Skoda

21 Oct 2019
   I can remember my uncle Jim telling me about how, whilst on holiday, he once went into a Skoda dealer near Bodfari, in North Wales, and tried to crack a joke about a Skoda’s lack of performance. The dealer, no doubt used to a host of such “witty” quips, promptly, and politely reminded him that the Skoda Estelle (the model on sale at the time), thanks to its combination of light weight,...
16 Jul 2017
    A friend of mine, we’ll call him Tim, often asks me if I can come up with a one word review for the car I’m currently driving. Over the years I’ve used words such as imperious, luxurious, capable, charming, swift, brilliant, stunning, dreadful, awful, excellent, challenging, and many more besides to succinctly describe my feelings for everything from Adams to Audis, Fiesta to Ferraris,...
16 Sep 2016
     The top step of the Monte Carlo Rally winner’s podium may have thus-far proved elusive for Skoda, despite many a valiant effort, but nevertheless numerous class wins in other equally arduous events - reliability meant that long before the Czech manufacturer became part of the VW group they took the under-1300cc trophy for seventeen years running in what was once known as the Lombard RAC –...
26 Oct 2015
    Superb (adjective). Of excellent quality; very great. splendid, grand.     You’ve got to be pretty confident if you’re going put a badge on the boot-lid of one of your cars saying that, even if it is your range-topper, but, that’s what Skoda have done, and it’s not the first time either. In the 1930’s even when Skoda were a renowned luxury motor-maker calling one its products The Superb was...
20 Apr 2015
  Think about it. How many superminis currently in production can you name? Corsa, Polo, Ibiza, Yaris, I20, Clio, Jazz, A1, Ibiza, MiTo, 500, DS3… There’s a dozen straight away. It’s not such hard question really is it?     OK, now try this one: How many supermini estates currently in production can you name?    Suddenly the list gets a lot, lot shorter doesn’t it? Full marks if you mentioned the...
24 Mar 2015
     SUVs, they’re everywhere. Qashqais, CR-Vs, Tiguans and Jukes clog up the school-run; Evoques, Q3s, X3s, and Macans do lunch in the more well-to-do parts of town. Suzuki have just announced a new Vitara, Jaguar will build the F-Pace, and even Bentley, Rolls Royce and Maserati are getting in on the act.  The doctor’s got a V60, the local builder drives Sorrento, the window cleaner has just...
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