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2019 Skoda Octavia G-TEC (CNG) has more power and longer range than predecessor

Czech carmaker is making fans of its CNG-powered (compressed natural gas)  Skoda fall in love all over again by making the latest iteration of the Octavia G-TEC more powerful and travel farther than before.

Part of its range of eco-friendly CNG vehicles, the new 2019 Skoda Octavia G-TEC has gotten rid of the old 1.4-liter TSI engine. Instead, the latest iteration of the Octavia G-TEC will be powered by the Volkswagen Group’s new 1.5-liter TSI engine. This new mill with the larger capacity can deliver 96 kW (130 PS) of max output, making the new Octavia G-TEC around 15 kW (20 PS) more powerful than the previous model. Moreover, the 1.5-liter TSI engine is designed to be efficient, as made possible by the variable intake valve timing with Miller cycle operation.

When the 2019 Skoda Octavia G-TEC goes into CNG mode, its carbon dioxide emissions levels drops by 25 percent compared when in petrol mode. In addition, a CNG-powered Octavia G-TEC emits lower levels of nitrogen oxide (NOx) with zero particulate emissions. This allows the new Octavia G-TEC to be compliant with EU6d-TEMP emissions standard.

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Facelifted Skoda Octavia boasts new feature – the all-digital instrument cluster

When the Skoda Octavia went through its mid-cycle refresh, which was eventually revealed in October of 2016, it did not get an all-digital instrument cluster, unlike the Volkswagen Golf and SEAT Leon that share one platform. And because of that, Skoda decided to make up for lost time and is now going to offer buyers an option where they will replace the analog driver’s display with a fully digital screen like that you will find in the Karoq compact crossover, but of course with an added cost.

The new fully digital instrument panel has recently been added into the Czech configurator, where it is listed, and has an asking price of 8 900 Kč (that is equivalent to about €351 at current exchange rates). We are expecting to see the facelifted Octavia with this new feature, earlier next month when it goes to the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, alongside the tweaked Fabia.

Physically, the digital instrument panel measures 12.3 inches in diagonal, wherein the digital instrument panel sports a resolution of 1,4400 by 540 pixels. Drivers have an option to go 2D or 3D when it comes to navigation information. It also features different layouts including Classic, Digital, Info-Profile, and Reduced.

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An LPG-powered Opel Crossland X is now available

You can now get the Opel Crossland X that’s LPG-powered if you are not a fan of diesel. Recently, the company released their version of the Peugeot 2008 equipped with a 1.2 liter three-cylinder engine running on liquified petroleum gas, that is hooked to a five-speed manual gearbox only.

This version enables it to carry out 81 horsepower (60 kilowatts) and is marketed to budget-conscious buyers who want to save money on gas. The Rüsselsheim- based company, who is also part of the PSA Group, did not give any information regarding the crossover’s performance, but we do think that it is going to be exciting to try an overtake cars with its tiny engine.

But that’s not the main feature of this vehicle. What matters more with the LPG-compatible car is its fuel efficiency. To give you some numbers, the Opel Crossland X will be needing 8.4 liters in the city, 6.0 liter extra-urban, and 6.9 liter combined in the LPG mode. On the other hand, it will consume 6.8 liters in the city, 4.5 liters extra-urban, and 5.4 liters combined on gasoline mode - that is with CO2 emissions of 123 grams per 100 kilometers.

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ABT Sportsline offers tuning package for the Skoda Octavia RS with up to 315hp output

You may have heard about the boost that ABT Sportsline gave the Skoda Octavia RS. However, the changes are not as significant outwardly compared to what has been done on the engine. Well, it has received a new set of custom 19-inch wheels, and a stiffer sports suspension, lowering its overall height by 20 millimeters. But most of the magic happens under the hood.

The Octavia RS now has a new 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine. It used to have an output of only 230 horsepower and 258 pound feet (350 Newton metres) of torque. What ABT did to Skoda’s TSI unit, which is the same as what many other Volkswagen models have received, is to bring out 315 horsepower and 332 pound-feet (450 Nm) of torque. Because of the use of the bespoke engine control module, the model now offers an additional 85 horsepower and 74 lb-ft (100 Newton metres) from the standard model. This makes it perform much better as well; however, the tuner has not officially released its details.

Inside, it still comes with an infotainment system with electronic driver aids as well as safety features that come standard. Some of the safety features include adaptive light and front fog lights that work as cornering lights. The external and internal rear view mirrors have an auto-dimming function as well.

