Why no love for Skoda?
I’M perplexed that the Skoda brand hasn’t taken off in Cairns.
The Trinity Auto Group has relinquished the franchise and it’s now being serviced by Motoco, which also has sister brand, Audi. Skoda is believed to be looking for another dealer.
Skoda is part of the Volkswagen group and makes some very good cars.
But for some odd reason buyers in the Far North are shying away.
In reality they are based on Volkswagens and tend to be slightly cheaper.
I’ve been impressed with the roomy Skoda Superb, the Octavia and the Fabia RS in drives over the past few years.
When in New Zealand recently I noticed quite a few on the roads, mainly in upmarket suburbs and towns.
While I remain suspicious of slogans, Skoda’s “Simply Clever” tagline is, well, clever, simple and appropriate.
Take the latest Octavia. Some serious thought has gone into the packaging of the car and clever touches are dotted throughout the cabin.
There’s the ticket holder on the windscreen, the umbrella under the passenger’s seat, the waste paper bin in the door pocket and the chilled, illuminated glovebox. It’s the boot, though, that really impresses.
There’s netting to stop the groceries moving about, a removable LED torch for hunting around for things in the dark and double-sided mats that can be flipped from carpet to waterproof rubber depending on what’s required.
The pick of the bunch are the velcro-bottomed place holders that can secure a case of beer in an empty load area. Genius.
National sales are up so far this year by 2.7 per cent with Octavia the bestseller.
New releases on the way are the Kodiaq SUV seven seater at a competitive $42,990 plus on road costs, the high performance Octavia RS245 and the face-lifted Octavia range. A small SUV is in the wings.
Early this year Skoda Australia boosted its standard warranty period from three years to five across its entire passenger vehicle range with no extra cost to customers.
Private buyers now get unlimited kilometres on their new model warranty, while commercial users are assured up to 150,000km over the half decade time period with the promise of genuine parts..