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ACCC Chairman discusses VW and other matters
14th October, 2015
“We are still pressing VW Australia to understand the extent of consumer detriment. For example, without the defeat device, how do the actual emissions compare to the relevant Australian Standard? Further, what will be the impact of the proposed “fix” on the vehicles fuel economy and performance?” ..... more

Skoda Fabia: new generation released
12th July, 2015
Third generation Fabia arrives; 1.2 litre hatchback and wagon available; Hatch priced from $15,990* (1.2 litre manual) ..... more

Skoda Superb Outdoor 4x4 due October
17th August, 2014
Distinctive design includes protective front and rear bumper, wheel arches; All-wheel drive drivetrain; Unique black 18-inch ‘Trinity’ anthracite alloy wheels; Fatigue detection system fitted ..... more

Skoda Superb updated
9th July, 2014
The brand's larger model has new design elements, a fresh interior and improved technical features. The fuel consumption and emissions have decreased on both petrol and diesel variants ..... more

Skoda Rapid released
26th June, 2014
Skoda add a small hatchback to their line-up; priced from $18,990* (manual) and $21,890* (automatic) ..... more

Skoda Octavia RS released
18th May, 2014
New petrol and diesel engines; 162 kW Octavia RS 2.0 TSI does 0-100 km/h in 6.8 seconds; Sport suspension with XDL extended electronic differential lock and a multi-link rear axle; Sporty interior and added racing-inspired engine soundtrack ..... more

Skoda Yeti updated
6th May, 2014
Two-wheel drive Yetis feature a new-look front and rear bumper design, while the four-wheel drive Yeti 4x4 Outdoor maintains a more rugged, off-road look ..... more

Skoda's new Octavia released
15th January, 2014
The new Octavia improves Skoda's entrant in the small to mid-size segment. The Skoda Octavia, now in its third generation, was recently released in Australia. The new model features new design, high functionality, innovative safety and comfort systems and the typical Skoda price-value ratio ..... more

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Skoda add a wagon to the Rapid line-up
17th September, 2013
Visually clear and distinct, the Rapid Spaceback has the new Skoda design. Compared with conventional hatchback models, the car appears significantly longer when viewed from the side ..... more

Skoda reveals new Octavia RS
5th June, 2013
Octavia vRS accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds (with manual six-speed gearbox). The new model also provides all the features on offer with the new Skoda Octavia: high functionality, plenty of room, top-safety, state-of-the-art assistance systems in terms of safety and comfort ..... more

Skoda Rapid here in 2013
21st September, 2012
Skoda is resolutely pursuing its model offensive, presenting its new compact saloon, the Skoda Rapid, across Europe shortly and next year in Australia ..... more

Skoda's new Museum
8th July, 2012, 2012
Skoda wants the redesigned museum to allow people to learn about the origins of today’s global brand. The new museum is housed in one of the first Skoda factory buildings ..... more

Skoda Fabia line-up increases
26th June, 2012
The Skoda Fabia model range has been extended to include the roomy Fabia wagon and the sporty Fabia RS hatch and wagon ..... more

Skoda's updated Roomster arrives
22nd June, 2012
In addition to bold styling features the new Roomster introduces a cleaner and more efficient petrol engine that delivers a more rewarding driving experience ..... more

Skoda Yeti offers another engine choice
8th June, 2012
Skoda Yeti is now available with a 112TSI petrol-fuelled engine, adding more choice to the compact SUV line-up which includes the 77TSI and 103TDI variants ..... more

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Skoda Yeti arrives
26th October, 2011
Its mix of two and four-wheel drive, diesel and petrol engines, flexible seating arrangements, high driving position and bold styling mean that, unlike its legendary namesake, Yeti is as at home conquering the urban jungle ..... more

Skoda Citigo for Europe in 2012
7th October, 2011
Skoda is continuing its growth offensive by revealing its new city car, the Citigo. The brand's new model will make its debut in its domestic market, the Czech Republic, before the end of this year ..... more

