New 2013 Skoda Octavia in motion at launch event: Sales begin Feb 2013 (Photos & Video)

Skoda Octavia 2013 is finally here. It is scheduled for its first public unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013. Being first Skoda…

Skoda Octavia 2013 is finally here. It is scheduled for its first public unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2013. Being first Skoda model to be fitted on Volkswagen GroupÔÇÖs MQB platform, Octavia III will be of larger dimensions compared to the model it replaces. New Octavia is also 102 kgs lighter.

Exteriors resemble the earlier model with additions of a dynamic window line at the rear doors which the company has labeled as ÔÇśfinÔÇÖ. Interior styling and the most modern infotainment systems have been added along with Adaptive Cruise Assistant, traffic recognition and Intelligent Light Assistant along with a panoramic sunroof, Driving Mode Selection. Octavia III is expected to enter European markets in spring of 2013.

At the 2013 Octavia launch yesterday, Winfried Vahland, Skoda boss said, “It is a masterpiece of Jozef Kaban (Chief Designer) and his team.┬áOur goal was the third generation of the Octavia improved to meet the growing demands of our customers. And we succeeded in my opinion, the new Octavia is a class for itself. No other car in the segment offers greater interior length measured from the pedals to the rear seatback even more space for knees and head of the rear seat passengers.”

Octavia III will be 90 mm longer measuring 4659 mm in length. It will also be 45 mm wider than its current variant and will measure 1814 mm in width while its wheelbase will be increased by 108 mm to stand at a total of 2686 mm. It is due to these dimensions that one can surmise that interior space will be augmented, with 1782 mm of interior length and 590 liters of boot space which will combine with its classic exterior makeup to give the Octavia III a premium appeal.

Jozef Kaban says, “We tried the new Octavia to make way for what we believe to be correct. By car widened and lengthened, got fantastic proportions in which we could improve utility vehicles and property cleanliness and lightness of the new design gives it a strong character. I think the car was decorated after world travel a lot, we’re looking for more suitable combination of design and rationality. Want the functionality of a car and its technical side was supported by the design, and not to seek for spontaneous design later a complicated justification.”

Skoda has sold a total of 4.5 million Skoda Octavia around the world till date. On an average, they have sold 400,000 units every year. With the launch of new Octavia, Skoda expects to sell 500,000 units globally. Winfried Vahland, is very hopeful with their new Octavia. He expects the 2013 Octavia to feature in the top ten best selling cars list. As far as price of the new Skoda Octavia is concerned, nothing has been revealed. But looking at the features and improvements, it will be expensive than the outgoing variant. For more information, scroll down.

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The new ŠKODA Octavia: a class of its own
11.12.2012 | category: Models
ÔÇ║ ÔÇÜHeart of the brand’ sets standards in compact segment
ÔÇ║ New Octavia offers middle-class qualities at compact-car price
ÔÇ║ Benchmark in terms of room for occupants and their baggage
ÔÇ║ Refined appearance: clear, precise and timeless design
ÔÇ║ Top safety package: new assistance systems
ÔÇ║ Powerful and efficient engines: 89 g/km CO2 a new best
ÔÇ║ Innovative comfort and infotainment systems┬á
ÔÇ║ Functionality: ÔÇÜSimply Clever’ solutions make life in the car easier

Mlad├í Boleslav, December 11th, 2012 ÔÇô The new ┼áKODA Octavia sets standards in the compact segment. The Octavia’s third generation more than ever confirms the car’s unique position in its vehicle segment, impressing with an unrivalled space offering, new design, high functionality, innovative safety and comfort systems, low fuel consumption, wide range of ÔÇÜSimply Clever’ solutions and a ┼áKODA-typical price-value ratio.
“The ┼áKODA Octavia is the heart of the ┼áKODA brand,” says ┼áKODA CEO Winfried Vahland. “It embodies the good ┼áKODA 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 ÔÇô it is a class of its own.”

The ┼áKODA 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 saloon shape with the practical advantages of car with a large hatch, a fusion that is unique in this segment. The new generation confirms this uniqueness. “The new Octavia shows us resolutely continuing down a ┼áKODA-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, ┼áKODA board member for technical development.

Unrivalled space offering, optimum functionality

The new ┼áKODA 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 knee 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.

New refinement: a distinctive, clear and timeless design

The new ┼áKODA Octavia is not just roomy and functional, it looks good, too. ┼áKODA design chief Jozef Kaba? and his team revised the car from head to toe, creating enthusiasm at first sight. Never before has a ┼áKODA Octavia appeared as dynamic and at the same time as timelessly elegant, as distinctive, refined and assured on the road as this bestseller’s third generation. “Each line and gap breathes love of precision and detail. The new Octavia is an unmistakable face in the automobile crowd,” says Welsch.

Compared to its predecessor, the Octavia has grown significantly in length and width. The new model is 90 mm longer and 45 mm wider than the second-generation Octavia. At the same time, the wheelbase has grown by 108 mm, mainly benefiting the interior and space on the rear seats.

