• NEW CITIGO
      • NEW CITIGO
        NEW CITIGO
        A fresh, young look and new features at a glance
        • New bonnet, radiator grille, bumpers and fog lights
        • The specially designed 15-inch alloy wheels
        • New multifunction leather steering wheel
        • boot space251l /959l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • NEW CITIGO 3-door
        NEW CITIGO 3-door
        A simply clever and agile small car
        • Dynamically-styled three-door body
        • Easy-to-enter roomy interior
        • Frugal 44 kW or 55 kW petrol engine for town driving
        • boot space251l /951l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • NEW CITIGO G-TEC
        NEW CITIGO G-TEC
        A simply clever small car, friendly to both nature and your wallet
        • Environmentally friendly - less noise, lower emissions
        • Cheap fuel - money saving
        • Safe operation - safe driving
        • boot space213l /921l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • NEW CITIGO MONTE CARLO
        NEW CITIGO MONTE CARLO
        A fresh city car big on appeal
        • Specific features in a black design and SunSet
        • Sports interior and black leather details with red stitching
        • Sports chassis and 15" Crux alloy wheels in a black design
        • boot space251l /959l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • NEW CITIGO FUN
        NEW CITIGO FUN
        A fun city car teeming with features
        • Fresh interior concept
        • Exterior decorative foils
        • Frugal 44 kW or 55 kW petrol engine for town driving
        • boot space251l /959l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
  • FABIA
      • FABIA
        FABIA
        A young, crisp, urban small car
        • Expressive, modern and dynamic
        • ​New, fresh interior concept
        • Added width and flatter body, harmonious proportions
        • boot space330l /1150l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • FABIA MONTE CARLO
        FABIA MONTE CARLO
        Enough style and comfort
        • ​Black elements, panoramic sunroof and alloy wheels
        • Sports seats in a black/red combination and 3-spoke leather steering wheel
        • Unbeatable luggage compartment in its class
        • boot space330l /1150l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • FABIA DRIVE
        FABIA DRIVE
        Further proof of innovative thinking
        • ​Attractive interior
        • ​16” alloy wheels Italia in anthracite design
        • Numerous Simply clever features
        • boot space330l /1150l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • FABIA BLACK EDITION
        FABIA BLACK EDITION
        Dressed in Magic Black paint imparts the car classy appearance
        • The dark paint is a principal theme for outside and inside
        • SmartLink+ enhances a connectivity at the advanced level
        • New powerful engine 1.0 TSI/81 kW with manual or DSG transmission
        • boot space330l /1150l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • FABIA COMBI
        FABIA COMBI
        We start where others end
        • Unbeatable luggage compartment in its class
        • New assistants and innovative comfort and infotainment systems
        • Powerful and efficient engines
        • boot space530l /1395l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • FABIA COMBI SCOUTLINE
        FABIA COMBI SCOUTLINE
        A small car with a big appeal
        • Functional design features
        • Innovative technologies
        • 16" Rock or 17" Clubber alloy wheels
        • boot space530l /1395l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
  • NEW RAPID
      • NEW RAPID
        NEW RAPID
        A compact hatchback with modern technology and room for the whole family
        • Hi-tech equipment like bi-xenon headlamps or Auto Light Assist
        • Connectivity at the advanced level – SmartLink+, Media Command and 2 USB ports rear
        • New powerful and economical engines 1.0 TSI with 70 kW and 81 kW
        • boot space550l /1490l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • NEW RAPID MONTE CARLO
        NEW RAPID MONTE CARLO
        A roomy hatchback with a new dynamic look
        • Black-designed elements including the grille and rear spoiler
        • 16" Italia alloy wheels in a black design with a glossy peripheral line
        • Sports seats in a black/red combination and 3-spoke sporty steering wheel in perforated leather
        • boot space550l /1490l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • NEW RAPID DRIVE
        NEW RAPID DRIVE
        Further proof of innovative thinking
        • New face and optional features
        • Black interior with Silver brushed decorative trim
        • 16” alloy wheels Italia in anthracite design
        • boot space550l /1490l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • NEW RAPID SPACEBACK
        NEW RAPID SPACEBACK