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Soon, we will be able see VW Group's new frugal turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine underneath the hood of the 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift. This engine – the 1.5-liter TSI Evo powerplant --will be one of the five available engines for the 2017 Skoda Octavia Facelift.

When Skoda announced the face-lifted version of the Octavia in October 2016, it also disclosed that its power will be sourced from four available engines – two petrol and two diesel engines – in the United Kingdom. The petrol engines include a 1.0 TSI that delivers 115 PS and a 1.4 TSI that provides up to 150 PS. Meanwhile the diesel powerplants include a 1.6 TDI that generates 115 PS and a 2.0 TDI that develops max output of 150 PS. Available transmission systems include a manual gearbox and a DSG transmission with six or seven gears.

Now, the 1.5-liter TSI Evo petrol engine is not entirely a new powerplant. It is in fact, an evolution or an upgraded version of the 150-PS 1.4 TSI unit that is available as one of the cores for the 2017 Skoda Octavia. Featuring cylinder deactivation, this 1.5-liter TSI Evo engine is able to deliver 150 hp (110 kW) of max output and 250 Nm (184 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. This means that the petrol versions of the new 2017 Skoda Octavia facelift will be available with either a 1.0 TSI with 115 PS or a 1.5 TSI Evo with 150 PS. As for the 1.4 TSI petrol engine in the Skoda Octavia, it will be gradually replaced with the evolved unit starting the second half of the year.

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When Skoda unveiled the face-lifted 2017 Octavia RS in late 2016, the Czech carmaker got rid of all doubts whether it would create an RS version of the car. At the time, it touted the 2017 Octavia RS 230 as the most powerful Octavia of all time.

However, Skoda is now introducing a version of the 2017 Octavia RS that is even more powerful than a regular Octavia RS 230. With that fact, the carmaker is now touting the new Skoda Octavia RS as the most powerful Octavia in the company’s history. Definitely, the new Skoda Octavia RS 245 is now the quickest, most powerful Octavia in the carmaker’s lineup.

To determine the differences between the Octavia RS 230 and the Octavia RS 245, perhaps you would need a keener sense of sight. For instance, the Octavia RS 245 has more black accents on the exterior and more specific decorative trims in the cabin. Specifically, trim framing the radiator grille comes in gloss black. The same treatment is given to the exterior mirror housings and the trapezoid tailpipes.

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More than a month after Skoda unveiled the 2017 Octavia Facelift, the Czech carmaker ended doubts whether there would be an RS version or not. It has become official that the 2017 Skoda Octavia RS facelift is coming to the market.

Since the RS suffix is usually given to any Skoda model with sporty looks and dynamics, it follows that the 2017 Skoda Octavia RS Facelift is astounding. Compared to the new Skoda facelift, the 2017 Skoda Octavia RS facelift looks a lot sportier and boasts of better performance on the road.

Inside, the 2017 Octavia RS features a sporty black interior laden with RS-Sport seats in leather/fabric combo or in Alcantara. Models with DSG gearbox come with a multi-function sports steering wheel with a perforated leather crown. The RS logo can be found on the entry panels while the recesses of the door handles are now illuminated.

Read the entire article Skoda unveils sportier 2017 Octavia RS facelift with similar crystalline headlights

After going under some serious facelift, Skoda Auto finally unveils the 2017 Octavia model. Still, speculations of an RS version continue to emerge even after the revamped Octavia show no signs of RS trims and AWD layout. Good thing, early renderings show an RS look courtesy of X-Tomi Design. Rumours are also spreading about a Diesel RS model entering its production around April or May next year.

Amidst all the rumours, one thing’s for sure, the RS 245 model will be worth the wait. This sport variant should at least come with a 245hp 2.0L engine and will be mated with either 6-speed manual and 6-speed dual clutch AT gearbox. Current versions of the Octavia RS come in 226.54hp 2L petrol, 217.16hp 2L TSI petrol and 180.97hp 2L Diesel engines. As we wait for things to unfold, let us explore the best possible Octavia RS rendering we’ve seen so far.

As you can see, X-Tomi Design created a blacked out grille design, a black painted roof with side mirror casings also in black. The rendered auto comes in metallic Race blue colour, which we think is a superb choice for an RS model.

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Skoda has implemented a significant facelift on its best-selling model, the Skoda Octavia. To be launched by the of the year, the 2017 Skoda Octavia – in its mid-cycle refresh – features new design elements both on the front and the rear, as marked by dual-faced split headlights that could be availed with the latest full-LED technology.

It also features the latest generation of infotainment systems, mid-class driver assistance systems and technologies. Available either as a saloon or an estate, the new Skoda Octavia could also be powered by any of the five TSI and four TDI engines, all boasting of high performance and low fuel consumption.

