In the days before the Wall came down, Skoda's were the butt of many jokes: `Why do Skoda's have heated rear windows?', `To keep your hands warm when you push them,' for one.
But they were also successful class winners in international rallying – it's just that the pesky Soviets took all the profits and didn't re-invest them.
That all changed when bought Skoda in 1991 and over the past 19 years the Czech brand has re-emerged as a potent sales force in Europe with its `Simply Clever' tag line.
Here we have the Yeti, I know silly name, a two-liter TDi 170 bhp crossover. Predominantly front-wheel drive, the rear wheels are brought into play as loss of traction is detected.
It actually works quite well down muddy, rutted tacks given it was on road tires. But the `Simply Clever' bit was a descent control that worked by knocking the gear lever in neutral once you've switched on the electronic control. Then with feet off the pedals, the Yeti slowly descends the slope. Goes against all the rules of off-roading but it works brilliantly as the ABS chatters away preventing the wheels from over running and the Yeti slithering chaotically downhill.