        A stylish compact hatchback with modern technology
        • Hi-tech equipment like bi-xenon headlamps or Auto Light Assist
        • Connectivity at the advanced level – SmartLink+, Media Command and 2 USB ports rear ​​
        • New powerful and economical engines 1.0 TSI with 70 kW and 81 kW
        • boot space415l /1381l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • NEW RAPID SPACEBACK SCOUTLINE
        NEW RAPID SPACEBACK SCOUTLINE
        A cosy experience under a rugged exterior
        • ​Elements that are both attractive and protective
        • ​Extended possibilities thanks to ŠKODA Genuine Accessories
        • ​Freshly designed 17”
        • boot space415l /1381l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • NEW RAPID SPACEBACK MONTE CARLO
        NEW RAPID SPACEBACK MONTE CARLO
        Exciting stylish urban dweller with compact body
        • Black designed elements, panoramic roof and tailgate with extended glazing
        • 16" alloy wheels in a glossy black design
        • Sports seats in a black/red combination, 3-spoke sport steering wheel
        • boot space415l /1381l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
  • NEW OCTAVIA
      • NEW OCTAVIA
        NEW OCTAVIA
        ‘Heart of the brand’ in new top form
        • ​​New design elements in the front and rear, full-LED headlights
        • ​​ŠKODA Connect mobile online services
        • ​State-of-the-art driver assistance systems
        • boot space590l /1580l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • NEW OCTAVIA RS
        NEW OCTAVIA RS
        More power, safety and connectivity
        • 2.0 TSI petrol now with 169 kW (230 hp), 2.0 TDI diesel also with all-wheel drive
        • New front end, full-LED headlights, RS-specific details
        • Top technologies for infotainment, connectivity and driver assistance systems
        • boot space590l /1580l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • NEW OCTAVIA RS 245
        NEW OCTAVIA RS 245
        High-performance sportster
        • 2.0 TSI 180 kW (245 PS) engine, 7-speed DSG transmission
        • Top speed of 250 km/h, from 0 to 100 km in 6.6 seconds
        • VAQ limited-slip differential
        • boot space590l /1580l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • NEW OCTAVIA DRIVE
        NEW OCTAVIA DRIVE
        Further proof of innovative thinking
        • ​Black seats upholstery Drive and Light Brushed décor
        • 17” alloy wheels Hawk in anthracite design
        • Numerous Simply Clever features
        • boot space590l /1580l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • NEW OCTAVIA G-TEC
        NEW OCTAVIA G-TEC
        A natural class of its own
        • Environmentally friendly - less noise, lower emissions
        • ​Cheap fuel - money saving
        • Safe operation - safe driving
        • boot space460l /1450l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • NEW OCTAVIA COMBI
        NEW OCTAVIA COMBI
        A space bestseller in new top form
        • ​New design elements in the front and rear, full-LED headlights
        • ​ŠKODA Connect mobile online services
        • ​State-of-the-art driver assistance systems
        • boot space610l /1740l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • NEW OCTAVIA SCOUT
        NEW OCTAVIA SCOUT
        The robust all-rounder
        • Off-road look: Silver-coloured underbody protection, Rough-Road package and increased ground clearance
        • ​Three engines from 110 kW (150 PS) to 135 kW (184 PS); 2.0 TDI (110 kW), all-wheel drive and DSG transmission
        • ​Wide range of driver assistance systems, good climbing capability and high towing capacity
        • boot space610l /1740l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • NEW OCTAVIA COMBI G-TEC
        NEW OCTAVIA COMBI G-TEC
        A natural class of its own
        • ​Environmentally friendly - less noise, lower emissions
        • ​Cheap fuel - money saving
        • Safe operation - safe driving
        • boot space480l /1610l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
  • KAROQ
      • KAROQ
        KAROQ
        The new compact SUV with character
        • ​​​​Full LED headlights and a digital instrument panel
        • Off-road mode, state-of-the-art technology, ŠKODA Connect
        • ​Spacious and variable interior thanks to VarioFlex rear seats
        • boot space521l /1630l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
  • KODIAQ
      • KODIAQ
        KODIAQ
        As strong as a bear
        • The design of ŠKODA’s new large SUV conveys strength and protection
        • Size, strength, family spirit
        • ​Discover new grounds
        • boot space720l /2065l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • KODIAQ SPORTLINE
        KODIAQ SPORTLINE
        Stylish SUVs for fans of sportily-designed cars
        • Black exterior and interior accessories give the car a dynamic look.

