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The worst cars: it?s your turn

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

We want your nominations for the most hideous clangers of the last 20 years

Source: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/what-is-the-worst-car-in-the-world-2013-10-31?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ongoing

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Minibus Insurance and Section 19 Permits

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

If your organisation operates a larger vehicle then there are lots of different factors to bear in mind, such as getting specialist minibus insurance, making sure that drivers have the right DVLA driving licences or getting the appropriate permits to allow you to operate your vehicle. Understanding which minibus permits are required can often [...]

Source: http://www.minibusclub.co.uk/blog/2012/05/02/minibus-insurance-and-section-19-permits/

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CR001L4H2

Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Interior height: 
1 932mm
External height: 
2 524mm
Saloon width: 
1 870mm
External width: 
2 508mm
Saloon length: 
4 070mm
External length: 
6 363mm
Roof height: 
Standard roof

Source: http://www.minibusoptions.co.uk/dimensions/cr001l4h2

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Iconic London Black Cabs Go White for Australian Trial

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

While taxis and minicabs are ultimately just cars on the road, they are an iconic part of many cities around the world.

Jaguar 3 Series-fighter to spawn coupe, wagon

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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2015 Jaguar XS test mule

With its sights set on the BMW 3 Series, Jaguar could be planning a full range of models for its upcoming entry-level car – possibly called the XS. We’ve already seen spy shots of the four-door version of this all-aluminum baby Jag, but according to Auto Express, the automaker will also offer the car in coupe and wagon variants.

The XS sedan should hit the market in 2015, and the coupe and wagon models are expected soon after that. Speaking with Jag’s global brand director Adrian Hallmark, AE says that the XS will be focused on styling with a design similar to the recently introduced C-X17 crossover concept. Hallmark also said that the addition of the XS lineup could help Jaguar double its sales, which were at 357,773 global units in 2012. Head on over to Auto Express for some speculative renderings of the XS coupe and wagon.

Jaguar 3 Series-fighter to spawn coupe, wagon originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/09/25/jaguar-xs-coupe-wagon/

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Hot Car Deal ? Ford Kuga

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Which? Car deal: The new Ford Kuga hit UK roads earlier this year with lower prices and more equipment than before and large discounts are already available.

Source: http://www.which.co.uk/news/2013/09/hot-car-deal–ford-kuga-334590/?cmp=RSS-CARS_334590

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Honda recalling 405K vehicles over airbag issue

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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2003 Acura MDXHonda is in hot water due to an airbag glitch that is causing it to recall 405,400 vehicles. According to the campaign, the supplemental restraints might fire for no apparent reason. 342,000 of the affected vehicles are 2003 and 2004 Odyssey minivans, which gels with a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation we reported on in June.

Joining the Odyssey in the recall is the Acura MDX, with 63,400 units covered from the 2003 model year. Unlike the van, though, the MDX’s recall covers Japan and Australia, in addition to the US and Canada. Both vehicles are suffering from an airbag control unit that is prone to malfunction when exposed to electrical noise, a condition that can cause the airbags to deploy without warning. Although no crashes have been reported in such scenarios, there have been some injuries typical of airbag deployment – abrasions and such.

Honda will be mailing recall notices to owners near the end of October, asking them to bring their vehicles into the dealership for installation of an electrical noise filter. The repair will take about an hour and be free of charge. Scroll down for the official announcement from Honda.

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Honda recalling 405K vehicles over airbag issue originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 19 Sep 2013 09:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Honda reveals Mobilio MPV, Brio Satya hatchback for Asian markets

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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Honda unveils the Mobilio MPV at the Indonesia International Motor Show.
Sometimes, vehicles developed for mainstream markets don’t work as well in emerging markets due to a lack of infrastructure for which they were originally designed. Indonesia is one of those environs where vehicles that are low, long and wide struggle cover the country’s often rough terrain, let alone fit into the nation’s compact parking spaces. Taking this into account, Honda has been developing the Mobilio multi-purpose vehicle (MPV), which it teased in July, based on research conducted on the country’s roads and weather conditions. Today the Japanese automaker unveiled a prototype of the MPV at the Indonesia International Motor Show.

