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ŠKODA‘S NEW LIVE TOUR

12-10-2017

The ŠKODA brand has recently opened two virtual showrooms, so called Live Tour, allowing its customers to get the ultimate experience of ŠKODA cars online, without the need to personally visit a real showroom. Being a big fan of innovations and new…

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ŠKODA reaches 20-million milestone

03-10-2017

  At ŠKODA’s Kvasiny plant, a brand new Karoq has just rolled off the production line. It’s the company’s 20 millionth vehicle and a testament to the brand’s exponential growth since it became part of Volkswagen Group in 1991. "Producing 20 million cars is a…

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TWO NEW AWARDS IN TOW

28-09-2017

ŠKODA has two new trophies for 2018 to add to its growing collection with the Kodiaq and Octavia Scout both bagging awards at The Caravan and Motorhome Club’s annual awards ceremony. The competition’s 44 entrants were split into seven price classes and two weight categories: under…

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Second-hand Yeti is 'Second' to None!

26-09-2017

If you’re looking for the UK’s best used car, track down a ŠKODA Yeti. That’s the verdict of Auto Express, which has just published the findings of its annual Driver Power Used Car survey. Produced using information, ratings and opinions supplied by owners, the poll gave the…

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Meet The Škoda Kodiaq Sportline

21-09-2017

The ŠKODA KODIAQ SPORTLINE, with its individual interior and exterior design combines its distinct appearance with the versatile nature of the ŠKODA KODIAQ – its exterior length of 4.70 metres offering up to seven seats as well as the largest amount of interior space and largest…

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Škoda Superb ‘stand-out winner’ at BusinessCar awards

19-09-2017

The Superb has added to its incredible list of industry accolades at the annual BusinessCar awards. Our flagship model drove away with the prize for Best Upper Medium Car at this year’s ceremony. Commenting on the victory, Debbie Wood, BusinessCar’s editor, said: “In this class,…

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Octavia vRS 245 tops the hot hatches

12-09-2017

The UK motoring press is unanimous in its approval of the new Octavia vRS 245. Three overwhelmingly positive pieces published in the mainstream and motoring press over the weekend coincide with the sixth anniversary of the brand’s world speed record breaking triumph. In 2011, ŠKODA UK…

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New Škoda Scrappage Incentive

05-09-2017

Škoda has launched a scrappage scheme offering incentives of up to £4,000 towards a new ŠKODA* when you trade in your old diesel car. The scheme is available to drivers trading in diesel models registered before 31 December 2009 that meet Euro-4 standards or earlier. Check your…

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European premiere for ŠKODA VISION E concept car at the IAA

29-08-2017

ŠKODA is presenting its first purely electrically driven concept car that can drive autonomously at level 3 – the VISION E. The design has been developed once more following the world premiere in Shanghai. The study goes one step further into the digital future and it is a connectivity…

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Chris Evans Loves a Skoda...

24-08-2017

It's no secret that Radio 2 and ex-Top Gear presenter Chris Evans is a car fanatic. He once bought  Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder 1961 for £6 million! It had previously been owned by actors James Coburn and Steve McQueen.  As well as his collection of classic Ferraris and…

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THE ŠKODA FABIA REDLINE

15-08-2017

ŠKODA’s sportier models are turning heads and attracting a younger customer. From August, the limited edition FABIA REDLINE joins our hatchback line-up, and it’s a red hot prospect for customers. The Fabia RedLine is based on the SE TSI 110PS manual, and features an eye-catching…

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ŠKODA impresses with exemplary environmental protection

08-08-2017

Significant reduction in energy and water consumption, volume of waste and emissions New corporate design for dealership sites considers environmental aspects Around 49 million euros invested in protecting the environment  ŠKODA is involved in a large number of cultural and social…

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Tour De France Winner Lifts Skoda Trophy

27-07-2017

Tour de France winner Christopher Froome raises the ŠKODA crystal glass trophy up into the sky; In front of millions of spectators, the 31-year-old professional cyclist proudly raises the winner’s trophy – designed by ŠKODA and made of Czech crystal glass – up into…

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Drive the summer on ŠKODA

18-07-2017

Where would you go with £500 worth of free fuel? The seaside? The big city? The countryside? That’s the question ŠKODA buyers will be asking themselves if they take advantage of the brand’s Big Event offer that runs until 31 July. That’s because customers ordering a…

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Citigo: our smallest used car is big on safety

10-07-2017

The ŠKODA Citigo has been named the UK’s Safest Used First Car 2017 by Co-op Insurance, in partnership with UK safety organisation Thatcham Research. Created to highlight the safest and most protective used car options for first time buyers, the award is the first of its kind in the UK.…

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Graeme's a ŠKODA Master Technician... Again!

