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Skoda Yeti Facelift

Skoda took the wraps off the Yeti facelift at the 2014 Auto Expo in February. It was earlier unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and currently is on sale in a few international markets. The Indian car market might get this urban SUV in the second half of this year.
Exterior
The new Yeti gets a similar treatment as the new Superb. The front fascia features a new grille, rectangular-shaped headlight with optional bi-xenons and LED DRLs at the front. At the back we can see a revised tailgate and C-shaped tail lamps with optional LEDs. There are many other changes like tweaked bumpers, rear panels and new side protective mouldings. The vehicle also gets reworked 16-inch alloy wheels.
Interior
There are not many changes inside, but the revisions to the cabin include new fabric upholstery, decorative trim pieces and a new dashboard. The company has equipped the car with a three-spoke steering wheel similar to the one on the Superb. The other features include a new tyre pressure monitoring system, electrically adjustable driver seat and cruise control along with keyless entry and start.
Engine and Gearbox
Mechanically, the car remains the same with the choice of two diesel engines. This means both the 2.0-litre oil-burner versions have been carried over. The 108bhp mill comes mated to a five-speed manual gearbox and delivers power to the front wheels. On the other hand, the 138bhp motor is mated to a six-speed manual transmission and is available as a four-wheel-drive variant.
Competition and Price
Skoda Yeti falls into the niche segment of cars in India and the carmaker might price the revamped Yeti in the range of Rs 16 lakh to Rs 19 lakh for the Indian car market.

THE SKODA’S SUV IN INDIA – YETI

       SKODA YETI

                                               Here’s introducing the newest member of the Škoda family- The Škoda Yeti. Having won a range of awards across Europe, we are sure the car will be successful in winning hearts across India too. In fact, after having exhibited the Yeti at the Auto Expo 2010 in New Delhi, we have received a phenomenal response from potential customers!

With a 2 litre TDI CR (Common Rail) engine and a 6-speed manual transmission featuring an advance real-time four-wheel drive system, the Yeti is simply irresistible.

SAFETY

The Škoda Yeti excels at offering high level of safety, but also at the wide – ranging use of modern technology. A host of electronic stability systems such as ABS, EBD, HBA, ASR, TCS, EDL, ESP – involuntarily engage themselves when the need arises to ensure stability. Among many other things, the Yeti is equipped with 6 airbags and corner function for fog lamps.

SPACE MANAGEMENT

The concept of three independent rear seats VarioFlex provides a wide range of options for arranging the internal and luggage space. You can therefore take advantage of a volume from 146 to 1,760 litres. For the first time, a Škoda’s luggage space has the option of three solutions for the floor and the fixing system with horizontal bars and movable hooks.
   

Safety
  • Driver, passenger front, side and curtain airbags
  • Passenger airbag with switch-off function
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Alarm system with interior monitoring and back-up horn


Function

  • Height and reach adjustable four spoke steering wheel
  • Halogen projector headlights with DE-module


Equipment

  • Varioflex seating
  • Black roof rails
  • Tyre repair set (compressor 12 V + bottle with the adhesive filling)
  • Front electric windows
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors

Comfort
  • Remote central locking (with 2 keys)
  • Manual air conditioning with automatic regulation
  • Height-adjustable driver and passenger seat
  • Radio Stream – 2 DIN with integrated single CD player

Design
  • 16″ ‘Rif’ steel wheels 7Jx16
  • Black door mirrors and door handles
  • Black protective side mouldings
  • Decorative ‘Graphite’ inserts on dashboard


Equipment – S (over E)

Safety
  • Driver’s knee airbag
  • Front fog lights


Function

  • n/a


Equipment

  • Rear electric windows


Design

  • 16″ ‘Spectrum’ alloy wheels 7Jx16


Equipment – SE (over and above S)

Safety
  • Warning lights in front doors


Function

  • Halogen headlights and manually height-adjustable headlights
  • Integrated headlight washers


Equipment

  • Jumbo box
  • SunSet privacy glass
  • Maxi-dot trip computer


Comfort

  • 4-spoke multi-functional leather steering wheel for radio
  • Dual-zone air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Additional 4 loudspeakers rear
  • Radio Bolero – 2 DIN with integrated CD changer (6 CD), can play MP3 recordings
  • Acoustic rear parking sensors


Design

  • 17″ ‘Dolomite’ alloy wheels 7J×17”
  • Body coloured door mirrors and door handles
  • Small leather package (steering wheel, gearshift lever, hand brake grip)

Equipment – Elegance (over and above SE)
Safety
  • ESP incl. ABS+EBD+EBC+ASR+EDL+HBA+DSR+ESBS (standard for 4×4)
  • Off road button (4×4 only)
  • Hill hold control (only with ESP, standard for 1.2 105bhp DSG)
  • Front fog lights with Corner function


Function

  • Integrated headlight washers
  • Bi-xenon headlights with cornering function and dynamic angle control
  • Light assistant (Coming home, leaving home, tunnel light, day light running lights)


Equipment

  • Boarding spots integrated to door mirrors
  • Rain sensor and auto-dimming rear view mirror


Comfort

  • 4-spoke multi-functional leather steering wheel for radio and telephone
  • Telephone pre-installation GSM II with Bluetooth
  • Double lumbar supports (front)
  • Heated front seats


Design

  • 17″ ‘Spitzberg’ polished alloy wheels 7J×17”
  • Full leather upholstery
  • Decorative ‘Cosmic’ inserts on dashboard

