Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Skoda Octavia Rises From The Ashes

Skoda Octavia is now on a comeback trail. If reports are anything to go by then the Octavia is about to mark its return in early 2013 and will take the place of the existing Skoda Laura. Currently under the codename ‘A7’ it will now be based on an innovative modular MQB platform, ripped from its parent company Volkswagen. The concept model of this New Octavia model is expected to be unveiled at 2013 Geneva Motor Show.

Rumor mills are also working overtime to reveal that the new platform will be bigger as compared to the current Skoda Laura that presently earns decent sales along with counterpart Skoda Superb sedan. In fact, this info is further substantiated by Mr. Winfried Vahland’s statement at 2012 Delhi Auto Expo in which he had informed that, the company would certainly like to bring back the most sales-ticking sedan to India and he also shared a personal fact that he loves the name ‘Octavia’.

As soon as the Skoda launches the sedan in India it will dump the name Laura and will put back the tag of Octavia on the sedan. With its initial launch in the year 2001, it actually introduced the Czech Republic based firm in India and conferred it with a golden platform to pursue further sales in the country.

The car is based on a VW Group platform shared with the Volkswagen Jetta. There have been two generations of the Octavia model to date. The 1.9l turbo-diesel engine is the one which has sold the most, and rightly so. It is frugal and manages to keep the performance-oriented driver happy at the same time. The petrol 1.8 L turbocharger engine is packed with electronic multipoint injection fuel supply system. This engine is very fuel efficient and a better performer and delivers an impressive power of 150 bhp. Other vehicles that have made the Skoda a brand to reckon with in India include the likes of Skoda Laura, Skoda Superb, Skoda Rapid and Skoda Fabia hatchback along with Skoda Yeti SUV in the country.

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