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Press kit - Skoda at the Geneva Motor Show 2014

Press Release, Page 1 of 7 ‘The Emotions of ŠKODA’ at the Geneva Motor Show: Spectacular coupé design study, new Octavia variants and greater model diversity › › › › › › › › › Geneva highlight: “ŠKODA VisionC” design study – a brand on the move ‘Emotional study’ represents the next stage in ŠKODA’s design language ŠKODA range grows with new model variants and even more individuality New ŠKODA Octavia Scout: a real adventurer for family and pleasure The CNG offensive continues: ŠKODA Octavia with natural gas propulsion for the first time New ŠKODA Octavia L&K: exclusive, elegant, high-spec features Sporty look: ŠKODA Monte Carlo models for the Yeti, Rapid Spaceback and Citigo 2013: success with new models; the second-best year in ŠKODA’s history ŠKODA will be present in Geneva with 2,086 m2 of exhibition space in Hall 2 Geneva/Mladá Boleslav, March 2014 – ŠKODA goes up tempo. At the Geneva Motor Show (4 to 16 March 2014), the car manufacturer emphasises the dynamism of its brand with a whole series of new models and variants. The crowning glory of ŠKODA’s presence in Geneva is the spectacular coupé study “ŠKODA VisionC”, taking ŠKODA’s dynamic model and design developments over recent years up to the next level. As a world premiere, the brand is revealing the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout and the new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC with natural gas propulsion. The new ŠKODA Octavia is on show for the first time with top-of-the-range Laurin & Klement. ŠKODA is also launching three new Monte Carlo special models with sport trim for the ŠKODA Yeti, the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback and the ŠKODA Citigo. In 2013 the car manufacturer delivered 920,800 vehicles to customers throughout the world. It was the second-best sales year in the company’s history. “ŠKODA is right on track with its expansion,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “Eight new or redesigned models in 2013 show the power of ŠKODA as a brand. With ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ we now herald the next phase in ŠKODA’s design language, making it clear that this is a brand on the move. In the wake of the largest model offensive in the company’s history, we will be regenerating and expanding our range over the coming years. We intend to hold onto traditional ŠKODA values while integrating new sophisticated design and intensifying the brand’s emotional charisma,” says Prof. Dr. Vahland. ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 2 of 7 In this way, the Czech manufacturer is building seamlessly upon the technical successes of past years. The starting point and design landmark for the current model offensive was the “ŠKODA VisionD” design study at the beginning of 2011. Since then, ŠKODA has expanded its portfolio from five to seven model lines. ŠKODA’s city car Citigo and the compact cars ŠKODA Rapid and Rapid Spaceback have been newly integrated into the range. The ŠKODA Octavia – by far the brand’s strongest seller – has really taken off in its new, now third generation, transforming itself into the ultimate winner with two-figure growth rates. The compact SUV ŠKODA Yeti has been completely revised and is now available in two exciting variants Yeti and Yeti Outdoor. ŠKODA’s flagship model, the Superb, has also received a comprehensive facelift with new design and technical features. Design study “ŠKODA VisionC” – emotionally charged The “ŠKODA VisionC” design study on show in Geneva is a milestone on the brand’s design language. “In recent years, ŠKODA has established itself as a high-volume brand in international automobile markets,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “The brand has been placing increasing emphasis on technology, design, functionality and internationality. We are continuing along this route. Our vehicles are becoming more expressive, dynamic and emotionally-charged,” says Eichhorn. “ŠKODA VisionC” is the design study of a dynamically elegant five-door coupé. The vehicle is impressive with its expressive design, pure lines and perfect proportions. At the same time, this ŠKODA design study is sophisticated in terms of functionality and environmental friendliness. It is generously spacious, as we have come to expect of ŠKODA, with an innovative natural gas drive system and excellent aerodynamic efficiency. By launching a five-door coupé, a first for the brand, ŠKODA is also making it clear that this manufacturer is not afraid of new vehicle concepts. “The ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ is an emotional icon, a clear signal of the dynamism of a brand that is forging ahead,” says Eichhorn. ŠKODA Octavia Scout – an all-rounder ready for adventure The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout is celebrating its world launch in Geneva. With the new edition, the Czechs are presenting their best ever Octavia Scout. The crossover-model is a true scout, with robust off-road looks, outstanding drive qualities even on difficult ground, powerful modern all-wheel drive and innovative technology. In addition to its versatility, the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout has all the best qualities of the new Octavia: highly functional, wonderfully spacious, with an excellent value and up-to-date safety and comfort systems. ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 3 of 7 This vehicle has real character. With its striking adventurous looks, this multi-talented performer cuts just as good a figure on the streets as it does off-road. Distinctive visual features are powerful front and rear bumpers and all-round plastic mouldings. Ground clearance has been raised to 171 mm making it 33 mm higher than the standard Octavia and there are some Scout-specific design features in the interior. All-wheel drive technology provides excellent drive quality even off-road. The all-wheel drive utilises a fifth-generation Haldex clutch. The new Octavia Scout wins points too for excellent steep-slope performance and high traction capacity. The Octavia Scout also has an innovative rear multi-link axle. There are two diesel and one petrol engine to choose from, with engine capacities up to 135 kW. By comparison with the previous model, emissions and consumption values for the new Octavia Scout have been significantly reduced (by 20 percent on average). ŠKODA has been offering a Scout variant of the Octavia since 2007. By the end of 2013 a total of around 53,600 Octavia Scouts had been sold. This represents almost 8% of the total number of Octavia Combis delivered over that period. ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC – affordable technology that cares for the environment Also under the spotlight at the world premiere in Geneva is the new ŠKODA Octavia GTEC – the first mass-produced Octavia with natural gas drive. “ŠKODA has rigorously reduced consumption and emissions in the development of its vehicles,” says Dr. Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development and Design. The new Octavia G-TEC represents an important milestone and has enhanced the ŠKODA range with particularly environmentally-friendly and affordable models. The ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC is the ultimate fuel economiser. The maximum range of the 1.4 TSI/81 kW Octavia G-TEC is 1,330 km. The engine can use both compressed natural gas (CNG) and petrol fuels. Two full gas tanks will last a distance of up to 410 km. When the CNG tanks are empty, the vehicle switches over automatically to run on petrol. Running entirely on petrol, the range is up to 920 km. The Octavia G-TEC comes fitted with the environmentally-friendly Green tec package (start-stop system and brake energy recovery as standard). Fuel consumption is 5.4 m3 (3.5 kg) natural gas per 100 km with CO2 emissions of just 97 g/km. The environmentally-friendly natural gas drive is available for both the ŠKODA Octavia and the ŠKODA Octavia Combi. The Octavia is the Czech manufacturer’s second natural gas vehicle. ŠKODA has had a natural gas variant for the Citigo city car in its range since the end of 2011. ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 4 of 7 Natural gas drive is an important pillar of ŠKODA’s sustainability strategy. Outstanding environmental values are offered by the economical, low-emission ŠKODA GreenLine models. Currently there are 97 ŠKODA models with emission values below 120 g CO2/km, 17 of which have values under 100 g CO2/km. ŠKODA Octavia L&K – exclusive elegance The ŠKODA Octavia L&K launched in Geneva communicates exclusive elegance. L&K stands for Laurin & Klement, the founding fathers of the Czech brand. The classy L&K package is available for the Octavia and the Octavia Combi. L&K features include: 18-inch aluminium wheels, bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime driving lights and LED rear lights. In the interior there is a 4-spoke multifunction steering wheel, leather/Alcantara seats in elegant brown, the CANTON sound system and newlydesigned decorative trims. The new Octavia L&K forges ahead with three powerful engines: the 1.8 TSI/132 kW petrol engine and two diesel engines: the 2.0 TDI/110 kW and the 2.0 TDI/135 kW. The 1.8 TSI/132 kW and 2.0 TDI/110 kW engines are available either with manual or automatic DSG transmission. The 1.8 TSI with 6-speed DSG is also available with allwheel drive, as is the manual transmission 2.0 TDI/110 kW. The top-of-the line 2.0 TDI/135 kW engine with combined 6-speed DSG and all-wheel drive will be introduced in the second half of 2014. The ŠKODA Monte Carlo model family expands to five models In Geneva, ŠKODA will set a decidedly sporty tone with the simultaneous launch of three special Monte Carlo editions. For the first time, the manufacturer will present Monte Carlo variants of the ŠKODA Citigo, ŠKODA Yeti and ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback. With the existing ŠKODA Fabia and ŠKODA Fabia Combi, there will now be five Monte Carlo special models available from ŠKODA. These sportily-designed vehicles have impressive black aluminium wheels in sizes 15 to 17 inches, dark-tinted rear and back side windows (SunSet) and distinctive design features in black. The Yeti and the Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo have a black roof. The interior of the Monte Carlo models have a special red-stitched steering wheel, black interior and sports seats with distinct fabric design. These special models represent ŠKODA’s successes in motorsport. The manufacturer has one of the longest histories in motorsport and has collected countless victories on the international motorsport scene, including in the Monte Carlo Rally. 2013 was one of the most successful years in the history of ŠKODA motorsport with the European Rally Championship, the Asia-Pacific Rally, the South American Rally Championship and six other national championship titles. ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 5 of 7 The model offensive continues in 2014 In 2014 ŠKODA will continue the biggest model offensive of the company’s history with renewed vigour. The attractive model range, good order intake and increasing positive signs in the European automobile markets give ŠKODA reason to be confident for 2014. The brand had a successful start in 2014. 80,900 vehicles were sold in January, 16.5 per cent more than in the same period of the previous year. These are ŠKODA’s best ever January sales results. In the years to come, the manufacturer wants to increase world sales to at least 1.5 million vehicles per year. In addition, the company will be launching on average one new or redesigned model every six months. Together with the model offensive, the company will intensify its sales activities on the European and international markets. In addition to Europe, there will be a special focus on the growth markets of China, Russia and India. In China local production of the new Octavia for the Chinese market will commence in the spring of 2014. With the launch of the third generation of this best-selling ŠKODA model in China, the company intends to further develop its position in its strongest sales market. In January 2014 the manufacturer increased its output in China by 27.3 per cent to 27,500 units and sold more cars in that country in one month than ever before. One important cornerstone of ŠKODA’s plans for international growth is Russia. Russia is ŠKODA’s third strongest market worldwide and second-strongest in Europe. ŠKODA produces cars in Russia at two sites: in Nizhny Novgorod in collaboration with the Russian GAZ Group and at the Kaluga Volkswagen plant. The ŠKODA Rapid will commence production there in the spring of 2014. In India ŠKODA celebrated the exhibition premiere of the completely revised ŠKODA Superb and the completely redesigned ŠKODA Yeti at the beginning of February 2014. In the middle of 2013, ŠKODA also introduced the new ŠKODA Octavia to the subcontinent. 2013 a record year with eight new or completely redesigned models 2013 was a challenging year but ŠKODA showed its strengths. With eight new or completely redesigned vehicles, 2013 was a record year for the Czech manufacturer. With an entire series of model launches, the manufacturer achieved a volume of 920,800 vehicle deliveries to customers; its second-best sales result in the company’s entire history. ŠKODA made encouraging gains in the second half of the year in particular, when the new models became fully available. ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 6 of 7 The new ŠKODA Octavia has proved to be a real hit with high two-figure growth rates in Europe. In the period between September and December 2013, Octavia sales in Western Europe alone rose by around 17 per cent compared to the same period the previous year. The new ŠKODA Octavia continues ‘on a roll’. At the beginning of 2014 its sales in Western Europe rose by 40.2 per cent. ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 7 of 7 ŠKODA at the 2014, 84th International Motor Show in Geneva: ŠKODA location: PALEXPO Geneva, Hall 2, Stand 2,160 ŠKODA exhibition space: 2,086 m2 on two levels ŠKODA Press Conference: 04.03.2014, 09:40 a.m. Number of ŠKODA vehicles exhibited on the first press day: 10 vehicles (1× design study “ŠKODA VisionC”, 1× Octavia Scout, 1× Octavia Combi 4×4 L&K, 1× Octavia Combi RS, 1× Superb Combi 4×4 L&K, 1× Yeti Outdoor 4×4 L&K, 1× Yeti Monte Carlo, 1× Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo, 1× Citigo Monte Carlo CNG, 1× Fabia Monte Carlo) Number of ŠKODA vehicles exhibited on the second press day: 12 vehicles (1× design study “ŠKODA VisionC”, 1× Octavia Scout, 1× Octavia Combi 4×4 L&K, 1× Octavia G-TEC, 1× Octavia Combi RS, 1× Superb Combi 4×4 L&K, 1× Yeti Outdoor 4×4 L&K, 1× Yeti Monte Carlo, 1× Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo, 1× Citigo Monte Carlo CNG, 1x Fabia Monte Carlo, 1× Octavia L&K) Number of ŠKODA vehicles exhibited on the public days: 14 vehicles (1× Octavia Scout, 1× Octavia Combi 4×4 L&K, 1× Octavia G-TEC, 1× Octavia Combi RS, 1× Superb Combi 4×4 L&K, 1× Superb 4×4 L&K, 1× Yeti Outdoor 4×4 L&K, 1x Yeti Monte Carlo, 1× Rapid Spaceback Monte Carlo, 1× Rapid Spaceback, 1× Rapid, 1× Citigo Monte Carlo CNG, 1× Fabia Monte Carlo, 1× Octavia L&K) Press days: 04.03.-05.03.2014 Public days: 06.03.