Volkswagen California Ocean

The Volkswagen California Ocean

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Sleeping for four. Pop top roof. Compact size. You could say not much’s changed since the 70s. But it has (man).

Octavia Technology

ŠKODA SmartLink

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Our newly-released ŠKODA vehicles – such as the Kodiaq SUV and new Octavia range – come fully equipped with the comprehensive new infotainment system, SmartLink.

Andrew's ŠKODA Kodiaq

Andrew’s ŠKODA Kodiaq


New ŠKODA Kodiaq owner, Andrew, collected his SUV in July and has shared some insight into his purchase experience, along with a few photos (including the awesome space he’s made for his dog!).

ŠKODA Octavia

The new ŠKODA Octavia brings a refreshed design


The ŠKODA Octavia is ŠKODA’s best selling model series and more than five million have been sold worldwide since its launch in 1996. ŠKODA has now released a new generation Octavia, and with its new design language, the Octavia brings even more dynamism and emotiveness.

New front design and headlights with LED technology

The distinctive front with a wider radiator grille is characterised by additional headlights with a crystalline look and even wider honeycomb air inlets in the redesigned bumper. The front headlights are available with adaptive lights featuring full-LED technology. The C-shaped LED tail lights now shine in a uniform manner across the surface. The ŠKODA Octavia has grown a few millimetres in length; its rear track has increased by up to 30 mm.

The interior design exudes even greater quality and has the equipment to match; the instrument cluster and the operation of the air conditioning have been revised. The new LED ambient lighting in the doors can be set to one of ten different colours. New additional ‘Simply Clever’ features include two USB connections in the rear, folding tray tables on the backs of the front seats, a removable LED torch in the boot of the Wagon, a heated steering wheel and a customisable key.

Octavia Technology

Helpful infotainment systems and pioneering ŠKODA Connect solutions

The controls for the new generation of infotainment systems are integrated in the glass design and their displays react to even the lightest touch. The top-of-the-range Columbus navigation system features a 9.2-inch screen and an LTE module for super-fast data transfer, and provides occupants with a Wi-Fi hotspot. Smartphones can be inductively charged via the Phonebox.

ŠKODA Connect provides groundbreaking mobile online services for information and entertainment, as well as for supporting the driver. Further online services run via the ŠKODA Connect app using a smartphone.

Driver Assistance Systems for improved safety and comfort

The electronic assistance systems surpass the usual level of the compact segment by far. Newly available features include Trailer Assist, the Predictive Pedestrian Protection function, Blind Spot Detect, Rear Traffic Alert and Crew Protect Assist, which works together with Front Assist including the City Emergency Brake function.

Wide range of engines, DSG transmissions and all-wheel drive

Four petrol engines (TSI), four diesel engines (TDI) and a G-TEC powertrain (CNG) are available for the ŠKODA Octavia. The power output of the engines ranges from 63 kW (86 PS) to 135 kW (184 PS). In addition to the manual gearbox, a DSG transmission is available for all of the engines (with the exception of the entry-level petrol engine and the entry-level diesel engine) – a 7-speed DSG gearbox is brand new to the range. The 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TDI versions can be combined with all-wheel drive. The 2.0 TDI (110 kW / 150 PS) with DSG transmission and all-wheel drive constitutes a new powertrain combination: the first all-wheel-drive ŠKODA OCTAVIA with 7-speed DSG. Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC), which can be used to select suspension modes ranging from comfortable to sporty, is available as an option. All of the engines comply with the Euro 6 standard.

Octavia RS

RS models for pronounced sportiness

Along with the Octavia Sedan, Wagon and Scout models, we’re also being treated with the top-spec RS model. The performance of the 2.0 TSI has been increased by 7 kW (10 PS) to 169 kW (230 PS). It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds and its top speed is 250 km/h. This makes the 2.0 TSI RS the most powerful and fastest ŠKODA Octavia in the company’s history. The TDI engine wows with its efficiency. On average, it consumes as little as 4.5 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres. The sports chassis lowers the body by 15 mm; the car’s rear track is 30 mm wider than that of the predecessor. The wheels are available in sizes ranging from 17 to 19 inches. The ESC stability system with XDS+ electronic inter-wheel lock and Performance Mode Select including a Performance Sound Generator (optional extra) emphasise the car’s dynamic character.

The new ŠKODA Octavia has now arrived at our showroom with Sedan, Wagon and Scout models available to test drive. The Octavia RS is yet to arrive in New Zealand.

Note that some of the features mentioned above may not be available in New Zealand. Please confirm with our team.

ŠKODA Kodiaq Auto Test Award

ŠKODA Kodiaq is ‘Auto Test Winner 2017’

The ŠKODA KODIAQ is ‘AUTO TEST Winner 2017’. With 676 points, the brand’s large SUV achieved the best result out of all the import vehicles tested by the German trade magazine ‘AUTO TEST’ over the past twelve months. ŠKODA has won the award for the fourth time in a row. Overall, this is the 29th award the ŠKODA KODIAQ has won since its market launch at the beginning of this year.

ŠKODA Kodiaq

ŠKODA Kodiaq Takes on Competitors

The ŠKODA Kodiaq has been very well received by new owners and motoring journalists alike, but two things stand out when discuss the Kodiaq with potential buyers: How can a large SUV have a 1.4L engine (entry-level model)? How does a ŠKODA compare to more common vehicle brands? Find out here.

Volkswagen Crafter Van 2017

The Volkswagen Crafter: International Van of the Year 2017

Back-to-back wins for Volkswagen in International Van of the Year Award.

Over the 25 year history of the International Van of the Year Award (IVOTY), only two light commercial manufacturers have achieved back-to-back victories. Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles now joins that exclusive group as the new Crafter has been elected IVOTY 2017 to follow the success of the Transporter 6 in winning the award last year.

With ten new vans launched across Europe in the past year, competition was very strong from the manufacturers involved. The IVOTY jury which consists of 24 leading journalists from top commercial vehicle magazines across Europe undertook a two- phase election process with the Volkswagen Crafter taking the top title.

Totally newly designed and developed independently by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, the second generation Crafter features 4 base models, coming in the 3 lengths and 3 heights with front, rear or four-wheel drive traction and a choice of manual or automatic transmission. Cargo volume of up to 18.4m3 is offered from the 3.5 to 5.3 tonne GVW payload offered. New Crafter will be built at a recently constructed manufacturing facility in Września, Poland.

Commenting on the entire vehicle concept launched prior to the IAA CV Show 2016, Dr. Eckhard Scholz, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles said: “The development of the new Crafter was a unique opportunity to avoid all compromises while drawing upon our decades of experience in the market segment. The new Crafter represents a fusion of product focus and customer focus. In other words, we developed this vehicle from the customer’s perspective.”

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