Skoda sales up but not so Superb
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.