- ŠKODA has revealed the New ŠKODA OCTAVIA. Now in its fourth generation and sharing its underpinnings with the New Volkswagen Golf, the OCTAVIA comes in longer and wider than its predecessor and is equipped with a larger boot. ŠKODA say the new interior concept combines an excellent amount of space and outstanding functionality with high-quality materials and clever details. New connectivity and assistance systems also raise comfort and safety.
Available in both 5-door hatchback and estate body styles (with the latter now referred to as the OCTAVIA COMBI), the line-up now includes a plug-in hybrid for the first time, the OCTAVIA iV. Some of the petrol engines, which have been further optimised, are now equipped with mild hybrid technology, while the diesel engines come from the latest EVO generation and emit up to 80% less nitrogen oxide. In the OCTAVIA iV, a 1.4 TSI petrol engine and an electric motor deliver a combined power output of 150 kW (201 hp) and an all-electric range of up to 34 miles (WLTP). The eTEC variants fitted with latest EVO-generation 1.0 TSI or 1.5 TSI petrol engines feature mild hybrid technology. Using a 48-volt belt-driven starter motor and a 48-volt lithium-ion battery, it is possible to recover brake energy, support the combustion engine by providing it with an electric boost, and to coast with the engine completely switched off.
The New ŠKODA OCTAVIA goes on sale in the second half of 2020.
- The latest Euro NCAP safety ratings were released this week and the Mazda CX-30 has scored the highest ever Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) result ever seen in testing with a near-perfect score of 99% and scoring an overall 5-Stars.
The Mercedes-Benz GLB also scored 5-Stars in the latest tests and becomes the sixth Mercedes-Benz to do so this year. Overall, every model launched by Mercedes since 2014 has been awarded 5-Star Euro NCAP ratings.
The Vauxhall Corsa received 4-Stars this year and matches the score of the previous generation against the requirements in 2014. Now part of the PSA-FCA Group, the Corsa shares its underpinnings with the New Peugeot 208 which was also rated as 4-Stars earlier this year. Performing above 5-Star requirements in three of Euro NCAP’s four areas of assessment, the Corsa only missed the top rating by a single percentage point in Safety Assist.
- Ford’s all-new, all-electric SUV has been officially named the Ford Mustang Mach-E. Previously referred to as “Mustang-inspired Performance SUV” the Mustang Mach-E is set to be a compact crossover which will take on the upcoming Tesla Model Y and sport Ford’s iconic pony badge.
The Mustang Mach-E will make its debut on November 18th at an event in Los Angeles with special guest, actor Idris Elba, helping introduce the latest addition to the Mustang family. Immediately following the broadcast, which is set to end at approximately 2:30am, customers will be able to configure their own Mustang Mach-E, select a dealer and pay a refundable holding deposit to reserve their place in the queue to purchase a vehicle.