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Welcome to our first newsletter of

2010. Read eveything new for Skoda,

Isuzu and Subaru.

Order your brand new...


It was nice to close the door

on 2009 and all the gloom and

despair that deep recession

brings and look forward to a

new year that is bound to be

one of change, and see if we

are out of recession as was

recently announced in the


Our first big change is the end

of the government backed

"Scrappage Scheme" which

ends at the end of March,

which has been a terrific boost

for small car sales and won us

many new customers, plus

there's also a general election

to come which is bound to

bring change in some form for

us all.

As ever the car business keeps

on moving with its latest new

model launches. The latter part

of 2009 saw the launch of the

Skoda Yeti and the new shape

Subaru Legacy & Outback. This

month Skoda launches a new

Superb Estate followed later in

the year by the return of the

Fabia VRS, which we were lucky

enough to see on a recent trip

to the factory.

To celebrate the Superb Estate

launch we are having an open

night on Wednesday 24th

February where you can see

the car first before its official

UK launch date, and all the

other recently launched

models plus meet Guy Wilkes.

Skoda’s latest new young rally


2010 sees a change to the

"new" style number plate

format that has now been

going a decade. March 1st

sees ‘10’ instead of 07, 08, 09

as the 3rd & 4th digit then,

September 1st will see 60

instead of 57, 58 and 59.

March 2nd this year is the

anniversary of the opening of

our Subaru showroom -12

months that have really flown.

We’ve learned a lot in that year

and met many new customers,

making us feel very at home

with both Subaru and Isuzu.

We recently had the good

fortune to acquire the small

garage next door to us which

had started to look a little bit

tired over recent years, which

we will be re-developing

to create extra customer car

parking in the not too distant


We hope you can make our

open night and that you enjoy

the newsletter and as ever look

forward to seeing you soon in

our showrooms. Here’s to a

prosperous 2010 with safe and

trouble free motoring.

Derek & Tony Slack




open night

24th February 2010

from 7.00pm until late

at Derek Slack Motors.


open night

For more details visit

our website or call:

01642 256100


Derek Slack Motors SPRING 2010



Turbo Diesel

“Subaru Impreza-built to

beat the British weather.”

Tony Slack

We all know how fast our weather can

change. One minute it’s a dry road, next

it’s a downpour and standing water. Or,

you wake up to a frosty morning and

the threat of sheet ice (all sounding

familiar?). The Subaru Impreza takes it

all in its stride-because it’s the only

hatchback that has permanent

symmetrical All-Wheel Drive as


All four wheels sense changes in road

conditions, and adapt accordingly,

giving grip where it’s wanted most.

Which means you can drive through the

toughest conditions with complete

peace of mind.

Of course, the priority is accident

avoidance. But not everyone drives a

Subaru. So, there are front, side and

rear curtain airbags, energy absorbing

bumpers and a 4-sensor, 4-channe; ABS

braking system to make the inevitable

less inevitable and far more survivable.

The Impreza is available with a choice

of turbo charged or naturally aspirated

engines: the low insurance 1.5 or a

powerful 2.5 litre, 330 PS or now Diesel

2.0 TDi. Prices start from £13,495 OTR.


3 years


On selected

models. Offer ends

31st March

Prices start from only...



See the New Impreza TDi at our VIP Open Night on February 24th from 7.00pm.


Derek Slack Motors SPRING 2010



its what’s


that counts!

“Unlike other new cars, the

new Legacy & Outback.”





Eleven years after winning a Subaru

Legacy in a radio competition,

Middlesbrough man Chris Flynn has

traded in his beloved Japanese estate

car for a new Subaru Legacy.

Mr Flynn, who hadn’t owned a Subaru

prior to his lucky win on Classic FM,

found his first Legacy “absolutely

perfect” to live with and felt that a newer

version of the same model was the only

new-car choice for him. “In 11 years of

ownership not once did I have a single

problem with the car, so when I heard

about the government scrappage

scheme, and felt like changing the car,

there was only one option – another

Subaru Legacy,” he said.

