The very first Skoda Octavia was manufactured back on September 3, 1996. The Octavia is now in production for two decades. Former President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Havel, inaugurated Skoda's new manufacturing unit and flagged off the production of Octavia.
Apart from the Mlada Boleslav facility of Skoda, several other units also manufacture the current-gen Octavia. Currently, Skoda Auto manufactures its Octavia in China, India, Russia, and Kazakhstan. Over five million Skoda Octavia models have been sold till date around the globe.
In the international market, Skoda Octavia is offered in two body styles - Saloon and Estate. The Indian market only receives the saloon styled Octavia. So far, there is no plan of introducing the estate style Octavia in the country anytime soon.
The Octavia sold in India is offered with one diesel and two petrol engine options. The 2.0-litre diesel engine is equipped with a manual and optional automatic gearbox. Skoda's 1.4-litre petrol engine is mated to a manual gearbox, while a 1.8-litre petrol engine is equipped with an automatic gearbox.
The base variant of the Skoda Octavia is priced at Rs. 17.01 lakh ex-showroom (Mumbai). The top-most variant of the Octavia from Skoda will cost Rs. 23.11 lakh ex-showroom (Mumbai). Stay tuned for more updates from Skoda and its upcoming products for the Indian market.