-16.03.2014 For further information, please contact: Bernd Abel Zbyněk Straškraba Head of Product Communication Product Communication T +420 326 811 731 T +420 326 811 785 bernd.abel@skoda-auto.cz zbynek.straskraba@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO › is one of the longest-established vehicle production companies in the world. Since 1895, the Czech headquarters in Mladá Boleslav has seen the production firstly of bicycles and then, shortly afterwards motorbikes and cars. › currently has seven passenger car models: Citigo, Fabia, Roomster/Praktik, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and Superb. › delivered around 920,800 vehicles to customers worldwide in 2013. › has belonged to Volkswagen since 1991. The VW Group is one of the most successful automotive groups in the world. ŠKODA, in association with the Group, independently manufactures and develops vehicles, as well as components, engines and gear transmissions. › operates at three locations in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India mainly through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan through local partners. › employs over 26,400 people globally and is active in more than 100 markets. ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 1 of 5 “ŠKODA VisionC” design study: A brand on the move › › › › › › Geneva highlight: five-door coupé design study “ŠKODA VisionC” Design study represents the next stage in ŠKODA’s design language Design: expressive, dynamic, emotional, environmentally friendly Concept: ŠKODA’s first ever coupé Typically ŠKODA: functionality – coupé with large tailgate Environment: CO2 emission value of just 91 g/km falls well within the stringent EU2020 standard specifications › Technology: close-to-production drive technology, light weight and optimised aerodynamics (cW value: 0.26) › State-of-the-art infotainment: large displays for driver and passengers Geneva/Mladá Boleslav, March 2014 – ŠKODA’s dynamic model and design offensive has stepped up a level. In Geneva the Czech vehicle manufacturer presents the spectacular “ŠKODA VisionC” design study. The five-door coupé, with its emotionally-charged design, is pioneering the next stage in the development of ŠKODA design, demonstrating the opportunities for innovative body concepts at the same time. “ŠKODA VisionC” impresses with its expressive and dynamical design language as well as with ultra-modern technical features, low emissions, light weight and optimised aerodynamics. “ŠKODA is on the move,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “The ‘VisionD’, just three years ago, was the starting point and design milestone for our model offensive. With ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ ŠKODA‘s model and design development of recent years has entered a new stage. Greater priority is being placed on design, proving the emotional charisma and power of the ŠKODA brand. ‘ŠKODA VisionC’ shows off the company‘s outstanding design and engineering skills while highlighting the dynamism and importance of one of the longest-established vehicle brands. Over the coming years we intend to grow with the launch of ever more sophisticated cars and consolidate our position as an international high-volume manufacturer,” says Prof. Dr. Vahland. Maximum elegance, dynamism and style “ŠKODA VisionC” is a five-door coupé with expressive styling and dynamic elegance. Its design language is a striking development of the new design line adopted three years ago. Elegant lines accentuate the vehicle’s exciting proportions. ŠKODA Chief designer Jozef Kabaň and his team have achieved a unique combination of soft, light contours, concave and convex surfaces as well as sharp, precise lines. Surfaces and proportions convince with a clear structure, the interplay of light and shade is crisp, the edges are clearly defined. For Kabaň, “avoiding all ornament and frills is essential.” ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 2 of 5 A self-assured front The coupé’s front has a self-assured and dynamic look. The wide radiator grille and distinctive shape of the headlamps with their tapering triangular form dominate the powerful front end. The headlamp contours are sharp-edged, like cut glass crystals. In combination with the fog lamps, also triangular, they give the car an expressive, three-dimensional four-eyed look. The grille retains its slightly curving form, it is however somewhat flatter and broader than in current ŠKODA models. The vertical fins are a distinguishing feature. In the design study, they are hand-made crystal elements with discreet indirect illumination. In the lower area of the front view, a large air inlet – extending over the entire width of the vehicle – emphasises the vehicle’s elegant dynamism. The bonnet is elongated and is accentuated with longitudinal chamfering to the right and left, extending in a slight arc from the A pillar through to the transition between headlamps and radiator grille. Jozef Kabaň describes it as “an expression of emotion, form and movement.” This reinterpreted bonnet bears the ŠKODA logo as its dominating centrepiece, on a harmoniously-rounded bonnet nose stretching into the radiator grille. Dynamically elegant coupé silhouette with sharp tornado line From the side view, “ŠKODA VisionC” appears neat with clean lines. “The form is intended to look attractive. We have dispensed with superfluous corners and edges,” says Kabaň. The high tornado line, the low-lying front windscreen and the short overhangs emphasise the vehicle’s dynamic distinctiveness. The same goes also in particular for the sharp waistline which starts on the elegant bonnet at the wings, snugly and naturally hugging the sides. The powerful, sleek silhouette, the roofline sloping gently down at the back over the C pillar, the fine flowing lines without visible gradations, frameless side windows and the strong side-transition to the tail – all this is aesthetically pure. Typically for a ŠKODA, the lower side window line slopes gradually backwards, sweeping down to the rear side window of the back door. This ŠKODA design feature described by the designers as a ‘fin’ was first used in the brand’s model design on the new ŠKODA Octavia, and is continued in the “ŠKODA VisionC” as a distinctive feature. The door handles of the “ŠKODA VisionC” are a feature in themselves. The designers have simply made them ‘disappear’. The door handles – running directly under the tornado line – are set invisibly into the external door trim. To open the doors, you press the handle – the door then comes out automatically and can be operated. ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 3 of 5 The rear flanks of the vehicle are particularly exciting due to the broad, striking design of the wheel arches. The rear lights reach far into the sides of the vehicle, emphasising the dynamic aspirations of the “ŠKODA VisionC” as well as the long wheelbase. The “ŠKODA VisionC” features large 19-inch aluminium wheels. Rear: unexpected and exciting The shape of the tail is dynamic, exciting and unexpected. Maximum 3-D design creates a sculpture-like shape. The new tail light design is a brilliant distinctive touch. The Cshaped lights, a typical ŠKODA form, are divided into two parts, with the C being separated horizontally through the middle. The upper part is in the tailgate, housing all the lighting functions. The lower part of the C is formed by the reflector elements (cat’s eyes) inset into the bumper. The vertical closure of the tailgate has a surprising and unique shape. In particular the sharp, inward crease is a striking accent. This radical rear end has a positive effect on the drag coefficient CW. Triangular-shaped embossing in the tailgate (described by the designers as “triangular cubist elements”) clearly identifies the “ŠKODA VisionC” as a member of the ŠKODA family. Exacting standards in functionality and eco-friendliness In addition to its sophisticated design, the “ŠKODA VisionC” is iconic in terms of functionality and environmental friendliness. The design shows off the conceptual talents of the ŠKODA engineers: design, technical features, space, functionality and the emotionally-charged coupé shape combine to make a very impressive package. The “ŠKODA VisionC” has plenty of space for four people and their luggage. Typically ŠKODA are the large tailgate and the generous boot space. In addition, state-of-the-art MQB technology, a close-to-production drive system, light weight and optimised aerodynamics all demonstrate great potential for ‘sensible’ individual mobility with optimised environmental values and the best possible value for money. The “ŠKODA VisionC” has outstanding emission values thanks to the innovative CNG drive, light bodyweight and excellent aerodynamics. The technology under the bonnet is an up-to-the-minute and state-of-the-art bivalent 1.4 TSI/81 kW CNG and petrol turbo engine which will accelerate the vehicle up to a maximum speed of 214 km/h. In CNG mode, the vehicle only consumes merely 3.4 kg or 5.1 m3 natural gas per 100 kilometres, corresponding to a CO2 output of just 91 g. This value emphasises the study’s closeness to reality and is significantly below the much-discussed limit decreed by the European Commission for 2020. Here ŠKODA shows that even attractive mid-range vehicles with conventional drive technologies can achieve ambitious CO2 values. ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 4 of 5 Maximising aerodynamics and minimising weight were priorities for the ŠKODA engineers. Perfect interaction between design and technical enhancements have resulted in a drag coefficient for the “ŠKODA VisionC” of just 0.26. In terms of weight optimisation, ŠKODA has used carbon fibre for the gas tanks and extra-light hot-formed steel. Important bolt-on parts such as the wings, bonnet and doors are in aluminium. Interior: perfect elegance and comfort The “ŠKODA VisionC” is a glimpse of ŠKODA interior design of the future. Interior and exterior design are in harmony, both asserting the overall impression of a sleek, dynamic and elegant vehicle. Striking interior features include a recurrent elegant interplay of convex and concave surfaces, precise lines and the use of top quality, state-of-the-art materials. In the coupé, four individual seats provide plenty of room for four people to sit in comfort. Despite the coupé-style silhouette, the vehicle is spacious. The accentuated horizontals emphasise the feeling of airy spaciousness. All instruments and controls are laid out in accordance with up-to-date ergonomic requirements, just in the right place. The infotainment system sets clear benchmarks with data processing and presentation of all relevant information on large displays for driver and passengers. In front of the driver there is a fully-programmable combined unit with a large 3-D display. The attention-grabbing centrepiece of the dashboard is the touch-sensitive multimedia screen which projects gracefully from the dashboard, seeming to be hung-up in the interior. The visual effect is intensified by accents of back-lighting. Additional brilliance is provided by the finely polished glass structure – another reference to the art of the Bohemian glassmakers. The air-conditioning controls are accommodated under the screen, on the decorative glass surface in the central console. The transition between dashboard and doors is particularly elegant. A continuous ‘light line’ unites both elements visually, at the same time emphasising the breadth of the vehicle. The light line runs over the entire width of the door, circles the armrests and ends in the seat-belt tensioner. Additional visual accents are provided in the doors with backlit crystal decorative elements. Nevertheless, functional aspects are by no means neglected, including storage compartments for one-litre bottles. Each rear passenger also has a foldaway multimedia screen. A screen integrated into the back section of the central arm rest shows basic information on vehicle operation. ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 5 of 5 Comfort for the rear passengers is of paramount importance. Individually-adjustable airoutlets are integrated into the backrests. The rear headrests retract into the backrests when not in use, so that the driver has a clear view behind him when there are no rear passengers. When required, the headrests are simply flipped up. There are reading lamps in the sides of both rear doors. The large boot of the “ŠKODA VisionC” is impressively spacious. The tailgate swings open wide, making loading and unloading quick and easy. Moreover, the luggage space has a range of ‘Simply Clever’ solutions such as bag hooks or straps integrated into the boot floor for securing luggage. On the sidewalls there are lockable compartments for small items. For further information, please contact: Bernd Abel Zbyněk Straškraba Head of Product Communication Product Communication T +420 326 811 731 T +420 326 811 785 bernd.abel@skoda-auto.cz zbynek.straskraba@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO › is one of the longest-established vehicle production companies in the world. Since 1895, the Czech headquarters in Mladá Boleslav has seen the production firstly of bicycles and then, shortly afterwards motorbikes and cars. › currently has seven passenger car models: Citigo, Fabia, Roomster/Praktik, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and Superb. › delivered around 920,800 vehicles to customers worldwide in 2013. › has belonged to Volkswagen since 1991. The VW Group is one of the most successful automotive groups in the world. ŠKODA, in association with the Group, independently manufactures and develops vehicles, as well as components, engines and gear transmissions. › operates at three locations in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India mainly through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan through local partners. › employs over 26,400 people globally and is active in more than 100 markets. ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 1 of 5 The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout: A real adventurer for family and for leisure › World launch of the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout in Geneva – even more unique › With a more powerful off-road look in the new ŠKODA design language › Impressive rough-road capability, steep-slope performance and high traction capacity › Modern all-wheel-drive technology based on the high-performance Haldex-5 clutch › Three more powerful engines and on average 20 percent lower fuel consumption; a premiere for the 2.0 TDI/135 kW with DSG and 4×4 all-wheel drive › A ‘bit more car’: lots of space, ‘Simply Clever’ features, maximum safety › ŠKODA’s successful ‘adventure’ models: Octavia Scout, Fabia Scout, Fabia Combi Scout, Roomster Scout, Yeti Outdoor and Superb with the Outdoor package Geneva/Mladá Boleslav, March 2014 – The new ŠKODA Octavia is a true scout. The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout, on its world premiere launch in Geneva, is a unique all-rounder with outstanding driving performance even on rough roads; it has a powerful all-wheel drive and a robust off-road look. At the same time this crossover vehicle has all the outstanding qualities of the new ŠKODA Octavia. It is spacious, highly practical and has up-to-date safety and comfort systems. The new Octavia Scout offers the best possible value for money. Compared to the previous model, the emission and fuel-consumption values of the new Octavia Scout have been reduced by 20 per cent on average. “The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout is an extremely versatile all-rounder and demonstrates the strengths of the ŠKODA brand,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “A true scout has to earn that name at ŠKODA. The Octavia Scout has a rugged character with outstanding all-wheel and steep-slope performance. Traction capacity and ground clearance are excellent. Combined with its powerful off-road look, high-performance engines with low fuel consumption, the