06-07-2017

Graeme May has recently achieved re-accreditation of his Master Technician status after successfully demonstrating his competence in a number of key criteria at Skoda’s central training facility in Milton Keynes Graeme originally qualified as a Skoda Master Technician thirteen years ago in…

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ŠKODA thirteenth time sponsor of Tour de France

06-07-2017

​ŠKODA has been the official partner and official vehicle partner of the Tour de France since 2004, and will be supporting the event this year for the thirteenth time. The brand’s top model – the ŠKODA SUPERB – will be accompanying the Tour riders on their way to…

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ŠKODA celebrates four million FABIAs

06-07-2017

ŠKODA has produced the 500,000th third-generation FABIA. At the same time, the manufacturer is celebrating another milestone: the four millionth ŠKODA FABIA since the series debuted in 1999. The jubilee vehicle is a ŠKODA FABIA COMBI with a 1.0 TSI petrol engine and an automatic…

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Three cheers for ŠKODA as Kodiaq, Superb and Octavia take home Auto Express New Car Awards titles

29-06-2017

The new Kodiaq, Superb and Octavia proved an unbeatable trio as ŠKODA took home three category wins at the 2017 Auto Express New Car Awards and a special award for its Reconnection advertising campaign. The awards were made at the title’s annual ceremony in central London, where the…

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ŠKODA pulls in more silverware as Superb and Octavia scoop three 2017 Tow Car Awards

27-06-2017

Confirming the brand's products as some of the best all-rounders for owners who need to tow, the awards went to the Superb and the recently updated new Octavia. The annual Tow Car Awards is a joint venture organised and judged by Practical Caravan, What Car? and The Camping and Caravanning Club…

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ŠKODA models power to the top of the Driver Power 2017 New Car Survey

13-06-2017

The brand secured an incredible gold rush of awards in the Driver Power 2017 New Car Survey with the Superb and Yeti proving to be the star performers, taking first and second place in the overall Car of the Year ranking. The duo also took top honours in their respective segment categories,…

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Octavia vRS 245

06-06-2017

The much-anticipated Octavia vRS 245 has begun production and will soon be on UK roads – here’s what a taste of what you can look forward to from our most potent production Octavia to date: Power packed With 15PS more than the previous range-topping Octavia, the vRS 245 hits 62mph from a…

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ŠKODA KODIAQ receives 5-Star Euro NCAP

06-06-2017

  ​The ŠKODA KODIAQ has achieved the maximum rating for safety. The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) has awarded the Czech manufacturer’s large SUV the highest possible rating of five stars, thereby certifying that the ŠKODA KODIAQ offers optimum…

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Jed Thirkell

02-05-2017

  We’re delighted to announce, Jed Thirkell has achieved ŠKODA Sales Executive status. The accreditation run as partnership with ŠKODA, the Institute of Motor Industry and Volkswagen Group Learning Services, is part of the on-going continued professional development,…

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New ISUZU D-Max arrives at Derek Slack Motors

27-04-2017

  The new generation D-Max has arrived in our showroom. D-Max has been extensively overhauled with the biggest changes under the bonnet. A brand new 1.9 litre turbo diesel engine has been fitted, which produces 164 PS and 360Nm of torque. The engine builds upon D-Max’s workhorse character…

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KODIAQ and New Shape OCTAVIA Launch Evening

07-04-2017

The award winning ŠKODA KODIAQ and stunning, new shape OCTAVIA took centre stage at Derek Slack Motors’ VIP launch evening on Thursday 6th April, 2017. Click to view the video stills. With many customers choosing to pre-order their KODIAQ, this was the first opportunity to sit behind…

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Neil Rimmington-Accreditation

30-03-2017

As part of SKODA’s on-going, Personal Development Plan, lead service advisor Neil Rimmington recently completed a Service Advisor Assessment programme. Rigorous standards required by ŠKODA assessed during the programme included: Competence areas included: Personal…

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The official launch of the new SKODA KODIAQ and OCTAVIA

28-03-2017

The official launch of the new SKODA KODIAQ and OCTAVIA takes place in our showroom on Thursday 6 April, 7.00pm-9.00pm. The first opportunity to sit behind the wheel of SKODA’s first SUV. What Car? recently named the ŠKODA Kodiaq as the Best large SUV as part of the 2017 What Car? Car…

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Geneva Motor Show 2017

16-03-2017

87th International Geneva Motor Show   A recent whistle-stop visit, took: Andrew Bennett (Accountant), Chris Harrison (Service Manager), Gary Snaith (General Sales Manager) and Tony Slack MD, to Geneva for the biggest event in the European car calender. The Geneva Motor Show or as the locals…

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Tech torque with the vRS 245

02-03-2017

If you know your, electronic limited slip differential from your dynamic chassis control, then the arrival of the new Octavia vRS 245 will bring a drool.   The turbocharged 2.0-litre engine now offers 242bhp and 273lb ft of torque, which is a 15bhp and 15lb ft improvement on the old vRS…

