• Citigo
      • CITIGO 5 Door
        CITIGO 5 Door from  8,985
        CITIGO 5 door
        • ​Our smart city car​​
        • Big on quality and value for money
        • A generous, flexible interior space
        • boot space251l /959l
        • up to0mpg
        • from0g/km
      • CITIGO 5 Door Monte Carlo
        CITIGO 5 Door Monte Carlo from  11,520
        CITIGO 5 Door Monte Carlo
        • ​​​​​​​​​​​15-inch Auriga black alloy wheels​​​​​​​​​
        • Lowered suspension​​
        • ​​Front and rear spoile​r​​
        • boot space251l /959l
        • up to0mpg
        • from0g/km
  • Fabia
      • FABIA Hatch
        FABIA Hatch from  11,295
        Fabia Hatch
        • ​​​​​The next step in ŠKODA’s design language
        • ​​Outstanding interior space
        • ​​​Become the designer with our Colour Concept
        • boot space330l /1150l
        • up to0mpg
        • from0g/km
      • FABIA Estate
        FABIA Estate from  13,175
        FABIA Estate
        • ​​​​The next step in ŠKODA's design language​
        • Available with a host of ‘Simply Clever’ solutions
        • ​Up to 1,395 litres of boot space​​​
        • boot space530l /1395l
        • up to589mpg
        • from88g/km
      • FABIA Monte Carlo
        FABIA Monte Carlo from  16,100
        FABIA Monte Carlo
        • ​​​​​​​​​​16" Italia black alloy wheels
        • ​LED daytime running lights
        • ​​​Pan​oramic glass roof
        • boot space330l /1150l
        • up to0mpg
        • from0g/km
  • Rapid
      • RAPID
        RAPID from  15,345
        RAPID
        • ​​​​​​​Our new family car​​​​​​​
        • Hatchback body style with fantastic interior space
        • Up to 1490 litres of boot space
        • boot space550l /1490l
        • up to0mpg
        • from0g/km
  • Rapid Spaceback
      • RAPID SPACEBACK
        RAPID SPACEBACK from  14,410
        RAPID Spaceback
        • ​​​Dynamic and fresh design​
        • Spacious passenger leg room and boot
        • ​​Up to 1,380 litres of boot space
        • boot space415l /1380l
        • up to0mpg
        • from0g/km
  • Octavia
      • OCTAVIA Hatch
        OCTAVIA Hatch from  17,195
        OCTAVIA Hatch
        • ​​​​​​​​​​​All-new bold exterior design
        • Now available with enhanced driver assistance systems
        • ​Its spacious, premium interior makes it perfect for families
      • OCTAVIA Estate
        OCTAVIA Estate from  18,395
        OCTAVIA Estate
        • ​​​​​​​​​​The hugely spacious Octavia Estate has never felt more agile​
        • Filled with the latest technology and connectivity
        • ​Available with enhanced driver assistance systems
      • OCTAVIA Scout
        OCTAVIA Scout from  26,685
        OCTAVIA Scout
        • ​​​​​​​​​​​Features a rugged new design
        • ​​Offers practicality and uncompromising performance
        • ​​Available with the latest technology and connectivity​
      • OCTAVIA vRS Hatch
        OCTAVIA vRS Hatch from  25,185
        OCTAVIA vRS Hatch
        • ​​​​​​​​​​​Showcases a dynamic new design
        • ​​The perfect combination of space, pace and power
        • ​​Available with enhanced driver assistance systems​
      • OCTAVIA vRS Estate
        OCTAVIA vRS Estate from  26,385
        OCTAVIA vRS Estate
        • ​​​​​​​​​Showcases a dynamic new design
        • ​​The perfect combination of space, pace and power
        • ​​Available with the latest technology and connectivity​
  • Superb
      • SUPERB Hatch
        SUPERB Hatch from  20,050
        SUPERB Hatch
        • Style and space redefined
        • Our flagship family executive
        • ​​Auto Express 'Best Famil​​y Car' 2015​
        • boot space625l /1760l
        • up to0mpg
        • from0g/km
      • SUPERB Estate
        SUPERB Estate from  21,330
        SUPERB Estate
        • The most spacious and com​​fortable ŠKODA yet
        • Our flagship family executive
        • Auto Express 'Best Family Car' 2015
        • boot space660l /1950l
        • up to0mpg
        • from0g/km
  • All-New Karoq
  • Kodiaq
      • KODIAQ
        KODIAQ from  22,190
        KODIAQ
        • ​​​​Our first car to offer seven seats
        • Design, space, functionality and connectivity​​​ combined
        • Best large SUV - WhatCar? Car of the Year 2017 awards​
      • KODIAQ Scout
        KODIAQ Scout from  32,330
        KODIAQ Scout
        • ​​Features a rugged new design
        • ​Offers practicality and uncompromising performance
        • Available with the latest technology and connectivity​
20 Years of ŠKODA Octavia: Jubilee for the Heart of the Brand

20 Years of ŠKODA Octavia: Jubilee for the Heart of the Brand

04/04/2016
One of the most successful model series in the automotive world made its debut 20 years ago: In 1996, ŠKODA AUTO presented its Octavia saloon for the first time to international media representatives. Over the following two decades, the Octavia became a worldwide hit and is still the traditional Czech automaker’s best-selling model. The vehicle has been instrumental in the successful development of the ŠKODA brand.

