Torque read­ers Czech-ed out Skoda’s su­perb of­fer­ings while be­ing given a his­tory les­son be­hind one of the long­est-run­ning car brands.

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FFIRING up all cylin­ders early on a Satur­day morn­ing wasn’t dif­fi­cult for the Torque team, and nei­ther was it for part­ner Skoda, who was keen to show what their of­fer­ings could bring to the ta­ble. The morn­ing of Dec 8, 2018 once again brought on the fa­mil­iar sight of a break­fast spread amid a buf­fet of car types from Skoda, a sub­sidiary of the VW group.

Reg­is­tra­tion forms and lucky draw coupons were handed out to the par­tic­i­pants on Satur­day morn­ing, with the first ones ar­riv­ing bright and early at Skoda’s Leng Kee show­room. Skoda was mak­ing six mod­els across their range avail­able for test drive: the Oc­tavia Am­bi­tion, Su­perb L&K, Su­perb Am­bi­tion Plus, Ko­diaq Style, Ko­diaq Am­bi­tion Plus and Rapid Space­back Am­bi­tion.

But be­fore they could set­tle into the cock­pit of their de­sired test cars, Skoda’s se­nior trainer Ernie Chua first gave them an idea of the brand’s his­tory.

Slide af­ter slide gave par­tic­i­pants (and this writer) a glimpse into the his­tory of Skoda, which was founded in 1895 as Lau­rin & Klement, the com­bined sur­names of the two orig­i­nal founders.

The cap­ti­vat­ing his­tory les­son was fol­lowed by a shar­ing ses­sion by Torque’s as­so­ciate edi­tor Jeremy Chua, who spoke about his per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence driv­ing sev­eral Skoda ve­hi­cles. A pop quiz af­ter the shar­ing ses­sion then tested par­tic­i­pants’ knowl­edge of the his­tory les­son be­fore.

With­out miss­ing a beat, par­tic­i­pants quickly raised their hands – some even

be­fore Skoda’s Mr Chua had fin­ished speak­ing – hand­ily win­ning them­selves a $10 gro­cery voucher. Some par­tic­i­pants tucked into a buf­fet spread con­sist­ing of prata, nasi lemak and hot drinks, while oth­ers went out for their al­lot­ted test drives. To keep those in the show­room busy, puz­zle sheets were handed out to keep minds fresh and alert if the cof­fee didn’t work. At the end of the day, lucky win­ners Richard Sim and Norhi­daya Sidek each won petrol vouch­ers worth $100, and ev­ery­one walked home with Skoda cy­cling bot­tle door gifts.


Break­fast with Torque would not be com­plete with­out the buf­fet.

The Skoda Oc­tavia gar­nered plenty of looks at the show­room.

The Su­perb won over par­tic­i­pants with its grace and pace.


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