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Sir Bradley Wiggins

14-02-2017

This is the story of an Englishman. An Englishman who climbed a mountain. A working class boy from North London. Who achieved against the odds. Who made his own choices. Who knew his own mind. Who went his own way. Who never followed the herd. Who did what he said he was going to do. Who did things…

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Mikkelsen sets milestone in ŠKODA Motorsport success story

02-02-2017

Monte Carlo, 22 January 2017 – A day of celebration in the Principality of Monaco: Andreas Mikkelsen has set a milestone in the ŠKODA Motorsport success story. Starting in the ŠKODA FABIA R5 for the first time, the Norwegian rally star triumphed with navigator Anders Jæger…

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New Kodiaq, World Dealer Staff Launch

02-02-2017

Six lucky members of the Derek Slack Motors’ team, along with participants from 72 countries, recently visited Faro in Portugal to experince the new ŠKODA Kodiaq, the brand’s first large SUV.  With a powerful design and innovative technologies including an impressive…

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What Car? Car of the Year 2017 awards

12-01-2017

What Car? Car of the Year 2017 awards SKODA kick-off 2017 with another remarkable haul of titles at the annual What Car? Car of the Year awards. The all-new Kodiaq, Fabia Hatchback and Superb Estate all won their categories and we also collected three price point wins on the night, for Citigo, Fabia…

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Hunting for the yeti...

12-01-2017

Does the yeti really exist? It’s a question that has engaged explorers for centuries. Watch episode 2 on our Blog.

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ŠKODA UK announces strategic partnership with Sir Bradley Wiggins

12-01-2017

ŠKODA UK announces strategic partnership with Sir Bradley Wiggins ​ŠKODA UK and XIX Entertainment have announced a long-term strategic partnership with Sir Bradley Wiggins.   The three-year deal will see the former Tour de France winner and Britain’s most decorated…

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Record-breaking 2016: ŠKODA delivers 1,127,700 vehicles to customers

12-01-2017

ŠKODA achieved a new sales record in 2016: The brand’s global sales rose 6.8% last year to 1,127,700 vehicles (2015: 1,055,500). In December, ŠKODA achieved a 5.7% increase (December 2015: 86,600) with 91,500 deliveries. This was the best December ever in the company’s…

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Hunting for the yeti...

10-01-2017

Does the yeti really exist? It’s a question that has engaged explorers for centuries. Watch episode 1 on our Blog.

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Mike Lamb, passes ISUZU Service Technician qualification

22-12-2016

ISUZU specialist Mike Lamb, has passed the Isuzu Service Technician qualification, an IMI (the Institute of Motor Industry) accredited qualification. Mike spent time at the ISUZU Technical Training Centre in Birmingham being tested on various modules such as diagnostics, engine building/dismantling,…

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Nathan Johnson qualifies as ‘SKODA Master Technician'

22-12-2016

Nathan Johnson recently qualified as a ‘SKODA Master Technician’ achieving the highest recognised level of technician status completing and passing modules which include: accurately diagnosing intermittent electrical faults first time, accurately diagnosing mechanical faults,…

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Staff wear a wooly for Christmas Jumper Day

20-12-2016

Derek Slack Motors dressed up for Save the Children’s-Christmas Jumper Day on 16 December 2016.  Festive sweaters were order of the day, and our team did their very best not to disappoint.  From bells and baubles to reindeer and antlers a generous helping of silly knitwear dressed…

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Road tax increases

15-12-2016

In 2017 road tax on all new cars increases  typically by 1000%* by changes set in motion by former  Chancellor, George Osbourne. Act now to avoid the increase by speaking to a member of our sales team to save on road tax, plus SKODA money saving offers. * Typical example: Ford Focus 1.0…

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0% APR with upto £2000 SKODA deposit contribution.

15-12-2016

Order a new SKODA from Derek Slack Motors before 31 December 2016, for 2017 delivery and driveaway with 0% APR with upto £2000 SKODA deposit contribution. Available on slected vehicles including Citigo, Octavia and Yeti. SKODA deposit contributions of £2000 also available on Fabia (2.9%…

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Merry Christmas from Derek Slack Motors

08-12-2016

Wishing all our customers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.    

