The Octavia is one of the longest running nameplate among cars in continuous sale currently in the country
Skoda Auto India has achieved another milestone by delivering 1,01,111 Octavias till date. This achievement comes on top of the Octavia being the highest selling car in India via the Parts and Components (CKD) route with the Octavia now being one of the longest-running nameplates in continuous sale currently in India. Over the years, ever since the release of its first generation in India, the Skoda Octavia became an instant hit when it was first released in India because of its sporty engine along with driving dynamics and comfortability of a proper sedan.
The OCTAVIA A4 was first launched in India in 2001 and it was followed by the vRS in 2004, which was the first ŠKODA to wear the iconic, performance-oriented badge in a production car. Skoda also launched the COMBI version of the Octavia in TDI, TSI and vRS variants in 2004. In fact, the vRS was the first ever turbo-charged petrol engine passenger car in India.
The year 2005 saw the new generation of the OCTAVIA re-badged as the LAURA (A5), with the original OCTAVIA, with relevant updates, still going strong till 2010. The A7 OCTAVIA came about in 2013 and got a vRS version with the vRS 230 in 2017 and the vRS 245 in 2020, which remains one of the fastest road-produced ŠKODAs. The A8, the current OCTAVIA, arrived in 2021.
Mr. Zac Hollis, Brand Director, ŠKODA AUTO India said, “The OCTAVIA has been 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.”
Dirk van Braeckel, designer of the first-generation OCTAVIA, said, “When we ran our first customer tests, the unbelievable results that came back to us strongly suggested that we were really onto something. And it transpired that indeed we were. The OCTAVIA came along with this look that embodied tradition, quality and sporting ambition, and combined that with remarkable spaciousness, all at a very reasonable price. On top of that, the timeless design and the philosophy of evolution rather than revolution have been highly instrumental in lifting the OCTAVIA to its current heights.”