Skoda Yeti Price in India —

Price in New Delhi – Rs. 15,40,000 – Rs. 16,62,000/

THE SKODA SUPERB

  SKODA SUPERB

                                                            Skoda Superb is a perfect amalgamation of design, luxury, performance, and safety. Skoda Superb is thoughtfully conceptualized and uniquely designed. Its tiptronic automatic transmission makes it possible to navigate effortlessly through city traffic. The climatronic airconditioning adds more driving pleasure  to Skoda Superb. Skoda Superb is equipped with latest generation of active safety features. The Anti-Braking System (ABS) prevents wheels from locking, even  in hard or sudden braking.
The four models of Skoda Superb launched in India are Superb 1.8 TSI, Superb 1.8 TSI MT, Superb 2.0 TDI PDA and Superb 3.6 FSI all that falls in price range of 18 lakhs to 26 lakhs. Skoda Superb is a 5 seater sedan has a spectacular design, both elegant and refined that brings it at par with global standards. The car range launched in India includes both petrol and diesel engines. It is currently the largest and most luxurious model in Skoda’s lineup. The modern Skoda Superb is based upon a special Chinese version of the Volkswagen Passat which has been stretched by 10 cm. This all equates to extra passenger space, giving it more rear legroom than even some of the larger offering by BMW and Mercedes.

Skoda Superb is certainly designed to keep its passengers happy. Interior trim is more or less taken straight from the Passat. There is full climate control and this can be diverted into various storage compartments in order to keep food and drinks cool. There are also air vents in the rear of the vehicle, again the keep those passengers completely satisfied. The stereo consists of a single in-dash CD player and radio. It is a standard Volkswagen unit and used in VWs, Audis, Seats and Skodas.

                                                 Comfort-wise Skoda Superb is a lovely car to drive. The seats are firm and supportive and the steering can be adjusted for both rake and height. The controls are all logically placed and easy to use. The Superb is available with several petrol and diesel engines. The base model, the Classic, is available with a 1.9 litre TDI turbodiesel rated at 74 kW, or a 2.0 litre I4 engine rated at 85 kW. The Comfort and Elegance models are offered with a with a 1.8T (110 kW) Petrol or either a 142 kW V6 2.8 litre petrol engine, or a 2.5 litre TDI rated at 120 kW. Transmissions available are a six-speed manual or five-speed tiptronic.
ECONOMY
                                      The engines of the Skoda Superb models instantly feels lively. The body shape and technology used in engine making have been designed with the aim of reducing the air resistance coefficient; as a result the fuel consumption is reduced and you get better mileage. Skoda 1.8 TSI pterol engine gives a mileage of 9.8kpl in city and 14kpl on highway while 2.0 diesel engine gives mileage of 9.4kpl in city and 13.2kpl on highway.The top end variant 3.6 V6 petrol gives mileage of 6.1kpl in city and 11kpl on highway.

FEATURES 

  • Seven airbags
  • Alarm with interior monitoring and tilt sensor
  • Light Assistant (Coming home, tunnel and daylight functions)
  • Split folding rear seats
  • Remote central locking
  • Climatic air conditioning
  • Radio with single CD + MP3
  • Electric front and rear windows
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • 16”  ‘Spectrum’ alloy wheels
  • ESP
  • Twindoor

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine
Engine type: Petrol engine, V-engine, liquid cooling system, DOHC, 5 valves per cylinder, longitudinally installed in front (V6 2.5 TDl/120 kW (A) Petrol)
turbocharged diesel engine, V-engine, liquid cooling system, direct injection, DOHC, longitudinally installed in front (V6 2.5 TDl/120 kW (A) Diesel)
Cylinders: 6
Displacement [cm3]: 2771(V6 2.5 TDl/120 kW (A) Petrol), 2496(V6 2.5 TDl/120 kW (A) Diesel)
Max. engine performance/revs [kW (bhp) at rpm]: 142(193)/6000(V6 2.5 TDl/120 kW (A) Petrol), 120(163)/4000(V6 2.5 TDl/120 kW (A) Diesel)
Max. torque/revs [Nm at rpm]: 280/3200(V6 2.5 TDl/120 kW (A) Petrol), 350/1250(V6 2.5 TDl/120 kW (A) Diesel)
Fuel injection system: electronic multipoint fuel injection MPI(V6 2.5 TDl/120 kW (A) Petrol), electronically controlled direct injection(V6 2.5 TDl/120 kW (A) Diesel)
Ignition: microprocessor controlled electronic ignition system
Emission compliance: Bharat Stage III

Transmission
Wheel drive: front wheel drive
Clutch: hydrodynamic converter
Transmission: five-speed automatic transmission Tiptronic

Chassis
Front axle: multi-element with four transverse control arms and torsion stabiliser
Rear axle: compound link crank-axle with torsion stabiliser
Braking system: hydraulic dual-diagonal circuit braking system vacuum assisted with Dual Rate system
Brake – front: disc brakes with inner cooling, with single/piston floating caliper
Brake – rear: disc brakes
Steering system: rack and pinion steering power assisted
Wheels: 7.0J x 16″
Tyres: 205/55 R16

Body
Body: 4 door, three compartment, 5 seater
Drag coefficient cw: 0.30

Outside dimensions
Length [mm]: 4803
Width [mm]: 1765
Height [mm]: 1489
Wheel base [mm]: 2803
Ground clearance [mm]: 146

Inside dimensions
Storage capacity [l]: 462
Storage capacity with rear seat back folded down [l]: 945

Weights
Kerb weight [kg]: 1551-1653(V6 2.5 TDl/120 kW (A) Petrol), 1604 – 1706(V6 2.5 TDl/120 kW (A) Diesel)
Payload [kg]: 585-483
Total weight [kg]: 2136(V6 2.5 TDl/120 kW (A) Petrol), 2189(V6 2.5 TDl/120 kW (A) Diesel)

Liquids
Tank capacity [l]: 62

PRICES

Model                                 Mumbai    Delhi    Chennai
Skoda Superb 2.8 V6 20.27 19.76     20.23
Skoda Superb 2.5 TDI 20.29 21.74     20.25

THE SKODA FABIA

    SKODA FABIA

                                      Skoda Fabia is considered India’s first Super Hatch by its manufacturers. The car has a huge passenger and cargo space designed with premium looks. It is comfortable and has as much room like any big luxury car. Skoda Fabia comes in petrol and diesel variants. Skoda Fabia with its dynamic and stylish looks is in great demand these days. The look of the Skoda Fabia is very robust, sporty and aggressive that attracts a huge crowd towards it.