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Superb celebrates its 15th birthday

01-12-2016

The Superb celebrated its 15th anniversary On 21 October 2016. Since its introduction in 2001, ŠKODA has produced around 900,000 vehicles across three generations. The Superb has been awarded the ‘Red Dot Award’ for outstanding product design and ‘Car of the Year’ in…

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Skoda Kodiaq

29-11-2016

With a length of 4.70 m, up to seven seats and the largest boot within its class, the ŠKODA KODIAQ is the Czech car manufacturer’s first large SUV. From early 2017, ŠKODA’s latest model will present itself with all of the brand’s strengths: a design that is full of…

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ŠKODA on record course

29-11-2016

ŠKODA on record course: One million vehicles already delivered in 2016 ŠKODA surpassed the mark of one million vehicles delivered in 2016. This means that ŠKODA has reached the milestone approximately one month earlier than 2015, and has delivered a seven-digit number of…

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Black Friday Event

22-11-2016

Derek Slack Motors' Black Friday Event starts Friday 25 until Sunday 27 November. The closing date for new SKODA orders avoiding the price increase was 22 November. However, a representative from SKODA UK will be with us this weekend allowing customers an extended window to place orders up until…

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New Yeti Drive models come to Middlesbrough at Derek Slack Motors

17-11-2016

Two new Yeti Drive models are now available at Derek Slack Motors, the, SE Drive
 and SE L Drive. The Drive model builds on the impressive specification of the current SE and SE L trims with further enhancements including Amundsen navigation, heated windscreen and front and rear parking…

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SKODA named most dependable UK car brand in 2016 in in the latest JD Power UK Vehicle Dependability Survey.

15-11-2016

SKODA named most dependable UK car brand in 2016 in in the latest JD Power UK Vehicle Dependability Survey. Derek Slack Motors are delighted to share news from a recent survey, revealing SKODA owners experiencing the fewest problems of any car brand in the UK, the survey also shows Land Rover as the…

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Beat the price increase

12-11-2016

Order your new SKODA from Derek Slack Motors before 21 November 2016, and beat the price increase saving upto £805. Plus, you can also drive away with 0%APR* (variable) and upto £1500 deposit contribution. To find out more call 01642 256100, or email from the website or simply call in…

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Wear it Pink Day, Friday 21 October 2016

25-10-2016

Friday 21 October, Derek Slack Motors joined the hundreds of thousands of people taking part in ‘wear it pink day’ raising money for breast cancer research. Service advisor Emma Stinchcombe, once again ran proceedings organising various competitions, prizes, pink cupcakes, hats, bowties…

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New Showroom Opens

19-10-2016

The official launch of the new Derek Slack Motors SKODA dealership took place on the 14 April 2016, concluding with a weekend of special offers and promotions. The family-run dealership which has served Middlesbrough and the North East for over 43 years, welcomed a host of delegates from both SKODA…

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Record numbers visit Stokesley Show

27-09-2016

Stokesley Show, one of the region’s largest agricultural shows recently took place attracting record number of visitors. Once again, Derek Slack Motors were delighted to attend as the region’s main dealer for SKODA and ISUZU.   With an estimated 25,000 visitors, every available…

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Phil Cross receives glowing praise.

04-08-2016

Derek Slack Motors are proud to announce Phil Cross, Sales co-ordinator at Derek Slack Motors, recently received high praise from the SKODA Accreditation initiative in partnership with the Institute of Motor Industry and Volkswagen Group Learning Services. The face-to-face assessment received…

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New Showroom Opens

05-05-2016

The official launch of the new Derek Slack Motors SKODA dealership took place on the 14 April 2016, concluding with a weekend of special offers and promotions. The family-run dealership which has served Middlesbrough and the North East for over 43 years, welcomed a host of delegates from both SKODA…

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Chris Harrison-Service Manager

01-03-2016

We’re delighted to announce Chris Harrison (Parts Manager, at Derek Slack Motors) has been appointed the position of Service Manager. Chris who has been with the company for almost 5 years said, “ I’m thrilled to become the new Service Manager and can’t wait to start. This is…

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Derek Slack Motors welcome Gary Snaith, as new Sales Manager

01-03-2016

Derek Slack Motors welcome Gary Snaith, as new Sales Manager for the family run dealership in Middlesbrough. Gary is already making a positive impact on business, and although new to the SKODA and ISUZU brands, he brings years of experience working with both Vauxhall and Kia.   We began by…

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Text Santa

22-12-2015

Friday 18th December, 2015 and Derek Slack Motors join in with the fund raising in aid of Text Santa. The event organised by Service Advisor, Emma Stinchcombe raised nearly £100. “It was great fun”, said Emma. “Everyone took part wearing their Christmas jumpers, with first…

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Sister twins purchase two new Fabias

08-12-2015

It’s not uncommon for Derek Slack Motors to sell more than one vehicle to a member of the same family, in fact, being the oldest SKODA dealer in the North East, we’re pretty much used to it! However, it’s not everyday you witness twins purchasing the same vehicle on the same day.…

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Citigo Black Edition arrives in Middlesbrough

27-10-2015

Derek Slack Motors can announce a number of new, Citigo Black Edition models, will be arriving in the next few days with pre-orders already taking place. Priced at just £9,990 for the 3-door and £10,340 for 5-door, the Citigo Black is also available with 0% APR. The special edition…

