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Czech carmaker Skoda's Octavia sedan has crossed the 1 lakh sales milestone. Skoda claims that the Octavia is the highest selling CKD model in the country.
Speaking about the milestone, Zac Hollis, Brand Director, ŠKODA AUTO India said, "The OCTAVIA is synonymous with ŠKODA AUTO since our entry into India. It introduced Indian consumers to a value luxury package of design, technology, comfort, versatility and driving dynamics and created its own segment when launched in 2001. It has since become the largest selling CKD of all time in India, recently crossing the 1 lakh sales mark. A big thank you to our family of fans and customers whose continued love and support to the OCTAVIA for over two decades has made this accomplishment possible."
The Skoda Octavia is one of the longest running car name plates in India. First introduced to India in 2001, the Octavia draws its name from the origins for the number 8. The first-gen Octavia spawned a vRS model that arrived in India in 2004. A year later, Skoda introduced the second gen Octavia as the Laura as the company kept the original car in India till the year 2010.
The third-gen Octavia arrived in 2013 with car returning to its original name for the Indian market. The third-gen Octavia spawned two vRS models for the Indian market with the vRS 230 arriving in 2017 and the vRS 245 arriving three years later in 2020. The Octavia vRS 245 till date remains one of the fastest production cars that Skoda has ever built.
The current Gen 4 Octavia (known internally as the Octavia A8)arrived on Indian shores last year in 2021. Since its arrival on the international stage in 1996, Skoda has sold 7.5 million units of the Octavia all around the world which includes various body styles, engines and go faster iterations that the company has dreamed up since the Octavia nameplate was resurrected under the ownership of the VW Group.
The current Skoda Octavia is offered in two variants in India - Style and the range topping Laurin & Klement (L&K). Both versions of the Skoda Octavia in India are powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine pushing out 188bhp at 4,180rpm and 320Nm of peak torque at 1,500rpm. The engine is paired to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic (DSG) gearbox.
Skoda is now said to be prepping the latest iteration of the Octavia vRS for its arrival in India. The new Octavia vRS model will be the first hybrid Skoda to enter India. The Gen 4 Octavia vRS was introduced in international markets back in 2020 and features a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine and a single electric motor that combine to produce 241bhp and 370Nm of peak torque. The vRS features its own unique look and can hit a top speed of 250km/h. No dates have been confirmed yet but reports have suggested that this go-faster Octavia could come to India next year.
Thoughts On The Octavia's Latest Record Breaking Milestone
The Octavia is one of the best known cars in the Indian market and has been in the country for 21 years. The fact that Skoda has sold over 1 lakh Octavias despite the car only being assembled here (CKD) and therefore attracting high tax rates shows just how much the Indian public has fallen in love with the Czech nameplate.