        • 19” alloy anthracite wheels as standard, 20” alloy wheels optional
        • Driving Mode Select with Sport mode as standard
        • boot space720l /2065l
        • up to4.9l/100km
        • from129g/km
      • KODIAQ SCOUT
        KODIAQ SCOUT
        Robust appearance emphasises off-road capabilities
        • Silver-coloured design details and underbody protection
        • The 19-inch alloy wheels specially created for SCOUT
        • All-wheel drive and Off-road mode as standard
        • boot space720l /2065l
        • up to5.3l/100km
        • from139g/km
  • SUPERB
      • SUPERB
        SUPERB
        The new flagship with revolutionary design, top comfort and innovative connectivity
        • ​Space giant with the largest interior and boot of its class
        • More powerful drive with the 206 kW top-of-the range engine
        • Many innovative safety and comfort assist systems
        • boot space625l /1760l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • SUPERB GREENLINE
        SUPERB GREENLINE
        Environmentally tuned flagship
        • Aerodynamically fine-tuned exterior
        • 1.6 TDI/88 kW engine fitted with the Start-Stop system and brake energy recovery
        • SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system using AdBlue
        • boot space625l /1760l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • SUPERB SPORTLINE
        SUPERB SPORTLINE
        Experience the best
        • Dressed to thrill: SportLine-specific black design features and exclusive Vega 19” alloy wheels
        • Black cockpit with LED ambient lighting and décor in a carbon design
        • Sporty chassis lowered by 15 mm, with Performance Monitor to enjoy the car’s sportiness
        • boot space625l /1760l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • SUPERB COMBI
        SUPERB COMBI
        A crystal captivating and most spacious estate with state-of-the-art technology
        • A luggage compartment with a basic volume of 660 litres
        • Many innovative safety and comfort assist systems
        • Maximum comfort with the Dynamic Chassis Control
        • boot space660l /1950l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • SUPERB COMBI GREENLINE
        SUPERB COMBI GREENLINE
        Environmentally tuned flagship
        • ​Aerodynamically fine-tuned exterior
        • ​1.6 TDI/88 kW engine fitted with the Start-Stop system and brake energy recovery
        • SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) system using AdBlue
        • boot space660l /1950l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
      • SUPERB COMBI SPORTLINE
        SUPERB COMBI SPORTLINE
        Experience the best
        • ​Dressed to thrill: SportLine-specific black design features and exclusive Vega 19” alloy wheels
        • ​Black cockpit with LED ambient lighting and décor in a carbon design
        • Sporty chassis lowered by 15 mm, with Performance Monitor to enjoy the car’s sportiness
        • boot space660l /1950l
        • up to0l/100km
        • from0g/km
Once upon a time, man invented the carriage. Travelling longer distances became a little more manageable than on horseback, but still, without horses to pull it around, the carriage was pretty much useless. Then something happened. The steam engine came along and it didn’t take long until some madman tried installing it on a carriage so that it could propel itself. It worked! Suddenly, the once useless wheels became a self-moving vehicle – the automobile. But this was just the beginning. With future advancement in technology, automobiles also developed further. So much so, in fact, that today a car is more a computer than it is a carriage. Let’s decode it!

