Thursday, 28 May 2015

ŠKODA Octavia Estate has been named Best Estate Car


Derek Slack Motors are delighted to announce the ŠKODA Octavia Estate has been named Best Estate Car for the second year running by Fleet World.  ŠKODA has now won the Estate car category for the past five years.

ŠKODA’s dominance of the Fleet World Estate category further highlights the brand’s commitment to the fleet market, where value, practicality and low running costs are key criteria for both fleet buyers and drivers. Launched in 2013, the third-generation Octavia has already proved to be an incredibly attractive option for fleet operators thanks to its 1,740-litre boot, low CO2 emissions (from just 90g/km) and competitive P11D values (from £16,230).

Commenting on the award, Fleet World Editor Steve Moody said: “The Octavia triumphed once again thanks to its great value and premium quality finish. ŠKODA’s development of fleet-focused trims and low emission engines continue to make it a great choice for fleet users.”

Mark Hall, Fleet Manager at Derek Slack Motors said: “This is an extremely competitive category for the Octavia Estate to win for the second year running tells you everything you need to know what a great business solution the Octavia Estate is.”

The Octavia Estate features a blend of cutting edge technology and the Simply Clever features for which ŠKODA is renowned, along with low business running costs and a great driving experience. The extensive range includes the GreenLine model capable of returning up to 88.3mpg, a sporty vRS version with 220PS and 142g/km of CO2 and the off-road Scout model with four-wheel-drive transmission that emits just 125g/km of CO2

Tony Slack- Managing Director added, “The latest award from Fleet World adds to an impressive list of industry accolades for the Octavia Estate, including Best Estate Car 2015 by Diesel Car magazine, Best Estate Car in both the 2014 and 2015 Fleet News Awards, and Best Estate by CarBuyer in 2014 and 2015.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Voters choose SKODA in the polls

Your favourite SKODA dealer can reveal results from the 2015 Driver Power customer satisfaction survey, voted by-you the drivers, and what better testimony than from the people behind the wheel. Without being too complacent we (Derek Slack Motors in Middlesbrough) have become somewhat used to awards and accolades from both press and public. We modestly, polish our fingernails when mentioning ‘yet again’ being voted as one of the top 1000 companies in the UK to inspire.

Climbing down from soapbox we’re delighted to announce SKODA have picked up not one, but three vehicles voted as ‘Top Cars to Own’.

BEST MPV: was the SKODA Roomster with 88.92% of votes. Offering practicality and comfort the ŠKODA Roomster is a unique concept that brings a different perspective on design, roominess and flexibility.

BEST FAMILY CAR: went to the SKODA Superb with 91.68% of votes. Superb’s clean lines and distinctive design poisitions the striking hatch as our successful flagship model.

BEST OFF-ROAD/SUV went to, (yes you guessed it) the SKODA YETI
With a staggering 93.92% share of the votes. Offering the perfect balance between on road performance, style, and family orientated practicality.

Think you could describe that as an overall SKODA majority.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Derek Slack Motors release new rally concept, Fabia R 5 images

Rally enthusiasts who visited the Essen Motor Show were treated to the premiere of the concept version of the new rally ŠKODA Fabia R 5.

Tony Slack, Managing Director at Derek Slack Motors said: “The world premiere of the Fabia R 5 concept car gives an insight into the future of rallying at ŠKODA.” 

In keeping with FIA regulations, the new racing car is powered by a 1.6-litre turbo engine. The new car also features a sequential, five-speed manual gearbox and MacPherson struts. A number of top ŠKODA rally drivers were also involved in the development of the new Fabia R 5.

The Fabia Super 2000, the Fabia R 5’s predecessor, achieved a hat-trick of titles in the 2014 FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). On top of this, ŠKODA also won the drivers’ title in the FIA European Rally Championship and a further five national championships. We’ll keep you posted on more news.

Stokesley budding young golfers

Budding young golfers recently competed in a junior golf competition at Stokesley Golf Range with Academy Coach- James Atthey. Over 40 children and parents took part in the event, which offers guidance and local support in developing junior golf in the community.

Coach James said, “We had a fantastic day, blessed with lovely spring sunshine.
It was great to see so many children attending the event with committed parents and guardians supporting junior golf. These structured events provide a friendly competitive environment for youngsters to develop skills at an early age whilst still having fun learning.”