The front of the car is assured and confident thanks to an emphasis on horizontal lines and a new location for the ┼áKODA logo. The side aspect of the new ┼áKODA Octavia has become markedly more dynamic when compared to its predecessor. This is down to the long wheelbase as well as to the shortened front overhang and a C pillar pulled far backwards. The high, sharp tornado line provides the car with optical stretch and distinctively highlights its coup├ę-like silhouette. A special new characteristic is an upswept dynamic window line in the rear doors, the so-called “fin” – a small, but effective design idea providing the car with a forceful appearance and direction.

Its rear aspect is also about precision, classiness and perfect proportions. Everything is in the right place, well-positioned and tidy. ┼áKODA’s typical lighting graphic with its distinctive C-shaped lighting contour is executed in uncompromising brilliance.
Tidiness, elegance and especially lots of space are what the new Octavia’s interior is about. ┼áKODA designers have completely redone the car’s insides.

Safety at the highest level

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

In addition, a precise chassis, a long wheelbase and a rigid and light body structure combine to ensure an extremely stable handling in ┼áKODA’s most recent offspring. In the event of an accident, a comprehensive package of passive safety elements provides optimum protection for driver and occupants. In the area of passive safety, up to nine airbags, finely interacting with 3-point safety belts, shield occupants from injury. Knee airbags (standard in EU countries) and rear side airbags are available for the first time in a ┼áKODA Octavia.

New efficiency: CO2 emissions from 89 g/km

Engineers achieved significant improvements in the ┼áKODA Octavia’s consumption and emission figures thanks to newly developed petrol and diesel engines, a low drag coefficient and reduced vehicle weight.

The GreenLine version of the new ŠKODA Octavia (1.6 TDI/81 kW) achieves CO2 emissions of only 89 g/km and consumes a mere 3.4 litres of diesel per 100 km. In all, four petrol engines, all with cutting-edge TSI technology, and four modern TDI common-rail diesel engines are available, with a natural-gas version planned for later. Except for the relevant entry-level petrol and diesel option, all engines now are available in a Green tec version with a start-stop system and recuperation. The line-up runs all the way to the top option, the 1.8 TSI with 132 kW. Modern manual and automatic DSG transmissions are available, with all-wheel-drive versions in the works. A sporty-trim ŠKODA Octavia RS is also in the pipeline.

Despite its increased size and larger amount of technology on board, ┼áKODA engineers have still succeeded in making the car up to 102 kilogrammes lighter than the ┼áKODA Octavia’s second generation. This was achieved thanks to resolute lightweight engineering, a progressive body design, utilisation of high- and ultra-tensile steel and a careful selection of materials. Actual weight reduction will vary depending on buildability of each vehicle configuration.

Supreme comfort through innovative technology

In addition, the new ┼áKODA Octavia offers numerous new comfort functions such as hitherto available only in higher-segment vehicles. In addition to making their debut in the new Octavia, some of them are even becoming available for the first time ever in a ┼áKODA. In this context, use of new technologies is no end in itself, but seeks to provide tangible added value to customers, meaning no fanciful knickknacks, but technology for people’s sake, technology that makes mobility safer and more comfortable for people.

Available for the first time in a ┼áKODA is the Adaptive Cruise Assistant, which automatically maintains a pre-set distance to the car ahead. The new Intelligent Light Assistant will switch to high beam and back automatically, increasing comfort and safety in traffic. The Automatic Parking Assistant makes parking the Octavia in and out easier. Also available for the first time in a ┼áKODA will be in the future traffic-sign recognition as part of the ‘Traveller Assistant’ package. Driving Mode Selection enables drivers to set certain vehicle driving characteristics at the push of the button. Another first is the electric panoramic sliding/tilting sunroof: a transparent panorama roof enhancing comfort and wellbeing on board the Octavia. The new Octavia is also available with KESSY (Keyless-Entry-Start-and-Exit-System), the automatic door- and ignition-lock system.

New generation of infotainment systems

The new ŠKODA Octavia impresses with an all-new generation of radio and radio navigation systems. Touch displays with proximity sensors and swiping functionality will be available in higher-level systems, while the new CANTON sound system and an acoustically optimised passenger space provide pure listening pleasure.

Practical and functional thanks to ÔÇÜSimply Clever’ solutions

As in every ┼áKODA, life for occupants is made easier by a range of ÔÇÜSimply Clever’ features in the new Octavia. Depending on trim level, the following items are available either as standard or as an option. They include foldable cargo elements for the boot, enabling safe anchoring of objects on the floor. A double-sided floor covering in the boot can be found for the first time in a ┼áKODA Octavia. An ice scraper is placed inside the filler flap. A warning vest holder is located underneath the driver’s seat and a rubbish bin inside the door panel. A multimedia holder has space for an iPod, a mobile phone and the like. A large overhead sunglasses compartment is just one of many storage bays, holders und hooks that make for an intelligent and clean organisation of interior and baggage space of the new ┼áKODA Octavia. Also on board are the fuel-error prevention function and a boot cover folding away behind the rear seats.

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