The prodigal son is set to return. Skoda, an unknown and unassuming Czech automaker made its entry into India more than a decade back with the first generation Octavia sedan. The lower purchasing prowess of car buyers in India then meant the relatively expensive Octavia sold in few number. But those who bought it instantly took a liking to it, turning into Skoda loyalists.
The original Octavia's solid built, simple yet elegant and spacious design kept the sedan sales going well until 2010, when Skoda decided to bring in the second gen Octavia. However, it made the unfortunate decision of calling the new car, Laura. The premium, higher than usual pricing and poor after sales and service did not help either.
Finally, Skoda decided to rectify that mistake by announcing the all new Octavia (3rd gen) for India on August 10, 2013. This time over it would be called the Octavia. The third gen Octavia promises to bring the magic back. The new car is aided by the much talked about MQB platform which is its core.