                                             The car with its elegant exteriors and interiors give style and sophistication to it. The exterior of the Skoda Fabia with sleek body graphics and chrome finishing radiator grille makes the look more dynamic and sporty. The logo on the bonnet of the car exhibits its brand value. The roomy and spacious interiors of the car are very impressive with dual tone interior makes the look more stylish and classy. The overall look of the Skoda Fabia is very elegant and irresistible.

                                     Skoda Auto, the Cez manufacturer of the Volkswagen Group is known to develop and manufacture premium automobiles for the world market. From the year 2001, Skoda Auto’s Indian operations began and the company has not looked back ever since. In the year 2008, Skoda introduced its second generation Skoda Fabia in India. This 5-door large hatchback has been a successful model with over 15 lakh units sold in Europe and other countries. Skoda Fabia has a chassis that has a sophisticated front McPherson strut suspension along with a strong lower A-arm and non-independent rear suspension. Skoda has kept the condition of Indian roads in the forefront while designing Skoda Fabia for the Indian market.

                                             The newly added family member in Skoda Fabia family, New Skoda Fabia, is available with three engine options including 1.2 litre MPI 75 bhp petrol engine, 1.2 litre TDI,CR 75 bhp diesel and 1.6 litre MPI 105 bhp petrol engine. These models are available with three variants each ( called Classic, Ambiente and Elegance) except the 1.6 litre petrol variant that comes named as Elegance. All the variants are mated with five speed manual gearbox front wheel drive.

Skoda Fabia Price

Rs 4,20,216* – Rs 6,49,776*

SPECIFICATIONS

Car Dimensions
Length (mm) : 4000
Width (mm) : 1642
Height (mm) : 1522
Ground Clearance (mm)  : 158
Wheel Base (mm)  : 2465
Kerb Weight (Kgs.)  : 1100
Total Weight (Kgs.) 1570
Capacity
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) : 45
Seating Capacity : 5
Trunk Capacity (Litres) : 300
Engine Details
Engine Model : Petrol Engine, in-line Liquid Cooling System 16 V
Displacement (CC)  : 1598
Cylinders : 4
Max. Torque  : 153 Nm @ 3800 rpm
Max. Power : 105 PS @ 5250 rpm
No of Valves  : 16
Valve Mechanism : DOHC
Bore : 76.5
Stroke : 75.6
Compression Ratio : 10.5:1
Transmission
Transmission Type  : 5-Speed Manual
Fuel Efficiency & Performance
City (kmpl) : 13
Highway (kmpl) : 19
Overall (kmpl) : 14
FuelType  : Petrol
Maximum Speed (kmph) : 174
Steering & Brakes
SteeringType : Tilt & Telescopic
Minimum Turning Radius : 4.9
Front Brakes : Disc
Rear Brakes : Drum
ABS(Anti-Lock Braking System) : Yes
Suspension & Wheels
Front Suspension : McPherson suspension with lower triangular links and torsion stabiliser
Rear Suspension : Compound Link Crank Grade
Wheel Type : Alloy
Wheel Size : 6.0J x 14″
Tyres : 185/60 R14

THE SKODA LAURA

  SKODA LAURA

                                    The journey of Skoda Laura continues with the introduction of the Skoda Laura marking a significant milestone. The car is a symphony of contemporary styling, unrivalled build quality, frugal engines, and luxurious interiors.
The artistically designed Skoda Laura offers a comfortable and pleasurable ride on all types of roads and sports a host of elegant and functional features. It is also packed with an assortment of advanced technologies that help heighten comfort levels. The car offers optimum safety with abundance of new and advanced safety and security features.

Powertrain & Performance

                           The Skoda Laura is available in three variants: Skoda Laura Laurin and Klement, Skoda Laura Elegance, and Skoda Laura Ambiente. These variants are available with a choice of three revolutionary engines: 1.8-litre TSI (Turbocharged Fuel Stratified Direct Injection), 1.9-litre TDI PD (Turbocharged Direct Injection with Pump Duse), 2.0-litre TDI PD, 2.0-litre TDI that generate 160 bhp, 105 bhp, 140 bhp and 110 bhp respectively.
                                 The TSI engine is a combination of turbocharger, stratified direct fuel injection system, and variable valve timing. The combination of these three advanced technologies ensures higher performance and better mileage. The turbocharger in the system helps improve engine efficiency and reduce fuel consumption by supporting complete combustion of injected fuel. The fuel stratified direct injection engine technology uses stratified charging to directly inject fuel in relatively small and precise quantity to ensure optimised combustion. Variable valve timing technology helps improve engine efficiency by monitoring the opening and closing of valves in accordance with varying speed.
The TDI Pump Duse engine is advanced diesel technology that plays a vital role in improving engine’s response and better acceleration. The Pump Duse technology was pioneered by Skoda Auto. It comprises integrated injector and pump unit for each cylinder in the engine and helps optimise combustion which in turn, results in lower fuel consumption.
                                The 1.8-litre TSI is available in the Ambiente with a 6-speed fully synchronized manual transmission and the 2.0-litre TDI PD is available in the Laurin and Klement with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 1.9-litre TDI PD is available in both Elegance and Ambiente with an option of 5-speed fully synchronized manual transmission and 6-speed automatic transmission.
The finely-tuned suspension system is specially designed for Indian road conditions with MacPherson strut in the front and multi-element axle at the rear. Moreover, the rack and pinion steering with electro-mechanic power steering and disc brakes add to the performance and efficiency of the car.