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Citigo and Yeti used car awards

22-10-2015

Derek Slack Motors are pleased to announce the SKODA Citigo and Yeti have scooped three wins in this year’s Auto Express used car awards. Citigo coming out on top in the category for ‘best used city car’, while the Yeti was named ‘best used crossover’ and overall…

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Pick-Up Truck of the Year’

01-10-2015

For the second year running, Isuzu D-Max has won ‘Pick-Up Truck of the Year’ at the Commercial Fleet Awards. Stephen Briers, Commercial Fleet editor, commented:  “Isuzu specialises in pick-ups with a network that understands the needs of fleets. The judges praised the…

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The 143rd Stokesley Show

24-09-2015

The 143rd Stokesley Show took place Saturday, 19 September, with around 20,000 visitors pouring into the old showground. Derek Slack Motors were just one of 120 trade stands at this year’s show which also featured over 380 horses, including plenty horse power of our own, in the shape of SKODA…

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Phil Cross, the first member of staff to celebrate 20 years service

08-09-2015

Phil Cross, Car Sales-Co-coordinator at Derek Slack Motors achieved an employee landmark this month becoming the first member of staff to celebrate 20 years service at the SKODA and ISUZU dealership. “Working in the motor trade, I’ve known Derek and Tony for over 30 years”, said…

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Andy meets old school teacher

23-07-2015

SKODA sales executive, Andy McCarthy was delighted to meet up with former head of year teacher-Mrs. Artley when she decided to purchase her new SKODA Yeti from Derek Slack Motors. “It was a real surprise”, said Andy, “when I realised the customer behind the desk was non-other than…

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Loving Hearts Raffle and Gala Dinner

30-06-2015

The Thistle Hotel, Middlesbrough, was the venue for the Loving Hearts Raffle and Gala Dinner in aid of James Cook University Hospital Cardiac MRI Scanner Appeal. The sold out black tie dinner was attended by Rotary Club members and dignitaries along with many local business representatives and their…

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Charity Golf Day

30-06-2015

Derek Slack Motors were proud to support the 10th annual Niemann-pick disease charity golf day held at Ramside Golf Club, County Durham on Wednesday 17th July; the event attracting almost 100 golfers.   Organised each year by Craig Mathieson, Regional Business Development Manager for Black…

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Parts team gets direction

30-04-2015

Stage one of dealership expansion plans will soon see the opening of a new, state-of-the-art parts department. Still expect to be greeted by familiar faces including Steve Parkin. Steve has been with Derek Slack Motors for 19 years offering a wealth of experience and expertise. Steve said, “We…

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Derek Slack Motors 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain.

17-03-2015

Derek Slack Motors is thrilled to announce that it has been named by the London Stock Exchange in its 2015 report as one of the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain.   Launched in 2013, the report was designed to celebrate those companies which serve as a driving force behind the UK economy and,…

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Builders March on with new development

10-03-2015

Work is well underway on the first stage of our new site development. March’s used car sale is already beginning to clear much needed space for heavy machinery and tools. Watching from my window, in what can only be described as fast forwarding a movie, workers in their high-viz jackets and…

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Derek Slack Motors receive Isuzu award.

22-01-2015

Derek Slack Motors, (main dealers for Isuzu on Teesside and North Yorkshire) enjoyed a record-breaking year of Isuzu sales during 2014.  In recognition, the dealership received an Isuzu, 2014, ‘Highly Commended Dealer of the Year’ award, presented at the Isuzu Awards Dinner on…

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New SKODA Fabia Launch Weekend

22-01-2015

Derek Slack Motors are holding an extra special event for the launch of the new, attention stealing ŠKODA Fabia − and everyone is invited. On (Friday 30 Jan, Saturday 31 Jan and Sunday 1 Feb 2015), you can be one of the first to see and test-drive the new ŠKODA Fabia. The…

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Beat the price rise

16-12-2014

Dear customer,   Considering a new car for 2015? If the answer is yes, order your new car before December 31st and avoid the 2015 New Year price increase, and enjoy 0% Finance with Free Servicing*!! Or take a cash saving of up to £4,215*, so you benefit from beating the price increase and…

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Major expansion begins

10-12-2014

Phase one of three exciting projects got underway Monday 1st December. Phase one sees the expansion onto neighboring land to form a 70 vehicle storage compound specifically for new vehicles, as Derek Slack Motors are one of only twenty fleet centres for Skoda in the UK. Phase one will also see the…

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Wear it Pink Day

04-11-2014

The team at Derek Slack Motors signed up for Pink Friday in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Staff did their bit dressing head-to-toe pink, including some very silly hats. Along with donations from staff and customers, money was also raised by a special pink raffle and yummy pink cupcakes.…

