Thursday, 23 June 2016

Join Derek Slack Motors as we take a look back at the record-breaking vRS

This year is the 15th anniversary of vRS in the  at Derek Slack Motors. Since the first Octavia vRS arrived in our showroom in 2001, ŠKODA has continually developed the vRS stable; drawing on its motorsport heritage to add more power and performance to its ‘Version Rally Sport’ range

Octavia vRS Mk1 (2001-2006)
The Mk1 Octavia vRS was the first modern-era ŠKODA to enter the fiercely competitive performance car market. Showcasing ŠKODA’s optimism, confidence and engineering skills, the first Octavia vRS was powered by a 180PS, 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine and represented a number of ‘firsts’ for the brand. Not only was it the most powerful production ŠKODA ever built, it was also the fastest (146mph Hatch) and most expensive with a UK price tag of £15,535.
The first-generation Octavia vRS proved an instant hit with car buyers and the world’s motoring press. While it broke a price barrier for the brand, its high equipment levels meant that no rival could match the Octavia vRS for sheer value and entertainment.
Fabia vRS Mk1 (2003-2007)
ŠKODA ripped up the performance car rulebook once again in 2003 with the introduction of the Fabia vRS. Powered by a 130PS, 1.9-litre turbodiesel, the Fabia defied convention and proved that flexibility and a colossal torque output (310Nm) was more than a match for a peaky, high-revving petrol engine. It returned up to 53.3mpg and came loaded with standard equipment making it one of the most competitive and engaging packages in the sector.
Fabia vRS Mk2 (2010-2013)
After both first-generation vRS models proved huge hits with buyers, ŠKODA packed even more power, excitement and value into their replacements. The Mk2 Fabia vRS offered further innovation in the form of a twin-charged 180PS, 1.4-litre TSI engine and paddle-shift DSG transmission.
Octavia vRS Mk2 (2005-2013)
For the first time, the Octavia vRS was developed as a small range of its own, underlining ŠKODA’s commitment to the badge. Built on a brand new platform, it offered a smoother, more refined appearance. Powered by a new 2.0-litre TSI engine linked to a six-speed manual transmission, it became the first production ŠKODA to offer an output of 200PS.

To showcase the remarkable performance potential of the Octavia vRS, and celebrate the tenth anniversary of the vRS badge in the UK, ŠKODA UK made headlines around the world in 2011 when it attempted to break a land speed record at the famous Bonneville Salt Flats in the USA.
Built from a standard petrol-powered Octavia vRS by a team of ŠKODA UK engineers, the Bonneville special smashed the previous record for a 2.0-litre forced induction production car. At 7.45am on Friday 19 August, it registered an official record speed of 227.080mph – a record that still stands today.  
Octavia vRS Mk3 (2014 – present)
The latest incarnation of vRS continues to push the boundaries, with a 230PS version released in 2015. Capable of 0-62mph in just 6.7 seconds, the vRS 230 is the fastest road-going Octavia ever built, with a 155mph top speed.

Kodiak becomes Kodiaq

Discover the story behind the latest addition to the ŠKODA range.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Isuzu D-Max Centurion comes to Middlesbrough

Created to celebrate 100 years of Isuzu, the Isuzu D-Max Centurion is the most premium pick-up ever created. It’s so unique, only 100 models have been made. Keith Brown, ISUZU Pick-up Professional at Derek Slack Motors said, ‘This is a real piece of history in the making. The Centurion has all the capability you would expect from the Isuzu D-Max, but with a level of luxury, comfort and exclusive exterior styling never seen before. The Centurion also comes in a new colour ‘Fjord blue’ unavailable on any other model. The automatic Centurion arrives in our Middlesbrough showroom 7 July 2016. Limited to only1 vehicle per dealer, we’ve already received enquiries and fully expect a pre-order before the delivery date.’

Watch the full video below.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

When is a bear not a bear?...when it’s a SKODA!

Found only on the islands in the Kodiak Archipelago off the south coast of Alaska and believed to have been isolated there since the last Ice Age over 10,000 years ago the Kodiak is the largest species of bear alive.

Still quizzing for a connection? SKODA have announced the name for their new 4x4 A=SUV as the Kodiaq… but not the same right? The Alutiiq, (native islanders), call the bear Taq uka 'aq. The letter ‘q’ at the end of the word is a characteristic of Alutiiq animal names, and the SKODA’s use of the letter ‘q’ creates a distinctive name for a distinctive new ŠKODA.

ŠKODA will ‘discover new ground’ with the launch of the Kodiaq. The first large SUV takes ŠKODA in a new direction in this popular area of the market. The Kodiaq will be launched in the UK early 2017. Those visiting Derek Slack Motors’ new SKODA showroom in Midlesbrough, will experience how at 4.7 metres long, ŠKODA’s new SUV can comfortably seats seven people and offers remarkable performance both on and off the beaten track.  The hidden power of the Kodiaq can also be seen in its design – distinctive, muscular lines representing a dynamic, robust and strong appearance.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

D-Max Fury Teesside


A force to be reckoned with, the new special edition Isuzu D-Max Fury boasts a twin turbo engine and an extensive range of unique features. With its Magma Red paintwork and custom-designed interior, this pick-up is truly unique inside and out. Call Derek Slack Motors to book your test drive: 01642 256100.

SKODA Colour Corner coming to life

Cold and grey isn't the ŠKODA way! Recently, North London residents were greeted with an unexpected burst of technicolour as ŠKODA transformed a wintry street.

SKODA has proven its ability for quirky creative marketing by transforming a north London street with colourful felt. Louise Evans to transformed the street with beautiful felt leaves, flowers, birds bees and insects. 

Colour psychologist Karen Haller picked out the experiential campaign’s palette – a mix of blues, reds, yellows, oranges and greens. Already dubbed Colour Corner, the activity was designed to celebrate Škoda’s new Colour Edition Fabia models, as well as highlight the joy associated with the arrival of spring. Video footage of the street’s residents discovering the transformation was uploaded to Škoda’s UK YouTube channel. 

Haller said: "There is an energy around springtime that doesn’t happen at any other time of year. Skoda’s explosion of colour drew an incredible reaction from passers-by of all ages, proving we are in need of an injection of colour after the long grey winter.

" Tony Slack-Managing Director at Derek Slack Motors added, “The brand has gained a reputation for its ad campaigns, which include a car made of cake and a monster truck ice cream van. The colour corner was a really great idea and another to add to the list ”

Fabia Colour Editions come to Teesside

Derek Slack Motors’ range of SKODA Fabia Colour Editions featuring six different colour combinations for the roof, alloys and wing mirrors is certainly adding interest to the already new shape model. Available in white, green, blue and black with a black or white roof depending on colour.

Gary Snaith - Sales Manager at the family run dealership in Middlesbrough said, “ Not only do the Colour Editions stand out from the crowd, but there’s also an added incentive to purchase before the 31st March. You can currently driveaway the Fabia Colour Edition with a customer deposit of just £149 and monthly payments of only £149, plus 0% APR Representative.”

Along with the colour changes, the Fabia Colour Edition also features 16-inch alloys, LED daytime running lights and cruise control. Available in a choice of two engines: a 1.0-litre petrol or the 1.2-litre TSI petrol.

Gary finished by adding, “ Orders are already impacting on available stock and we fully anticipate selling out before the end of March, so if you’re in the market for a supermini, now is the time to visit Derek Slack Motors.”