Build & Styling

New Skoda Laura Car - Interior

The Skoda Laura is a blend of contemporary styling and dynamic contours. The elegant silhouette, sloping roofline, strong shoulder line, and lower sills impart a sporty and elegant appeal. The exterior of the car is beautified with chrome front grille, flared headlamps, new taillamps with a chrome central insert, and turn indicators in the external mirror.
Inside, the car boasts modern design elements and high quality materials. The chrome interior door handles, plush Ivory upholstery, and wood decor exude warmth and elegance. Features like 12-way electrically adjustable driver seat, heated front seat, sophisticated audio player with 6.5 inch LCD TFT colour touch screen, and steering mounted audio controls offer a comfortable and pleasurable ride all the time. Moreover, dual zone climate control, multi-function display, cruise control, reading spot lamps, and adjustable rear air conditioning vents enhance inner comfort. A special feature of the car is the Light Assistant Technology that automatically switches on the lights of the car for a specific period when approaching the car or while leaving it. This ensures visibility even in the dark and helps users find their way easily.
                             The new Laura offers a host of safety features that ensure maximum safety and protection of the passengers. Some of the standard safety features are airbags, anti-lock brakes, active front head restraints, tyre pressure monitoring, electronic stability programme, and electronic brakeforce distribution. Apart from these, the car is also equipped with a mechanical brake assist that optimises braking advantage of anti-lock brakes, electronic differential lock improves stability by maintaining traction, anti slip regulation works in tandem with anti-lock brakes to prevent slipping, automatically dimming rear view mirrors to reduce glare from other vehicle’s headlight, and xenon curve projector headlights that facilitates enhanced visibility around turns.

SPECIFICATIONS
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS OF SKODA LAURA

ENGINE 1.9 PD
Skoda Laura Ambiente Skoda Laura Elegance Skoda Laurin & Klement
Type Pumpe Duse TDI diesel
Layout in-line 4
Capacity (cc) 1896 (1.9 litre)
Cylinders 4
Valves 8
Installation transverse FWD
Bore * Stroke (mm) 79.5 * 95.5
Compression ratio 18.5:1
Transmission 5-speed manual 6-speed DSG automatic with Tiptronic
PERFORMANCE
Maximum Torque 250 Nm @ 1900 rpm
Maximum Power 77 KW (105 bhp) @ 4000 rpm
Specific output (bhp/litre) 55.38
Front brakes Ventilated disc brakes
Rear brakes Disc brakes
Suspension (front) McPherson strut with lower wihbone
and torsion bar stabiliser
Suspension (rear) Multi-axle with torsion bar stabiliser
TRANSMISSION
Type Front wheel drive
Clutch Two coaxial wet multiple-disk clutch, electro-hydraulically operated/Hydraulic single dry clutch disc with membrane spring asbestos free
Transmission type Automatic and Tiptronic/Manual
Transmission DSG, Six forward, one reverse gear (all synchronized)/ Five forward, one reverse gear (all synchronized)
EMISSION BS III compliant
CHASIS
Suspension-front McPherson Strut with lower traingular links and stablizer
Suspension-rear Multi-element axle, with one longitudinal and three transverse links, with torsion stabilizer
Breaking System Hydraulic dual-diagonal circuit braking system vacuum assisted with Dual Rate system
Break-front Disc brakes with inner cooling and single/piston floating caliper
Break-rear Disc brakes
Steering-System Direct rack and electro-mechanical dual pinion steering, power assisted
Wheels 6.5 J * 16″
Tyres 205 / 55 R 16
BODY
Body Type 5 seater, triple space steel body work, 4 door, steel, fully galvvanized body
Aitdrag Coefficient 0.30
Storage Capacity(ltr) 560
Storage Capacity with Rear seats folded down (I) 1350
TANK
Fuel Tank(ltr) 55
Fuel Premium, unleaded diesel
WEIGHT
Kerb Weight(kg) 1350-1540/1310-1500
Max Laden weight(kg) 2010/1970
Specifications indicated in red are applicable for Manual Transmission