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Stokesley Show 2014

23-09-2014

One of Teesside’s favorite agricultural shows took place on Saturday 20th September, 2014, attracting a record number of visitors. Now in its 142nd year, Stokesley Show also saw an increase in exhibitors and stands including over 1000 in the horticulture section alone.   Derek Slack…

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Retailer Principal swims Solent for charity

16-09-2014

Not content with running a busy family business, Dealer Principal Tony Slack of Derek Slack Motors has been training to swim the 2.5 miles across the Solent from Fort Gilkicker on the main land to Ryde Sands on the Isle of Wight.   Training twice a week in the local swimming pool…

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Citigo picks up Auto Express Award...Again

29-07-2014

As we fast approach the new 64 registration, there’s never been a better time to buy a new ŠKODA from Derek Slack Motors in Middlesbrough. Continuing its rich run of awards the Citigo has collected a third successive City Car of the Year title at the annual Auto Express Awards. The…

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SKODA global expansion brings jobs to Teesside

29-07-2014

Derek Slack Motors have announced major expansion plans for 2014/15 in line with SKODA’s global target to sell 1.5 million cars per year by 2018, a target that looks well on course to succeed, making Skoda the first manufacturer ever to double its sales in the UK in a five year period from…

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14 registration plate arrives in Midlesbrough on Skoda, Subaru and Isuzu.

25-02-2014

March 1st will see the arrival of a new ‘14’ registration plate followed by a second ‘64’ plate in September 2014. Here at Derek Slack Motors in Middlesbrough, we have a plethora of new offers on 14 registration, Skoda, Subaru and Isuzu. Skoda have introduced several exciting…

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UK Subaru Master Technician for the third year

10-12-2013

Our very own Chris Harrison (pictured far left) was the UK’s sole finalist and one of 14 countries taking part in Subaru’s two-day competition in Japan. This was Chris’ third title as UK Master Subaru Technician and his second trip to the world finals.   “The opportunity…

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New Skoda Octavia vRS launch night

03-12-2013

A big thank you to everyone who attended our recent Octavia vRS open evening at Derek Slack Motors on 19 November 2013. The huge turnout favored the new vRS over international football as customers poured into our Middlesbrough showroom. I’m delighted to say the eagerly awaited Octavia vRS…

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New Skoda vRS launch night at Derek Slack Motors

19-11-2013

A world record breaker has arrived at Derek Slack Motors showrooms for tonight’s (19 November) new vRS Octavia launch celebrations. The supercharged ŠKODA Octavia vRS, which broke the world record for the fastest, ever 2.0-litre production car is now in our showroom along side the…

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Subaru Triple Crown

15-10-2013

Derek Slack Motors - Subaru technician Chris Harrison, has once again reached the Subaru World Technical Competition in Japan. Chris is already recognised as one of the top 12 Subaru technicians in the world, this being his second visit to Japan for the final. Chris fought off stiff competition from…

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Stokesley Show 2013

24-09-2013

Derek Slack Motors were delighted once again to be part of this year’s Stokesley Show, one of the largest agricultural one-day shows in the North East. The event, now in its 154th year, included hundreds of stalls and farming displays, along with live music, climbing walls and some…

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Derek Slack Motors- Motability

03-09-2013

Derek Slack Motors are delighted to be announced as winners of the first quarterly Motability awards, achieving the highest levels of customer service.  The Motability Dealer Partnership (MDP) programme is designed to ensure customers receive the highest levels of customer service across the…

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Octavia vRS received five-star rating

23-07-2013

The motoring press have recently returned from Goodwood having test driven the new Octavia vRS for the first time, judging by their reviews, the car’s a star. What Car? tester Vicky Parrott gave the vRS a perfect, and rare, five-star review. “We drove the petrol model,” wrote…

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Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo TECH

28-05-2013

The new limited edition, rally-inspired, Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo TECH screams into Derek Slack Motors, Middlesbrough this weekend, one of only a 1000 models produced. Customers can choose between the 1.2 TSi petrol or 1.6 TDi diesel, with prices starting from £11,990 for the petrol and…

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MQB - There’s a whole new world out there!

