Thursday, 22 September 2016


The ŠKODA KODIAQ will celebrate its public premiere at Paris Motor Show. The press conference will be on a special livestream. Watch it here online on 29 September from 5.45 – 6.00 a.m. (UTC) / 7.45 – 8.00 a.m. (CEST).

Guess the gadget

SKODA. Simply clever.

This week’s ‘Guess the gadget’ from Derek Slack Motors.
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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

ŠKODA aims to extend championship lead in Japan

Mladá Boleslav, 19 September 2016 – ŠKODA has set its sights on victory at the fourth race of the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC), a win that would further increase the chances to clinch the title with races still to come. Gaurav Gill/Glenn Macneall (IND/AUS) from the ŠKODA MRF team have recorded three wins in three APRC races so far and travel as championship leaders to the 15th Rally Hokkaido, which takes place from Friday to Sunday. Fabian Kreim/Frank Christian (D/D), who lead the German Rally Championship (DRM), are the second ŠKODA pair in the land of the rising sun and are out to claim the first APRC victory of their career.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

ŠKODA Octavia celebrates 20th birthday at Derek Slack Motors, Middlesbrough

One of most undisputed best selling models in the automotive world, celebrates two decades of vehicle design, advanced technology, high efficiency and ergonomics in OCTAVIA production.
3 September 1996, former Czech President Vaclav Havel gave the starting signal for the production of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA in the newly opened part of the plant at the company's headquarters. This also marked the beginning of a unique success story. Over the following two decades, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA became a worldwide bestseller and is still the best selling model.

The development of the completely new OCTAVIA model series began in 1992, approximately one year after the traditional Czech brand joined the Volkswagen Group. The ŠKODA OCTAVIA was based on a group platform which was completely new at the time. The robust body structure, which had been developed using the latest CAD (Computer Aided Design) technology, provided exemplary active and passive safety in combination with front airbags for driver and passenger. In addition, this was the first time that ŠKODA had offered the then new side airbags for the OCTAVIA.

With the clever liftback solution, the new compact featured an especially practical highlight, thanks to the large tailgate of the hatchback model, customers benefited from excellent access to the 528-litre boot, which could be extended to as much as 1,328 litres by folding the rear seats down.

In 1996 – the first sales year – ŠKODA OCTAVIA customers could choose from two four-cylinder petrol engines or a turbo diesel drive-train. In May 1998, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA COMBI extended the model range; from 1999 the estate version was also available with all-wheel drive. The last vehicle from the first generation rolled off the production line in November 2010. Between September 1996 and November 2010 around 970,000 saloons and more than 470,000 estates were delivered.

The second-generation ŠKODA OCTAVIA seamlessly continued the success story of its predecessor: Between 2004 and 2013, 1.6 million customers opted for the saloon, 900,000 buyers chose the ŠKODA OCTAVIA estate. The third generation of the ŠKODA OCTAVIA has been in production since November 2012.
Today the bestseller is considered the heart of the brand and is extremely popular with Derek Slack Motors’ customers both as a family car and as a company vehicle. Since the start of production of the first generation on September 3, 1996, more than five million ŠKODA OCTAVIAs have left the production halls. 

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Derek Slack Motors-SKODA-Motability

The Motability scheme has been changing people’s lives since it started in 1978 with Derek Slack Motors delighted to be one of the main SKODA dealers in the North East supporting the charity.

The SKODA model range. All SKODA models are built with increased space and practicality. Plus, they’re all available with a choice of either manual or automatic gearboxes. Citigo, Fabia, Rapid, Rapid Spaceback, Octavia and Yeti can all be purchased with Nil Advance Payment.

What are the benefits? As a scheme member you get access to a brand new SKODA every three years, with insurance, full breakdown assistance and more. There are no waiting lists or medical assessments, so signing up is easy.

How can I sign up? You can apply to join the Motability scheme if you receive one of the Government funded mobility allowances, including the HRMC/DLA, ERMC/PIP, WPMS, or the Armed Forces Independence Payment (AFIP). For more information call: Phil Manley our Motability Specialist on 01642 256100.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Derek Slack Motors reveal first close-up images of the ŠKODA KODIAQ

First close-up images of the ŠKODA KODIAQ: distinctive design for the new large SUV
ŠKODA KODIAQ transfers the brand’s new design language into the SUV segment. A wide radiator grille, athletically shaped doors and crystaline rear lights give a glimpse of the new, distinctive ŠKODA SUV design. The new SUV model to arrive at Derek Slack Motors, offers a generous amount of space, great functionality, state-of-the art assistance systems and innovative connectivity solutions.› ŠKODA KODIAQ celebrates its world premiere on 1 September 2016 in Berlin.
Shortly before the world premiere ŠKODA reveals exterior details of its new, large SUV model. They give an impression of how ŠKODA will transfer the brand’s expressive design language into the SUV segment. At the same time, the close-up images underline the brand’s high and uncompromising design and craftsmanship standards.
The ŠKODA KODIAQ is impressive: the wide, three-dimensional radiator grille is striking, with its own character. In combination with the narrow, raked headlights, which are available with full-LED technology for the first time, the brand’s first large SUV is an unmistakeable presence on the road. The side and rear views are also crisp: the doors are athletically shaped and the tailgate is expressively sculptured. The rear lights, with LED technology as standard, shine in the ŠKODA-typical C-shape.
The exceptional amount of space is also typical of ŠKODA: with a capacity of 720 to 2,065 litres (with the rear seats folded down), the five-seater ŠKODA KODIAQ offers the largest boot within its class. A first for ŠKODA: the SUV can also roll off the production line with seven seats as an option. Using the position of the seats and angle adjustment, they can be adapted to the widest range of seating and loading requirements. If the optional folding front passenger seat is chosen, the car can transport items up to 2.90 metres long.
The newest driver assistance systems ensure improved safety and comfort. Area View, using surround-view cameras with wide-angle lenses at the front and the rear as well as in the wing mirrors, displays various views of the car’s immediate surroundings on the in-car monitor. These include a virtual top-down view and 180-degree pictures from the areas to the front and rear. Tow Assist is also new to the range: if the ŠKODA KODIAQ is pulling a trailer, the system takes over steering when reversing slowly. Additionally, while reversing, the new Manoeuvre Assist will brake as soon as an obstacle is detected behind the vehicle.
The ŠKODA Connect mobile online services are another innovation. They are divided into two categories: the Infotainment Online services ensure more information and navigation in real time, and the Care Connect services provide remote access as well as assistance. The centrepiece of the Care Connect services is the emergency call following an accident: if an airbag is activated, a so-called Emergency Call (e-Call) automatically goes through to an emergency call centre.