Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Volkswagen's New Skoda Laura Model

Volkswagen Group cars (Audi, Volkswagen and Skoda) are known for their perfection, durability and superb performance. They have a massive share in the world auto market and sustain the same credibility in the Indian market as well. Volkswagen Skoda Auto is based in Czech Republic and started its operations in the country in 2001 as Skoda India.

The Skoda Laura was launched by the company in India in 2005. It introduced Skoda’s latest engine technology and was accompanied with design and contemporary luxury. It then re-launched a new model, Skoda Laura Elegance, in 2007. This model was introduced when Skoda already had Laura Laurin, Klemant MT and AT variants in India. It launched Laura Ambiente in October 2007 with better features to lure Indian customers.

In 2009, Skoda has launched Laura’s latest model with new and added features which will surely strengthen its presence in C+ segment. It has accompanied this launch with aggressive campaigns to strengthen its familiarity to the buyers.

Power Train and Performance

The new Skoda Laura model is available in three engine options and six variants. You can have 1.8 TSI Ambiente Manual Transmission, 1.9 TDI PD Ambiente & Elegance in Manual & Automatic Transmission, and 2.0 TDI PD L&K in Automatic Transmission variants of the new Laura.

One of the striking features in the new model is its Direct Shift Gearbox which makes driving a pleasure with its precision of shifting from manual transmission to automatic transmission. Laura Laurin and Klement come with two options of 5-speed manual transmission and 6-speed automatic transmission. Skoda Laura Elegance and Ambiente are also available with diesel engines like Laurin and Klement but the DSG option is absent in them.

Design and Style

Laura can be described as a car with intrinsic style. It has been known for its sleek look and minimal structure. This premium sedan has an impressive front grille with vertical fins. However, the new model still carries the same overall look of the Skoda Octavia. The new model fails to display a distinctive look even after its re-structuring and a facelift. Skoda fans and customers will be definitely disappointed here if they had any expectations from new Laura 2009 to carry a different look.

On the other hand, the total package is not disappointing. The new automated sun roof, attractive exterior styling superbly complemented with state-of-art technology makes the car a package worth spending for.

The model gets a touch-up in the interiors as well. You will find refrigerated glove compartment, storage space in front and rear doors, and temperature control box under the arm-rest. The driver’s seat is adjustable 4-ways and the rear seats can be folded completely to enhance boot space. There are several features that have been added to Skoda Ambiente model which were earlier absent in Ambiente and present only in high end models.

Price and Colours

The new models of Skoda Laura are priced in the range of Rs. 12.67 lakh to Rs. 17.15 lakh. The available colours of new Skoda Laura are Arctic Breeze, Candy White, Diamond Silver, Black Magic and Cappuccino Beige colors.
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