THE SKODA OCTAVIA RS

SKODA OCTAVIA RS

                                                The Octavia RS is one of the most powerful and fastest mass-produced Škoda models. In addition, however, it remains a comfortable and safe companion.The RS design will get your adrenalin flowing and bring you genuine pleasure from driving. The sporty atmosphere can be felt in every detail.
                                   Sporty leather seats with marked lateral support and  an RS emblem stand out in the interior, as do a three-spoke multifunctional leather steering wheel, which is available with the automatic six-speed DSG transmission, and also noble steel pedal covers and a Swing car radio with a CD and MP3 player in an elegant frame together with controls for Climatronic dual-zone automatic air-conditioning.
                               An attractive exterior goes with a sporty car. The Octavia RS’s character is perfectly captured by the 18” Neptune light alloy wheels, bumpers with an integrated spoiler, an aerodynamic spoiler on the fifth door and the double exhaust. Let’s not forget the tinted glass, xenon headlights with rotary modules, fog lights in the RS design and LED diodes of the daytime running lights.
                          As the cheaper company in the Volkswagen Group, value for money is sharper than the Golf. The sticker price is, however, only a few thousand dollars cheaper. While you are getting a larger car we expected the pencil to have been sharpened a bit more. Pricing for the RS hatch starts from $37,490 for the six-speed manual petrol and $39,490 for the diesel manual. The wagon models cost an extra $2000. This compares with $40,490 for the five-door manual Golf GTI.
Standard features
                  Extensive equipment list includes: Alcantara/leather seats, three-spoke leather steering wheel (multi-function on DSG) alloy sports pedals, climate controlled air conditioning, six-disc CD player, MP3 auxiliary input socket, cruise control, automatic headlights and wipers, auto dimming rear mirror, chilled glove box, cooled front arm rest, storage compartment under front passenger seat, 12-volt power socket, 18-inch light alloy wheels, spoiler, chrome double exhausts, fog lights, sports suspension and red painted disc calipers. Wagon models further add a 12-volt power socket in the boot, rear window wiper and silver roof rails.
Design and function
Space and practicality
This is where the Skoda excels. The hatch and wagon models have plenty of room for front and rear passengers with five adults able to sit in comfort and enough room for luggage. Boot space is good in the hatch – 560L with the rear seats in place – growing to 1420 litres with the rear seats down. The wagon models have 580L and 1620L respectively. This compares with 350L and 1305L for the GTI.
The rear seats fold 60/40 and the rear centre arm rest doubles as a ski port for long items.
At 4597mm (hatch) and 4599mm (wagon) in length neither RS model is cumbersome to park or manoeuvre.
Ergonomics
Given the sharing within the VW Groups it is not surprising that the dash layout and design of the RS is similar to that of the Golf models. The touch-screen centre dash display is the same unit that is in the Golf as is the switchgear and instrument cluster.
Oddly, the RS manual doesn’t get a multi-function steering wheel so there are no controls for the audio which means you have to stretch your hand to change the volume.
Safety
Safety items include six airbags, stability control, LED daytime running lights, anti-whiplash head rests on front seats, tyre pressure monitoring and ABS brakes.
The Octavia model gets a four-star Euro NCAP crash rating compared with a five-star rating for the Golf. This is because the Octavia is not available overseas with standard curtain airbags so was not tested with them.
Build quality and finish
The Skoda models have the look and feel of a Volkswagen; but the VW models do feel slightly better finished overall. This is in line with the product positioning of the cars and works the same way with the Golf when compared with an Audi A3 (VW also owns Audi).
Security
Security features include remote central locking and an electronic engine immobiliser. No security rating.
On the road
Fuel
Skoda claims average fuel economy of 7.7L/100km for the petrol manual (7.9 for the DSG) and 5.9L/100km for the diesel manual (6.0L/100km for the DSG).
In our real-world testing for the diesel we averaged 7.65L/100km for the highway cycle, 10.0L/100km for the city cycle for an average on test of 8.8L/100km. While this is almost 3.0L/100km more than the claimed average it is not a bad real-world figure for a mid-sized sedan.
Performance
Both engines have some get up and go but our pick was the 2.0-litre turbo petrol. Just like the fifth generation GTI, acceleration is smooth through the rev range and turbo lag is minimal.
The diesel engine is supremely refined and doesn’t do a bad job as a performance power plant. However, it lacks the finesse of the petrol version. The limited rev range (diesel engines are not designed to rev high and are best kept below 4500rpm) means it is not as flexible as the petrol engine which screams all the way up to the 7000rpm redline.
The diesel is also almost a second slower to 100km/h than the petrol – 7.3 versus 8.4. We recorded a 0-100km/h time of 8.17 for the petrol model during our track testing.
Both engines now have the choice of a six-speed manual transmission or six-speed twin-clutch automated manual.
Ride
The Skoda comes standard with sports suspension but unlike many performance cars it is actually a good compromise between comfort and sportiness. The ride is firm but not uncomfortable although the low speed ride can be a bit jiggly. The RS doesn’t get the option of adjustable suspension like the new generation Golf.
Handling/steering
With underpinnings from the Golf it is not surprising that the RS is quite accomplished in the handling stakes. The 18-inch wheels provide plenty of grip in corners and the RS only gets minimal understeer when pushed hard. Even then it is predictable.
The RS’s steering has good weighting and feel.
Braking
The RS took 23.08m to stop from 80km/h which is above average for the class.
SPECIFICATIONS
Wheelbase
2577 mm
101.5 in
Track
front
1526 mm
60.1 in
rear
1514 mm
59.6 in
Length
4578 mm
180.2 in
Width
1769 mm
69.6 in
Height
1447 mm
57 in
Length:wheelbase ratio
1.78
Ground clearance
128 mm
5 in
Kerb weight
1400 kg
3086 lb
Weight distribution
(Front)
Fuel capacity
55 litres
12.1 UK Gal
14.5 US Gal
AERODYNAMICS
Drag coefficient
0.308
Frontal area
Cx
ENGINE
Bore × stroke
82.50 mm × 92.80 mm
3.25 in × 3.65 in
Cylinders
Inline 4
Displacement
2 litre
1984 cc
(121.071 cu in)
Type
DOHC
Key:
SOHC
Single overhead camshaft
DOHC
Double overhead camshaft
OHV
Overhead valves
TS
Two stroke
SV
Side valves
Sl
Sleeve valves
oise
Overhead inlet side exhaust
4 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
Construction
Lubrication
Wet sump
Compression ratio
10.50:1
Fuel system
direct petrol injection
Maximum power
199.7 PS (197 bhp) (146.9 kW)
@ 5100-6000 rpm
Specific output
99.3 bhp/litre
1.63 bhp/cu in
Maximum torque
280.0 Nm (207 ft·lb) (28.6 kgm)
@ 1800-5000 rpm
bmep
1773.5 kPa (257.2 psi)
Specific torque
141.13 Nm/litre
Maximum rpm
Manufacturer
Volkswagen
Code
Main crankshaft bearings
5
Coolant
Water
Bore/stroke ratio
0.89
Unitary capacity
496 cc per cylinder
Aspiration
Turbo
Compressor type
Intercooler
Catalytic converter
Y
PERFORMANCE
0-50 mph (80 km/h)
0-60 mph
0-100 km/h
7.30 s
0-100 mph
80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in top
Standing ¼mile
Standing km
Top speed
240 km/h (149 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio
140.71 bhp/ton
ECONOMY
Fuel consumption
10.9/6.0/7.8 l/100km urban/extra-urban/combined
CO2 Emissions
187.0 g/km
Carfolio Calculated CO2 
CHASSIS
Engine location
Front
Engine alignment
Transverse
Drive
Front wheel drive  
Steering
rack & pinion PAS
Turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Suspension
front
rear
Key:
I
Independent
LA
Live axle
dD
de Dion axle
W
Wishbone
DW
Double wishbones
CS
Coil springs
ARB
Anti-roll bar
LS
Leaf springs
SE
Semi-elliptic leaf springs
Wheels
front
7.5 x 18
rear
7.5 x 18
Tyres
front
225/40 R 18 92Y
rear
225/40 R 18 92Y
Brakes F/R
VeDi/Di-S-ABS
Key:
Ve
Ventilated
Di
Disc (Disk)
Dr
Drum
S
Servo-assisted
ABS
Anti-lock Braking System
Brake
front
312 mm
rear
286 mm
Braked area
Transmission
6 speed manual
Top gear ratio
0.93
Final drive ratio
3.94

