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Introduced in Europe in early 2013, the third generation Octavia is the best Octavia of all time. Now more than ever, the compact vehicle confirms the unique position it has in its category. Both the saloon and wagon boast unrivalled space, new designs, maximum functionality, innovative safety and comfort systems, economical consumption, many Simply Clever ideas and value for money typical of ŠKODA.
With these excellent values, the new Octavia has managed to become one of this year's top model launches onto the highly competitive European car market. "We are very pleased that the reknowned 'Car of the Year' jury has nominated the car into the final", says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c Winfried Vahland. "The Octavia is the heart of our brand, and the entire ŠKODA team has been working hard on this latest generation. To have made it into the final is a great honour for us".
Being shortlisted for the 'Car of the Year' award confirms the great feedback the new Octavia has received even from the international trade media since its market launch in 2013. The ŠKODA Octavia has also proven to be a great commercial success. In November 2013, sales of the Octavia increased in Western Europe by an incredible 60.9%. On the European market, the new bestseller is available in four versions as the Saloon, Estate, and Estate 4X4, as well as the sporty Octavia RS - with a top speed of 248 km/h, making this the fastest series-produced Octavia of all time.
The ŠKODA Octavia is a very significant car for the Czech carmaker. The first generation in 1996 was the first new model after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the start of the partnership between ŠKODA and Volkswagen. Since that time, nearly four million Octavias have been delivered to customers worldwide - approximately 38% of the brand's total sales in this period, making the Octavia the number one best-seller in the company's 118-year history.
Accordingly, the third generation is the most important model in the most comprehensive product campaign in ŠKODA's corporate history. In addition to production in the Czech Republic, the compact vehicle also runs on the production lines in Russia, India, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. The vehicle will also be produced in China, ŠKODA's strongest individual market from 2014.
The international 'Car of the Year' award is one of the world's most prestigious and coveted car awards, and has been running since 1964. The panel consists of 58 motoring journalists from 22 European countries. After extensive testing in February 2014, the experts will evaluate all models with regard to innovation, quality, value for money and design. The award ceremony and announcement of the winners is to take place on 3 March 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show.
The Star, Christchurch
By Ross Kiddie
The new ŠKODA Fabia has been named Car of the Year 2015 in the UK by the prestigious What Car? magazine. Not only this model, but also the Octavia has already won an array of awards after being named Best Family Car by the same magazine and best compact car in Germany by Auto Motor und Sport.
ŠKODA is now the official vehicle sponsor of Cycling New Zealand and all their events. This builds on our strong history of supporting cycling around the world, including the Tour de France. The match between ŠKODA and cycling is a natural one, seeing that our company originally started as a bicycle manufacturer in 1896.
955,300 sales by the end of November; 920,800 full-year 2013. Best ŠKODA November: 90,200 deliveries (up 10.1%). China: 46.9% ŠKODA growth; Octavia 112.4% in the plus. Vahland: “One million vehicle milestone for ŠKODA”.
Auckland, 14 November 2014 – The New Zealand sprint cycling team that achieved such amazing results this year have now received strong endorsement from ŠKODA. The car manufacturer has just signed a two-year sponsorship agreement with the team.
ŠKODA owners are a satisfied bunch, with 95 percent of those who responded to a Consumer NZ car reliability survey saying they would buy the same make again.
ŠKODA New Zealand has signed Alison Shanks as brand ambassador.
ŠKODA’s main plant Mladá Boleslav celebrates start of production for the new Fabia. Production facility in Mladá Boleslav has been strongly upgraded. Top-of-the-range technology with regards to safety, connectivity, environment and comfort. Practical and full of emotion: fresh looks, lots of space, new ‘Simply Clever’ features.
London’s Air Ambulance has updated its rapid response fleet with the addition of four replacement ŠKODA Octavia vRS Estate cars. The vehicles will operate when the charity’s helicopter is unable to fly and support the service as back up vehicles in the event of Major Incidents. 2.0 TSI 220PS model offers high performance with low emissions
Cyclists along one of the most popular cycling routes in Auckland got a taste of a Tour de France style pit stop recently, courtesy of ŠKODA. As a long-time supporter of the world’s most prestigious road cycling event, ŠKODA gave local Saturday bike riders the opportunity to get their bikes polished and primed, while being refuelled by our support crew. There were many prizes to take away and the chance to win a new Octavia RS Liftback for a month.
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