Ebbett ŠKODA takes home an impressive collection of awards

Ebbett ŠKODA has taken out the overall award at ŠKODA New Zealand’s Dealer of the Year Awards. The awards, held on 20 February this year at Okahu Bay in Auckland, was attended by the ŠKODA New Zealand team, representatives from ŠKODA dealerships throughout the country, as well as Petr Šolc, Head of Overseas Sales for ŠKODA Auto, and Ondřej Švásta, ŠKODA Auto Sales Manager for New Zealand and Australia.

Michael van den Engel, General Manager of Ebbett ŠKODA says it’s a team effort that has resulted in the top award.

“Our team at Ebbett ŠKODA put in a huge effort across all the departments every year and we are humbled that we were able to bring home an impressive collection of awards from the recent ŠKODA Champions Awards to acknowledge this effort. I want to thank the team and our loyal customers for their ongoing support”.

ŠKODA New Zealand General Manager Rodney Gillard echoes these sentiments. “I’m pleased to see this family business that invests in their customers, staff and community as a well-deserved recipient of the Dealer of the year Award.”

Along with the Dealer of the Year Award, Ebbett ŠKODA also won awards for Sales Specialist of the Year, Sales Manager of the Year, Business Manager of the Year, and a finalist award for Parts Manager of the Year.



“Ebbett ŠKODA is a great example of a dealership that excels in all key areas of their business -sales, aftersales, service, finance, and customer experience.”

This is the second year ŠKODA New Zealand have run the Dealer of the Year Awards night, which focuses on bringing people together from ŠKODA partners and dealerships all over New Zealand to celebrate successes from the previous year.

All ŠKODA dealerships are held to high standard and this shone through in the awards night, with many receiving awards or finalist accolades. Ebbett ŠKODA wishes to congratulate all award recipients for their efforts and for the 2019/2020 year.


2019 Auto Express Review

The Skoda Scala is a real achievement for the Czech company. It rides extremely well, especially on SE spec’s 16-inch alloy wheels, yet it’s still precise and good to drive. What will matter more to most buyers, however, is that while the new Skoda is more practical than most of its rivals, it’s also one of the cheapest cars to buy. Ultimately our verdict has to factor in cost – and the Scala is among the best of its breed on value for money.

We loved the new Skoda Scala when we drove it for the first time in Croatia earlier this year. Now, we’ve had the chance to get behind the wheel of a right-hand-drive model on British roads, which is any car’s toughest hurdle.

To recap, the Scala is the Czech brand’s latest rival for the Volkswagen Golf in the family hatchback class. It won’t replace the much-loved Octavia; instead, it’ll sit alongside the more saloon-shaped model in Skoda’s range, with a slightly keener price. The new car has similar mechanicals to the Golf and the Octavia, because all three models are based on the VW Group’s MQB architecture. However, there are some crucial differences between them.

Even on our rough roads, the Scala rides every bit as well as a Golf, especially on the 16-inch alloy wheels that come on SE trim. The tyres’ large, soft sidewalls really help to cushion the worst of the UK’s surfaces.

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This is what happens when world rally champion Jan Kopecký brings the ŠKODA Kodiaq RS to the track.

When it comes to cars, Jan Kopecký, the reigning world champion in the WRC 2 category, knows precisely what he likes. So how did the ŠKODA KODIAQ RS fare in his uncompromising test drive?

When he first saw the KODIAQ RS, the new sporty version of the popular ŠKODA SUV, he was very curious. “Personally, I associate SUVs with off-road driving, though I can understand how practical they may be for family needs,” said Kopecký, admitting that he was venturing into the unknown a little.

The ŠKODA KODIAQ RS makes no secret of its sporting ambitions. The twin-turbocharged 2.0 biTDI engine offers 240 PS and a flat torque of 500 Nm. Its four-wheel drive is always propelled by a seven-speed dual-clutch DSG gearbox, and its standard equipment includes an adaptive chassis and sports seats. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds, with a top speed of 221 km/h.

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It seems natural that a car company that started out making bicycles should make great cars for cyclists. But do they? Here is a closer look at the ŠKODA Karoq.

ŠKODA’s story began 120 years ago when two Czech engineers started making bicycles before moving on to cars. ŠKODA has partnered with the world’s biggest bike race, the Tour de France, for the past 15 years.

Its cars are designed with keen cyclists in mind, and none more so than the Karoq. It’s the perfect SUV for serious cyclists who believe cars and bikes are natural partners. Here are the car’s bike-friendly features that will get any cyclist excited.

Custom-made racks

We’ve all been there: you and a couple of friends need to drive for an hour or two to begin a Sunday-morning sportive. But a lack of space means you’re forced to drive in more than one car, or get the train.

This problem is solved with the Karoq thanks to the custom-made roof rack that means you can comfortably fit up to four bikes on the roof, regardless of frame size or tyre width.

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