THE ALL NEW SKODA LAURETTA

                                             THE SKODA LAURETTA

                                                                           Skoda, Czech car maker which is also a subsidiary of Volkswagen Group, will soon introduce another sedan – Skoda Lauretta in India. The new sedan by Skoda will be more like upcoming car Skoda Rapid and will be highly inspired by its looks and features. As per reports, both the Skoda Rapid and Skoda Lauretta in turn will inherit looks and feel from the Skoda Design concept unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011. It is also expected that the Skoda Lauretta will also take some exterior dimensions from Skoda Fabia and sibling Volkswagen Vento. It is also called as Skoda Laura junior.

Skoda Lauretta Description :

As per preliminary information, the Skoda Lauretta will be powered by 1598cc four-cylinder engine in the petrol variant and a similar 1.6L diesel engine is hoped to be also available. Initial reflections suggest that Skoda is going to price this car competitively in India and Skoda Lauretta price in India will be around Rs 8 lakh. Whereas the diesel trim is expected to be available at Rs 1 lakh extra. The name of this new sedan by Skoda is said to have been derived from Skoda Laura and Volkswagen Jetta making it ‘Lauretta.
As per initial information about engine specifications of the new Skoda Lauretta, it is expected that it will derive its engine from Volkswagen Vento. 
petrol, it will be powered by a 1.6 liter four cylinder, in-line DOHC engine. The engine is capable of producing 105 bhp at 7700 rpm and also delivers 153 Nm of maximum torque at 3800rpm. The Skoda Lauretta engine will be mated to a five-speed manual gearbox.
The diesel powered Skoda Lauretta will also be a 1.6L, four cylinder Common Rail Diesel engine. The engine capacity of the Skoda Lauretta diesel is expected to remain at 105bhp at 4400rpm. The engine is expected to produce a maximum torque of 250Nm at 2500rpm.
The new Skoda Lauretta is expected to return a decent mileage of 15 kmpl on petrol and 20kmpl on the diesel motor. Besides mileage, the Skoda Lauretta is also expected to take good car of the safety department as well. With 2 seatbelts for the rear passengers in addition to Anti-lock Braking System and Electronic Brake Distribution system in place, the Skoda Lauretta will be characteristically safer car by Skoda. Among the comfort features will be dual AC with climate control, full power windows and similar basic features of a premium sedan. Once in, the Skoda Lauretta will give a tough time to Honda’s premium sedan Honda City, German car Manufacturers flagship sedan Volkswagen Vento, the recently launched much hyped Hyundai Verna Fluidic and Ford Fiesta that has unique voice control system besides Chevrolet Aveo, Fiat Linea and Tata India’s big sized sedan Tata Manza.

Skoda Lauretta Mileage, Average and Fuel Economy

The Skoda Lauretta will be available in petrol and diesel variants. The petrol drive Skoda Lauretta is expected to deliver 15 kmpl mileage while the diesel sibling with 105 bhp engine under the hood is expected to return a mileage of 20 kmpl which will be quite high. 

Power

The Skoda Lauretta will be available in both petrol and diesel options. Lauretta petrol will be powered by a 1.6L DOHC engine that will churn out a maximum power of 105bhp and a maximum torque of 153Nm at 3800 rpm. This 1598cc engine is quite powerful for this sedan and it will be mated to a 5 speed manual gearbox. An automatic version is also expected on the Skoda Lauretta.

On the other hand the diesel powered Skoda Lauretta will also be a 1.6L engine. This four cylinder Common Rail Diesel engine can produce a maximum power of 105bhp at 4400rpm and a maximum torque of 250Nm at 2500rpm. The Skoda Lauretta Diesel is also expected to be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox and looking at the premium segment to which this car belongs, the Lauretta is also expected to come in an automatic version as well.