Skoda Fabia released
21st September, 2011
The Skoda Fabia is now on Australian shores. The combination of low running costs, advanced powertrain technology and Skoda’s traditional value for money makes Fabia a welcome newcomer to the expansive Australian new car market ..... more

Skoda Superb line-up increases
18th August, 2011
Skoda is offering a new entry point to its Superb model range. Additionally, the availability of four-wheel drive has expanded ..... more

Skoda Yeti price announced
8th July, 2011
Thanks to a ground clearance of 180 millimetres and a four-wheel-drive system that incorporates a fourth generation Haldex clutch, the Yeti is intended for those who want to venture a little way off the beaten track for light-duty off-roading ..... more

Skoda Fabia confirmed for Australia
1st July, 2011
The Skoda Fabia has now been confirmed for an Australian release later this year. The combination of low running costs, advanced powertrain technology and Skoda’s legendary value for money make the Fabia a welcome new-comer to the market ..... more

VW & GAZ for Russian collaboration
16th June, 2011
Volkswagen and the GAZ Group have, on 14th June 2011, signed an agreement to assemble Volkswagen and Škoda models under contract at the GAZ plant in Nizhny Novgorod (Russia) ..... more

Skoda at GTI Meet
6th June, 2011
This year’s GTI-Treffen in Reifnitz, by Lake Wörthersee, attracted car tuning enthusiasts from all over Europe for the thirtieth time at the beginning of June, and Skoda once again was in the thick of the action, showcasing the Fabia RS 2000 design concept ..... more

Skoda Octavia Scout updated
31st March, 2011
The Octavia Scout 4x4 is broadening its range and now includes the highly-efficient DSG transmission and a top-of-the-range premium model ..... more

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Skoda at London to Brighton Veteran Car Run
5th November, 2010
An example of the first Skoda model ever produced, the Voiturette A, is in the UK for the very first time this week-end to take part in the world famous London to Brighton Veteran Car Run (LBVCR) ..... more

Skoda Yeti ... not yet, but later
17th October, 2010
Skoda's SUV, the Yeti, is characterised by a unique design, safety and functionality and is intended as a contender in the compact SUV segment ..... more

Revised engine line-up for Skoda Octavia
26th August, 2010
Skoda is introducing the 90TSI engine to the Octavia line-up in Australia adding a new entry point to the Škoda range at $24,990* ..... more

Skoda Octavia RS road test (copyright image)

Skoda Octavia RS

24th June, 2010

Skoda Superb wagon here now
24th May, 2010
An interesting feature of the new Superb wagon is the optional electrically-operated tailgate. This is delivered with an automatic retractable luggage compartment cover ..... more

Skoda at Beijing Motor Show
22nd April, 2010
China is currently expected to become the world's largest automotive market in 2010, with over 10 million cars sold in the country, and Škoda also sees it as their number-one market ..... more

Skoda's record year in 2009
28th March, 2010
Despite difficult market conditions, Škoda Auto was one of the few car manufacturers to achieve record sales in 2009. Overall it supplied its customers with 684,226 cars, 1.4% more than in 2008 ..... more

Skoda Roomster's new 'face'
21st March, 2010
The face lifted look of the Roomster is underlined by a new radiator grille and 3D-shaped headlamps that have been considerably widened to highlight the horizontal line of the vehicle's front ..... more

Skoda considering new Fabia RS for Australia
4th March, 2010
For the first time ever, Skoda Auto is using a double-supercharged, four cylinder petrol engine providing 132 kW in an engine of just 1.4 litres ..... more

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New Skoda Octavia Scout on sale
15th September, 2009
Now the Octavia Scout joins the new Octavia and the new Octavia RS in receiving a design update as it progresses into the second half of its 'lifecycle' ..... more

Euro NCAP: Five Stars for Skoda Yeti
27th August, 2009
The Skoda Yeti's top-class safety test results include those of a “whiplash test”, a new category established this year to assess the stability of the seats and the degree of protection of the occupants from cervical spine injuries in rear impacts ..... more