16-04-2013

Many years ago, a brilliant, yet simple invention by VW engineer - Ulrich Hackenberg was shelved never to see the light of day. 30 years later following $70 billion investment, Hackenberg’s platform-sharing idea is no longer the stuff of legend. The Volkswagen group have boldly gone where no…

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Unsung hero

05-02-2013

There’s an old adage which reads, ‘loyal staff equals loyal customers’ and for our own Graeme May there couldn’t be a more fitting truth. As an employer, seldom do you whitness a member of staff join at such a young age, and progress into a nationally recognised master of his…

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Pink Friday In Middlesbrough

12-11-2012

During October 2012, Derek Slack Motors signed up for Breast Cancer Care - ‘Pink Friday’. Following on from 2011, the dealership turned pink for the entire day as staff and customers joined in with fund raising. Skoda’s new Citigo was inflated with pink balloons as we invited…

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Derek Slack Motors Subaru technicians - best in UK

02-10-2012

At the double... Back in 2011, we were delighted to announce Chris Harrison - from Derek Slack Motors, had become the UK’s number one Subaru technician, seeing off stiff competition from other UK finalists. Not content with being the official number one Subaru technician for 2011, Chris went…

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Isuzu D-Max Experience

02-08-2012

Handsome devils in a butch, rugged, muscular kind of way!... no, I’m not referring to the magnificent 7 drivers who took part in the Isuzu D-MAXPERIENCE, but instead to the new Isuzu D-Max pickup range. Duncombe Park on the edge of the picturesque market town of Helmsley, gateway to the North…

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Skoda Citigo voted Best City Car 2012

17-07-2012

Auto Express (the country’s best selling car magazine) New Car Awards are regarded within the industry as... ‘‘the awards everyone wants to win”, and Skoda seem to be doing a very good job of winning them all.  In short, Skoda has finished in the top of the annual…

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Skoda Citigo Launch Weekend in Middlesbrough

01-05-2012

The much awaited new fuel efficient Skoda Citigo receives its premier at Derek Slack Motors on June 9th during our special launch weekend. Although aimed towards the small city car sector, the Citigo is surprisingly spacious with enough room in the back for even the tallest of drivers including my…

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Skoda Fit for Fleet

17-04-2012

As Skoda UK aim for a market share of over 78,000 sales by 2015, half of which will be fleet orders, Derek Slack Motors are pleased to announce their involvement in the initiative ‘Fit for Fleet’ which will see 40 retailers representing Skoda from all corners of the UK. The official…

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Subaru XV AWD Sports Crossover-Middlesbrough

07-02-2012

The arrival of the new Subaru XV AWD Sports Crossover at Derek Slack Motors has proved to be a magnet not only for Subaru enthusiasts, but also customers owning vehicles from the same market segment including, Ford Kuga, Nissan Qashqai and Kia Sportage. Although our less accomplished competition may…

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Chris Harrison, number one Subaru Technician

13-12-2011

We mentioned earlier in the year of Chris Harrison’s progress in the UK finishing stages of Subaru’s, ‘World Technician Competition’. We’re delighted to say Chris became the UK’s number one Subaru technician fighting off some tough opposition, allowing him to…

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Once you use Derek Slack Motors, there is Norway back!

08-12-2011

Mr Kristiansen has returned again to Derek Slack Motors for his 3rd service in a row and 4th visit in total. This may not seem anything out of the ordinary because we have a vast amount of loyal customers who come back year on year for servicing. Since July 2009 Mr Kristiansen has travelled from…

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Newsletter Competition Result

15-11-2011

Included in our recent newsletter was the chance to win an superb Amazon Kindle. Customers were invited to visit our website and signup before the 30th September to receive news, and offers from Derek Slack Motors. Many of you took up the challenge and we were delighted with the response. Sadly…

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Auto Express New Car Awards 2011

15-11-2011

Skoda models have taken the plaudits once again at one of Britain’s biggest new car awards ceremonies Auto Express New Car Awards 2011. The Skoda Superb was a clear winner in the ‘Best Family Car’ category this being the third consecutive win in the sector.  Auto Express…

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Skoda Citigo

18-10-2011

A new model enters the Skoda lineup in the shape of the Skoda Citigo and the name says it all.  Entering the ‘smaller car market’ (which is a new segment for Skoda), the Citigo offers lower fuel consumption with an attractive price tag and sensible running costs. Following the new…

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Subaru Appeal For Japan Cycle Relay

18-10-2011

WIN A CAR AND PROVIDE ESSENTIAL AID Assisting a national crisis tens of thousands miles away from your own doorstep is not normally within a Middlesbrough-based car dealership’s remit but Derek Slack Motors, has joined a national competition to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in…

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3x10=30

06-09-2011

Malcolm Smith, Mark Hall and Ian Pattinson each celebrate 10 years service at Derek Slack Motors this year. They’ve seen many changes over the years since our days on Cumberland Road. All three have worked in the motor trade all their lives bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the…

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World Subaru Technician Competition UK Final

17-08-2011

Our very own Subaru technician, Chris Harrison, was recently announced as one of six finalists to make their way through to the UK finishing stages of Subaru’s, ‘’World Technician Competition’. The final held on Thursday 8th September at Subaru’s Coleshil head office,…

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Growth plans in the fast-lane for Derek Slack Motors.