With the support of the community, more initiatives are planned during the summer, hopefully with more of those yummy cupcakes too!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

2015 Geneva Auto Show - Skoda unveils the new Superb

From Middlesbrough to Geneva and back again

Tony Slack Managing Director speaks to our marketing man, Keith Palmer

A 24-hour round trip to Geneva, found Derek, Steve, Craig and Tony at the 85th International Motor Show featuring world premieres from the motor industry. ŠKODA’s appearance at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, highlighted the brand’s stunning dynamics in shape of the new ŠKODA Superb and the premiere of the sporty new Fabia Monte Carlo and the racy Octavia vRS 230.

The new Superb brings the exciting design of the 'ŠKODA VisionC' show car finally into production. The Superb’s outstanding design and engineering qualities, (along with class-leading space) positions the Superb as the new benchmark in the automotive mid-class range setting new standards in room and comfort.

Tony explained how, “Whilst admiring the striking sharp creases and surfaces, our attention was drawn to comparisons to the delicate work of origami by an equally impressed admirer ,  we nodded in unison- while still trying to process such cultivated wisdom .”

“Folds in the front bumper are equally precise, along with new high-tech lamps. The new Superb is similar in length to its predecessor, but the wheelbase is now 80mm longer. Inside, the quality continues with class-leading enormity, Being well over 6ft, the Superb’s (best in segment) head and legroom didn’t go unnoticed, I resisted the temptation to catch 40 winks in the back seat. I even spotted an umbrella tucked away in each of the front doors. Definitely bound for the UK market!”

“Safety features include standard multi-collision brake, Front Assist, City Emergency Braking, Automatic Distance Control, Proactive Occupant Protection, Lane Assist, Congestion Assistant, Blind Spot Warning, Reverse Parking Assistant, Emergency Assistant, Fatigue Detection, Speed Limiter, Traffic Sign Recognition, Hill Start Assist and an Electronic Tyre Pressure Monitoring system. Did you get all that?”

“Very smart is the high-speed internet connection, the Superb is the first ŠKODA hotspot on wheels using a new infotainment system automatically connecting to your smartphone. Why would I ever feel the need to leave this car! I’m told with the ŠKODA Media Command app, you can operate the infotainment system from the rear using a tablet device. Derek asked if someone could please explain but we replied how it’s a generational thing.”

“The new Superb also boasts record values in consumption and emissions. New engines (five petrol and three TDI common-rail diesel), and weight reduced by up to 75kg, along with better aerodynamics, means the new model consumes up to 30 per cent less fuel, emitting less CO2 than previously. Despite the reduced consumption, the new engines actually provide up to 20 per cent more power on the road. Four-wheel drive is also available. Oh I just love it!”

This left Tony just enough time to mention the powerhouse new ŠKODA Octavia vRS 230 also making its premiere in Geneva. Tony added, “The racy design, and sporty interior, are equaled only by modern technology and impressive power. The ŠKODA Octavia vRS 230 is the first ŠKODA to feature – as standard – an electronically controlled front axle differential lock for more dynamic cornering. The ‘230’ designation relates to the new vRS special edition’s horsepower, which helps accelerate from 0 to 62mph in just 6.7 seconds with its 230bhp two-litre petrol engine. The car’s top speed is 155mph, (not that you would ever drive that fast- right?) making the ŠKODA Octavia vRS 230 the fastest series-produced Octavia of all time.”

Before dashing off to another award ceremony in Spain, Tony finished off mentioning the new, sporty Fabia Monte Carlo. "Available in both saloon and estate versions the Fabia really shows off in the Monte Carlo edition. With black 17-inch alloy wheels, black design elements on the exterior, tinted rear and rear side windows and a tinted panoramic glass roof it’s as mean as, well… a really mean thing!”

He didn’t mention the interior includes, a three-spoke sports leather steering wheel, black interior and sports seats with individual design.

Tony Slack has left the building.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

The new SKODA Fabia in Middlesbrough

The new attention stealing SKODA Fabia, is following a tradition of innovating creative commercials. Take a look at the new mind-boggling advert. We think it’s a brilliant idea to promote the new Fabia’s superb styling.