Thursday, 16 February 2017

Episode 3. Does the Yeti really exist?

The only Yeti we managed to spot were the expedition's three Outdoor models – all built at ŠKODA’s assembly plant in Aurangabad in central western India. 

All were standard production models but had the optional Rough-Road package fitted. The package – which is available to all YETI Outdoor buyers, not just mountain adventurers – consists of a thermoplastic cover for the engine and transmission, a plastic cover for the fuel and brake lines, the reinforced brake fluid distribution system and the hand-brake cable. All models were also equipped with a space-saver spare wheel, although no punctures were suffered during the 680-km journey.

Known to locals around Merak as Migoi, the yeti has been a part of Bhutanese, Nepalese and Tibetan folklore for more than three centuries. Although the early Himalayan people are believed to have worshipped a ‘glacier being’, the first documented reports of a mountain-dwelling bipedal creature in Western culture didn’t appear until the early 19th century.
As Western mountaineers embarked on Himalayan climbs in the 1920s, reported sightings became more frequent, with a number of respected explorers claiming to have seen a mysterious mountain beast. 

By the 1950s, debate surrounding the yeti’s existence reached new heights with Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reporting large, unexplained footprints in the snow. National newspapers across Europe funded large-scale yeti-finding expeditions as the story became headline news. In the 21st century, the emphasis moved towards scientific exploration, with various examples of older evidence tested for authenticity and a host of new explanations coming forward. The most recent research has been carried out by the universities of Oxford and Lausanne and concluded that although the existence of the yeti couldn’t be completely ruled out, the evidence suggested that the creature is likely to be a species of bear.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Episode 2. Does the Yeti really exist?

The adventure begins in Delhi, India where the adventure team pack their kit into the
spacious boot of their YETIs and travel the short distance to the border with Bhutan.
As befits a country with the official title of ‘The Kingdom of Bhutan’, the border takes the
form of a large golden gate that separates the border town of Samdrup Jongkhar from

Once the team are in Bhutan, the true scale of the adventure starts to emerge. As the
convoy leaves Samdrup Jongkhar, the roads quickly become more challenging as they
snake up the mountain. Asphalt gives way to gravel while the safety barriers disappear
completely to leave sheer drops at the side of the road.

After a brief stop in Wamrong, the cars are checked over and the drive to the overnight
camp at Lingkhar in Tashigang commences. The road from Wamrong to Trashigang is one of the most challenging routes in the country and is locally known as the ‘road of death’ on account of the number of motorists who have lost their lives trying to negotiate its
40,000 bends and corners.

Predictably, the YETI takes it all in its stride. Although the Rough-Road package (see box
for more details) is put to the test on numerous occasions, the sure-footed four-wheeldrive
system ensures that traction is maintained at all times. Progress is, however, slow,
thanks to the rough surface and the need to negotiate pedestrians and cattle. Third gear
is the norm as the convoy edges its way closer to Trashigang.

Day two ends at Lingkhar Lodge – a stopover point in the busy town of Trashigang –
some 1,110 m above sea level. It’s a chance to refuel the YETIs, refuel the team and get
some sleep before the drive to Merak – the fabled home of the yeti.

Driving in Bhutan
For the European driver, taking to the roads in Bhutan is a bit of an eye-opener. Like
many Asian countries, Bhutan drives on the left and most cars are right-hand drive. Just 62 per cent of Bhutan’s roads are tarmacked, while the remaining 38 per cent vary from rough gravel tracks to extremely rough tracks only passable in four-wheel-drive vehicleswith good ground clearance.

Although Bhutan itself is a small country, measuring around 300 km east to west and
150 km north to south, it is highly mountainous. This means that it can take hours
to travel between two relatively close villages due to serpentine mountain roads and roads along river banks. Amazingly, 80 per cent of the Bhutanese population lives more

than a two-hour walk from the nearest road.
Watch Tuesday's third and final episode.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Episode 1 Does the yeti really exist?

Does the yeti really exist? It’s a question that has engaged explorers for centuries – prompting countless expeditions into the wilds of Bhutan and spawning hundreds of unexplained sightings and stories. Enshrined in local folklore, the yeti continues to attract adventurers to the Himalayan mountains of Bhutan – all hoping for a glimpse of the mythical beast.

Such is the attraction of the area – which features some of the most challenging roads in the world – that ŠKODA launched an expedition of its own. Taking three specially prepared YETIs on an adventure into an area of Bhutan where many locals believe the yeti lives. Would the wild yeti be tempted out into the open by the appearance of three attract adventurers to the Himalayan mountains of Bhutan – all hoping for a glimpse of the mythical beast. Watch Thursday's episode for second part of the Yeti story.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

ŠKODA OCTAVIA with new assistance systems and superior connectivity services

ŠKODA has equipped the bestseller with a new range of connectivity services: mobile online services under the label ŠKODA Connect. The driver assistance systems in the comprehensively upgraded ŠKODA OCTAVIA go beyond compact-class standards.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

SKODA: Bringing light to the dark winter months

Bringing light to the dark winter months: the new ŠKODA Superb with practical light features. Both the saloon and estate version are available with bi-xenon headlights including AFS function and LED daytime running lights on request. In addition, the Smart Light Assist provides full clarity on the road at night. In addition, the interior lighting mood can be customized thanks to ambient lighting.

The interior of the new ŠKODA Superb is also equipped with innovative lighting elements. Thanks to LED ambient lighting, the light effect can be altered depending on the vehicle status.

There is also one practical light feature of the new ŠKODA Superb waiting in the boot: A built in LED torch that can be taken out and used outside the car as well.

Call into Derek Slack Motors and test drive the Skoda Superb.