Skoda has renewed its contract to provide vehicles to London’s Air Ambulance service.

Both the firm’s Kodiaq SUV and hot Octavia 245 vRS estate have been chosen by the service to help with its operations.

Three Octavia Estate vRS’ were selected to support the Air Ambulance’s trauma unit, while two Kodiaq 4x4s are also joining the charity’s fleet.

Skoda has worked with the London Air Ambulance for 12 years, with the five cars leased to the service on a three-year deal. The vehicles are called into action when the charity’s two helicopters are unable to fly – often because of bad weather.

(Skoda Kodiaq)


Both helicopters and cars are dispatched by the central London Ambulance Service, which deals with 5,000 calls a day.

The Octavia Estate’s huge 610-litre boot will be used to carry life-saving equipment only usually found in big ambulances and hospitals.

Henry Williams, head of fleet for Skoda UK, said: “London’s Air Ambulance service places heavy demand on its vehicles and it’s fantastic to see that they continue to perform excellently under pressure.

“The Kodiaq will be a new addition to their fleet and its combination of high-performance, 4×4 capability and fuel economy will prove a resilient partner to the team.”

(Skoda Octavia Estate vRS)


Skoda’s Kodiaq is the firm’s first seven-seater, while the Octavia vRS is aimed at families needing a practical model, but without sacrificing on performance or driving thrills.

Paul Smith, driving standards manager at London’s Air Ambulance, said: “Whilst the helicopter can reach patients in a matter of minutes, our fleet of rapid response cars is also critical to serve the community and ensure that we are ready to respond instantly in all-weather conditions.

“The reliability and performance of Skoda continues to meet the demand of our service and we are pleased to renew the contract once again.”