The Skoda Octavia is not just any car for the VW subsidiary. It is the bestseller, the "icon of the brand", as CEO Bernhard Maier says at the world premiere of the new model.

Skoda did not present the new Octavia anywhere but in the National Gallery of Prague, the second-oldest gallery in Europe after the Louvre in Paris. The appearance of the Octavia was accompanied at its world premiere by the Philharmonic Orchestra of the city.

The new Octavia 60 years after its start of production in its fourth generation will carry the upward trend of the brand further up. Since 1959, the Octavia has sold 6.5 million models worldwide, more than any other Skoda model.

The reasons why the Octavia is so popular not only lies in its clear design, but also in its technical innovations and high practicality. In 2018 alone, the Octavia accounted for 31 percent of the total Skoda production. The new Octavia, which will be launched in the Czech Republic later this year should further increase this percentage.

For this to succeed, Skoda has put in the Octavia "everything we have to offer," says development chief Christian Strube. This not only includes a harmonious design but above all the equipment with the latest technology. For example, Octavia, which continues to be based on the Group's Modular Transverse Toolkit (MQB), will not only have efficient combustion engines, but also mild and plug-in hybrids. A pure e-version will not exist on this platform. The modular electrification kit (MEB) is available for this purpose.

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The new Skoda Octavia generation is as economical as never before. Thus, the performance spectrum of the driving range from 110 hp up to 204 hp. The plug-in hybrid with its 1.4 TSI engine and the electric motor has a system output of 204 hp and is enough for an electric range of up to 55 kilometers.

Looking at the length of the Octavia has Incidentally increased: the new is 4.69 meters long and thus grown in the sedan to 1.9 centimeters, the Kombi is 2.2 centimeters. In width there is an increase of 1.5 centimeters, which leads to an even better sense of space. The boot also benefits from this increase, which has now grown to 30 liters to 640 liters in the estate car; the saloon has a plus of ten liters (600 liters in total).

While Skoda electric cars have performed admirably thus far, the big boost to electric vehicle sales will come when the company releases EV versions of the Fabia, Kamiq, and Scala.

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