The Mobilio has three rows of seating for seven occupants, is compact enough to fit into the country’s parking spaces, which are often less than 14.4 feet in length, and has a sports utility vehicle-like ground clearance of 7.3 inches to handle most road conditions. It’s equipped with a 1.5-liter i-VTEC four-cylinder engine, which should give the MPV good fuel economy.

Honda debuted the Brio Satya on September 11.On September 11, Honda also introduced the Brio Satya five-door hatchback (shown at right) for the Indonesian market, which features an i-VTEC four-cylinder engine that Honda says will help the car net a fuel economy rating of 20 kilometers per liter of gasoline (equivalent to 47 miles per gallon). The model is closely related to the Brio budget hatchback, which was first revealed back in 2011.

Both vehicles will be built in a Honda Prospect Motors (HPM), a joint-venture manufacturing and sales facility in Karawang, Indonesia. For a bit more information, take a look at the press release below.

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Honda reveals Mobilio MPV, Brio Satya hatchback for Asian markets originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 19 Sep 2013 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/09/19/honda-mobilio-mpv-brio-satya-hatchback-revealed-for-asia/

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Is Jaguar’s 3 Series-fighter the brand’s last chance?

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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Jaguars upcoming XS, whose all-aluminum architecture will spawn a sedan, wagon, two SUVs and maybe more, could be the  British automaker's last hope.

The upcoming line of compact 3 Series-fighters from Jaguar, often referred to as the Jaguar XS, could consist of a sedan, wagon and possibly a coupe and GT model (think BMW 5 Series GT). The car’s all-aluminum architecture also will provide the basis for two new sports utility vehicles. Just how important is the much-touted “baby Jag” project to parent company Jaguar Land Rover? A JLR executive reportedly says the brand’s survival is directly linked to the success of the XS, codenamed X760, Autocar reports.

The brand’s survival is directly linked to the success of the XS.

“If the X760 fails, it will probably be the end for the [Jaguar] brand,” the executive says. But Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar’s global brand director, claims Jaguar will “build the most advanced, most efficient, most refined car in that [compact luxury sedan] segment. Not almost as good as, but better than the best in the world.”

The X760 was developed as a large-scale project that would satisfy more than Jaguar’s need for a new vehicle in the compact luxury sedan segment. The architecture also will spawn two new SUVs, a Jaguar and the Land Rover Evoque XL, which share the codename X761.

In addition to the new line of engines for the all-in effort, it’s good to know that handling precision was a goal of JLR engineers, who chose to use a double wishbone setup for the front suspension. “We selected a suspension architecture that, whichever the classes of cars that we’re even thinking about, we know we’ll deliver an uncompromised product in that class,” says Kevin Stride, a Jaguar vehicle line director.

And now come the numbers. If Jaguar could take five percent of the global market for compact premium cars, the automaker would sell 80,000 units. The Jaguar SUV would be sized to compete with the BMW X3 and X4, according to Autocar, and would add more volume. Analysts at Bernstein Research reportedly say the Jaguar SUV would add 50,000 units per year, for a total of 130,000 units using the new platform per year. They also say the Evoque XL would move about 80,000 units per year. As that JLR executive said before, a lot is banking on the success of the new Jaguar platform.

Is Jaguar’s 3 Series-fighter the brand’s last chance? originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 16 Oct 2013 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/10/16/jaguar-3-series-fighter-brands-last-chance/

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Apple iTunes Radio picks Nissan as first automotive launch partner

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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2014 Nissan Rogue

With the launch of iOS 7 last week, those who carry around a certain fruit-branded cellphone got access to a new technology called iTunes Radio. Apple’s delayed entry into a market currently dominated by service such as Spotify and Pandora, iTunes Radio allows users to create their own stations or to choose from a number of featured stations. From there, listeners can fine tune their results to deliver more popular songs or newer, deeper tracks. Each song is linked back to the iTunes store, allowing users to easily buy songs they fall in love with.

Now, Nissan has teamed with Apple as the exclusive launch partner for iTunes Radio. This partnership means you’ll be seeing some Nissan-specific content when you’re surfing through iTunes Radio, with some subtler stuff in the form of material and some not-so-subtle approaches, like Nissan’s use of iAd, a system that allows developers to directly insert advertisements into apps. The focus at first will be on the upcoming Rogue, the redesigned Versa Note and the Leaf EV.

