Skoda Octavia in the snow

Skoda Predicts Surge In 4x4 Demand Due To The ‘Beast From The East’

Skoda Ireland is predicting a rise in demand for their 4x4 range, with the arrival of the ‘Beast from the East' this week.

Skoda's prediction follows trends seen by the car brand after the severe winter snow in 2010 and 2011, where Skoda 4x4 sales increased fivefold the following year.

According to Skoda, the idea that all-wheel-drive only provides real benefits in winter on snow-covered or icy roads is a common misconception and their all-wheel-drive technology improves active safety all year round.

Speaking about ŠKODA’s 4x4 vehicles in Ireland, Mark Mulvaney, ŠKODA PR Manager, said:

"The all-wheel-drive market is extremely weather dependent. In 2012, we saw a huge increase in sales for our 4x4 range and we expect this trend to be repeated with the arrival of the snowstorm, this week. However, our 4x4 range is not just for snow storms that happen twice every decade – each 4x4 we produce proves to be a safe and loyal work horse in many other conditions, including towing trailers and boats, as well as on rough or slippery terrain.

“We are one of the few car brands that provide all-wheel-drive options across a range of models, from the Octavia and Superb to our latest SUV additions, so those looking to change or upgrade their car have plenty of options to choose from. In fact, Skoda is one of the longest-established brands to feature all-wheel-drive technology, first testing 4x4 systems back in the 1930s.”

The Skoda Octavia, Superb, Karoq and Kodiaq ranges are all available with 4x4. For further information visit www.Š

Opel Grandland X

More Traction For Opel Grandland X With IntelliGrip

The Opel Grandland X is now on sale in Ireland with the optional IntelliGrip adaptive traction control system.

The Grandland X like many of its rivals is front wheel drive only, with no option for 4x4 for more challenging road conditions.

However the introduction of IntelliGrip to the Grandland X range makes it an efficient option for buyers looking for more traction. It's priced reasonably from just €290.

Opel's IntelliGrip adaptive traction control system for Grandland X has five modes – snow, sand, mud, ESP on and ESP off. It enables optimum traction and stability on all types of road surfaces.

The driver simply selects the appropriate traction control mode via the rotary dial on the centre console. The electronics then immediately adapt torque distribution to the wheels and the ESP to the selected mode.

IntelliGrip is sold as part of the All Road Pack

The IntelliGrip system is part of the optional All Road Pack and available on the Grandland X SC, SRi and Elite trims. The All Road Pack starts at €290, depending on selected trim level and includes five-spoke 7.5J x 18-inch light alloy wheels and 225/55 R18 all-season tyres.

The new Opel Grandland X is a new compact SUV slotting in above the Crossland X and Mokka X SUVs in the Opel range. The Grandland X is available with a 1.2-litre petrol engine or a 1.6 or 2.0-litre diesel. The Opel Grandland X range starts from €27,995.

For buyers seeking an Opel with four wheel drive, the Opel Mokka X is available with this option.