66 Magazine Issue 4 Summer 2018 - Page 28

ŠKODA SC AL A TO REFRESH AND REDEFINE T H E CO M PAC T C L A S S New compact hatchback from the famous Czech brand is set to wear the Scala nameplate when it arrives in 2019. Building on a busy two-year period for the brand, Škoda is set to kick off 2019 in similar fashion with an all-new compact addition to the range, the Scala. The name comes from the Latin word ‘scala’, which means ‘stairs’ or ‘ladder’, signifying the next step forward for the manufacturer in the compact segment. The Scala also debuts new styling enhancements for Škoda, being the first production model from the Czech carmaker to bear Škoda lettering in the middle of the tailgate instead of the usual logo. The new compact model will also be the first Škoda to feature the latest generation infotainment system with a free-standing display positioned high up in the driver’s immediate field of vision. The Scala’s optional Virtual Cockpit will also boast the biggest display in its class. In addition to new interior trims and premium materials, the Scala will also offer a generous amount of interior space, along with the largest luggage compartment in the compact segment, at 467-litres. Due to the car’s relatively long wheelbase, knee room in the rear seats will be equivalent to that in the Škoda Octavia, while headroom will similarly be best-in-class. “With the new Škoda Scala we are opening a fresh chapter in Škoda’s compact class,” said Bernhard Maier, CEO of Škoda Auto. “This is a completely new development that sets standards in terms of technology, safety and design. We are confident that the Scala has the best chance of redefining the segment for Škoda." G I LT R A P R OA D S H O W R O L L S O U T PERFORM ANCE TO THE PROVINCES The world’s fastest cars stopped the traffic around the country as the 2018 Giltrap Roadshow, featuring models of Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini and McLaren, toured the length and breadth of New Zealand during November. Four months in the planning, 42 flights, 74 hotel rooms and most importantly 10 cars producing more than 6000-horsepower (4474kW). Those are just some of the stats from the 2018 Giltrap Roadshow event, which saw the most varied range of high-end performance cars ever assembled tour from Queenstown to Christchurch and on to Wellington. In each location a ‘pop-up’ Giltrap Group installation was established, with each stop on the tour incorporating a display day followed by exclusive drive events. The roadshow is designed to let customers around the country experience the sight and sound of some of the most stunning cars on the planet, while for registered participants, drives through picturesque scenery and around the challenging Highland Motorsport Park were also on the menu. Held every second year, the Giltrap Roadshow works as a supplementary event to regular remote service clinics for Aston Martin, Bentley, Lamborghini and McLaren customers, held throughout New Zealand by Giltrap Group technicians. This year the cavalcade of supercars included three Aston Martins, including the DBS Superleggera and V8 Vantage, the McLaren 570 Spider and 720S, as well as a Lamborghini Aventador. Additionally, the impressive Lamborghini Urus made its South Island debut, as did the all-new Bentley Continental GT. The luxury Grand Tourer was joined by examples of Bentley’s Bentayga SUV. Safely shepherding $4m worth of cars around the country for supercar fans and potential customers to experience them in key locations is no easy feat. But, says Shaun Summerfield, Giltrap Group General Manager of Communications, it was certainly a worthy experience. “The team involved simply couldn’t believe the reaction this line-up of exotic machinery generated wherever we went,” he says. “It was fantastic to see, hear and experience these cars, both out on the open road, and at the busy display days we were able to organise in Queenstown, Christchurch and Wellington. We’re already looking forward to the next roadshow event, where we expect we’ll be showcasing an even more varied line-up of amazing cars from the world’s most aspirational brands.”