ultimate in safety and infotainment technology, as much room as you could wish for and not least, some fabulous features – the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout meets the highest technical, aesthetic and lifestyle standards. More and more customers ask for cars with individual appeal and the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout is the answer,” says Prof. Dr. Vahland. The new Octavia Scout is based exclusively on the Octavia Combi. Its market launch is planned for September 2014. The Octavia Scout has been a fixed feature in ŠKODA’s model range since 2007. With its second Scout generation, the Czech manufacturer intends to build further upon the success of these versatile vehicles. Between 2007 and the end of 2013, ŠKODA delivered around 53,600 Octavia Scouts to customers ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 2 of 5 worldwide. This represents almost 8 per cent of all Octavia Combi vehicles supplied during that period. Powerful personality A glance at the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout will tell you that this is a vehicle with a style all its own – self-assured and distinctive. “The Octavia Scout has character: its striking looks and all-wheel-drive technology are the perfect combination,” says ŠKODA head designer Jozef Kabaň. The brand’s new design idiom suits the Octavia Scout particularly well. Perfect proportions, edgy, pared down to the essentials – the brand is a symbol of top quality design, giving ample scope for this compact adventurer’s unique identity. The front has a distinctive, Scout-specific bumper with black plastic moulding. This front bumper has stronger contours than the one on the standard Octavia. Below the broad, central honeycomb air inlet, the bumper is also emphasised by a silver off-road attachment. The sharp embossed fog lights are an exclusive Scout design. They are integrated into the right and left sides of the lower part of the bumper. The radiator grille in new ŠKODA design bears the Scout badge. The ŠKODA designers have given the side view of the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout a significantly more muscular and robust aspect, in keeping with the front. Black side mouldings provide a surround for door sill and wheel arches and extend over both sides of the vehicle. There are also black plastic side protection mouldings. The exterior mirror housings come in an aluminium design as standard. Aluminium-effect roof railings are also available as an option. The ground clearance of the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout has been raised to 171 millimetres and is now 33 millimetres higher than the standard Octavia. The standard rough-road package prevents the underbody from being damaged mechanically or dirt from penetrating the engine compartment under more rugged conditions. There are additional plastic protective covers for underbody components as well as the brake and petrol lines. 17-inch aluminium wheels are fitted as standard. The tyres are higher than in the standard Octavia and are size 225/50 R17. Typically ŠKODA, the rear of the Octavia Scout is precision-designed with clean, uncluttered lines, showing the basic shape of the characteristic C-lamp design and the new triangular elements. The lower rear area is strongly emphasised. As in the front, here again, a distinctive bumper gives the Octavia Scout a unique look. Two reflectors are integrated into the right and left of the bumper (cat’s eyes). The lower black-clad bumper components include a silver-coloured off-road attachment in the middle. The left side of the tailgate bears the ŠKODA signature and on the right is the Scout lettering. ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 3 of 5 The ŠKODA Octavia Scout’s interior is also full of character. The front door sills bear the Scout lettering and the door trims are in a unique Scout design. The dashboard is in classic black or in a black/brown combination. The Octavia Scout comes as standard with a 3-spoke multifunction leather steering wheel with an integral Scout emblem. The gear knob also bears a Scout badge. There are two seat cover designs to choose from: in fabric (brown) or in leather/Alcantara combination (two colour options: black or brown). The Octavia Scout is as spacious as the Octavia Combi. The passenger compartment is one of the largest in its class, with optimised interior length (1,782 millimetres), rear legroom (73 millimetres) and headroom at front and rear (983 and 995 millimetres). The boot has a 610 litre capacity, and, with the rear seats down, the capacity increases to 1,740 litres. With the front passenger seat folded down, items up to 2.92 meters in length can be transported. The Scout also has a series of ‘Simply Clever’ features such as the double-sided floor cover in the boot, the folding cargo element, the ice scraper in the fuel filler flap, the high-visibility vest holder under the driver’s seat, waste compartment in the side door and many storage compartments. The ŠKODA Octavia Scout is available in the entire Octavia exterior colour range. It includes four plain colours and nine metallic colours including a new colour Laser White. Outstanding drive capabilities with state-of-the-art Haldex-5 all-wheel drive technology The Octavia Scout is available exclusively with all-wheel drive. Optimum drive capabilities and traction capacity (on and off road) are guaranteed by state-of-the-art all-wheeldrive technology based on the Haldex-5 clutch. Key features: optimised driving dynamics, maximum active safety and fuel economy. Compared with the Haldex-4 clutch previously used in the Octavia Scout, the new technology is 1.4 kg lighter. The all-wheel-drive system is intelligent and responds extremely rapidly. The control unit continuously calculates the ideal driving torque for the rear axle. Thanks to the control unit constantly monitoring the driving conditions, loss of traction is almost ruled out. When coasting or with a light load, the front axle becomes the driving axle, which saves fuel. The ŠKODA Octavia Scout is a real workhorse. The vehicle will pull up to 2.0 tonnes – i.e. it has 25% more traction than before. It also has excellent steep-slope capability. With greater angles of incline from 16.7 degrees at the front and 13.8 degrees at the back, the scout can also master steeper, more demanding terrain without difficulty. ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 4 of 5 Electronic differential lock (EDL) supports stable start-up characteristics at low speeds in the Octavia Scout. EDL operates on the front and rear axle and acts as an inter-wheel lock. If a wheel should spin when driving off on difficult ground, the drive force is transmitted to the opposite wheel. Braking is then applied specifically to the spinning wheel. Three engines; premiere for the 2.0 TDI/135 kW with DSG and all-wheel drive The new ŠKODA Octavia Scout has three engines to choose from: two diesel and one petrol engine. The units are both more powerful and more economical than the engines used in the previous model. Nevertheless, they are up to 29 kg lighter. All engines feature improved all-wheel drive technology and the use of efficient Green tec packages with automatic start-stop mechanism and brake energy recovery as standard. All three engines meet standard EU-6 which comes into force in September 2014. The top diesel engine for the ŠKODA Octavia Scout is the 2.0 TDI/135 kW (184 hp) with an attractive combination of an automatic six-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG) and all-wheel drive. This is the first time that the engine has been used in this configuration in a ŠKODA. The Octavia Scout 2.0 TDI/135 kW has a top speed of 219 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.8 seconds, making this the fastest accelerating ŠKODA diesel engine. Maximum torque: 380 