Nissan’s vice president of marketing in North America, Jon Brancheau, explained the team up, saying, “We see iTunes Radio as an integral part of our new vehicle launches and ‘big moments,’ riding the wave of interest and usage of this exciting new service to maximize exposure of Nissan’s new models.” Take a look below for the rundown from Nissan.

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Apple iTunes Radio picks Nissan as first automotive launch partner originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 24 Sep 2013 18:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Source: http://www.autoblog.com/2013/09/24/apple-itunes-radio-nissan-launch-partner/

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Hong Kong (China) September 2013: Mercedes A & CLA-Class up

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Mercedes CLA-Class * See the Top 170 All-models ranking by clicking on the title! * New car sales in Hong Kong are up 12% year-on-year in September to 4,240 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 34,969 units, up 11% on 2012. The Toyota Hiace reclaims the top spot it holds year-to-date by selling 208 units [...]

Source: http://bestsellingcarsblog.com/2013/10/29/hong-kong-china-september-2013-mercedes-a-cla-class-up/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hong-kong-china-september-2013-mercedes-a-cla-class-up

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2012 Ford Mondeo

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

 

It is an extraordinary feat for an American automotive company to corner a good chunk of the European market, particularly in the UK where it is considered to be the melting pot for the global automotive industry. Vehicles of all makes, brands and models is a common sight in the country which is why its surprising to see the Ford Mondeo fitting in nicely with dominant European brands such as BMW and Audi, even if the bulk of this particular model’s sales revenue come from the fleet industry.

One of Ford’s secret to success is catering to the tastes of the UK market and then building a solid line of products using quality materials and revolutionary engines. The Ford Mondeo is no exception and testament to this is its ability to establish a stronghold in the rental fleet business through the years and eventually trickling down to individual sales. Taking things a step further, the Mondeo has been redesigned for 2012 using Ford’s Kinetic Design and ECOnetic technologies, both resulting in improved fuel efficiency and matching good looks.

The 2012 Ford Mondeo is now available for sale in the UK as a stylish 5-door hatchback or estate. There are five models available namely the Edge, Zetec, Titanium, Titanium X and the Titanium X Sport. Prices start for as low as £17,795 for the base Edge model up to £26,845 for the top of the line Titanium X Sport version. Included among the standard features (depending on model tier) are the following: radio/CD with USB connectivity and voice control system, leather steering wheel, CFC-free air conditioning, keyless start with start/stop button, courtesy and entry lights, power windows, power folding mirrors, heated windscreen and rear window, auto start/stop system, anti-theft system, remote alarm with central lock system, airbags for safety, stability control system with ABS, and alloy wheels, to name just a few.

The five model trims available for the Mondeo are also equipped with different diesel and petrol engine configurations which have auto start-stop system to reduce emissions. The engine displacements can be had in the turbocharged 1.6L and 2.0L EcoBoost petrol powerplants producing 160 and 240 horsepower respectively; and the 1.6L (115hp) and 2.0L (163hp) Duratorq TDCi turbocharged diesel engines.

Although a 5-speed manual is standard, there is also an available new powertrain called the Ford PowerShift which uses an advanced 6-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission that selects the next proper gear for your driving speed at the right moment giving better fuel efficiency and mileage. To top it all, buyers will also get the chance to use Ford’s configurator tool which basically gives them the option to tweak their desired Mondeo model according to their own specification.

Source: http://www.allreleasedates.co.uk/post/2011/11/04/2012-Ford-Mondeo.aspx

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Transmission moans during cold weather. No noise if temperature is mild.

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

The transmission in 02 Town and Country mini van makes a moaning or whining noise when temperature is low. No noise during warm weather. Any ideas?

Source: http://forum.chryslerminivan.net/showthread.php/49233-Transmission-moans-during-cold-weather.-No-noise-if-temperature-is-mild.?goto=newpost

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BMW recalls over 76k 2012-2014 models over brake failure

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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Bimmerfest is reporting that BMW has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of its intention to voluntarily recall more than 75,000 3 Series, 5 Series, X1, X3 and Z4 models due to a possible loss of power brake assist that could result in the vehicles failing to stop. The recall affects 2012-2014 models equipped with either the N20 or N26 engine produced from May 2012 to August 2013. Until recall repairs have been performed, BMW dealers will discontinue selling or delivering any affected vehicles in their inventories.

