Revamped Skoda Octavia in India

Tuesday 09 June 2009, 00:00 AM by Rishi

Skoda is planning to launch a revamped Octavia to reinforce its presence in the D segment in India. It is contemplating its options to launch an upgraded version of Skoda Octavia in next few years for the Indian customers. The new upgraded model will be India-specific and will be built on a new platform at its Chakan facility near Pune. There are no details available about the pricing or technical details of the new upgraded model being considered by the company.

Currently, the Indian model of Skoda Octavia is a five door lift back model with estate body styles. It shares its platform and auto components with other models from the Volkswagen group like VW Jetta and VW Golf. Skoda sold nearly 8000 Octavia and Laura models in India last year. It falls second to Honda Civic in this segment.

Skoda launched new upgraded Laura in India last month. The car is in fact the latest generation Octavia which seems to be rebadged as Laura for the Indian market. The revamped model comes with new exteriors as well as interiors. The car is more value for money than before and intends to strengthen Skoda’s presence in its segment.