Old-school cool

Read the story

Classified

Read the story

OLD-SCHOOL
COOL
Things we now take for granted were – brace yourselves – once something amazingly new. Using mobile phones? Quite rare even 30 years ago. Changing TV channels from the couch? Only possible for about the last 60 years. Cooling our overheated homes? Been doing that for just 90 years. So, grandpas and grandmas, tell us about that first encounter with “the new”, will you?

Image sensors and video cameras in cars
With the advent of digital cameras in 1990, the world of photography suddenly changed. The commercial point-and-shoot digital cameras came equipped with software that simply knew how to make a decent photo, while photos that didn’t turn out so well could easily be deleted. It was a revolution – but one that was only made possible by light-sensitive electronic sensors developed back in 1969. The same image sensors, properly programmed and combined with other sensing technology like radar, have also found their way into cars. For example, lane departure warning systems are based on image sensors and the same is true for rear- and surround-view camera systems. However, the use of these sensors in the automotive industry is yet to develop its full potential, which could another revolution – this time, the advent of autonomous cars.
Modern entertainment system in cars
​It was in the 1920s that radio became part of people's day-to-day lives – and soon after, an intrinsic part of cars. Of course, first they were bulky and expensive: car-radio components weighed as much as a heavy suitcase and cost about a third of the value of the vehicle. But with the evolution of technology and the invention of transistors in 1947, the devices became more and more advanced, affordable and indispensable as a form of car-travel entertainment. The evolution has never stopped, though, and following the introduction of the car cassette player (in 1968) and CD-player (in 1987), the in-car radio is nowadays actually part of a computer in the vehicle's head unit. This computer, as you know, is capable of much, much more than converting analogue and digital radio-waves to audible sound. It can play all sorts of audio files and video, it can get on the internet, guide the driver along a route, etc. As was the case with radio in the past, entertainment systems are a must in the present.
Keyless entry system in cars
What innovative technological gadgets provide is more comfort – and this was also the case with the invention of the remote control. Television began to rule the living room in the early '50s, but it was only a few years later, in 1956, that the first wireless remote control was developed. This was a small revolution in itself, since prior to this invention, the TV-watcher would have to leave the comfort of the couch in order to choose a more interesting broadcast on a different channel. Counting on the remote control, though, the hassle was over. Soon, the comfort of remotely controlling machines also found its use in other industries. In the automotive industry, a system that could open and lock a car with the push of a button was first developed in 1982. Nowadays, the improved keyless entry system enables the driver to unlock, start and lock the car without even taking their keys out of their pocket. Comfort at its best!
Air conditioning in cars
Since the first modern-day air conditioning devices were installed in buildings in the beginning of the 20th century, we gradually came to expect cooled-down spaces wherever we may go – in hospitals, banks, stores, theatres, trains, buses, our homes and in our cars. Especially in cars, air conditioning is crucial because of the large glass surfaces. Without it, driving in summer months would be unbearable. While in winter, with the AC on, we can quickly get rid of the moisture inside the car and avoid fogged-up windows. Even if we take it for granted now, air conditioning wasn’t always the norm. Automobiles got their first in the 1930s, but it wasn’t until the mid-‘50s that the innovation really took hold – and once it had, there was no turning back.
Computers in cars
​When personal computers came to adorn office and home desks in the 1980s, it was the culmination of knowledge that had been in the making for at least two hundred years. At first, personal computers mainly influenced the lives of office workers. Today, they are actually an extension of our being: shrunk to the size of our hands, the smartphone is a computer that seldom leaves our palms, purses and pockets. Similarly, ever since the mid-1980s, computers have also been a necessary part of cars. First, they were used to control emissions – by tracking information from different sensors in and around the engine, the computers could adjusts its performance to keep emissions low. Today, computers control everything in the car: the brakes, air conditioning, the entertainment system, cruise control, on-road stability, and the list goes on. So, who is actually driving?
Car phone and other connectivity
While many technological improvements made their way into cars only after they were already adopted in society, the story is different with mobile phones. The first mobile phone was actually a car phone: it made its first call in 1946, a whopping 27 years earlier than the first handheld mobile phone and 37 years before the first commercially available handheld mobile phone. In the end, though, car phones lost the competition to their younger counterparts. In 2001, once the cell phone could be connected with the audio system and in-car microphone through Bluetooth, there was no real need for car phones anymore. Nevertheless, car phones somehow anticipated the future that was coming. Today, consumers drive vehicles that can be constantly connected to the internet, satellite navigation systems and other services. The cars they drive are not just compatible with cell phones and smartphones, but have actually become smart themselves – simply clever cars.