Skoda releases new Octavia RS
25th August, 2009
Although local sales have never achieved targets, Skoda Australia's new-look Octavia RS models is set for release in coming days ..... more

Skoda Superb Released
26th June, 2009
It is not only the most luxurious car Skoda has ever built, it is one that sets new standards for quality, practicality, design and value ..... more

Skoda Auto Finishes Quarter One in Profit
31st May, 2009
Skoda Auto new car orders have increased in many markets: in Europe orders increased 27% with Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland doing particularly well ..... more

Skoda Yeti Production Commences
18th May, 2009
The first Skoda Yeti rolled off the assembly line at Skoda’s Kvasiny, Czech Republic plant on Tuesday 12th May, 2009 ..... more

Skoda reveals new faces of Octavia RS and Octavia Scout
22nd April, 2009
Skoda Auto last night released the first images of the facelifted Octavia RS and Octavia Scout ..... more

Skoda and Volkswagen Open A Plant in Pune, India
1st April, 2009
The Pune plant will begin making the Skoda Fabia in May 2009. A hatchback version of the Volkswagen Polo specially developed for the Indian market will be added from 2010 ..... more

Skoda Octavia For 2009
25th March, 2009
To give the new Skoda Octavia broader market appeal, the engine line-up has been updated with two new petrol engines and one diesel variant ..... more

Skoda Yeti Revealed In Geneva
4th March, 2009
Compact, attractively styled and full of surprises: Skoda will celebrate the extension of its range to five with the introduction of Yeti at the Geneva Motor Show ..... more

Skoda Fabia Scout Uncovered
20th February, 2009
The design of the brand new Skoda Fabia Scout includes distinct features and attractive protective elements, giving this functional and economical car, new emotional dimensions ..... more

Skoda to unveil Yeti at Geneva Motor Show
13th February, 2009
Yeti is designed for both urban and leisure driving and features state-of-the-art technology that ensures excellent behaviour on the road and great riding qualities off-road ..... more

Skoda Auto's Sales Grew By 7.1% In 2008
25th January, 2009
The Company's sales grew primarily thanks to the markets in China and Eastern Europe ..... more

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Skoda Auto Opens New Technology Centre
29th December, 2008
Skoda Auto's brand new technology centre has been opened in Mladá Boleslav by Volkswagen AG BOD Chairman Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn and Škoda Auto's BOD Chairman Reinhard Jung, and Dr. Eckhard Scholz, BOD Member for Technological Development ..... more

Skoda's New Octavia For 2009
26th November, 2008
The new model will feature an extensive exterior and interior facelift, bringing the highly regarded model up to date with the brand’s expanding range ..... more

Skoda Launches Octavia RS TDI
30th October, 2008
Skoda Australia has added a new variant to its Octavia model line-up – the high performance Octavia RS TDI ..... more

Skoda To Add High-Performance Diesel Option To Octavia RS
13th October, 2008
Skoda Australia will add a new TDI engine variant to its exciting Octavia RS range, thus continuing their expansion programme ..... more

Skoda Octavia Scout review (copyright image)

Skoda Octavia Scout

1st October, 2008

Skoda Adds Scout To Octavia Range
19th September, 2008
Skoda is broadening the appeal of its Octavia line-up even further with the introduction of an exciting new product – Octavia Scout 4x4, which is an all-wheel drive version of the highly regarded Skoda Octavia wagon ..... more

Skoda Octavia RS road test (copyright image)

Skoda Octavia RS

14th September, 2008

Skoda Roomster road test (copyright image)

Skoda Roomster

22nd August, 2008

Skoda Auto's sales over the first six months have grown by 17.9%
20th July, 2008
Skoda Auto's sales over the first six months of 2008 have grown by 17.9% as compared with last year, reaching 366,686 vehicles in total ..... more

Skoda Octavia road test (copyright image)

Skoda Octavia 1.9 TDI

18th July, 2008


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Skoda at the Tour de France for the Fifth Time
9th July, 2008
Skoda Auto is acting as the Main Partner of the Tour de France for the fifth time this year ..... more

