Tuesday, 5 August 2014

SKODA Scoop more awards.

ŠKODA’s television advert and promotional campaign for the launch of the Octavia vRS has been awarded Best Manufacturer Marketing Initiative in the 2014 Car Dealer Power awards.

The campaign, which hit screens in July 2013, featured everyday items that had been given the vRS treatment. Under the tag-line ‘Not your average family car’ the advert featured a giant pram, outsized lawnmower and a monster ice-cream truck. All were created to highlight the remarkable performance of the new Octavia vRS – the fastest production ŠKODA ever.

The 21ft high ice-cream truck proved so popular with viewers that ŠKODA toured the country with it, serving free ice-cream as part of its Octavia vRS launch activities.

SK0788-14 Octavia vRS advertThe award was voted for by readers of Car Dealer magazine. Editor James Batchelor said: “ŠKODA’s vRS advert won the hearts of our readers. Featuring souped-up imagery and a fully-working supersized ice-cream van, the advert beautifully captured the featured product’s raison d’etre.”

Keith Palmer, Head of Marketing at Derek Slack Motors added: “The vRS campaign was a huge success. SKODA wanted an advert that would bring to life the powerful performance of the car, and the specially made props gave a tongue-in-cheek taste of what you could experience if you gave your life some vRS treatment.” Plus it was great having some of the actual props in our showroom during the launch.

The 60-second television advert was created by British-based agency Fallon and can be seen here.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Orders now being taken for the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout at Derek Slack Motors



Derek Slack Motors, the oldest SKODA dealer in the North East serving Middlesbrough, Stockton on Tees, Darlington, North Yorkshire and Durham are delighted to announce the arrival of the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout
Safe, comfortable and intelligent. The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout is the benchmark for the contemporary adventurer. Designed around the timeless Octavia Estate, the Scout model features new cutting edge safety features and unrivalled space.
Intelligent traction control, all-wheel drive technology that adjusts to changing road conditions in milliseconds, and with ŠKODA’s ‘Rough Road Package’ included as standard, the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout is equipped with underbody protection for off-road journeys - leaving you to enjoy the adventure whilst the Scout does the rest. For more information on the new  2014 Octavia Scout in the North East call Derek Slack Motors on: 01642 256100.

Derek Slack Motors announce major expansion plans










Derek Slack Motors have announced major expansion plans for 2014/15 in line with SKODA’s global target to sell 1.5 million cars per year by 2018, a target that looks well on course to succeed, making Skoda the first manufacturer ever to double its sales in the UK in a five year period from 40,000 to 80,000 vehicles. Development on the existing site at Cargo Fleet is due to commence winter 2014, making the family run dealership one of the largest Skoda sites in the UK.


Derek Slack Motors who first began trading in 1973 are the oldest Skoda dealership in the North East of England and still a family run business with Derek’s son Tony now at the helm. Tony Slack, Dealer Principle at the Cargo Fleet dealership described the expansion as the beginning of a new chapter in the Skoda story.


“When I decided to take on board the Skoda franchise back in 1993, I felt it would be a sound investment as VW had just taken a share stake, offering long term stability and investment, giving us the opportunity to grow”, said Derek Slack - Managing Director at the Cargo Fleet dealership. “The success Skoda have enjoyed and the demand for Skoda cars continues to exceed all my expectations. It has enabled us to grow over the decades with our own growth strategy allowing us to expand into bigger and better facilities.”


Tony added, “SKODA has grown significantly in each individual market sector due to a younger attractive model range, inspiring new customers. We have continued our success from 2013 into this year seamlessly selling more cars in the first six months of the year than ever before in a first half year.”


Outstanding design, generous room, top-of-the-line quality, everyday and family practicality as well as an excellent price-to-value ratio, is now making the SKODA brand such an attractive option. SKODA cars are becoming increasingly popular with corporate customers, too. The brand sold more than 239,000 cars to fleet operators, a plus of 26.7 per cent.


Tony added, “To keep pace with SKODA’s market aspirations the site will expand onto neighboring land allowing us to more than double the current showroom providing more spacious reception and customer waiting areas, larger office and administration space and extend the aftersales areas. The site will be unrecognisable with a new facia, layout and SKODA’s sense of space corporate identity.”


Inline with the expansion, three new sporty Monte Carlo versions of the SKODA Yeti, SKODA Rapid Spaceback and SKODA Citigo are set to arrive on the back of several new models.


“It’s an exciting time for SKODA and Derek Slack Motors”, said Tony. “New jobs, growth and outstanding facilities will benefit everyone as we take the next big step creating an outstanding base to grow for years to come.”


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

SKODA Black in Middlesbrough



The exciting new ŠKODA Black Edition models arrive any day at Derek Slack Motors in Middlesbrough.  The limited edition models offer something a little different including a list of stylish features such as, metallic or pearl paint, black alloy wheels, black styling features, satellite navigation, DAB radio and sunset glass all as standard. Models are available in both candy white or black magic pearlescent and include the Citigo, Fabia, Roomster, Rapid, Yeti, Octavia and Superb. Also new to the range since last September is the Skoda Rapid Spaceback Black Edition.

Orders are already being taken for the ŠKODA Octavia Black Edition in a choice of 1.6 and 2.0 litre engines and now, thanks to SKODA’s 3 BIG REASONS finance offer you can purchase all the sophistication and elegance of the new Black Editions for September 64 registration, with 0% APR representative and up to 3 years’ free servicing. To find out more about this outstanding value-for-money offer call: Derek Slack Motors on: 01642 256100. 