CLASSIFIED
First, they were classified material. Then, they became widespread and completely changed the world of driving. So profound was the effect of technologies first developed for space exploration, aviation, racing, or the army, that we can no longer imagine our cars (or future-cars) without them. Do you already know what we’re talking about?
Satellite guidance
Travelling from point A to point B wouldn’t be that simple if it wasn’t for satellite navigation. And satellite navigation probably wouldn’t even be available if the US military didn’t need it in the first place. Right after the Soviet Union launched the satellite Sputnik into orbit in 1957, American scientists figured out how to track the satellite’s location and how satellites could also be used to track objects on earth. In 1959, the US Navy built the first satellite navigation system, but it would be another 24 years until the US president Reagan declared that the system should be available for civilian use. In 2000, it took another presidential decision to fully unleash the technology that’s being so widely used today – this time it was President Clinton who declared that all GPS users should receive a full quality signal.
Smooth braking
Airplanes not only need speed to get off the ground, they also need reliable brakes to land safely in various weather conditions. In the past, this was a problem. Airplane brakes would lock up the wheels of the airplane, making the tires burst or causing the plane to skid out of control. A system had to be developed that would stop the plane before the end of the runway, but also wouldn’t lock up the wheels. Dunlop got there first in the early 1950s, but it was only in the 1970s that the anti-lock braking system (ABS) gained traction in the automotive industry. The principle is the same: when the brakes are applied, the system ensures that the wheels don’t lock up and that the driver can maintain control of the car.
Smooth ride
For them to be safe and for rides to be comfortable, cars need features capable of absorbing the shocks from bumpy roads. One of the major steps towards this goal was made in Formula 1 when, in the 1980s, the Lotus team developed the first active suspension. In its racing car, the suspension system – the part of the car that connects the wheels to the chassis – employed sensors that measured different parameters on the car and its surroundings. After being analysed, this data was interpreted by a computer that would then change suspension settings so the tires never left the ground. Today, even if active suspensions are only used in high-class cars, other types of suspension – for example, adjustable shock absorbers – also employ the knowledge gained in racing. Modern-day electronics and newly-gained experience from other motorsports enable car manufacturers to give drivers more control and offer passengers a great riding experience.
Technology-rich cars
Modern cars are full of technological features, yet vehicles are still spacious. How is this possible? When so many electronic features are installed, wouldn’t there have to be wires filling up the cabin? That was true in the past, but since the 1980s, the electronic components of a car are actually controlled by computers. This means that instead of more wires to connect a new feature with a switch, the electronic signal can instead travel on the already installed ones – only some computer programming is needed. But how did computers get into cars in the first place? First, they had to get smaller – and they did so primarily because of NASA. In building a spacecraft that would land on the moon, the agency needed powerful yet light and efficient electronics. Thus, the integrated circuit was developed – the forbearer of the microchip that is today used in almost all electronic equipment and in every single car.
Night vision
Humans aren’t exactly at their best when moving around at night, and in combat, anyone capable of seeing in the dark would have an advantage. It may not come as a surprise, then, that soldiers were the first to have used night vision technology, supposedly already in Germany in 1939. Since then, the ability to see in the dark has also expanded to (some) cars. With the help of an infrared light and/or a thermographic camera, night-vision equipped cars can detect and alert drivers to pedestrians or animals before they can actually see them. This way, driving is safer for both those that like driving and those that like walking the streets at night.

Related links

  
Check our product features.
 
Find latest news about our connectivity gadgets.

Meet KODIAQ.

You may also be interested in:

What's the best presidential running mate?

A stately ŠKODA, of course.

More...

(Fun) tips for family trips

Are you wondering how to never regret a trip to remember and how to survive everyday life on the go – with a smile? We're here to help!

More...

6 things you didn't know about your car

Do you really know your car? For one, it's older than you believe. And there are 5 more things that just might surprize you and show you how and why cars are created.

More...