Mr Flynn is still getting accustomed to

the new-car experience. “This latest

Legacy from Derek Slack Motors, is

clearly a huge step forward compared

to my previous Legacy, and I’m enjoying

the process of getting to know all the

features of the new model.”

The new Legacy

and Outback are

available in

2.0 TDi, 2.5i, 3.6I

and Lineartronic.

Book a test drive!

Prices start from ...



See the Legacy & Outback at our VIP Open Night on February 24th from 7.00pm.


Derek Slack Motors SPRING 2010




“The new Rodeo is now

easier to pick-up.”

The new Rodeo Pick-up is here and the latest model will give

impetus in the competitive pickup segment. Smooth responsive

handling and a high level of refinement , plus class leading

emmissions and economey.


a punch!

watch your





Road Tax

Lower running

costs thhan

most 4x4’s

Class leading

economy &




2.5 or 3.0 advanced

diesel engines

CD/MP3 with RDS

Powerful 3000kg


Accepts digital

tachograph system

The Rodeo range from...



See the Rodeo Pick-up at our VIP Open Night on February 24th from 7.00pm.


Derek Slack Motors SPRING 2010

Tony Slack

Dealer Principle

Mark Hall

Business Sales

Who we are

and what we do.

Derek Slack

Managing Director

Phil Cross

Sales Co-ordinator

Ian Jarvis

General Sales Manager

Graeme May

Workshop Controller

Craig Parry

Aftersales Manager

Michelle Loughran

Sales Administrator

Nil Deposit







£499 Deposit

Phil Manley

Sales Executive

John Heaviside

Valet Team Leader

Malcolm Smith


Colin Leatherland



Linda Slack


Steve Parkin


Paula Slack


Nathen Johnson


Phil Weighell

Senior Technician

Karl Laughton

Sales Executive

Graeme Scurrah


Ged Thirkell

Sales Executive



Did you know that if you receive the Higher

Rate Mobility Component of the Disability

Living Allowance or the War Pensioners'

Mobility Supplement, getting a new car is

easier and more affordable than ever? Through

Motability, you simply turn part or all of your

allowance into the car of your choice.

Robert Harker

Apprentice Technician

Ian Pattison

Service Reception

Clare McCulloch


James Ward

Service Reception

Patricia Barclay


Collette Clare





SINCE 1973

15 YEARS SERVICE Phil Cross started in 1995,

as salesman, and is a very reliable face in the

garage. He has sold hundreds of cars over the

years, including dozens to returning customers.

Phil has seen many changes within the company over the

years, taking on more and more responsibility. We are grateful

for all his efforts and look forward to another 15 years.

Coast to coast

Karl Lawton

(sales executive)

completed the

coast to coast by

bike last summer

with 3 friends to

raise money for James cook rheumatoid

arthritis unit and having got over his saddle

sores is now planning this years challenge 'the

coast and castles ride' Edinburgh to Newcastle

in aid of cleveland search and rescue.

Written details available on request. Licensed credit broker. All offers subject to terms and conditions.

Retails customers only. Offers must end 31/3/10. Vehicles shown for illustration only.

Derek Slack Motors SPRING 2010

Skoda find

the right Guy!

We get all revved up as Guy Wilks from Darlington

is named Skoda UK Motorsport driver for IRC


Skoda UK Motorsport has chosen Guy Wilks and codriver

Phil Pugh to take on the Intercontinental Rally

Challenge (IRC). Skoda UK Motorsport will enter a

Fabia Super 2000 for Guy Wilks and co-driver Phil

Pugh on the 2010 Intercontinental Rally Challenge

(IRC) and we’re backing the team all the way.

Guy, from Darlington in County Durham, is one of

Britain’s most exciting rally talents, having won the

British Rally Championship twice (2007 and 2008)

and finished runner-up in the 2005 FIA Junior Rally

Championship. The 28-year old driver won the RAC

MSA Rally of Scotland last November, driving a Skoda

Fabia S2000 in competition for the first time.

