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    Geneva: Škoda VisionC concept makes us want to cash this foreign Czech [w/video]
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    Of all the brands under the Volkswagen Group umbrella, Škoda is not the one we'd most associate with cutting-edge design. Its hatchbacks and sedans tend to be styled rather conservatively to cater to tastes that would be turned off by the flash of a Seat or even a VW. But that changes here ...

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    Geneva: Škoda classes up the Octavia with Laurin & Klement edition
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    Škoda is, by our estimation, to Volkswagen what Mercury was to Ford, Oldsmobile was to General Motors or Lancia was (and technically still is) to Fiat: not quite a luxury brand, but appealing to conservative tastes just the same. (Only where those brands have all faltered, VW still seems ...

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    Official: Škoda takes page from Audi's playbook with VisionC concept
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    Škoda is not a brand we'd associate with excitement. Sure, it has thrown its hat in the performance ring with its vRS models, but even that's been whittled down to just the Octavia vRS, and the Octavia, while competent, is hardly something worth getting excited over. But the Czech ...

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    Official: World Car finalists announced
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    The 2014 World Car of the Year Awards are set to be handed out at the upcoming New York International Auto Show, meaning now is about the time we can start talking about finalists. The official list has been published and we'll admit, there are some surprising entries here. Selected by 69 jurors ...

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    Recalls: VW recalling 2.64M vehicles worldwide over engine, light issues
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    Volkswagen is staging a massive, worldwide recall that's already grown from 1.68 million to 2.64 million vehicles and covers three different issues across a number of vehicles. We already reported on 61,000 Tiguans getting recalled over lighting issues - that was just in the US. Globally, ...

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    Report: Skoda downsizing RS lineup
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    There are products in the Volkswagen Group that we wish we got on this side of the Atlantic, and there are those we don't. Škoda's products, by and large, don't fall in the former category – with a few exceptions. Its RS models represent such an exception, but new reports coming in ...

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    Frankfurt: Skoda Octavia RS adds versatility to the performance formula
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    One of the highlights of covering a European auto show like Frankfurt is the amount of forbidden fruit on hand. Most of the cars we admire from across the pond, like this Škoda Octavia RS, are on display, allowing us to see them, sit in them and push their buttons. Powered by a 2.0-liter, ...

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    Frankfurt: Skoda Rapid Spaceback lacks space in back [w/video]
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    If you were to surmise that Skoda is to Volkswagen as Mercury was to Ford, Plymouth was to Chrysler or Lancia is to Fiat, you wouldn't be far off. It's not quite luxury but not really sporty either, and it doesn't have many stand-alone products. But the Rapid is an exception. While most of the ...

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    Frankfurt: Skoda Rapid Sport concept actually looks rapid
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    This past May, Skoda pulled in to the Worthersee festival – a gathering of Volkswagen Group hot-hatch enthusiasts in Austria – with a gussied-up version of its Rapid sedan. It was awesome, but we missed it because a) we weren't there and b) let's face it, it's a Skoda. But the Czech ...

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    Official: Skoda builds its four-millionth Octavia
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    Skoda may not fall on your radar screen since it doesn't market in North America, but don't think for one second that it doesn't count. Volkswagen's Czech subsidiary sells and even manufactures cars around the world that sell in big numbers. In fact, it just built it four-millionth Octavia. Now ...

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    Video: Skoda Octavia vRS is just the thing for your pumped-up neighborhood
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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 ...

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    Official: Skoda Octavia vRS set to storm into Goodwood
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    We've been led to expect good things out of the third-generation Škoda Octavia, Volkswagen's new Czech-badged C-segment entrant that rides atop the company's MQB architecture along with the new Audi A3 and VW Golf. We liked what we saw of the handsome – if conservative – ...

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    Geneva: 2013 Škoda Octavia hits Geneva in sedan and wagon trims [w/video]
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    Volkswagen's Czech brand Škoda had a big show here in Geneva, even if most North American car buyers would never know it. Škoda brought its newly introduced Octavia model to the show this year, in both sedan and wagon ("combi") formulations. The Škoda business model in ...

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    Official: New Skoda Octavia, cast in the same mold, arrives full of new features
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    There's no reason a one-trick pony can't be an entertaining success – you've just really got to like that one trick. And while we're not saying that the new offerings from Škoda are one-dimensional, we are saying that it's a good thing we like the Czech brand's new design language; ...

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    Report: VW outsells GM in China for first time in 8 years
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    In case you didn't know, Volkswagen is hell-bent on becoming the largest automaker in the world. The German carmaker has inched closer to that goal, having outsold General Motors in China last quarter for the first time in eight years. Volkswagen's sales in China, its largest marker, increased ...

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    Video: Watch Skoda's Mikkelsen get quizzed while running a rally stage
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    If there's one trait all motorsports drivers have, it's an excellent ability to multitask. Sure, the pilots need to be able to keep an eye on the course and keep their vehicles pointed in the right direction. But that's not all. Drivers also need to be in constant contact with either a ...

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    Paris: 2013 Škoda Rapid offers Czech flair in a Volkswagen world
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    Czech automaker Škoda has splashed down at this week's Paris Motor Show with its new Rapid sedan. The 2013 Rapid may bear a brand-specific front end, but the rest of the car isn't a far leap from its Volkswagen Jetta roots. We think that's a good thing, though perhaps the best ...

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    Video: Why are these new Skoda models getting crushed?
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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 ...

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    Official: Skoda recreates Stonehenge out of old cars
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    The UK has a burgeoning car market filled with all sorts of cars we don't get here. So to get buyers' attention, automakers need to make a real splash. To that end, Skoda has erected a fresh take on one of the island nation's oldest landmarks... only in a more automotive form. Dubbed Citihenge, ...

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    Official: Škoda reveals new Rapid
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    Just a couple of days after images of its sister car, the Seat Toledo, leaked onto the Internet, the Škoda Rapid gets an official unveiling. As expected, it is a 99.5-percent facsimile of the Škoda MissionL "concept" revealed at last year's Frankfurt Motor Show. Given plenty of ...

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