Welcome to the latest FREE issue of Road Magazine – a Skoda special. If ever there was one automotive brand that has re-invented itself successfully, it’s Skoda. Once the butt of jokes like: How do you double the price of a skoda? Fill up the tank. Why do skodas have heated rear windscreens? To keep your hands warm while your pushing it. And the classic: What do you call a Skoda with a sun roof? A skip. Now... the joke is on other car makers. Skoda is a winning formula. In the first quarter in 2012, UK sales alone hit 14,000, following the success of 2011, when 45,000 were sold. They also received 18 major awards in 2011, and continue to do so in 2012... including topping the influential JD Power survey for the past 19 years! Add to that, Skoda Motorsport repeated its double win in 2011 as IRC Drivers’ & Manufacturers’ Champions, with Andreas Mikkelsen bringing home the IRC Drivers’ title for Skoda UK Motorsport. You can read about that inside this issue. Also in this Skoda special are: The new (diesel) Octavia vRS –can it live up to its hot petrol sibling? We also look at a 200mph Octavia vRS. Then we have the Superb Greenline II, which really lives up to its name. And there’s the funky, amazing Yeti 4x4 SUV and the fun-packed Fabia Monte Carlo special edition. Oh, and our columnist, TV star Neil Cole talks Skoda rally tales too. Enjoy! Thanks for reading! Please do share it on Facebook, on Twitter and with your friends and family, thanks, Road Editor, Phil Royle and Art Editor, Bonnie Coupland.