Cars The Tour de France car in front is a Skoda… again
Revealed: The cars most likely to pass their MOT at the first attempt
For some drivers, an MOT reminder is a dreaded alert that their bank account is about to be raided to resolve a number of issues with their cars. But for owners of these models, it tends to be a breeze.However, for motorists with the keys to the models revealed below, it is usually a case of paying for the test - which costs a maximum of £54.85 - and getting back on the road.
For the 18th year running,is the official car partner for the 2021 Tour de France, which begins this weekend and runs for 21 stages until 18 July.
is supplying a total of 250 vehicles – including a Enyaq iV which will serve as the ‘Red Car’ command vehicle for Tour director Christian Prudhomme on the majority of stages.
Other Skodas in the fleet include the Octavia, Octavia iV and Superb iV.
Skoda is also sponsoring the Tour de France Green Jersey award for the leader in the points classification.
Businessman puts fleet of 130 classic British cars on display
Richard Usher, who made his money selling repair firm Auto Windscreens in 2001 for £110million, has launched the Great British Car Journey , where visitors can pay to see a range of classic cars. In addition to the 130 cars which are on permanent display, a further 32 vehicles can be driven by visitors for a fee.The cars were bought by Mr Usher and fellow backers of the project over a period of around four years. They are all at the firm's base in Ambergate, Derbyshire. Stunning images show cars including the Austin Allegro, a 1961 Morris Minor and an incredibly rare 1982 Vauxhall Chevette.
“Our company’s long history is inextricably linked with cycling,” said Skoda board member Martin Jahn.
“Skoda is committed to being a strong long-term partner of international elite and amateur cycling; supporting the Tour de France has been one of the cornerstones of our activities.
“I am particularly pleased that the Enyaq iV, our first all-electric SUV, will be used as the lead vehicle in the Tour de France.”
In total, the 2021 Tour de France will cover over 2,000 miles, and Skoda cars will be used by race officials as well as organisers and VIPs.
For stages where the Enyaq iV will not run as the Red Car, a Skoda Superb iV plug-in hybrid will take its place.
From either vehicle, the race director will wave the yellow flag as the start of each stage, before directing the race from the vehicle itself with a welter of onboard communication tech: hence all the aerials on each Red Car….
April new car sales in ‘artificial’ 3,000% increase as showrooms reopen
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Skoda is also partner of the official Tour de France app, allowing cycling fans to keep up to date in real time: the free app has a live tracker, real-time GPS tracking and plenty more.
It works on both iOS and Android devices.
New Car Awards 2021: Tuesday 6 July, 5pm .
We’re naming the best cars you can buy in the UK today at the 2021 New Car AwardsOn the night we’ll be presenting awards across 30 categories that cover all sectors of the increasingly diverse modern car market. From city cars and superminis through SUVs and estates to electric cars and hybrids, the New Car Awards will once again reveal the best cars to buy in each class. We’ll also be recognising the most impressive technological advancements, the most eye-catching achievements in car design and the amazing people who make the industry what it is. The highlight of the evening will be the announcement of the 2021 Auto Express Car of the Year.