Skoda tells us it will be introducing a new engine line-up just in time for the new 152 registration period.
A new range of Euro6 compliant petrol and diesel engines will see fuel economy improve by up to a claimed 23 per cent and CO2 emissions reduced by up to 18 per cent. All Rapid, Octavia, and Yeti models will receive new technologies, such as new variable valve timing systems and the latest stop/start technology.
The Skoda Rapid 1.6 TDI 90bhp is being replaced by a newer, 1.4-litre unit with the same output (90bhp ), but with 23 per cent better fuel economy (with up to a claimed 3.4l /100km or 83mpg on the combined cycle ).
There is a new 1.6-litre 110bhp (up by 5bhp ) TDI diesel engine for the Skoda Octavia, which replaces the former 105bhp version. The entry-level 90bhp Octavia 1.6 TDI now comes with stop/start technology which reduces fuel consumption by 10 per cent and now delivers up to a claimed 3.7 l/100km or 76mpg on the combined cycle.
The Skoda Yeti in 2.0-litre TDI 110bhp and 150bhp guise are the first models in the Skoda range to benefit from AdBlue® technology, which drastically reduces NOx nitrogen oxide emissions to close to zero. In addition these engines have reduced both CO2 and fuel consumption, the 110bhp by 12 per cent ( a claimed 4.5 l/100km or 63mpg on combined cycle ).
Skoda is celebrating 120 years in 2015 and to mark this it tells us it is introducing a number of limited edition upgrade packages for the best-selling Octavia in time for the July 1, 152 registration. In the Octavia, Ambition models receive cruise control, parking sensors and a colour touch screen sound system free of charge.
Style models receive free reversing camera, exterior chrome package, electric folding mirrors and LED rear lights.
And to further celebrate, Skoda Ireland says it has launched zero per cent APR PCP finance on selected Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and Superb models ordered before July 1, 2015.
John Donegan, brand director Skoda Ireland, said: “The arrival of our new engine line is coinciding perfectly with the arrival of the 152 registration period. Customers investing in a Skoda are benefiting from some of the most advanced engine technology available on the market today. Skoda is one of the oldest car manufacturers in the world, celebrating 120 years this year. To celebrate we are offering special 120 Year specification upgrade packages together with what promises to be the best finance offer available from any manufacturer for the 152 registration period.”