Nm between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm. Combined fuel consumption is only 5.4 litres/100 km. This engine has a CO2 emission of 143 g/km. Even the ‘smaller’ diesel engine and the petrol engine give maximum efficiency and maximum power. The 2.0 TDI/110 kW (150 hp) is available exclusively with manual six-speed transmission. The engine manages 4.9 litres/100 km with a CO2 emission value of 129 g/km. The 110 kW engine accelerates the Octavia Scout from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds. Its top speed is 207 km/h. The Octavia Scout is available as a petrol engine with the 1.8 TSI/132 kW (180 hp) with automatic six-gear DSG. Combined consumption is 7.1 litres/100 km and the CO2 emissions achieve 159 g/km. Maximum torque of 280 Nm is achieved at between 1,350 and 4,500 rpm. Top speed: 216 km/h. The petrol engine accelerates the Octavia Scout from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.8 seconds. Modern chassis with rear multi-link axle Thanks to its innovative axles, the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout impresses with excellent vehicle handling in almost every situation. It has an innovative multi-link rear axle. It is 4 kg lighter than the previous model. The MacPherson front axle with low-mounted triangular wishbone suspension, by means of material optimisation and structural improvements, has shed around 2.8 kg compared to the previous model. ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 5 of 5 The ultimate in safety and comfort In addition to its off-road capabilities, the new ŠKODA Octavia Scout offers all the outstanding features of the new ŠKODA Octavia. Its safety technology sets the highest standards. Up to nine airbags and state-of-the-art 3-point seatbelts protect the occupants in the event of an accident. Optional extras are Front Assistant with emergency braking function, Lane Assistant, multi-collision brake with automatic braking in the event of an accident, Crew Protect Assistant for vehicle safety in crash situations and Driver Activity Assistant (fatigue recognition). As additional options, a number of electronic comfort systems are available: Adaptive Cruise Assistant (automatic distance control), Intelligent Light Assistant, Automatic Parking Assistant and Traveller Assistant with traffic sign recognition. One of the new Octavia Scout’s optional features is KESSY (Keyless Entry Start and Exit System). Other new technical and comfort features will also be available for the Octavia Scout. The vehicle can be supplied with Optical Parking Assistant (rear-view camera) and a new steering wheel in Super sport design. The Swing radio now comes with a 5" colour touch display. With the new Octavia Scout, ŠKODA once again displays its great expertise in equipping vehicles for off-road capability. With the models Octavia Scout, Fabia Scout, Fabia Combi Scout, Roomster Scout, Yeti Outdoor and Superb with the Outdoor package, the Czech car manufacturer currently offers six models with special off-road styling. For further information, please contact: Bernd Abel Head of Product Communications T +420 326 811 731 bernd.abel@skoda-auto.cz Zbyněk Straškraba Product Communications T +420 326 811 785 zbynek.straskraba@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO › is one of the longest-established vehicle production companies in the world. Since 1895, the Czech headquarters in Mladá Boleslav has seen the production firstly of bicycles and then, shortly afterwards motorbikes and cars. › currently has seven passenger car models: Citigo, Fabia, Roomster/Praktik, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and Superb. › delivered around 920,800 vehicles to customers worldwide in 2013. › has belonged to Volkswagen since 1991. The VW Group is one of the most successful automotive groups in the world. ŠKODA, in association with the Group, independently manufactures and develops vehicles, as well as components, engines and gear transmissions. › operates at three locations in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India mainly through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan through local partners. › employs over 26,400 people globally and is active in more than 100 markets. ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 1 of 4 CNG offensive: The new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC › World premiere in Geneva: new ŠKODA Octavia with CNG natural gas drive › Environmentally-friendly: just 5.4 m3 (3.5 kg) natural gas per 100 kilometres (97 g CO2/km) › The ultimate in fuel economy: up to 1,330 km with natural gas and petrol › High performance technology: bivalent turbo engine 1.4 TSI/81 kW › Starting signal for the newest member of the ‘green’ ŠKODA model family: there are already 97 ŠKODA models under 120 g CO2/km, 17 of which are below 100 g CO2/km Geneva/Mladá Boleslav, March 2014 – Expanding its environmentally-friendly model range, ŠKODA is renewing its emphasis on CNG (CNG = compressed natural gas) vehicles. The most recent example of this is the new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC, which will be given its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show. This means that the manufacturer’s best-selling model by far will be going into mass production for the first time with CNG drive. ŠKODA‘s best seller is the Czech manufacturer’s second CNG model after the ŠKODA Citigo CNG Green tec. It goes on sale in May. CNG drive is available for the Octavia and Octavia Combi. “ŠKODA aims to rigorously reduce consumption and emissions in the development of its vehicles,” says Dr. Frank Welsch, ŠKODA Board Member for Technical Development and Design. “CNG drive is an important pillar of our sustainability strategy. CNG is a practical way forward for environmentally-friendly driving and is good value for money these days. In this way we can meet customer demand for environmentally-friendly, economical and affordable vehicles. The new Octavia G-TEC is an environmental icon in the compact class and makes our best-selling series even more attractive,” says Welsch. The Octavia G-TEC is as well as the Octavia Scout the latest variant of the new ŠKODA Octavia after the Octavia, Octavia Combi, Octavia 4×4 Combi and the sporty Octavia RS. The vehicle is being launched in 15 European countries: Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic. Bivalent turbo engine 1.4 TSI/81 kW Green tec with a range of up to 1,330 km The new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC has a 1.4 TSI turbo engine with a capacity of 81 kW (110 hp). The Green tec package with the start-stop system and brake energy recovery is included as standard. The modern unit meets standard EU-6 which comes into force in September 2014. ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 2 of 4 The range of the new Octavia G-TEC is impressive: even in CNG-only mode, the Octavia G-TEC can travel up to 410 km without refuelling. Fuel consumption is 5.4 m3 (3.5 kg) natural gas per 100 km with CO2 emissions of just 97 g/km. In petrol-only mode, the range is up to 920 km. The Octavia G-TEC will travel up to 1,330 km on a single tank of fuel. For all the Octavia G-TEC’s fuel economy, it is still a fun car to drive. The maximum torque of 200 Nm is achieved between 1,500 and 3,500 rpm. The Octavia G-TEC accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.9 seconds. Top speed is 195 km/h. The engine is bivalent, i.e. it can run on CNG and petrol. The vehicle’s electronics constantly monitor parameters like coolant temperature and the quality of the CNG in the tanks, so determining the optimum fuel mode. With a coolant temperature of below minus 10 degrees centigrade (cold start), petrol is injected first, switching to CNG drive only after approximately 90 to 120 seconds. Otherwise even on start-up, the general rule is CNG first! Not until the gas tanks are empty does the vehicle switch to petrol. Switchover is automatic. The petrol tank has a 50 litre capacity. The CNG and petrol levels are displayed on a single fuel gauge. Depending on which mode the vehicle is operating in, the fuel gauge switches to petrol or CNG display. If the vehicle is running on CNG, the fuel level can be read on the CNG display and a green indicator lamp will light up. In petrol mode, the petrol level will be displayed on the same scale. The green indicator light will be off. The travel distance before refuelling is needed in CNG and petrol mode can also be checked visually on the on-board computer. Refuelling with CNG is very simple. The connection for the pressure valve is directly behind the filler-cap flap, where you will also find the petrol filler nozzle. The two CNG tanks have a total maximum capacity of 97 litres or 15 kg of CNG at a pressure of 200 bar. They are in the form of underbody tanks on a special frame underneath the floor of the boot. ŠKODA has created extra space by dispensing with the spare-wheel cavity and slightly raising the boot floor. The ingenious position of the tanks means that the generous size of the interior is not affected. The CNG-fuelled Octavia also represents the best interior values in its class. The boot has a capacity of 460 litres (saloon) or 480 litres (estate). Technical engine optimisation for bivalent use For bivalent configuration, the ŠKODA engineers have made various technical modifications to the engine. The system has been provided with a new control unit which manages the operation of both fuel types and, amongst other things, controls the CNG injection nozzles. On the gas distributor there is a temperature and pressure sensor. The valve opening of the camshaft has also been adapted for CNG operation. ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 3 of 4 As natural gas has lower lubricity than petrol, the valves and seats of the inlet and exhaust valves have been modified. The exhaust valves have also been given a modified valve-stem seal. For optimum CNG ignition, spark plugs with an appropriate heat value are used. Furthermore, the engineers have optimised the turbine area and the turbocharger control characteristics. The new configuration and the size of the catalytic layer in the three-way catalytic convertor have a positive effect on the exhaust values of the ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC. The vehicle setup has been selectively adjusted to allow for the additional weight of the CNG tanks and the modified weight distribution. The chassis is based on the multi-link rear axle and the MacPherson front axle. Success of the ŠKODA Citigo CNG Green tec The new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC is currently ŠKODA’s second natural gas vehicle. The ŠKODA Citigo CNG Green tec was launched in October 2012. This clean little car uses just 4.4 m3 or 2.9 kg natural gas per 100 km and boasts a CO2 output of just 79 g/km. The total range is 620 km (400 km gas, 220 km petrol). As with the Octavia G-TEC, here again, two underbody tanks are positioned under the chassis floor to save space. The Citigo CNG Green tec is proving to be a resounding success. In 2013 ŠKODA delivered more than 1,300 vehicles to customers in total. One record-breaking journey last year in particular raised its profile. In August 2013, Austrian fuel-saving champion Gerhard Plattner drove the Citigo CNG from Italy to Sweden taking five days at an average fuel consumption of 2.39 kg CNG/100 km. He spent just 81.24 euros on fuel for the entire 2,619 km journey. Environmentally-friendly: 97 ŠKODA models under 120 g CO2/km With the launch of the new ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC, ŠKODA has once more produced an icon amongst environmentally-friendly vehicles. In addition to CNG drive, this is supported in particular by the economical, low-emission GreenLine models. With the exception of the ŠKODA Citigo, for which a CNG variant is available, ŠKODA has a GreenLine version of every model in its range: from the Fabia through to the Superb. The GreenLine models feature state-of-the-art fuel-saving technologies such as start-stop systems, brake energy recovery, low-resistance tyres and specially optimised aerodynamics and drive train. ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 4 of 4 The broad range of environmentally-friendly vehicles is at the core of ŠKODA’s intensive efforts for greater sustainability as part of its ‘GreenFuture’ environmental strategy. The aim is to make ŠKODA models even more economical and their use of resources even more sustainable. Currently ŠKODA has 97 models with emission values below 120 g CO2/km, 17 of which have values below 100 g CO2/km. The second focal point of the GreenFuture strategy is production. By 2018 the manufacturer wants to reduce energy and water consumption as well as waste and emission volumes by 25% per vehicle produced. The third GreenFuture pillar is environmental protection in dealership operations and workshops. For further information, please contact: Bernd Abel Zbyněk Straškraba Head of Product Communication Product Communication T +420 326 811 731 T +420 326 811 785 bernd.abel@skoda-auto.cz zbynek.straskraba@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO › is one of the longest-established vehicle production companies in the world. Since 1895, the Czech headquarters in Mladá Boleslav has seen the production firstly of bicycles and then, shortly afterwards motorbikes and cars. › currently has seven passenger car models: Citigo, Fabia, Roomster/Praktik, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and Superb. › delivered around 920,800 vehicles to customers worldwide in 2013. › has belonged to Volkswagen since 1991. The VW Group is one of the most successful automotive groups in the world. ŠKODA, in association with the Group, independently manufactures and develops vehicles, as well as components, engines and gear transmissions. › operates at three locations in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India mainly through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan through local partners. › employs over 26,400 people globally and is active in more than 100 markets. ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 1 of 4 ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback: Successful start for ŠKODA’s young compact car › The first ŠKODA hatchback in the high-volume compact segment celebrates success in the market: around 12,000 cars have been delivered to customers since October 2013 › Design: emotional, dynamic, fresh for younger drivers › Typically ŠKODA: spaciousness, functionality and ‘Simply Clever’ features › Personalised: panoramic sunroof and elongated rear window › Environment: economical petrol and diesel engines with a record low of 99 g/km CO2 Geneva/ Mladá Boleslav, March 2014 – The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback is the Czech brand’s first compact hatchback. The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback, launched in autumn 2013, stands out with its emotional, dynamically fresh design and is sure to please younger customers. The model is marked by a clear, individual and particularly stylish appearance, especially the combination of a panoramic sunroof and a long rear window. ŠKODA’s young compact car is very popular: to date (31.01.2014), ŠKODA has already delivered 12,000 cars to customers. As is typical of ŠKODA, the model offers a lot of space, numerous ‘Simply Clever’ features, high safety standards, modern technology, low fuel consumption and excellent value. “The new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback is a milestone for ŠKODA: it means that we are entering the strategically important segment of compact hatchback models,” says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. “The