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Skoda Teases the RS Vision Concept That Will Debut at the Paris Motor Show

Skoda Teases the RS Vision Concept That Will Debut at the Paris Motor Show

To paraphrase Buzz Lightyear - RS, RS everywhere

Skoda is going berserk with making powerful production cars lately. Hardly a week after announcing the first SUV to get the vRS moniker, Skoda has now RS-ed the Vision Concept as well. The Skoda Vision RS is a five-door hatchback that will be showcased to the world at the Paris Motor Show.

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Pops' Rants: Skoda Just Ruined the "RS" Badge

Pops’ Rants: Skoda Just Ruined the "RS" Badge

You’re dead to me!

I really can’t remember when an automaker used the "RS" badge on a car for the first time, but I recall some Porsche and Alpine race cars from the 1950s and 1960s. You shouldn’t expect me to remember this kind of stuff anyway. Ya know, old people tend to forget a lot. Anyway, I specifically remember that RS-badged cars, be them road-legal or race-ready, have always been synonymous with performance. Well, Skoda just ruined that with the Kodiaq vRS.

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Skoda Teases the Kodiaq vRS; Promises Reveal at Paris Motor Show

Skoda Teases the Kodiaq vRS; Promises Reveal at Paris Motor Show

The car has garnered our attention already

Skoda has finally thrown some light on the first vRS SUV from its stable. The Kodiaq vRS will be unveiled at the upcoming Paris Motor Show in October. Skoda has released two official pictures, giving us a preview of what to expect from the explosive beast. The Czech automaker is also set to reveal the new vRS logo! Excited much?

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2019 Skoda Kodiaq vRS

2019 Skoda Kodiaq vRS

Not so powerful though...

Introduced in 2016, the Kodiaq is Skoda’s first ever SUV and it’s about to become the company’s first crossover to bear the "vRS" logo. A performance mark made famous by the Octavia a couple of decades ago, the "vRS" badge returns with a new design and, for the first time, on a diesel engine.

The Skoda Kodiaq vRS is approaching its autumn reveal, and with a few months left, before that fateful moment arrives, the SUV has been spotted going about in the Alps in full production view. The spy shots leave little to the imagination as we can see the Kodiaq vRS dressed in a flashy red color with what appears to be a set of 20-inch wheels. The performance SUV will make its debut at the 2018 Paris Motor Show in October.

Update 8\23\2018:Skoda has dropped two teaser images and some specs for the new Kodiaq vRS. Check out the latest details in the "drivetrain" section below.

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2019 Skoda Karoq Sportline

2019 Skoda Karoq Sportline

Sporty with unique touches and a new powerful engine

Only days after Skoda introduced the exceptional pseudo-off-road Karoq Scout, the Czech company is gifting us with an all-new version - the Karoq Sportline. It is a sporty interpretation of the compact SUV destined to make its way all over European cities with the character of a happy, raspy crossover, presented here in dashing red. The Karoq Sportline ditched many off-road centric features and embraced gear usually associated with sportier cars from Skoda.

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Skoda Karoq Scout Revealed As An Off-road Eager Crossover

Skoda Karoq Scout Revealed As An Off-road Eager Crossover

With Standard AWD And Protective Body Claddings

Prepared for the unveiling at the Paris Motor Show early in October, the new Skoda Karoq Scout brings a bit more rugged character fused with the known Scout additions adapted for the latest small Skoda crossover. The Scout within the Skoda lineup is something like the Allroad with the Audi line of cars or Volvo’s Cross Country. The Scout line of additions has been a backbone for Skoda cars for some time now. Even the latest Kodiaq SUV got it. The Karoq, which proved to be one of the most popular new Skoda cars, received much the same additions as the Kodiaq sporting a clearly off-road-centered nature.

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2018 Škoda Kodiaq Scout

2018 Škoda Kodiaq Scout

There’s more to the Skoda Kodiaq Scout than meets the eye

The Skoda Kodiaq Scout represents a remarkable achievement for the Czech automaker. Lost in the madness that is the crossover and SUV segments, the Kodiaq Scout manages to create a little niche of its own. It’s not as premium as a BMW X1 or an Audi Q2. It doesn’t even have the status and name recall of volume models like the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5.Instead, the Kodiaq Scout sits in a sweet point that covers the different needs customer have for the segment. Essentially, it’s compact SUV with enough space, functionality, and practicality. It even costs a pittance, at least relative to the other models already mentioned. You may not want to hear from Skoda, but the Kodiaq Scout is making a loud impression.

