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Ferrari's most powerful road car goes topless and Skoda's first SUV breaks cover

All the car-related news you need to know – including the new drop-top LaFerrari, the new Skoda Kodiaq SUV and Fiat 162 offers.

EVERY WEEK, WE bring you all the latest news you need to know from the motoring world. The big car news this past week involves the first ever SUV from Skoda and a drop-top version of LaFerrari and Fiat 162 promotions.

Skoda Kodiaq breaks cover


This is the new Skoda Kodiaq, the first SUV offering from the manufacturer. The SUV can be had as a five- or seven-seater, with Skoda claiming the Kodiaq has plenty of space, a capacity of up to 2,065 litres and the five-seater has the largest boot within its class.

We can’t tell much about the exterior, yet, but we do know it is 4.7 metres long and Skoda CEO Bernhard Maier says: “It combines an active sense of vitality with the brand’s classic qualities – a high degree of functionality and an outstanding amount of space.”

The infotainment system elements originate from the Volkswagen Group’s second-generation Modular Infotainment Matrix and are equipped with capacitive touchscreens, with top-of-the-range Columbus and Amundsen systems coming with a WiFi hotspot.


Speaking of connetivity, the Kodiaq’s services are compatible with LTE and are divided into two categories: infotainment online services, which provide information and navigation, and Care Connect services, which provide breakdown and emergency assistance and an eCall emergency button, which is required for all new cars in Europe from 2018. Other online services run via the Skoda Connect app and can be used to check, configure and find a car from afar via a smartphone.

The Skoda Kodiaq launches at the beginning of 2017.

LaFerrari drop-top revealed

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These are the first photographs of the new convertible version of the LaFerrari, Ferrari’s most powerful road car ever.

The car will get its debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show. We don’t know how many units of this limited edition special series will be built but what we do know is that they have all been sold to some very lucky and no doubt wealthy customers.

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The new convertible will be available with a carbon-fibre hard top and a soft top, with the same running gear and performance figures as the original LaFerrari. That is an 800hp V12 ICE coupled with a 120kW electric motor producing 163hp. That’s a massive 963hp in total.

Ferrari says:

Significant and extensive modifications have been made to the chassis with the aim of retaining the same torsional rigidity and beam stiffness as the coupé version.

We have to wait until October to find out the rest of the details.

Fiat 162 trade-in offers

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Thinking of buying a new 162 car? Fiat is hoping to tempt you to its dealerships with some trade-in offers.

The new Fiat 500 is available with up to €2,500 trade-in allowance, the Fiat 500L is available with up to €3,000 trade-in allowance, the Fiat 500X is available with up to €3,500 trade-in allowance and the Fiat 500L MPV is available with up to €4,000 trade-in allowance.

These models also come with a five-year warranty and five-year roadside assistance.

Check out the Fiat Ireland website to see if your car qualifies for trade-in.

This offer applies to all new Fiat models registered before July 31st 2016.

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