The problem has been traced to restricted oil supply from the intake camshaft to the brake vacuum pump, which may cause the brake vacuum pump to fail, resulting in a loss of power brake assist. While the hydraulic brakes will still function, the driver must much apply greater pedal pressure and the distance required to stop the vehicle will increase.

BMW has reported three minor accidents with no confirmed injuries. According to Bimmerfest, drivers who encounter a braking problem should “pull the emergency brake and apply as much brake pedal pressure as possible. If your BMW has an electronic parking brake pull up and hold the switch to engage the brake.” Drivers should then park in a safe location and contact BMW Roadside Assistance.

While a repair is not yet available and we have yet to see any official notice from NHTSA, BMW will begin notifying owners of the recall in November. Repairs will be performed free of charge.

The affected models, as reported by Bimmerfest, are:

  • 2012-14 320i/328i, 320i/328i xDrive Sedan manufactured between May 2012 – August 2013
  • 2014 328i xDrive Sports Wagon manufactured between March 2013 – May 2013
  • 2012-13 528i, 528i xDrive Sedan manufactured between June 2012 – June 2013
  • 2013-14 X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i manufactured between June 2012 – June 2013
  • 2013-14 X3 xDrive28i manufactured between June 2012 – August 2013
  • 2012-14 Z4 sDrive28i manufactured between June 2012 – June 2013

BMW recalls over 76k 2012-2014 models over brake failure originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 28 Sep 2013 17:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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VW Transporter Heaven at BusFest 2013

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Calling all VW Transporter fans! If you are passionate

CR001L4H2

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
Interior height: 
1 932mm
External height: 
2 524mm
Saloon width: 
1 870mm
External width: 
2 508mm
Saloon length: 
4 070mm
External length: 
6 363mm
Roof height: 
Standard roof

Source: http://www.minibusoptions.co.uk/dimensions/cr001l4h2

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Tips for Finding a Limousine Insurance Broker

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

It doesn’t matter whether you own a limousine to use for your own personal pleasure or you?re using it to hire out and make some extra income, you?re naturally going to want to find the best insurance policy that meets … Continue reading

Source: http://www.xyzinsurance.co.uk/blog/limousine-insurance-news/tips-for-finding-a-limousine-insurance-broker/

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Public Service Vehicle operator?s licence

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

As minibus insurance specialists, we know that following all the rules and regulations that apply to this type of vehicle can be difficult

Source: http://www.minibusclub.co.uk/blog/2012/06/12/public-service-vehicle-operator%e2%80%99s-licence/

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2012 Vauxhall Corsa

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

 

 

Known as the Opel brand in other parts of the world, the Vauxhall name has been part of the UK automotive industry for years. The brand is known for producing otherwise average vehicles for the UK market. But since the onset of automotive globalization the company has started to produce well-built vehicles, and one of those is the all-new for 2012 Vauxhall Corsa which is sold as a 3-door or 5-door hatchback in UK as of the moment. For new car buyers, here are some new features of the 2012 Vauxhall Corsa which you might strongly consider for your next vehicle purchase.

For starters, there’s an all new range of Vauxhall ECOTEC® engines to choose from beginning with the petrol engines. The 2012 Corsa models are now powered by three new Euro 5-compliant ECOTEC petrol engines – the lightweight 1.0 litre 12v engine that delivers 65PS; and the 1.2 and 1.4 litre units which feature 16 valves and variable valve timing (VVT) technology allowing both to produce 85PS and 100PS respectively. Both engine technology specs also provide most of the maximum torque across a wide rev band making for easy overtaking or cruising on the highway.

Next up are the Corsa’s new range of turbo inter-cooled diesel engine range which feature a diesel particulate filter (DPF) that gives a good combination of performance, refinement and efficiency in one package. The new range-topping 1.7CDTi 16v ecoFLEX (130PS) joins three variations of the 1.3CDTi 16v: the 75PS ecoFLEX, a 95PS ecoFLEX unit with Start/Stop as standard and a 1.3 95PS ecoFLEX engine available on the upper trim levels. Most of the 2012 Vauxhall Corsa models will come with a five or six-speed manual gearbox while the rest of the range comes with an available sophisticated four-speed automatic (1.4i 16v) and five-speed Easytronic (1.2i 16v) transmissions.