Phil, from Tywyn in Gwynedd, enters his eighth

consecutive season as Guy’s co-driver. The 39-year

old Welshman was British Champion in 2007, and his

experience and skill will be of significant importance

in the rallies which lay ahead.

Skoda UK Motorsport will contest selected rounds of

the IRC, beginning with the opening round of the

series, Rallye Monte Carlo (January 19-23).

“We are thrilled that Guy and Phil have joined the

Skoda UK Motorsport team and expect our loyal

customers feel just the same. We are anticipating

more people will come through our doors and sales

to increase as rally fans see what great cars Skoda

produces. said Tony Slack-Dealer principle.

In preparation for Rallye Monte Carlo, Guy tested a

Skoda Fabia S2000 on asphalt mountain roads near

Grenoble in south-east France just before Christmas,

completing around 62 miles (100kms).

Guy Wilks: “I am very excited about the season ahead

and driving for Skoda UK Motorsport in the 2010

Intercontinental Rally Challenge. Our victory in

Scotland last year showed what potential the Fabia

S2000 has. It’s a fantastic car to drive and it suits my

driving style. This year’s programme has come together

incredibly quickly, and everyone at Skoda UK

Motorsport is highly motivated to succeed. You can

guarantee that Phil and I will start every rally with one

thing on our minds – and it will involve driving as fast

as we possibly can!”

A timing lesson

A timing belt, or cam belt connects the crankshaft

to the camshaft(s), which in turn controls the opening

and closing of the engine's valves, which open and

close once every other revolution of the crankshaft.

The belt has teeth to turn the camshaft synchronised

with the crankshaft. In some engines, the timing

belt may also be used to drive other engine

components such as the water pump and oil pump.

Timing belts are typically covered by plastic timing

belt covers which require removal to carry out visual


Engine manufacturers recommend replacement at

specific intervals. The manufacturer may also

recommend the replacement of other parts, such as

the water pump.

In an interference engine, or one whose valves extend

into the path of the piston, failure of the timing belt

invariably results in costly and, in some cases,

irreparable engine damage, as some valves will be

held open when they should not be and thus will be

struck by the pistons. Ouch!

If you are not sure when your timing belt needs

changing then tick the box below (and make sure

you have filled in all your details on the reverse

raffle ticket) and we’ll get back to you after the open

night or alternatively give us a call or e mail:



Derek Slack Motors SPRING 2010

It’s out


The days of slow-witted part-time 4x4

transmissions are over. Introducing

the ‘Yeti’ a 'crossover with a fresh

attitude...combining 4x4 strengths

with hatch practicality.


2.0 TDi 140i Road tested!

“The Skoda Yeti proves

not all 4WD are the same.”

Tony Slack

Available in 2WD, 4WD, Petrol or Diesel

The 4.2m-long Yeti is robustly compact,

with a near-vertical tailgate and a

pleasantly raised (though not high)

driving position. The car’s interior

package is highly impressive. The

upright seating position releases

impressive rear seat legroom (which

can be varied by sliding the rear seats)

and huge headroom. There’s also

impressive interior storage - large door

bins, a big glovebox, useful centre

armrest and various cubby holes.

VW’s new common-rail diesel is

superbly smooth and quiet – in fact,

you’d never know it was a diesel! It’s

all the more impressive as other car

maker’s Euro 5 compatible engines

have got noisier.

The engine is smooth and punchy and

can easily cope with four full-size

adults in a way that suggests this car

would make a fine long-distance

tourer. The most impressive aspect of

Yeti is the way it can slide off the

blacktop straight into serious offroading.

Its compact dimensions and

short overhangs are a great help, but

the Yeti’s enthusiasm and capability

in extreme situations is a revelation.

The impressive ‘off-road’ electronic

pack – which includes a very capable

hill descent control set-up – is a must

if you spend a lot of time in proper offroad




Air coniditioning

Front electric windows

Roof rails

Heated door mirrors

Body mouldings

ABS brakes with EBD

Twin airbags

The Yeti range starts from...



