoda.

Click past the jump to read a little about the production Skoda Octavia and to see more videos of the twin-engine Skoda

Source: Car Throttle
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When Skoda says that the new Octavia vRS is the "fastest road-going skoda Octavia yet", we have to stand up and pay attention.

That’s why it’s important for us to pay heed to the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed this coming July because that’s the event where the all-new Octavia vRS is scheduled to make its world premier.

The car will be based on the new generation Octavia , a car that Skoda had just unveiled earlier this year. Keeping in line with the automaker’s renewed attempt to gain some traction in the industry, the Octavia vRS is being pegged to be longer, wider, and lighter than its predecessor, all important qualities that will make for a pretty interesting vehicle.

Describing the new sporty Octavia, Skoda officials are saying: "Never before has an Octavia RS been so fast and dynamic and yet so spacious, convenient, safe and comfortable as the third generation of our compact sports car."

Updated 06/05/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 07/11/2013: Skoda announced British prices and standard specifications for the new Octavia vRS. Click past the jump to learn them.

Are they right? Click past the jump to find out.

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Skoda Octavia vRS

Earlier this month, Skoda dropped the first teaser video for the new Octavia vRS that set to be unveiled at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 11th through 14th 2013. Today, our spy photographers managed to catch the car testing for the first time, and, as you can see, the prototype caught testing features light camouflage that reveals few details on the model to be unveiled in July.

The car is camouflaged only on major parts and hides the air intakes on the left and right side of the front bumper, as well as the LED fog lights.

The new vRS version will be distinguished by a meaner look, thanks to its tinted headlights, rear spoiler and two bigger exhaust exits.

Rumors suggest that the model will be powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI delivering about 220 horsepower that hooks up to a six-speed manual or a DSG gearbox.

Hit the jump to read more on the new Skoda Octavia vRS.

Last week, we brought you the first spy shots of the upcoming Skoda Octavia Combi . Now it’s time for something a little bit more powerful: the Octavia Combi RS.

When compared to the standard Combi, the RS version will feature a sportier and more aggressive front bumper, and an exhaust system with trapezoidal tailpipes. The production version will also get some bigger wheels to help it ride and handle a little better.

The Octavia RS will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that will deliver a total of 220 horsepower. The engine will be mated to either a six-speed manual or a DSG transmission and there are rumors suggesting the engine will be couple to a four-wheel-drive system.

The standard Octavia Combi will make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but those of you who want a more powerful wagon will need to wait for the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, as this is where the RS version is set to be unveiled.

The next-generation Skoda Octavia made its world debut in December 2012 and the station wagon was the next logical step after the sedan. The wagon, known in Europe as Skoda Octavia Combi, has been caught testing for the first time and, as you can, see it looks pretty similar to the sedan.

What differentiates it from the sedan is its increased sized, which will provide more space for passengers and their cargo. The rest, of course, will remain unchanged and we will see the same design language initially unveiled in the new Rapid .

Under the hood, the engine lineup will remain unchanged and will include newly developed petrol and diesel engines, including the new 1.6-liter TDI engine that delivers a total of 69 mpg.

The new Octavia Combi will make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show with sales to begin in the summer. We’ll keep you updated on all of the latest info.

Skoda has begun testing the next generation Octavia months ago, and today the company finally decided to release the official information of its best sold model ever. The model arrives just two months after the official unveiling of the new Rapid and will be put on sale early in 2013.

The new Skoda Octavia will replace the second generation unveiled back in 2004 and will move from the current A5 (PQ35) platform to the new MQB platform. This is also the platform used for the seventh generation Golf , which means that the next Skoda will share most of its technical parts with the Golf.

The new generation Octavia will be offering a new exterior design language - also seen on the Rapid sedan - and will deliver "lots of room, quality, precise workmanship, modern, mature technology, timeless design, high functionality and the best price-value ratio."

Update 12/11/2012: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs. Hit the jump to read more about the new generation Octavia.


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