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

11 years of ŠKODA sponsoring Le Tour De France







Here at Derek Slack Motors, (the oldest SKODA dealer in the north east), we're getting pretty excited about this year's Tour de France which marks 11 years of ŠKODA sponsoring Le Tour De France, but did you know SKODA's story began with a bicycle? Back in 1895 the L&K Slavia bike was our founders' first invention. That's why SKODA's  pavilion theme at Goodwood Festival of Speed is cycling.

Check out this video to see how we've brought our story to life.


Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Le Tour de France comes to Middlesbrough



Limited-edition Tour de France Yetis, Octavias and Superbs are heading to Derek Slack Motors in Middlesbrough to celebrate and promote SKODA’s involvement with the world’s most famous and prestigious cycle race.

Available in red, white and blue only, they feature Tour de France merchandise and clever features that will attract both cyclists and lovers of the great outdoors including, four-wheel drive, waterproof seat covers, bike carriers and bike wheel bags. Customers will also be entered into an exclusive competition, offering the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime VIP trip to the 2015 Tour de France.


Tony Slack- Dealer Principle said, “This year’s Tour de France begins on 5 July in the UK. It will attract huge crowds in and around Leeds, Harrogate, York, Sheffield, Cambridge and London, and ŠKODA will be at the heart of the action. The limited edition Tour de France models are just a small part od SKODA’s involvement and will also feature at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.” Tony added, “The Octavia Estate Tour de France has already arrived featuring additional specification above Octavia Estate SE 2.0 TDI 150PS 4x4.”

• Amundsen satellite navigation system
• KESSY – keyless entry and start system
• Boot net programme
• Floor mats
• Metallic paint
• Space saver spare wheel
• Bike carrier (for roof)
• Roof bars

Exclusive items

• Waterproof seat covers with Tour de France logo
• Bike wheel bags with Tour de France logo
• Vehicle badge featuring Tour de France logo
• Centenary edition of Rouleur Tour de France book
• Competition entry to win VIP Tour de France experience

Colours

• Moon white
• Race blue
• Rio red

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

SKODA Citigo North East



ŠKODA Citigo on the money with 4.9% APRRepresentative finance offer available at Derek Slack Motors

  4.9% APR representative† finance offer available on ŠKODA Citigo with servicing from £12 per month**
  Competitive monthly payments from ŠKODA Finance Solutions
  Citigo SE 1.0 MPI 60PS costs from just £85 per month*

Derek Slack Motors is proud to announce its impressive 4.9% APR representative† finance offer on the innovative ŠKODA Citigo with servicing from £12 per month**.

Customers can benefit from competitive monthly instalments across the range with ŠKODA Finance Solutions. The Citigo SE 1.0 MPI 60PS 5 spd manual, for example, is available from just £85 per month*.

With a classically simple yet charismatic design, the Citigo is striking from all angles. The model’s clean and simple lines, with crisp contours and large glass surfaces, make this a sophisticated city car which reflects ŠKODA’s bold new styling.

The Citigo has a spacious and bright cabin which can comfortably accommodate four adults. Boasting the largest boot in its class, the headroom and shoulder space in the rear are also surprisingly generous. The three-door Citigo comes with Easy Entry seats, which allow effortless passenger access to the rear.

Tony Slack-Dealer Principle at Derek Slack Motors comments: “The Citigo’s outstanding around-town manoeuvrability makes it the perfect car for urban driving. It is big on the inside and small on the outside and doesn’t compromise on the high levels of quality, comfort and practicality that are hallmarks of every ŠKODA vehicle.

“The Citigo has proven incredibly popular with our customers and with this great 0% finance offer, customers can now enjoy even better value.”
The Citigo’s 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine comes with a power output of either 60 or 75PS, plus the option of GreenTech fuel-saving technologies, including stop/start and brake energy recuperation. All this means the Citigo has official combined fuel economy as high as 68.9mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 96g/km.

ŠKODA’s recognised high specification trim levels – S, SE, Elegance plus Sport – are on offer, and can be personalised with a range of desirable options. One highlight is the Personal Infotainment Device (PID), dashboard-mounted touch screen technology providing Bluetooth, sat-nav and trip data.
The Citigo scooped the prestigious Best City Car title in the 2013 Auto Express New Car Awards. It is also one of the safest city cars on the market and has been awarded a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

To arrange a test drive of the Citigo, visit at Derek Slack Motors or call 01642 256 100

† 4.9% APR Representative Solutions offer available on selected new ŠKODA models with deposits from 0-30% subject to underwriting.
* £85 monthly rate applies to the Citigo 3 Door SE 1.0 MPI 60PS model only based on 3 years/ 30,000 miles. Deposit shown may be higher than the minimum; a lower deposit will result in increased monthly payments.
** Servicing price based on a monthly Direct Debit for 3 years/30,000 miles. All pricing is a ‘starting from’ price and is therefore subject to change and is mileage/model dependent. Based on the manufacturer's recommended service schedule. Additional work, including wear and tear, is not included. Indemnities may be required, subject to status. Over 18s in mainland UK only. Excludes Channel Islands. ŠKODA Finance, Freepost ŠKODA Finance. Terms and Conditions apply.
Prices and specifications are accurate at time of print. Offers may be varied or withdrawn at any time and are not available in conjunction with any other offer. Retail sales only. Participating retailers only. Subject to availability on orders placed before 30th June 2014.