Skoda will commence sales of the refreshed Octavia by the end of the year, with initial deliveries to start early 2017.

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Skoda is seeking to continue the success of its third-generation Skoda Octavia RS by unveiling an all-wheel-drive version of the car, the Skoda Octavia RS 4x4. The release of the new Skoda Octavia RS 4x4 follows the unveiling of the Octavia RS 230 special edition.

Skoda’s powerful sports compact has been a winning story for Skoda since the third-generation was launched in 2013. Demand for this model from people around the globe has gone up and Skoda has already made over 58,000 units to date.

Since Skoda launched the first-generation of the Octavia RS in 2000 until the end of August 2015, the Czech carmaker had delivered around 165,000 units of the Octavia RS (comprised of the first to third generation models) to customers around the world.

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Because of a quality problem, customers have been waiting for nearly a year for the “bi-fuel” Chevrolet Impala that runs on both gasoline and compressed natural gas. It was in October 2013 that GM announced the impending arrival of the 2015 “bi-fuel” Impala. The automaker referred to it as the only production full-size sedan in the industry that runs on both types of fuel.

Dan Akerson, the CEO at the time, had made the announcement during a national energy summit. He said that this Impala would start selling in the summer of 2014. To date, not one customer has gotten one. In a May 29 memo, GM informed 3,200 dealers that its delivery will be delayed further because of a “second quality hold” as the automaker assesses the car’s CNG system, which incorporates a 7.8-gallon, all-steel tank in the trunk.

According to this memo, the tentative shipping date is “mid-July” and that some of the orders made in April and May won’t get produced. When asked by Automotive News, one person who ordered a bi-fuel Impala said that it has been over a year ago that he had made a down payment. He wasn’t told of the reason for the delay.

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Compressed natural gas-powered vehicles could see their sales grow tenfold in Europe by the end of the decade, Natural and Bio Gas Vehicle Association in Europe told Automotive News Europe. Matthias Maedge, deputy secretary general of the association, said that they believe gas is the “next big thing in transport.”

NGVA expects the number of CNG-powered vehicles in Europe to surge to between 10 million and 12 million – most of which will be passenger units -- by 2020 from just 1.2 million now. That growth, however, will be dependent on the government incentives as well as a surge in the number of CNG stations across Europe.

Likewise, natural gas is much cheaper than gasoline. As of September 2014, the average price for CNG across Europe was 79 cents, while the average prices for gasoline and diesel were EUR1.49 and EUR1.39, respectively according to NGVA data. The association also notes that CNG is a low-carbon dioxide fuel that can be easily mixed with biogas to improve its environmental credentials.

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The 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid will start at $25,525, including the $790 destination charge, while the 2015 Civic Natural Gas will cost $28,225, including shipping. New prices show only a $100 increase compared to the 2014MY and those interested can contact their Honda dealer as the vehicles are already available.

Still, you should know that the most expensive 2015 Civic Hybrid model with leather, navigation and a CVT transmission starts at $28,225, including shipping.

Meanwhile, the most expensive 2015 Civic Natural Gas with navigation system and a five-speed automatic transmission starts at $30,180, including shipping. According to the Japanese manufacturer, the Civic Hybrid returns a fuel economy of 44 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway.

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Residents in California purchasing a new Honda Civic Natural Gas unit are eligible for an immediate $1,000 purchase credit from the California Energy Commission. Customers will receive the credit immediately from certified Honda Civic Natural Gas dealers at the time of purchase.

Civic Natural Gas vehicle customers in the state are also eligible for single-occupant access to High Occupancy Vehicle "carpool" and High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes. The state currently boasts of a strong natural gas fueling network with more than 150 stations in operations.

The CNG-powered passenger car boasts of a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 31 mpge and a fuel cost savings of up to 40 percent – which means its drivers don’t have to worry much about shelling out more money at the pump.

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GM announced that the 2015 Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel will have a starting price of $38,210, including an $825 destination charge, but excluding tax, title, license, dealer fees as well as operational equipment. Set to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2014 to both fleet and retail customers, the 2015 Chevrolet Impala Bi-Fuel is able to run on both compressed natural gas (CNG) and gasoline.

The Impala Bi-Fuel is powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that generates 303 hp and 358 Nm (164 lb-ft) of torque when running on gasoline. When running on CNG only 85 percent of the power produced with gasoline is available.

According to the official press release, the engine comes with hardened valves and valve seats for improved resistance and durability with the CNG fuel system. The CNG tank is located in the trunk and has a capacity of 7.8 gallons of gasoline, meaning that it provides a range of 150 city miles.

