Monday October 24th, 2011 22:22 New Skoda Compact Family Saloon Car Set for 2013 Release


The next few years promise to be pretty busy for Skoda, as it plans to release a new model every six months from next year onwards. Although there is a good chance of a name change by the time of its release, one of these models will be the car currently known as the A-Entry.

Set for release in early 2013, the A-Entry is expected to go head to head with the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus in the compact family saloon market.

Last month Skoda displayed the MissionL concept car at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and it is this car upon which the A-Entry is supposedly based on. The new A-Entry is apparently 80% similar to the MissionL concept. At the time of the Frankfurt Motor Show, Skoda personnel were keen to stress the strong focus of the MissionL on two areas – size and affordability – so it will be interesting to see if the A-Entry has a spacious feel to it. If it is anything like the MissionL then it will have plenty of boot space and room in the back of the car.

Skoda is also hopeful of releasing a five-door hatchback version of the new model.

It is obviously far too early for any firm details about the make-up of the car, but we do know customers will have the option of an array of petrol and diesel turbos, These engines will most likely be taken from the Polo and Golf models of Skoda’s parent company. There will also be an eco-friendly version of the car available, and this will apparently emit less than 100g/km of CO2.

If Skoda is to compete in the compact family car range, then you can expect the A-Entry to have a price-tag that is reasonable and affordable for families. With the Fabia currently costing around £10,000 and the Octavia costing in the region of £14,000, it seems reasonable to expect that the A-Entry will cost somewhere around the £12,000 mark when it is finally released in 2013.

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Wednesday July 13th, 2011 22:09 The Ideal Family Car

Deciding what constitutes the best family car in the modern age is something that causes a surprising amount of heated debate.

Of course, a few factors are beyond dispute. All parents would agree that safety is absolutely paramount.

Then there’s the matter of space. The amount of internal space and luggage space required will depend on the size of the family, the number of occasions you need to take wider family members such as grandparents on trips and the likelihood your children want to bring along their friends for the ride.

All are important considerations in deciding on the number of seats you’ll need and just how important luggage space sis for you.

Many families opt for the five-plus-two car versions – whereby the car is a standard five-seater with two occasional pop-up seats in the boot space for the relatively rare occasions when six or seven seats are required.
The Honda FR-V is a relative rarity in the modern age having, as it does, three seats in the front making it an ideal choice for a family of four which has the occasional need for two additional seats.

For bigger families still, the MPV is often the only realistic option. Modern safety and seating requirements mean that parents the world over have become expert mini-bus drivers, steering their MPVs through small streets crowded with traffic – and usually built for a previous age of smaller vehicles.

For some families, performance, prestige, luxury and gadgets are all-important. An increasing number of car manufacturers now incorporate in-car entertainment systems as standard to improve those seemingly endless “are we nearly there yet?” journeys.

As for the kids, well such gadgets and getting one up on their peers are perhaps more important considerations for family cars than those of their parents!

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