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Skoda's second- and third-ever production compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles aren't exactly speed burners, but they are efficient. The Czech automaker, which is owned by Volkswagen, will introduce its Octavia G-TEC and Octavia Combi G-TEC models to most of Europe next month. Skoda's first CNG model was the Citigo, which debuted in 2012.

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Skoda, oh Skoda. You're just so cool. Maybe it's the fact that it's a brand that we don't get in these United States, but Skoda's rebadged Volkswagens, in particular the new Octavia vRS shown here, are just different enough from the hum-drum VWs on our shores that the Czech brand seems strangely desirable. Maybe we're just craving forbidden fruit.

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If you recently ordered a Porsche Cayenne or a Panamera, delivery may take a little longer than originally expected. Automotive News reports that production of both models has been temporarily halted at the Porsche assembly plant in Leipzig, Germany as the result of supply shortages caused by flooding in the nearby Czech Republic. The reason for the stoppage is that the body of the Cayenne – currently Porsche's best-selling model – is produced at a Volkswagen plant in the Czech city

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The massive number of safety devices, explosives, electronics and construction materials in modern cars means that extricating someone from a wrecked vehicle is no longer just a matter of a Sawzall and twelve minutes. Carmakers work with first responders so that the men and women who save lives can actually figure out how to get to the lives in question without doing further damage to the people inside or themselves.

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A Czech Republic-based company that converts Skodas to electric vehicles will be showing two all-electric models at the Geneva Motor Show next month, according to TechnologicVehicles.com.

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For us, the mid-season break in GP action seemed reminiscent of the Monday night following the Superbowl, something is just missing. As the hot tires penciled in the fast lines around the Brno circuit, we remembered just what it was: lightning fast motorcycles of course! High winds and poor weather conditions slowed the race pace – the fastest lap of the actual race was over a second slower than Dani Pedrosa's fastest qualifying run.

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2009 Opel Sports Tourer - Click above for a high-res image gallery

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Click above for high-resolution gallery of the Škoda Superb GreenLine

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Radio Prague reported Monday that Hyundai has agreed with the Czech Republic on a plan to invest up to $1.2 billion towards a new factory in Nosovice. The deal was confirmed by Hyundai Motor VP In-Seo Kim, and marks the end of a protracted negotiation for the site of the automaker's first European factory.

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