There are also various model trims to be had with the 2012 Corsa of which are listed as the following: the base model Expression (£8,995), the upgraded S (£11,625), the Exclusiv (£12,530), the Excite (£13,010), the SXi (£13,520), the SE (£14,865), the sporty Limited Edition (£15,080) and SRi (£15,600), and the top of the line VXR (£18,900). Included as standard amenities and safety features starting from the base model and above are as follows: Speed-sensitive power-assisted steering; electrically operated front windows and adjustable door mirrors; Remote-controlled central deadlocking; Mobile phone system with Bluetooth®; Air conditioning; Multi-function trip computer; Leather-covered sports steering wheel with audio controls; CD player with MP3 format/auxiliary-in socket/stereo radio; Rain-sensitive windscreen wipers; Anti-lock braking system with brake assistance; Electronic engine deadlock immobilizer; Driver’s and front passenger’s dual-stage airbags; Front seat side-impact and full-size curtain airbags among many others.

For all those loyal owners of the Vauxhall/Opel Corsa model who have been waiting to upgrade their old ones, now would be the perfect time to get your hands on a new one.

Source: http://www.allreleasedates.co.uk/post/2011/11/22/2012-Vauxhall-Corsa.aspx

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Press release: Fixed penalty notices for careless drivers are a welcome deterrent to risky driving

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Issuing careless drivers with new on-the-spot penalties will serve as a
stark reminder that negligent driving behaviour puts people’s lives at risk,
says the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).  

Source: http://www.rospa.com/news/releases/detail/?id=1213

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Minibus Options introduction

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
Minibus Options introduction

Source: http://www.minibusoptions.co.uk/content/minibus-options-introduction

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Ford wins second consecutive International Van of the Year award with Transit Connect

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

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2014 Ford Transit Connect

The redesigned 2014 Ford Transit Connect isn’t even on sale yet, but it’s already making its presence felt around the world. At a commercial vehicle expo in Russia, the Transit Connect was named the International Van of the Year.

Ford’s small work van edged out the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter by just seven points to allow Ford to grab this honor for the second consecutive year, which it won last year with the Transit Custom. Not only does this make Ford the first to ever win the award in back-to-back years, but it’s also the fifth time the automaker has won this award since 2003 (two with the Transit Connect, two with the fullsize Transit and once with the Transit Custom). Ford congratulates itself for the accomplishment in a press release posted below.

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Range Rover gets stretched

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

The £140k long wheelbase version of the world?s poshest SUV is here. Is this the ultimate luxury limo?

Source: http://www.topgear.com/uk/car-news/new-range-rover-land-rover-long-wheel-base-2013-10-28?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ongoing

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School minibus holds its own in the transport market

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

School minibus holds its own in the transport market School minibuses occupy a particular sector in the transport sector, carrying state/private and special needs pupils in comfort and safety. They contain the latest technologies and other features, e.g. seat belts that meet M2 certification, Health & Safety and ISO standards. D1 licence In most cases, [...]

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Skoda Rapid Spaceback lacks space in back [w/video]

Monday, October 28th, 2013

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Skoda Rapid Spaceback

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 Skoda lineup is shared with Volkswagen, the Rapid is a unique model that’s twinned only with the Seat Toledo. It sits in between the Fabia (Skoda’s version of the VW Polo) and the Golf-based Octavia, and creates sort of a niche unto itself.

Skoda calls this version of the Rapid the Spaceback, but we’re not quite sure why. Because despite its name and extended roofline, the Rapid Spaceback actually has less cargo space than the sedan on which it’s based: while the sedan offers 19 cubic feet of storage with the rear seats in place or 53 folded flat, the Spaceback cuts that down to less than 15 and 49 cubic feet, respectively.

So we’re not entirely sure why Skoda made it at all. What it does offer, however, is more glass: there’s a larger rear window and a panoramic roof panel – both optional – so while the Spaceback and notchback versions are both essentially hatchbacks, this new model does let more light in. At least, if customers tick the right boxes. Whether that’s enough to justify its existence is another question, but we invite you to delve into the live and stock image galleries above and below and the press release underneath and determine for yourself.

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Skoda Rapid Spaceback lacks space in back [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 11 Sep 2013 19:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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