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    The Czech automaker delivered more than 760,000 cars last year and aims to double its annual sales to 1.5 million by 2018 also planning to further boost the Czech brand’s image. In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the vRS (in the UK, simply RS for the rest of Europe) performance badge, Skoda will compete in the famous Bonneville Speed Week in August (13-20) with a specially modified Skoda Octavia vRS saloon. Skoda’s goal is to break the magic 200mph (320+ km/h) barrier for the first time in the company’s history.

    Over the past few months the Czech brand’s UK technical team at Milton Keynes has been working together with performance software and tuning house REVO Technik on a special Octavia vRS.

    The car with which Skoda based on the latest production model will compete at the Bonneville Salt Flats rides almost 80mm closer to the ground and features a new sub-frame that houses a race prepared intercooler. The car also gets a standard suite of safety features such as means a reinforced roll cage, parachute, fire extinguishers and window cage.

    While it retains the production model’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder TSI petrol unit, engineers replaced the standard turbo with a more advanced unit from Garret producing 26-28 PSI of boost pressure and modified the engine to run on a high-octane race fuel (with water methanol mix) instead of unleaded petrol. The result is a blistering output of up to 600-horsepower and 450Nm (331.9 lb-ft) of peak torque. Also gets a standard suite of safety features such as means a reinforced roll cage, parachute, fire extinguishers and window cage.

    Skoda Octavia vRS will enter the car in the ‘2.0-litre production car’ category and will race it over a nine-mile straight, which includes a timed mile in the middle of the course.


    General Motors announced pricing information for the 2012 model year Chevrolet Volt, which is now available for order in all 50 states,  previously. The 2011 Volt was offered in just seven states and the District of Columbia.

    They said it was able to lower the price of the entry-level model “in part because of a wider range of options and configurations that come with the expansion of Volt production for sale nationally.”

    They use new features for the 2012 model include the addition of two new interior accents (white and spiced red) and two new exterior colors (Summit White and Blue Topaz Metallic), plus standard keyless access with passive locking, OnStar Turn by Turn navigation and an audio system with CD player, MP3 playback and 7-inch diagonal color touch-screen display on all models. In addition, GM announced the availability of the Chevrolet MyLink with Bluetooth streaming audio for music and select phones and new 17-inch sport alloy wheels with black inserts.

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