Rapid Spaceback is fresh and dynamic. A compact car with a sporty look, spacious and practical, ideal for young people and families. The Rapid Spaceback enriches this class and is a perfect combination of an emotional design with ŠKODA’s good practical qualities,” says Prof. Dr. Vahland. A sporty-fresh compact car with ample space Precise lines, dynamic outlines, perfect proportions and a distinctive interplay of light and shadow – the new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback is a car with sporty freshness and dynamic elegance, making it attractive and appealing at first sight. The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback’s side view offers really attractive visual accents. Compared with conventional hatchback models, it appears more dynamic, more stretched and is marked by clear lines, a long wheelbase (2,602 millimetres) and a sharp, high tornado line. The Rapid Spaceback has a C and a D pillar with a third side ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 2 of 4 window. Together with the slender pillars, the generous window areas create a light and friendly ambiance in the interior and ensure excellent all-round visibility. Individualism is a focus point in this vehicle: one of the highlights is the huge, optional panoramic sunroof offering passengers an unobstructed view of the sky stretching from the windshield to the rear window. Passengers benefit from ample light and an enhanced feeling of air and space. The sunroof measures 1,713 × 1,155 millimetres and offers a viewing space of 1,210 × 780 millimetres. The Rapid Spaceback’s panoramic sunroof appears even more attractive in combination with the elongated rear window. The glass area extends all the way from the windshield, over the sunroof and down to the tailgate. The black tinted, extended rear window reaches roughly ten centimetres farther into the hatchback than the Rapid Spaceback’s regular rear window. These are the Rapid Spaceback’s two distinct new style features giving it an exclusive individuality. The rear end emphasises the dynamic character of the Rapid Spaceback. Its lines are crisp and clear. A black diffuser element and the reflectors in the bumper put emphasis on the horizontal orientation as do the broad tail lights in brand-typical ‘C’ design. The centrally-placed brand logo is flanked by ŠKODA lettering on the left and the RAPID model name on the right. The front of the ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback includes the characteristic Rapid elements: a prominent grille with 19 vertical slats and a chrome frame, the ŠKODA logo on the rounded front end of the bonnet and the cloverleaf arrangement of the headlights and fog lights. The Rapid Spaceback comes with an optional xenon package right from market launch. The optional xenon package includes xenon headlamps as well as fog lamps with adaptive lights. Spacious, attractive interior – ‘Simply Clever’ to the core “With its attractive combination of space, functionality and design, the Rapid Spaceback is a very roomy vehicle that represents one of our brand’s key values,” says Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA Board Member for Sales and Marketing. “As is typical of ŠKODA, the Rapid Spaceback’s interior space sets a new standard in its class,” says Eichhorn. Though the exterior of the new Rapid Spaceback measures 18 centimetres less than the Rapid hatchback, passenger space is just as generous as in the car’s ‘big brother’. In its segment, the Rapid Spaceback offers the longest legroom (64 millimetres) and the widest headroom (980 millimetres) in the rear. At 415 litres, or 1,380 litres (when the rear seat is folded down), boot volumes are among the best in the segment. ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 3 of 4 Numerous ‘Simply Clever’ solutions complement the generous space: the new Rapid Spaceback has a double cargo floor in the boot, which can divide the space into two horizontal levels providing double utility. Furthermore, the Rapid Spaceback offers all the practical features we are familiar with from the Rapid. This includes the ice scraper in the centrally lockable fuel filler flap and holder for the warning vest under the driver seat. There is a double-sided floor cover in the boot and the waste bin in the side door. Other ‘Simply Clever’ features include a ticket holder, a multimedia holder, cup holders in the front and rear as well as a parcel shelf that can be stowed vertically behind the rear seats. The new Rapid Spaceback also boasts a sporty 3-spoke steering wheel, stylish trim strips and seat covers in fresh designs. Safety without compromises The new ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback offers the high safety standards that have come to be expected of ŠKODA. A comprehensive safety package protects passengers in case of an accident. This includes front, side and head level airbags, height-adjustable threepoint safety belts with pre-tensioners in the front and height-adjustable head restraints. In EU countries, ABS (Antilock Braking System) and ESC (Electronic Stability Control) systems are standard. Other active safety features are optional xenon headlights, tyre pressure control, fog lamps with adaptive lights and ‘hill-hold’ assistant. The Rapid Spaceback is equipped with Column-Electric Power Steering (C-EPS). With the speed-dependent C-EPS, the driver’s steering motions are supported by a programme-controlled electric servo motor on the steering column. The key advantages over previous systems (hydraulics unit with servo pump, hoses and hydraulic fluid) include reduced weight and a more compact size. Four petrol, two diesel engines The ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback range includes four petrol and two diesel engines. The output of these advanced engines ranges between 55 kW and 90 kW. With the Rapid Spaceback’s market launch, the 66 kW 1.6 TDI celebrated its premiere in the Rapid model series and complements the 77 kW 1.6 TDI diesel engine. In the GreenLine variant (with the 66 kW 1.6 TDI engine), the Rapid Spaceback uses a mere 3.8 litres of fuel per 100 km. CO2 emissions amount to 99 g/km. Additionally, the 66 kW 1.6 TDI can be supplied with an automatic seven-speed DSG transmission. All TSI and TDI engines are also available in the more economical Green tec variants. ŠKODA Media Services: http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869, 293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

Press Release, Page 4 of 4 Four engines are used for petrol cars. The three-cylinder 55 kW 1.2 MPI and two fourcylinders 1.2 TSI (63 kW and 77 kW) are available with manual transmission. The most powerful petrol engine is the 90 kW 1.4 TSI, which is also offered with a seven-speed DGS transmission. For further information, please contact: Bernd Abel Head of Product Communications T +420 326 811 731 bernd.abel@skoda-auto.cz Zbyněk Straškraba, Product Communications T +420 326 811 785 zbynek.straskraba@skoda-auto.cz ŠKODA AUTO › is one of the longest-established vehicle production companies in the world. Since 1895, the Czech headquarters in Mladá Boleslav has seen the production firstly of bicycles and then, shortly afterwards motorbikes and cars. › currently has seven passenger car models: Citigo, Fabia, Roomster/Praktik, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and Superb. › delivered around 920,800 vehicles to customers worldwide in 2013. › has belonged to Volkswagen since 1991. The VW Group is one of the most successful automotive groups in the world. ŠKODA, in association with the Group, independently manufactures and develops vehicles, as well as components, engines and gear transmissions. › operates at three locations in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India mainly through Group partnershi

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