Skoda Lauretta Exteriors

The Skoda Lauretta looks and exterior design are also greatly inspired by Skoda concept Vision D that the Czech automaker revealed at the Geneva Motor Show. The Vision D is said to be the design that will shape all the future cars by Skoda including Skoda Rapid and Skoda Lauretta. Besides, the Skoda Lauretta is also expected to derive many external features from its junior Skoda Fabia and sibling sedan Volkswagen Vento. The headlamps, front grille and fog lamps are derived from Skoda Fabia. On the other hand it inherits its doors and roofline from Volkswagen Vento. The tail lamps are Skoda characteristic ‘C’ shaped.

The Vision D concept of Skoda poses the Skoda Lauretta in a majestic style and also puts in an everyday utility car looks and features. Thus inspired, the Skoda Lauretta is more athletic and aerodynamic that other Skoda cars.

The Skoda Lauretta will also house the new Skoda logo with much of ‘Skoda Green’ that the car maker unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2011.

As per reports, Skoda has adopted a puristic approach in designing the new MissionL design concept that will is the sixth model line of Skoda cars. This new model line is almost ready for production and will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. It is said that the compact sedan to be developed on this platform will be the Skoda Lauretta. As per the MissionL concept, the Skoda Lauretta will have simple yet impressive surfaces, sporty looks and a youthful character. The Skoda Lauretta based on this new concept will have minimal line on its surface and will appear cleaner than other Skoda cars.

Skoda Lauretta Interiors Appearance & Comfort

The Skoda Lauretta interiors will be greatly inspired by the segment it belongs. Interiors of Skoda Lauretta are expected to include a comfortable seating for four passengers with rear armrest, leather upholstery, adjustable driver seat, central console with digital display beside innumerable features. Preliminary reports about the Skoda Lauretta interior suggest that it is highly in consonance with Volkswagen Vento’s.

Skoda Lauretta Engine Capacity & Performance

Sensing the craze for diesel cars in India following the hike in petrol prices, Skoda is expected to bring Skoda Lauretta in both petrol and diesel versions. The petrol Skoda Lauretta is expected to have 1.6L engine under the hood that produces a peak power of 105 bhp at 7700 rpm. The Skoda Lauretta petrol is able to produce a torque of 153Nm at even 3800rpm which makes it most suited for city roads as well.

The diesel Skoda Lauretta will also be powered by a 1.6L engine however it will be a Common Rail Diesel engine that is performing well compared to the TDI and other Turbo charged engines. This diesel motor produces 105bhp and a peak torque of 250 Nm at 2500 rpm. Similar to its petrol sibling the diesel run Skoda Lauretta also produces torque at low rpms making it also suitable for city rides.

Skoda Lauretta Wheels

Skoda Lauretta is expected to have 185/60 R14 wheels. Alloy wheel are also expected on the high end trims.

Skoda Lauretta Braking & Handling

Since Skoda Lauretta belongs to sedan segment and expected to be priced between Rs 8 lakh to Rs 9 lakh, not much braking assist features are expected on it. The Skoda Lauretta will have the conventional front disk and rear drum brakes. The brakes are expected to be ventilated.

Skoda Lauretta Handling & Safety

Looking at the expected price range to which the Skoda Lauretta belongs, it would be obvious that it will not be equipped with high end safety features such as airbags, Parking Sensors, Traction Control, EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution), ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) or ESP (Electronic Stability Control). However, being a Skoda car, it is hoped that Skoda Lauretta high end trims will include many of these safety features. 

Skoda Lauretta Stereo & Accessories

Skoda Lauretta sedan is expected to have good entertainment package even in the basic models. The car is supposed to have built in MP3 player with USB and Aux in connectivity. A Bluetooth connectivity option is expected on the higher end trims. Besides, Rear defogger, steering adjustment (optional), drive seat adjustment, rear AC vents, body colored ORVMs and tinted glasses are expected to be the part of the standard equipment of Skoda Lauretta.

THE SKODA RAPID

                                                           SKODA RAPID

Skoda Auto India is all set to launch its latest invent “Skoda Rapid” soon this year. This latest entry in the fleet of Skoda India is most likely to be based on Volkswagen Vento and Fiat Linea sedan. If speculations are to be believed, Skoda Rapid is going to incorporate same engine specifications as added in VW Vento i.e. 1.6L petrol/diesel added with dual transmission modes (Auto/Manual).

The Skoda Rapid price might come close to Maruti SX4 and much below Volkswagen Vento, there is going to be hard competition within the Sedan segment cars. After the launch of Skoda Yeti– the SUV segment car, “Skoda Rapid” is next in-line. And as per rumors, Skoda India is going to install some high-end tech specs in Skoda Rapid making it a milestone in Sedan car segment. So sit tight for a whole new riding experience with “Skoda Rapid”

Skoda Auto started its operations in India as Skoda Auto India Pvt. Ltd in November 2001. In India, the company is currently selling following car models – Skoda Laura, Skoda Fabia (manufactured in India) and Skoda Superb, Skoda Yeti (Imported) with Skoda Octavia model discontinued in 2010.

With Skoda Auto India having presence in most of the car segments, the company is going to make one more addition in Sedan car segment by launching the all new smoking hot “Skoda Rapid”. With company keeping tight lips regarding the Skoda Rapid specs and equipments, one thing is quite sure that it is going to offer good competition to other cars present in this segment. As per reports, Skoda Rapid will come with low price tag which and this will act as the main USP of this car. We all know that Skoda Auto India never compromise on comfort, technology and looks, so this time also it is believed that they will deliver a mind-suiting eye candy.

