ŠKODA Ireland is encouraging customers to engage with ŠKODA Connect by offering free SIM cards

ŠKODA Gives Free SIM Cards To Customers

ŠKODA Ireland is encouraging customers to engage with ŠKODA Connect by offering free SIM cards
ŠKODA Ireland is encouraging customers to engage with ŠKODA Connect by offering free SIM cards

ŠKODA Ireland has announced that customers will be provided with complementary SIM cards to enable them to access ŠKODA Connect. This service allows drivers to be always online and enjoy greater freedom and safety through a range of assistance systems.

All new customers since August 1st will be provided with a Vodafone data only SIM card, with 1 GB of data that is valid for up to 28 days. This will allow ŠKODA customers to experiment with all the benefits and conveniences of ŠKODA Connect for free and without obligation.

Customers that purchased a new car since March 2017 can also qualify for a free SIM card by contacting their local ŠKODA dealer during the ŠKODA Open Week that runs until November 10th.

ŠKODA Connect services are broken into two categories: Care Connect and Infotainment Online. Care Connect lets you access your car remotely via a smartphone application and can provide remote access data such as your current or last parking location, a honk and flash feature, along with speed and area alert notifications based on the location of your vehicle.

The technical condition of your car is also visible and includes the vehicle locking status, the fuel level status and additional driving data. Care Connect also includes an Emergency Call feature to alert emergency services if and when required, an automatic accident notification if airbags are deployed, and a breakdown assist button for roadside assistance if necessary.

Infotainment Online ensures that your navigation system is always up to date by allowing you to reach your destination safely, on time, and efficiently. Such features include information on local fuel prices, available parking spaces, weather forecast and online points of interest.

Using the vehicle’s built in SIM card slot that comes as standard with the Columbus infotainment system, the complementary SIM card can simply be installed to provide an instant data connection for ŠKODA Connect services. This SIM card can also enable a WIFI hotspot in the car, giving passengers the option to use this connection also. All ŠKODA vehicles with the Columbus infotainment system will also include a Vodafone SIM card as standard.

Cathal Kealey PR manager with ŠKODA Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be providing customers with free-of-charge SIM cards for more convenient access to ŠKODA Connect. This will enable and encourage our customers to use these features effortlessly without having to worry about purchasing SIM cards or setting up WIFI hotspots to pair with the car. Customers can renew their subscription with Vodafone by accessing a specially developed portal; alternatively they can choose to discontinue their data plan without obligation.”

ŠKODA Ireland dealer network seeking apprentice technicians

ŠKODA Dealer Network Seeking Apprentice Technicians

ŠKODA Ireland dealer network seeking apprentice technicians
ŠKODA is recruiting for apprentice technicians across its Irish dealer network

Following the announcement of their highest ever market share – 7.2% for the first half of 2018 – ŠKODA Ireland’s dealer network is seeking to recruit 24 apprentice technicians, across 17 dealerships.

This recruitment campaign is the result of continued growth and strong performance from the Czech brand. In a year when overall car sales are down over 4%, ŠKODA Ireland has grown its sales volume by 4.3%.

The volume of ŠKODA vehicles on Irish roads, coupled with the brand's objective of becoming a top five brand in Ireland, has led to greater staffing needs.

Commenting on the announcement, William Lee, Head of After Sales at ŠKODA Ireland, said: “We are delighted to be in a position to create 24 new apprentice positions – particularly at a time when young, talented and driven Leaving Certificate students are making important decisions about their future and their career prospects.

Our customers are at the heart of our business and we always strive to deliver the best service in the motor industry. We are looking to recruit ambitious people, who will contribute to our continued brand growth and who will help us to continue to provide the excellent level of service that we have built our reputation on. For those successful candidates, we can ensure an innovative, dynamic and rewarding career, for years to come.”

For more information on the positions available, please visit www.vwgcareers.ie.

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ŠKODA Ireland achieved market share of 7.1% in the first quarter of 2018.

This marks the highest ever sales performance by ŠKODA in Ireland. It equates to 5,064 new vehicles sold to customers.

ŠKODA is currently the sixth bestselling brand in Ireland. In a year when overall car sales are down over 5.8%, ŠKODA has grown its sales volume by 3.7%.

Accroding to ŠKODA Ireland, 56% of ŠKODA sales in the first three months of the year were diesel.

John Donegan, Brand Director at ŠKODA Ireland said: “Strong demand for our diesel powered vehicles helped us achieve our greatest first quarter result ever in the brand's history. We believe that our efficient EU6 Diesel engines still provide the best solution for the majority of Irish motorists. Diesel is alive and doing very well.

ŠKODA also possesses one of the most advanced ranges of petrol engines – such as the turbo-charged 1.0 TSI 115bhp unit, available in the Karoq and Octavia, offering great choice to our customers. By 2020, we will be offering our customers the option of Electric, Plug-In-Hybrid, Petrol and of course Diesel.”

Despite the growing trend towards SUVs, the brand’s bestselling model is the Octavia, with over 2,000 units sold. The Superb has also increased segment share.