Continue reading to learn more about the Škoda Kodiaq Scout.

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2018 Skoda Karoq

2018 Skoda Karoq

Czech SUV is ready to take a bite out of the competition

The Skoda Karoq isn’t as popular as models like the Honda CR-V and the Hyundai Tucson, but that could all change once people get to know this SUV and what it has to offer. Unlike some of its rivals, the Karoq can’t rely on its legacy because it doesn’t have one. What Skoda has done, though, is give the Karoq a good platform from which to stand on. It’s a well-packaged SUV that surprisingly has a lot to offer to customers in this segment. Most of all, the Karoq is proof that, even if Skoda isn’t as much of a household name as others, it has the ability to reach that level, thanks in large part to its new SUV.

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Pops' Rants: Nurburgring Records You Should Know About

Pops’ Rants: Nurburgring Records You Should Know About

Marketing for the win!

Oh look, we have a new Nurburgring record for seven-seat SUVs. Nope, it’s not a super-fast benchmark set by BMW or Audi, companies that have actual performance seven-seat SUVs, but a boringly slow record set by... wait for it... Skoda. Yes, a company with limited global availability drove a diesel-powered, somewhat performance-oriented SUV on the ’Ring to set a record for a class that no one cares about. And it’s damn slow too at 9:29.84 minutes. I bet SUV enthusiasts will take the showrooms by storm to buy the 236-horsepower Kodiaq RS later this year.

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The Skoda Kodiaq RS Sets Nurburgring Record for Seven-Seat SUVs

The Skoda Kodiaq RS Sets Nurburgring Record for Seven-Seat SUVs

It’s slower than you’d think!

The Skoda Kodiak RS has yet to break cover as a production model, but the SUV just set a Nurburgring record for seven-seat haulers. The slightly beefed-up SUV completed the iconic Nordschleife in 9:29.84 minutes with race driver Sabine Schmitz behind the wheel.

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Armored Skoda Superb

Armored Skoda Superb

Does it come with airbags as well?

We’ve seen bullet-proof sedans and SUVs, but how about a bullet-proof estate? Yep, Skoda has developed an armored Superb Estate, which meets the PAS 300 requirements for ballistic and blast protection. Skoda collaborated with a U.K.-based company to build this unusual estate, and it costs a bomb! (Pun intended). Is there anything else different, apart from the new, stronger body?

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Video of the Day: Tearing Down a 430,000-Mile Engine

Video of the Day: Tearing Down a 430,000-Mile Engine

What did they find?

High-mileage engines are something special. It’s not uncommon to see an engine go beyond 200,000 miles these days, but there was a time when anything above 250,000 that didn’t sport a Honda badge, meant you had to pray to the car gods it would start and get you to work each day. In this video, we’re looking at the teardown of a running engine from a Skoda Octavia – one that has amassed a total of 430,000 miles or just over 692,000 kilometers. The good news is that, once the teardown is complete, the mechanic on duty is giving the old girl a full rebuild to provide this 430,000-mile beast a new (hopefully long) lease on life. But, I’ll stop there and let you see what it looks like on the inside for yourself. Go ahead and click play, then fill up our comments section with stories about your highest-mileage car.

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Production of the Skoda Karoq is Moving to Germany Due to Overwhelming Demand

Production of the Skoda Karoq is Moving to Germany Due to Overwhelming Demand

We all know the best things are made in Germany... except for video games, of course.

The release of the Skoda Karoq has become the equivalent of the Czech brand striking oil, which has never been more evident than now as the brand has to move production of the Karoq yet again, this time to Germany where it will be built beside the Volkswagen Tiguan, the Porsche Cayman, and the upcoming Volkswagen T-Roc Convertible. This is the second move for Karoq as production originally started at the company’s Kvasiny plant, but it couldn’t keep up with demand, so Skoda moved production to its main plant in Mlada Boleslav. Even that plant couldn’t keep up, so it’s time for the Volkswagen Group to pick up the slack over in Germany. That’s right; the Karoq will soon fly a made-in-German flag. Any bets that Skoda didn’t think the Karoq would be that big of a hit?

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