Skoda claims that eco-friendly driving in Ireland has just got a big boost. The people at Skoda say that their ever expanding range has a new addition with the introduction of its innovative 'GreenLine' technology. It delivers reduced CO2 emissions while maintaining driving performance.
GreenLine models all produce less than 120g/km of CO2. They fall into “Band A”, the lowest road tax and VRT category resulting in annual road tax of €104.
Skoda executives say that intelligent technologies in the GreenLine range include 'Start-Stop' and braking energy recuperation. Readers will be getting more familiar with start-stop or stop-start becomes available in more new cars. Basically, it turns the engine on and off automatically when the vehicle is stationary thus saving fuel during urban driving.
Working in tandem with start-stop is brake energy recuperation, which ensures kinetic energy that would have been wasted during braking, is now used to re-charge the battery, helping to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Further efficiencies are achieved thanks to elements such as tyres with lower rolling resistance, modified engine control units and aerodynamic modifications to the body and chassis.
Skoda’s Yeti GreenLine is the first, and only, Band A SUV in Ireland and proves that SUV-category cars can be economical and kind to the environment. The Yeti GreenLine is powered by 1.6 TDI 105bhp offering combined consumption of only 4.6 litres per 100 kilometres (61mpg ) with CO2 emissions of 119g/km. Even with these low values, the Yeti GreenLine remains a very agile car. It accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in only 12.1 seconds and can reach a maximum speed of 176km/h.
Skoda’s top-of-the-range executive offerings, Superb GreenLine and the Superb Combi (estate ) GreenLine, are also in Band A with CO2 emissions of 114g/km. Both versions have combined consumption of only 4.4 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (64mpg ).
The best selling Octavia doesn’t get left behind either. It too gets a GreenLine model for both its hatchback and Combi, is also powered by the same 1.6 TDI engine and falls into the essential Band A.
Skoda says that it's super-mini Fabia and Fabia Combi and the compact multi-purpose, Roomster, complete the GreenLine range and are all powered by a new three cylinder 1.2 TDI 75bhp engine.
GreenLine vehicles are now available for order for delivery in early 2011 with prices beginning at €17,950 for the Fabia. The Yeti is available from €23,165, highly attractive for an SUV while the Superb has a retail price of just €24,915.
Skoda also point out that both Octavia and Roomster GreenLine offer exceptional value at €22,600 and €19,800 respectively. All prices exclude delivery and related charges.