Skoda sales up but not so Su­perb

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

ŠKODA sold 75,400 cars in Jan­uary, an in­crease of 10.2 per cent and the best Jan­uary ever. Its mar­ket share in­creased 1.58pc.

This comes on the back of record sales of 879,200 in 2011. Its UK Jan­uary re­sult was 22pc ahead at 3,700 cars. Glob­ally, there was a big boost in de­mand for its best-sell­ing Oc­tavia and for the Yeti and Room­ster but the de­mand for the Su­perb faded.

Com­ing soon, its Cit­igo su­per­mini.

THULE has a new roof box, the Mo­tion. It has dual side open­ing and an eas­ier fix­ing method to the roof bars with an in­di­ca­tor to con­firm cor­rect fas­ten­ing. There are four cargo ca­pac­i­ties, three colours, cost­ing from £305 to £575.

AFLOAT now, P&O’S sec­ond mon­ster crosschan­nel ferry, the Spirit of France. It will carry al­most two-and-a-half miles of parked ve­hi­cles.

Truck­ers have their own show­ers, pri­vate lounge and out­side deck area. Car driv­ers can choose to park near the air­port style shops. It is one of six P&O ships on the DoverCalais route.

Prices: from £60 re­turn for a car and up to nine pas­sen­gers.

Volk­swa­gen Group will launch 49 new ve­hi­cles this year.

Its Audi, Skoda, SEAT and VW brands are to share a mod­u­lar build sys­tem which stan­dard­ises com­po­nents. A new se­ries of trans­verse en­gines will re­duce en­gine and gear­box vari­a­tions by 90 per cent.

The first ex­am­ples are the new Audi A3 and Golf. The range in­cludes the first four cylin­der en­gine with cylin­der shut-down.

The group em­ploys half a mil­lion peo­ple and plans 100 fac­to­ries by 2018, in­clud­ing the first Audi fac­tory in North Amer­ica.

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