New Skoda Octavia unveiled in Mumbai

Saturday 10 August 2013, 11:26 AM by

The wait for all new Octavia has finally ended as Skoda India unveiled the new car at Tote of the Turf, which is located in Mumbai. This was one of the most anticipated events in recent times as car enthusiasts were eager to know what the new Skoda Octavia looks like. Interestingly, there was a considerable amount of buzz at the showcase event, which involved company officials and professionals from the media. Skoda Auto, a Czech-based company owned by the Volkswagen group, has been operating in Indian for more than a decade now. However, due to a number of reasons, it has not been able to establish any kind of stronghold in the Indian car market. Industry experts feel that the launch of the new Octavia is likely to stir up sales of the auto maker. The company has been facing testing times as its Fabia hatchback has witnessed a lukewarm response from the price sensitive Indian buyers.

New Skoda Octavia unveiled in Mumbai |
New Skoda Octavia unveiled in Mumbai

Pitched as an executive sedan, the new Skoda Octavia is stylish, aggressive and quite spacious. In comparison to previous generation models, the new Octavia is more powerful, fast and performance oriented. It is based on the highly acclaimed Modularer Querbaukasten (MQB) platform from Volkswagen. As a result of application of this platform, the new Skoda Octavia happens to be fuel efficient and safe along with controlled emissions. Notably, the MQB platform utilises a matrix of components in order to manufacture advanced vehicles. Interiors of the new Octavia have been redesigned to give it a more classy and modern look.

Skoda India is going to introduce two fuel variants of the third generation Octavia. The petrol variant of the executive sedan is going to be powered by a 1.8-litre engine whereas the diesel version will be fitted with a 2.0-litre TDI powertrain. Also, Skoda will place the third generation Octavia alongside the Laura. However, some sources claim that the company is likely to introduce an entry-level 1.4-litre petrol variant to replace the Laura.

Industry experts have suggested that the third generation Octavia is going to ride on the success of its previous models, making an impact on the market. It must be noted that the festive season is considered to be the best time to purchase a vehicle in India. Skoda is likely to stiffen the competition in executive sedan segment by launching the new Octavia, where it will be pitted against the likes of Toyota Corolla Altis, Renault Fluence, Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze and Volkswagen Jetta.

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