2015 Volkswagen Jetta facelift has been launched rekindling the battle among entry level sedans in D-segment. Top contestants are Toyota Corolla Altis, Hyundai Elantra and Skoda Octavia, leaving well-capable yet slow-selling Renault Fluence behind.
500,000th third generation Octavia has rolled off production lines at Mladá Boleslav in just two years after launch, demonstrating the success this car has achieved.
Skoda has now made AWD option available in Octavia sedan, which up till now was offered only in Combi 4×4 (estate) variant.
Skoda will celebrate their 40th anniversary of RS 130 next year and to mark that, a new RS badged car is expected to launch. As the source revealed, it will be a new Octavia RS sporting 280 PS of peak power, with some design changes as well.
Skoda India has delivered 1,700 vehicles to customers in March 2014. When compared with 2,300 vehicles sold in March 2013, last month’s sales equate to 26% sales decline. In fact, Skoda has registered a sales decline here even for the first 2 months of 2014. Skoda India sold 1,600 cars in January 2014 as compared to 2,400 cars in January 2013 equating to 32.5% sales decline. In February, Skoda India sold 1,300 vehicles. When compared to 1,800 cars sold in 2013 February, this equates to 28.2% sales decline.
Skoda is about to introduce the all new Octavia in India. Before the official launch, Skoda India invited Rushlane for the media drive of new Octavia. The pre-decided route to test drive 2013 Octavia was one of the most scenic in India, Parwanoo – Chail – Shimla and back. At first, it was not clear why select such a route, as for a car of Octavia’s stature, this is one difficult stretch. But once we were inside the car and behind the wheels, no route seemed difficult.