Mladá Boleslav, 4 April 2016 – The ŠKODA Octavia is celebrating an important milestone with impressive interim results: In the 20 years since the debut of the first ŠKODA Octavia, five million customers around the world have opted for one of the various Octavia models offered. Its combination of above-average space, modern engines and safety features at an attractive price was to be the inspiration for all the brand’s later models.

Approximately one year after the Czech brand had joined the Volkswagen Group in 1991, the development of the completely new ŠKODA Octavia model series was underway. This was based on what was then an entirely new platform, developed at Group level in parallel with the conception of the Octavia. The engineers constructed a robust body structure with the help of modern CAD (Computer Aided Design) technology, while the ŠKODA design team created a timeless and unmistakable body shape, at the ŠKODA development centre in Mladá Boleslav led by Chief Designer Dirk van Braeckel.

The developers paid close attention to active and passive safety. In addition to front airbags, the brand offered side airbags for the first time. A special feature of the new compact was the practical liftback solution: The large rear door of the hatchback model allowed for excellent access to the 528-litre boot, which grew to as much as 1,328 litres by folding the rear seats down.

In 1996, the year the model was first released, customers could choose between two four-cylinder petrol engines and one turbo diesel drivetrain. The entry-level engine was the 1.6 MPI with 75 hp, the 1.8 20 V positioned above that brought it to 125 hp and the modern turbodiesel direct-injection 1.9 TDI generated an output of 90 hp, giving an average fuel consumption of over 55mpg. ŠKODA gradually expanded its engine range to include the particularly economical 1.9 SDI with 68 hp and the 1.8 20 V turbo with 150 hp.

The first Octavia Estate celebrated its world premiere in March 1998 and quickly became a bestseller, particularly in Europe. In 1999 a four-wheel drive Octavia Estate made its debut.

The Octavia/Octavia Estate name refers to the successful model of the same designation, of which ŠKODA produced approximately 364,000 units between 1959 and 1964 in Mladá Boleslav and Kvasiny. The Latin word ‘octavia’ means ‘the eighth’, relating to ŠKODA’s eighth automobile of the ‘modern era’ with independent suspension following the debut of this technology in 1933.

For the new Octavia series, ŠKODA built a new production line in a 37,500-square-metre hall at the Mladá Boleslav plant, followed by a new paint shop processing up to 1,800 vehicles per day. The new production line commenced operations on April 3, 1996. The capacity of the main plant increased by 90,000 units to 350,000 vehicles annually and ŠKODA became the largest industrial company in the Czech Republic.

The last vehicle of the first series eventually rolled off Vrchlabí’s production line in November 2010. From 1996 to 2010, ŠKODA delivered a total of 970,000 hatchbacks and over 470,000 estates to customers worldwide.

The second-generation Octavia continued unabated the success of its predecessor. ŠKODA sold a total of 1.6 million hatchbacks and 900,000 estates between 2004 and 2013. Technologies, such as direct-injection petrol engines, and the direct shift gearbox (DSG) made their debut in the Octavia II.

The third-generation Octavia, an important cornerstone of ŠKODA’s model range, has been running off the production lines since November 2012. At the end of March 2016, the one millionth vehicle of this model generation was produced at ŠKODA’s main production facility in Mladá Boleslav.

The traditional Czech brand has manufactured a total of five million Octavias since the ŠKODA Octavia was first launched in 1996. In addition to Mladá Boleslav, the ŠKODA Octavia is also produced in China, India, Russia and Kazakhstan.

ŠKODA has once again proved itself to be the brand to beat by dominating the 2018 DieselCar and EcoCar Top 50. The Czech brand was named as class winner in no fewer than four key categories and topped more sectors than any other manufacturer in the influential annual chart.
Motoring review site Honest John has named the ŠKODA KODIAQ its overall 2018 Car of the Year – adding another trophy to the Czech SUV’s remarkable collection. In addition to awarding the KODIAQ its highest honour, Honest John website visitors also named the SUPERB as its Family Car of the Year for the second year in succession.
ŠKODA AUTO continues its growth course. Never before has the Czech traditional brand achieved such a strong result in terms of sales revenue, deliveries and operating profit between January and March. The manufacturer delivered 316,700 vehicles worldwide (+ 11.7%). Operating profit increased by 5.3% to 437 million euros in the same period, while sales revenue increased by 4.9% to 4.5 billion euros.
ŠKODA owners can check the status of their car with just their voice thanks to the integration of ŠKODA Connect and Amazon’s Alexa virtual personal assistant. The technology works across all devices equipped with Alexa Voice Services and allows owners to interact with their vehicles on a completely new level.
ŠKODA fleet’s latest research into the habits of company car drivers has revealed they will spend the equivalent of nearly three years of their working life in the driver’s seat.
ŠKODA UK continued to grow into 2018 with sales remaining buoyant despite the general decline in the new car market. The brand achieved a joint-record first quarter market share of 3.01 per cent (first recorded in 2014), up 0.29 per cent over the same period last year with 21,611 cars finding new homes. ŠKODA also delivered its best-ever March market share of 2.81 per cent, up from 2.43 per cent in 2017, registering 13,300 cars.