Carlos Sainz Joins The Fabia Super 2000 Test Programme
18th June, 2008
Two time world champion Carlos Sainz, joined experienced test drivers Jan Kopecký and Raimund Baumschlager; the team recently tested the competition version of the Fabia Super 2000 in Austria ..... more

Skoda Announces New Ambassador Partnership with Cyclist, Phil Anderson
1st June, 2008
Skoda and one of Australia’s leading cycling participants, Phil Anderson, both share a real passion and commitment to cycling ..... more

Five Euro-NCAP Stars For The New Skoda Superb
29th May, 2008
The new Skoda Superb has received five stars in independent crash tests performed by Euro-NCAP. One of the factors to have contributed to the highest possible rating is a knee airbag ..... more

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Skoda Octavia

16th May, 2008

Skoda Claims Second Place In Quality Survey
9th May, 2008
Škoda owners are so happy with their cars that they have placed the manufacturer second in the 2008 JD Power & Associates Customer Satisfaction Survey. The company has now featured in the top five of the survey for 13 years in a row ..... more

Sales Boom Continues For Skoda
27th April, 2008
In Australia, the Czech brand continues to impress customers and the media alike, with the Next Car editor (Stephen Walker) indicating that the air conditioning system in the Skoda Octavia is the most effective automotive air conditioning he has experienced ..... more

Skoda Roomster review

Skoda Roomster

27th March, 2008

Škoda Wins 'Driver Power' Again
21st March, 2008
The UK seems to enjoy Škoda. The Czech brand has scooped first place in the Auto Express Driver Power survey… for the second year in succession ..... more

Skoda Auto Manufactures Its Two Millionth Octavia
12th March, 2008
On Monday 10th March, 2008, Škoda Auto produced its two-millionth Skoda Octavia, at its factory in Vrchlabí ..... more

Škoda To Support Ice Hockey World Championships In Australia
25th February, 2008
Škoda has supported the world championship as the main sponsor and exclusive "official vehicle" for fourteen years now; the sponsorship contract was recently extended until 2011 ..... more

Skoda Celebrates 100 Years Of Competition
21st February, 2008
Skoda Auto indirectly celebrated 100 years since one of the most successful periods of its competition history ..... more


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Škoda Auto Starts Testing Fabia Super 2000
20th February, 2008
Škoda Auto has started testing the first prototype of the Škoda Fabia Super 2000 ..... more

Škoda Superb – More Than New Design
31st January, 2008
The new Škoda Superb successor to Škoda Auto's existing flagship that will premiere at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show offers new design elements, smart technological solutions and new engines ..... more

Skoda Superb: More Details Emerging
10th January, 2008
Additional details on the all-new Skoda Superb are emerging.  Offering generous interior space and a striking new look, the 2008 Superb looks set to shake up the upper medium segment ..... more

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New Skoda Superb Confirmed For Australia
13th December, 2007
The current Skoda Superb is not available on the Australian market. However, with the worldwide success of the brand continuing at 'full speed ahead' it was inevitable that the local management would seize the opportunity to add the new model to the Australian line-up ..... more

Škoda Fabia Goes Sporty
2nd December, 2007
Škoda has unveiled a new addition to its European Fabia line-up: the Sport ..... more

Volkswagen Starts Vehicle Assembly In Russia
30th November, 2007
Volkswagen Passat and Skoda Octavia models, the first vehicles to be assembled in Russia, jointly left the assembly line during a ceremony attended by over 600 invited guests from business, industry and politics ..... more

Skoda's New Large Car Tested & Revealed In Death Valley
9th November, 2007
The extreme conditions of the American desert were the setting for a test of two prototypes for the new generation of Škoda Superb model ..... more

Škoda Fabia Snaps up Scotland’s Small Car of the Year Award
28th October, 2007
The “small but perfectly formed” Skoda Fabia impressed the judges of the 2007 Scottish Car of the Year Awards so much that they crowned the new stylish super-mini their Scottish Small Car of the Year ..... more

