12,126 readers and online users of the German car magazine Auto Zeitung cast their votes: In the 34th run of the ‘Auto Trophy’, they chose their favourites out of 248 models and 138 brands across 36 categories. ŠKODA took the title of ‘Best Import Brand’ with 34.9 per cent of the vote. This was the eighth time in a row since 2014 that the Czech manufacturer has won the title in the readers’ poll.
In the ‘City Cars/Small Cars’ category, the ŠKODA FABIA secured victory among the import vehicles, receiving 29.6 per cent of the vote. The fourth generation of the popular small car is based on the Volkswagen Group’s Modular Transverse Toolkit MQB-A0 and offers the most space in the segment; the already generous boot volume has increased from 330 to 380 litres. The new edition also delivers improved comfort and a host of new safety and assistance features.
14th ‘Auto Trophy’ for the ŠKODA OCTAVIA
The ŠKODA OCTAVIA continued its winning streak with this year’s success as the best imported vehicle in the ‘Compact Models’ category: 28.9 per cent of respondents voted for it, taking it to first place. For the Czech carmaker’s bestseller, this year’s ‘Auto Trophy’ award is now the eighth trophy in a row and the 14th victory overall. The fourth-generation OCTAVIA family is more economical and sustainable than ever, with the brand offering the most versatile drive portfolio in the model’s history; alongside modern TSI petrol engines and EVO turbodiesels, the OCTAVIA iV with plug-in hybrid drive is also available, while the OCTAVIA e-TEC with mild hybrid technology and the OCTAVIA G-TEC with natural gas drive complete the range.
The ŠKODA KAMIQ received its first “Auto Trophy” shortly after its market launch in 2019, and followed up on this success in 2020 and 2021: Receiving 32.5 per cent of the reader votes, it landed in first place among the imported ‘SUVs up to €25,000’. The model rounds off the lower end of the Czech carmaker’s SUV family. The KAMIQ combines the typical advantages of this vehicle segment, such as a higher seating position, with the agility of a compact vehicle.
ŠKODA SUPERB delivers the best value for money of all models
The ŠKODA SUPERB once again had an impressive showing at the ‘Auto Trophy 2021’; the mid-range model achieved first place in two categories. In the ‘luxury class’ category, almost one in four readers (24.7%) opted for the mid-size model. At the same time, with 29.2 per cent of the votes, the SUPERB came out on top as the vehicle offering the best price-performance ratio. The extensive range of equipment includes full LED matrix headlights and numerous state-of-the-art assistance systems. The powertrain options include modern and economical TSI and TDI engines; the SUPERB iV with plug-in hybrid drive is also available.
Two awards for the ENYAQ iV: Electric SUV clinches import and overall victory
The ŠKODA ENYAQ iV entered the race for the ‘Auto Trophy’ awards for the second time. As it did in 2020, the all‑electric SUV once again won over the readers and online users of Auto Zeitung this year, winning the import ranking in the ‘Electric SUV up to €50,000’ category with 33.9 per cent of the votes. At the same time, it edged out the competition in this segment, receiving 24.6 per cent of the vote to take overall victory. The new flagship of ŠKODA’s model range offers the spaciousness you would expect from a ŠKODA as well as featuring the brand’s emotive design language. In the interior, new Design Selections replace the conventional equipment lines, and thanks to a clearly laid-out new offer structure, the ideal vehicle can be configured in just a few clicks.