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For those who are looking for an alternative to the GMC Sierra Denali, Ford F-150 King Ranch or the Ram Laramie Longhorn, we have good news: GM has just introduced the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD High Country. As expected, the new Silverado HD High Country comes with several exterior featured and according to GM the additions include a new chrome grille with horizontal bars, body-coloured front and rear bumpers including the CornerStep rear bumper, 6-inch tubular chrome assist steps, High Country badges on the doors as well as the tailgate, but also High Country logos on the door sill plates.

Moreover, the 2015 Silverado 2500HD High Country receives 20-inch chrome wheels. If you get the bigger 3500HD model with a single-rear-wheel you will get the 18-inch chrome wheels, while the dual-rear-wheels model get receives 17-inch forged polished aluminum wheels.

Open the door and you will see the exclusive saddle brown interior, the standard heated and cooled perforated premium leather front bucket seats with High Countru logos on the headrests, a Bose premium audio system, front and rear park assist and the Chevrolet MyLink connectivity with an 8-inch touch screen.

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Audi will soon be launching the A3 Sportback g-tron developed to enable long-distance mobility that is also environment friendly. The A3 Sportback g-tron is powered by a 110 PS 1.4-litre TFSI engine that can be operated in two ways: through ultra-clean Audi e-gas produced using green electricity; or through compressed natural gas. Both are readily available in Germany.

In Audi e-gas mode, the g-tron entirely does not emit carbon dioxide, which means mobility can be achieved without harming the environment. Audi e-gas is a synthetic methane produced at the Audi e-gas facility in Werlte, Germany.  Green electricity is used in the production of Audi e-gas, and the generation process binds as much carbon dioxide as is released when the g-tron is driven using gas.

On average, the Audi A3 g-tron consumes just between 3.2 and 3.3 kilograms of gas per 100 kilometers, with fuel costing at around EUR3.50 per 100 kilometers.

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Ahead of 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Skoda unveiled the 2014 Octavia Scout, a rugged version of the popular Octavia. The 2014 Skoda Octavia Scout is based on the Octavia Combi and comes with new design features such as front and rear bumpers with silver-coloured off-road attachments, a wide air intake, door sills and wheel arches in black panelling as well black protective side mouldings.

Moreover, the ground clearance has a ground clearance that was increased by 33 millimetres comparing it with the standard Octavia. Furthermore, the Octavia Scout features 17-inch alloy wheels as standard. Inside, there is a 3-spoke multi-function leather steering wheel and attractive features, designed especially for the Scout.

Skoda promises a choice of two diesel engines and one petrol engine, and says that powertrains are 20% more fuel-efficient, compared with the car’s predecessor. The 2014 Octavia Scout also comes with all-wheel drive technology, based on the Haldex-5 coupling.

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General Motors has just announced that the CNG option is available on all Silverado 2500HD configurations and Silverado 3500HD models with single rear wheels. Both 2500HD double cab and crew cab models are on sale now, while the 2500HD regular cab and all 3500HD models will go on sale in July. With a separate CNG tank, the Silverado HD bi-fuel models have a total range of up to 650 miles.

The 2015 Chevrolet Silverado HD CNG is powered by a unique version of the 6.0-liter V8 engine (dubbed LC8), which is rated at 360 horsepower (268 kW) and 380 lb-ft of torque (515 Nm) on gas, and 301 horsepower (225 kW) and 333 lb-ft of torque (452 Nm) on CNG. A separate CNG fuel tank enables the driver to switch between fuels at the flip of a switch.

For those who don’t know, CNG is cleaner burning than conventional gasoline or diesel. Moreover, most of the natural gas used in the U.S. comes from domestic or other North American sources. According to General Motors, a CNG-powered truck that is driven for 26,000 miles per year can save over $2,000 if natural gas is used at least 75% of he time.

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Skoda is preparing to surprise us with an Octavia Coupe Concept in March, at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. According to AutoExpress, the new Octavia Coupe Concept will be based on the same MQB platform as the Octavia, featuring the same 1,868 mm wheelbase.

With a sleeker profile, just like the Volkswagen CC, Octavia Coupe will keep its booth space and will offer around 1,500 litres with the rear seats down. This would be an advantage comparing it with the premium four-door coupe such as the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe or the Mercedes-Benz CLS.

This new concept will actually preview a production version as Skoda aims to surpass one million units sold in 2013. Two new Skoda factories are currently being built in China as Skoda wants to sell 500,000 cars per year in this country, up from 235,700 in 2012.

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