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.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Around the World Eighty Years Ago: ŠKODA RAPID‘s Trip Round the Globe

On 1 August 1936 at 11.55 Břetislav Jan Procházka and Jindřich Kubias returned in their ŠKODA RAPID from a trip round the world to Prague. The ŠKODA RAPID drove 27,700km across 15 countries and three continents in 44 days. In the 1930s spectacular long-distance trips put ŠKODA in the centre of attention, advertising the brand on global scale.
"The world tour undertaken by Břetislav Jan Procházka and Jindřich Kubias demanded a great deal of the men and the car," explains Andrea Frydlová, Head of the ŠKODA Museums. "The success of the trip highlights the high performance and build quality of ŠKODA vehicles even at that time. During their adventure the duo put their trust in a slightly adjusted ŠKODA RAPID with central tube frame equipped with a 1.4l and 23kW (31 HP) four-cylinder. 

The car boasted independent wheel suspension and even hydraulic brakes. It proved to be the right choice also off the road, with most of the road network consisting of gravel tracks. New ŠKODA RAPID continues the success story
With the new ŠKODA RAPID the Czech car manufacturer introduced the current generation of the production line in 2012. As the first model fully embodying the new ŠKODA brand design language, the saloon was followed by a hatchback, the ŠKODA RAPID SPACEBACK, in 2013. Both varieties have enjoyed popularity world-wide.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Derek Slack Motors send good luck messages to their friend, Aimee Willmott

The Derek Slack Motors team are sending good luck messages to their friend, Aimee Willmott for the start of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Aimee from Middlesbrough is a competitive swimmer who has represented Great Britain at the Olympic Games, FINA world championships and European championships, and England in the Commonwealth Games.

Aimee who competes in the individual medley has swimming in her blood: her dad Stuart also swam at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Aimee, 23, now trains at the London Aquatics Centre where she competed in 2012 while her dad coaches in their home city of Middlesbrough. The whole family will be together in Rio cheering her on.

Tony Slack, Managing Director added, “As a keen outdoor swimmer, I’ve followed Aimee’s progress with a great deal of interest. She’s become an ambassador for Middlesbrough and we wish her every success in the Summer Olympics.”