Double victory for ŠKODA at the ‘Best Cars 2018’ awards. ŠKODA OCTAVIA awarded best imported compact car for the 5th time in a row. The new ŠKODA KAROQ is the best import car in the ‘compact SUV / off-road vehicle’ category.

With ŠKODA OCTAVIA and ŠKODA KAROQ, two ŠKODA models win the "Best Cars 2018" awards of the German magazine ,auto, motor und sport‘ in their categories. More than 117.000 readers took part in the ‘Best Cars 2018’ awards. For the 5th time in a row, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA has been awarded the title of best imported car to Germany in the ‘compact car’ category with 18.6 per cent of the vote. The new ŠKODA KAROQ is a winner right off the bat: barely on the market, yet already selected as the best import car in the ‘compact SUV / off-road vehicle’ category with 16.5 per cent of the vote.

"The choice of 'auto, motor und sport' readers is a great honour for us. The people who made this decision are those we designed and built the car for. The ŠKODA KAROQ has won them over with its unique characteristics and unmistakable product identity. We now know that our new compact SUV makes a very powerful addition to the ŠKODA model range," said ŠKODA AUTO CEO Bernhard Maier at the award ceremony in Stuttgart, adding: "Our brand icon's fifth success in a row is a sure sign we have got a lot of things right with the OCTAVIA."

"The OCTAVIA offers outstanding space, high functionality and modern technology," explains ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Technical Development Christian Strube, adding: "Thanks to ŠKODA Connect, passengers in the OCTAVIA are ‚always online’. Convincing is also the engine range. In total there are eleven engines available in Germany: six TSI petrol engines, four TDI diesel engines and one CNG engine that runs on natural gas. Add to this the most powerful and dynamic OCTAVIA in the company's history - the ŠKODA OCTAVIA RS 245, which abounds with dynamism."

This year, ‘auto, motor und sport’ magazine’s ‘Best Cars’ readers’ choice awards took place for the 42nd time. Overall, there were 378 models in eleven categories to choose from. The ŠKODA OCTAVIA and ŠKODA KAROQ are amongst the absolute favourites of the prestigious specialist magazine’s readers. Both vehicles are enjoying great popularity, even worldwide: with almost 419,000 deliveries in the last year alone, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA continues to be the brand’s bestseller. Around 60,000 units of the compact car were newly registered in Germany in 2017. The ŠKODA OCTAVIA was comprehensively revised in February 2017 and now seems even more dynamic than before thanks to its new front and rear sections, streamlined body, and wider track. The upgraded version of the compact model impresses with proven strengths and sets standards in its segment in terms of the amount of interior space, functionality, technology for safety as well as comfort, and value for money. Furthermore, the current generation is the first OCTAVIA to come with the ŠKODA Connect mobile online services.

Around 12,000 orders in Germany since its market launch in October last year underline the ŠKODA KAROQ’s attractiveness. The compact SUV stands out thanks to its dynamic lines and a wealth of crystalline design elements. The ŠKODA KAROQ embodies the brand’s new SUV design language and provides a high level of practicality. The 4.38-metre-long ŠKODA KAROQ boasts, for example, a boot capacity of between 521 and 1,630 l and kneeroom measuring 69 millimetres. The optional VarioFlex rear seats allow for even greater versatility. Each of the three seats is individually adjustable and can be completely removed. Thus, the compact SUV turns into a small van providing a boot with a maximum capacity of 1,810 l. Depending on the specification, the numerous highlights also include the new LTE-capable ŠKODA Connect mobile online services, full-LED headlights in a clear glass design, modern connectivity solutions, as well as a comprehensive range of driver assistance systems. A choice of up to 30 ‘Simply Clever’ features contribute to the ŠKODA KAROQ’s versatility.

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The all-new ŠKODA OCTAVIA is in the running for its next international honours. The fourth generation of the ŠKODA best-seller has been short-listed for this year’s edition of the prestigious “Car of the Year” award. From an initial field of 29 new cars launched on the international markets during the past twelve months, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA made it into the final. This is where the seven remaining models are presented to an international expert jury, with 60 motoring journalists from 23 European countries casting their votes. The annual award was first established in 1964. The “2021 Car of the Year” will be announced on 1 March. In the last quarter of 2020, the OCTAVIA already succeeded in collecting renowned awards in the key export markets of the UK, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

ŠKODA AUTO has been presented with the Pioneer Award for its use of artificial intelligence in vehicle diagnostics. At this year’s CONNECTED CAR Awards, the trade magazines Auto Bild and Computer Bild chose ŠKODA’s Sound Analyser app as the winner of the editorial prize reserved for particularly innovative ideas. Using a smartphone or tablet, the noises a car makes while in operation can be recorded and compared with stored sound patterns. On this basis, the software can quickly and reliably detect if the vehicle in question requires any maintenance.

ŠKODA AUTO has brought home another success from the HR Officers Awards held by the Employers Club. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the results this year were announced as part of an online presentation on LinkedIn, a social network that focuses on professional networking and career development. ŠKODA AUTO’s HR department came first place overall for its ANTICOVID-19 project, also winning a special prize for its activities aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Following a series of prestigious awards, such as the Employer of the Year and the Randstad Award, this is another success for the brand in the area of HR management.