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New SKODA Octavia Ready to Hit the Geneva Auto Salon

By Motortrend India Staff   |   06 March,2013

The new Octavia, from the stables of SKODA, will debut at the Geneva Auto Salon. The new Octavia is loaded with many features like high functionality, innovative safety and comfort features, impressive space offerings, low fuel consumption and a SKODA-typical price-value ratio.

“The SKODA Octavia is the heart of the SKODA brand,” says SKODA CEO Winfried Vahland. “It embodies the good SKODA genes in the best sense of the word: lots of room, quality, precise workmanship, modern, mature technology, timeless design, high functionality and the best price-value ratio. Our customers’ expectations have grown. Our aim was to make this car even better for its third generation. This is reflected in the values of the new Octavia – it is a class of its own.”

The SKODA Octavia in its overall package has always been about offering that little bit extra. This is down to the generous space offering, but also the fusion of an elegant limousine shape with the practical advantages of car with a large hatch, a fusion that is unique in this segment. The new generation, the third one, confirms this uniqueness. “The new Octavia shows us resolutely continuing down a SKODA-typical road. It is a car with middle-class qualities at a compact-car price. It is an ideal car for demanding, confident customers expecting a modern Octavia with all its good values. It is our best,” says Frank Welsch, SKODA board member for technical development.

Unrivalled space offering, optimum functionality

The new SKODA Octavia sets benchmarks in its class in terms of its space offering. “The new Octavia offers space such as is otherwise found only in higher classes,” says Welsch. No other car in the compact segment offers more interior length (1,782 mm), more leg room (73 mm) and more headroom at the back (980 mm). Also best in class is the boot volume at 590 litres. Other interior dimensions have also increased significantly compared to the Octavia’s second generation: front head room: + 8 mm, front elbow width: + 39 mm, rear elbow width: + 26 mm.

Safety at the highest level

In developing the new SKODA Octavia, an important goal was to make the car even safer. SKODA engineers developed a host of cutting-edge safety systems for the new Octavia including the Front Assistant/emergency braking function (available from May 2013), Lane Assistant, which keeps the Octavia on track, multicollision-braking with its automatic brake actuation in an accident, the Crew Protect Assistant, which secures the vehicle in an accident situation or the Driver Activity Assistant (fatigue detection). These systems help avoid accidents or mitigate their consequences for occupants and other road users.

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