SKODA RAPID PRICE
Rs 8,00,000*
SKODA RAPID SPECIFICATIONS

bodywork

Type 2+2 FHC

Key:

SAL
Saloon (Sedan)
FHC
Fixed-head coupé
DHC
Drop-head coupé (Convertible)
HBK
Hatchback
EST
Estate (Station Wagon)

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Designer
Number of doors

dimensions & weight

Wheelbase 2400 mm 94.5 in
Track front 1320 mm 52 in
rear 1290 mm 50.8 in
Length 4170 mm 164.2 in
Width 1610 mm 63.4 in
Height 1380 mm 54.3 in
Length:wheelbase ratio 1.74
Ground clearance 160 mm 6.3 in
Kerb weight
(“Curb weight” in the USA)
915 kg 2017 lb
Weight distribution
(Front)
Fuel capacity 38 litres 8.4 UK Gal 10 US Gal

aerodynamics

Drag coefficient
Frontal area
Cx

engine

Bore × stroke 72.00 mm × 72.00 mm
2.83 in × 2.83 in
Cylinders Inline 4
Displacement 1.2 litre
1174 cc
(71.642 cu in)
Type OHV
Key:

SOHC
Single overhead camshaft
DOHC
Double overhead camshaft
OHV
Overhead valves
TS
Two stroke
SV
Side valves
Sl
Sleeve valves
oise
Overhead inlet side exhaust

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2 valves per cylinder
8 valves in total

Construction
Lubrication
Compression ratio 9.50:1
Fuel system 1 Jikov carb
Maximum power
DIN
58.8 PS (58 bhp) (43.3 kW)
@ 5200 rpm
Specific output
DIN
49.4 bhp/litre
0.81 bhp/cu in
Maximum torque
DIN
90.0 Nm (66 ft·lb) (9.2 kgm)
@ 3500 rpm
bmep 963.4 kPa (139.7 psi)
Specific torque
DIN
76.66 Nm/litre
Maximum rpm
Manufacturer Skoda
Code
Main crankshaft bearings
Coolant Water
Bore/stroke ratio 1
Unitary capacity 293.5 cc per cylinder
Aspiration Normal
Compressor type N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N

performance

0-50 mph (80 km/h)
0-60 mph
0-100 km/h
0-100 mph -1.00 s
80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in top
Standing ¼mile
Standing km
Top speed 153 km/h (95 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 63.39 bhp/ton

fuel economy

Fuel consumption
CO2 Emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?

chassis

Engine location Rear
Engine alignment Longitudinal
Drive Rear wheel drive  
Steering rack & pinion
Turns lock-to-lock 3.500
Turning circle 11.00 m
Suspension front I.W.CS.ARB.
rear I.SwSemiAx.CS.
Key:

I
Independent
LA
Live axle
dD
de Dion axle
W
Wishbone
DW
Double wishbones
CS
Coil springs
ARB
Anti-roll bar
LS
Leaf springs
SE
Semi-elliptic leaf springs

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Wheels front
rear
Tyres front
rear
Brakes F/R Di/Dr

Key:

Ve
Ventilated
Di
Disc (Disk)
Dr
Drum
S
Servo-assisted
ABS
Anti-lock Braking System
Brake front
rear
Braked area
Transmission 4 speed manual
Top gear ratio 0.96
Final drive ratio 4.22

general data

RAC rating 12.9
Number made
Model code
Model family
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available

SKODA MINI SUV

                                              SKODA MINI SUV

Skoda Auto India part of the Volkswagen Group is planning to launch a mini-Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) and price it below Rs. 10 lakh.
                               “The SUV segment is not growing as fast as was expected. We are looking to go down and are looking at a product priced below Rs.10 lakh,” Thomak Kuehl, Board member of Skoda Auto India was quoted as saying by the Business Standard.                Keuhl added that the company has a 25% market share in the D-segment with the Skoda Superb and 16.5% market share in the C+ segment in which the company offers the Skoda Laura sedan.
                     
                              Currently, Skoda sells the Yeti diesel SUV priced between Rs 15.4 – 16.62 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The company sold around 900 Yetis in India since its launch in November 2010. The 5-seater SUV sold by the Czech car brand has a premium price tag has kept away many potential buyers who are looking for compact SUVs at around Rs. 10 lakh.
                             
                                Kuehl mentioned that Skoda Auto India plans to launch a small diesel engine variant of the Yeti this year as well. The Skoda Yeti’s present model is powered by a 2.0-litre TDI diesel engine that makes 140 bhp of power at 4,200 rpm and returns an ARAI certified mileage of 17.67 km/litre.
                  Kuehl added that a petrol version of the Yeti is also on the cards. The launch of smaller diesel engine could help the company reduce the price substantially. The petrol variant too will be cheaper than the two diesel versions and will likely attract more buyers. Also read: Skoda Rapid sedan India launch soon
                                     In the 2010-2011 fiscal year, roughly 3,24,000 SUVs were sold registering a 19% rise over the 2,72,000 SUVs sold in 2009-2010 fiscal year.

                       In the last four years, the SUV segment has been witnessing a steady growth of 15-20% every year. The No.1 utility vehicle maker in India, Mahindra & Mahindra sold around 1, 70,000 SUVs in 2010 which is more than half of the total SUVs sold in India last year.
                   
                  Car makers are looking to develop sub-segments in the SUV category to draw in more sedan and hatchback car buyers from the upper middle-class who primarily demand affordable utilitarian vehicles. In the Indian market, the Premier Rio is the only compact SUV available priced around Rs. 5 lakh at present and has received a warm response despite the company’s lack of brand value.
Mahindra is planning to launch the mini-Xylo in the next couple of months at an expected price of Rs. 5 lakh.
Related: Mahindra Mini Xylo production trial started
                         
                       The sub-10 lakh SUV will help Skoda to set a strong foot hold in the booming SUV market. There are lot of chances that the upcoming Skoda small SUV to be powered by a diesel motor owing to the steep rise in petrol prices.

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