Skoda Octavia: Exclusively European, Ultimately Affordable
19th October, 2007
The Octavia is Skoda’s top-selling model and, now, the popular mid-size hatchback and wagon is available in Australia ..... more

Skoda Roomster Released Locally
15th October, 2007
The ultimate practical family car? Since its international launch last year in Geneva, the Roomster has been critically acclaimed across Europe. It has won Car of the Year in Estonia, Finland and Bulgaria, and Family Car of the Year in Sweden and Belgium. Production capacity is currently being ramped up to meet global demand levels ..... more

Skoda Arrives In Australia
14th October, 2007
"Skoda will re-engineer the value equation surrounding the European driving experience," said Head of Škoda Australia Matthew Wiesner. "Our vehicles are engaging, refined and packed with exactly the kind of equipment today's discerning buyers demand. Add ultra-sharp pricing and Skoda's underlying value is unbeatable." ..... more

Skoda Yeti Coming In 2009
1st October, 2007
Production of Škoda’s fifth model line is due to start in 2009 and many new jobs will be provided in the firm’s home country following the announcement ..... more

Skoda Backs Tour Down Under
29th August, 2007
The Tour Down Under has welcomed Škoda Auto, subsidiary of one of the most successful automotive companies in the world, Volkswagen AG, to the peloton in 2008, after confirming major sponsorship of the event for the next three years ..... more

Worldwide Skoda Sales Continue Upward Trend
17th July, 2007
Within months, Skoda cars will be on sale in Australia. In the meantime, the brand has announced unit sales of over 311,000 cars worldwide in the first six months of 2007. This represents a 13% increase over the same period last year .... more

Skoda Ranks High On Customer Satisfaction
28th May, 2007
Skoda, the European brand which is returning to the Australian market later this year, has been making news (again) in the UK ..... more

Volkswagen's New Record
19th April, 2007
The Volkswagen Group delivered more vehicles to customers during the first three months of 2007 than in any previous quarter. The Group sold 1.47 million vehicles worldwide ..... more

Record Sales At Skoda
17th April, 2007
Compared with last year, sales have grown by 14.8% and the last year's growth trend at Škoda Auto continues unabated ahead of the re-introduction of the brand to the Australian market later this year ..... more

Skoda's Australian Launch Confirmed
16th March, 2007
Models chosen for a 2007 release in Australia are the trendy Roomster and the popular Octavia sedan and wagon ..... more

Record Year For Škoda in 2006
16th January, 2007
International production rocketed to over 500,000 units. This is an incredible achievement given that in 1995 Škoda only built around 208,000 cars ..... more

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Škoda Fabia For 2007
12th December, 2006
Meet Europe's new Škoda Fabia, not only does it have a modern, youthful look that reflects Škoda’s unique design direction, but the new Fabia is also one of the most practical and spacious vehicles in its class ..... more

Skoda Roomster Scout
30th November, 2006
Following the international debut of the Octavia Scout at September’s Paris Motor Show, Škoda Auto has announced the Roomster Scout - a brand new version of the compact MPV ..... more

2005: Skoda’s Most Successful Year .. Ever!
13th March, 2006
The Škoda Auto Group has just announced financial results which show that 2005 was the group’s most successful ever trading period ..... more

Skoda Roomster To Debut At Geneva Motor Show
27th January, 2006
Skoda Auto has revealed the first pictures of the new Skoda Roomster, the brand’s fourth model line. Not only does the Roomster represent Škoda’s move into a new market segment, but also a new development stage as the century-old brand starts on its next hundred years ..... more

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Record Year For Skoda
28th December, 2005
As early as a month before the end of the year, Skoda Auto managed to break its own annual sales record achieved last year ..... more

Skoda Sales Success
28th October, 2005
Skoda continues its positive sales trend. A total of 369,652 customers bought Skoda Fabia, Octavia and Superb cars over the first nine months of 2005 ..... more

Fastest Ever Skoda
31st July, 2005
The fastest and most powerful production vehicle ever made by Skoda is one step closer to production ..... more

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