26-07-2011

Having already seen Skoda sales increase by almost 24 per cent worldwide this year along with numerous awards for every model in its range including the prestigious ‘Which? Best Car Manufacturer of the Year 2010, Skoda has much to celebrate. Derek Slack Motors who first started trading in…

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County Durham Game and Country Fair

05-07-2011

If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not pay a visit to the ‘County Durham-Game and Country Fair’ at Raby Castle - Staindrop, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th July. It promises to be a great day out for the whole family with three action packed entertainment arenas…

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Win a pair of Goodwood Festival of Speed tickets

22-06-2011

This is the first time Skoda been an official partner at the annual event, which brings together star names, tens of thousands of spectators and the cream of the world’s motoring manufacturers. Škoda is creating a spectacular loose-surfaced rally stage on the Goodwood estate – the…

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Derek Slack Motors go Karting

14-06-2011

To celebrate our recent award as number one Skoda dealer in the UK for customer satisfaction, we decided to hold a celebration of our own in recognition of all our staff’s hard work over the past 12 months. Middlesbrough KartingNation was the venue. The adrenalin was racing as the Derek Slack…

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Results of the 2011 Driver Power survey

02-06-2011

It’s been a year of awards for Derek Slack Motors and Skoda. Recently voted number one in the UK for Skoda customer satisfaction, the motoring public have now given Skoda the majority vote too. Thousands of motorists took part in the Auto Express’ ‘Driver Power’ poll in…

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Subaru reveal all new Impreza

02-06-2011

The all-new Subaru Impreza was recently revealed at the New York Auto Show and will be launched here in the UK as the ‘next generation Impreza’ in 2012. Featuring new engines and transmissions with improved interior space, refinements and handling agility. The UK market will see a new…

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RODEO-ACTIVE

17-05-2011

Duncombe Park, Helmsley, North Yorkshire, Friday 13th May was the venue and date for this year’s RODEOACTIVE event organised by Isuzu, for dealers and customers from across the north of England. The event now in its second year, included an extreme off road course designed to test the…

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Motor Trader Awards 2011 Finalist

10-05-2011

Derek Slack Motors are delighted to announce our shortlisting as finalists for this year’s 2011 Motor Trader Awards. Having successfully moved to the final stages we can now reveal judges will visit our dealership here in Middlesbrough within the next few months to conduct an onsite…

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Pick ‘n’ Mix Weekend

26-04-2011

To celebrate Easter, Derek Slack Motors held a special Pick ‘n’ Mix Weekend inviting customers to purchase a fabulous Skoda1, 1.2 with a FREE Sport Pack, plus they could even Pick ‘n’ Mix their own sporty roof colour. The offer proved so popular we’ve decided to extend…

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Phil Cross-Subaru Brand Specialist

30-03-2011

It’s not everyday you meet a ‘Subaru Brand Specialist’, but that’s exactly the level of achievement gained by Phil Cross from Derek Slack Motors. The much coveted Subaru title is highly valued within the industry and awarded to only a select few individuals who pass…

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Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo at Derek Slack Motors

22-03-2011

Just when we’d all managed to pick ourselves off the floor following the arrival of the Skoda Fabia vRS S2000 - in charges the special edition Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo. Beautiful is a word we use to freely. However, in this case it’s the most appropriate adjective to describe a very…

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Steve Parkin celebrates 15 years

22-03-2011

Steve Parkin first joined Derek Slack Motors in 1996, back in the days when we were still operating from our Cumberland Road site. Steve joined us from Barrie Thorman''s in Norton where he first began his career at sixteen before becoming our parts advisor for Skoda and Reliant. “In…

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James Ward-One of the UK''s Top Five Customer Service Advisers

22-02-2011

Hi folks, my name’s James Ward, you might recognise me from behind the customer service desk at Derek Slack Motors. Since becoming customer service adviser, I’ve quickly learnt how important standards are within the company. I’ve also learnt how crucial it is to be a…

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Number one in the UK for ‘Skoda Customer Satisfaction’

15-02-2011

Derek Slack Motors, main dealers for Skoda in Middlesbrough have been voted number one in the UK for Skoda ‘Customer Satisfaction’ seeing off stiff competition from across the country. Established in 1973, Derek Slack first began trading as a vehicle repair centre in Coral Street,…

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Special Edition Skoda Fabia vRS S2000

08-02-2011

It’s here!...In 2010 we wrote about the imminent arrival of the special edition Skoda Fabia vRS S2000. With only 200 vehicles produced and just 20 available in the UK, Derek Slack Motors are pleased to be one of the first dealers to get their hands on the special edition Fabia vRS S2000. I…

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Great North Air Ambulance

08-02-2011

Derek Slack Motors in Teesside, were delighted to be chosen as Skoda main dealer supplying two new vehicles to the Great North Air Ambulance-rapid response team. Both the new Skoda Octavia 4x4 Estate and Skoda Octavia vRS Estate will strengthen the Great North Air Ambulance’s support to those…

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