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 model to be fitted on Volkswagen Group’s 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 ‘fin’. 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. Our 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.