Skoda came to India with Octvia, which ensured runaway success for this Czechoslovakian born car manufacturer. Big size, solid tank like built and frugality helped Gen 1 Octavia to create a flutter in the Indian car market right from the go. Being the only diesel power plant did help Skoda to rule the 9-10 lac Indian sedan car market for many years. However, with the on-onslaught of many worthy competitors from Volkswagen, Maruti and Hyundai , Skoda Octavia saw its fortune dwindling in the Indian car market. This downward slide was also to a great extent fueled by Skoda`s big maintenance cost and its dealers apathy towards it`s customers. Being not so popular in resale market added fuel to an already sliding Octavia and ensured a faster demise. Skoda`s effort to rebadge it and launch it as Laura also did not help.
On 3rd October 2013, Skoda launched its New Octavia. Bigger, better and quite attractively priced. New Octavia comes with 3 power plants, two of petrol and one diesel, these are 1.4 TSi and 1.8 TSi petrol power plant and a 2.o Litre TDi diesel engine. The 1.4 TSi is mated to 6 speed manual transmission whilst the 1.8 TSi is Volkswagen ace 7 Speed DSG automatic transmission, doing its duty ever so ably in Polo Cross. Diesel engine is mated to both manual and automatic gear box.
New Octavia is available in 7 variants, these are: 1.4 TSi Active, 1.4 TSi Ambition, 1.8 TSi Elegance, 2.0 TDi Active, 2.0 TDi Ambition, 2.0 TDi Elegance Automatic and 2.0 TDi Elegance Automatic.
Skoda has given Octavia a wide market segment as its potential play field. Sloda Octavia starts at 13.95 lacs ex-showroom Delhi going right upto 19.45 Lacs ex-showroom Delhi for its top-end 2.0 TDi Diesel Variant. Each variant is suitably adorned , to amply justify its price point.