See the Skoda Yeti at our VIP Open Night on February 24th from 7.00pm.


Derek Slack Motors SPRING 2010



and the

winner is...

The unique design with the typical Skoda ‘face’, the

expressive rear section and the dynamic silhouette help

the new Superb Estate stand out clearly from market

competitors. The car commands respect not just because

of its practical qualities, but also on account of its style

and elegance.

The new Superb Estate is 4,838 mm

long, 1,817 mm wide, and 1,481 mm

high. Including the roof rails, delivered

as standard and available either

anodized or black, the car’s height rises

to 1,510 mm.

The outstanding load capacity is bigger

than anything seen yet in the segment,

the luggage compartment holds 633

litres, expanding to a cavernous 1,865

litres when the rear seats are folded

down. The width of the tailgate is large

enough to accommodate bulky items.

The low loading sill, a mere 600 mm

above the ground, makes handling

baggage easy.

The wealth of interior equipment and

fittings in the five-door estate matches

that in the car’s predecessor, with

numerous smart details added.

This is the first time it has been possible

to equip a Skoda vehicle with the KESSY

keyless locking and ignition system. A

transmitter in the body of the key

communicates with the control unit in

the car and unlocks the doors when the

handles are touched. The car can also

be locked without using a key or remote

control central locking by pressing a

button on the external handle.

The engine can be started and turned

off with a button located on the righthand

side of the steering wheel column.

Winner of the 2009 Luxury Car

of the Year award.



Air coniditioning

Electric windows

Alloy wheels

Front fog lights

Tinted glass

ABS brakes with EBD

Twin airbags

Prices start from ...



See the Superb Estate at our VIP Open Night on February 24th from 7.00pm.


Derek Slack Motors SPRING 2010



Everyone knows the Octavia is a great car. After all, you don’t win the 2007 Auto

Express Driver Power ‘Car of the Year’ title and What Car? Best Small Family Car of

the Year, 2006, without good reason. However, there is something even more

accomplished in Skoda’s arsenal: the scorchingly quick Octavia vRS.

Available in either hatchback or estate guise

with the choice of a 200bhp petrol

engine or a 170bhp diesel .


The new Octavia has a more purposeful

and aggressive appearance. Sports

bumpers fore and aft, a boot spoiler

(hatchback only), twin chrome exhaust

pipes, red brake callipers and 18-inch

‘Zenith’ alloys give the vRS the look of a

genuine hot hatch.

On the inside, bespoke ‘vRS’-branded

half leather seats, a sports steering

wheel and alloy pedals remind the driver

of the car’s racing pedigree. Other

standard equipment includes a 6 CD

autochanger, branded sill protectors,

tinted glass, cruise control and a trip


Unlike many of its rivals in this hotly

contested and adrenaline-charged

market segment, however, the Octavia

is also supremely practical. The hatch

offers buyers either 560 litres of stowage

space (seats up) or 1,350 litres (seats

folded), but it’s the estate with its

maximum boot capacity of 1,620 litres

that really steals the show.

The vRS range does present buyers with

a bit of a conundrum, however. There’s

not only the choice between practical

hatch and uber-spacious estate, but

they’ll also have to decide between

diesel and petrol power.



Air coniditioning

Electric windows

18” Alloy wheels

Front fog lights

Tinted glass

ABS brakes with EBD

Twin airbags

Prices start from under...


19,000 19,005

Available on all Fabia, Octavia

& Roomster models until

31st March


also available on selected Fabia,

Octavia & Roomster models ...




See the Octavia VRS at our VIP Open Night on February 24th ?? from from 7.00pm.





open night

24th February 2010

from 7.00pm until late

at Derek Slack Motors.

Complete your details below and bring on the night, to be

entered into our free prize draw. The lucky winner will receive

a fabulous flat screen TV.












24th February 2010

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