New Skoda Octavia enters production

17 Dec, 2012 4:59pm Tom Phillips

Production of the new Octavia has begun at the firm's Mlada Boleslav plant

The first all-new Skoda Octavia has rolled off the production line at Skoda's factory in Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic.

The all-new third-generation Octavia goes on sale in the UK in hatchback form in March. The estate model follows in May, with the high-performance vRS models arriving in July.

In preparation for production of the third-generation Octavia, Skoda has invested heavily in its Mlada Boleslav plant. The production line, which assembles both the Octavia and Rapid models, has been upgraded to be able to build 1,200 cars a day, up from 800.

Skoda also underlined the importance of the new Octavia as part of its strategy for growth. The firm said “from today until 2015, Skoda plans to launch a new or revised model every six months on average… with the aim being to raise the number of cars sold worldwide to a minimum of 1.5 million per year by 2018.”

Compared with its predecessor, the new Skoda Octavia has grown in almost all dimensions, including the fact that it now sports a huge 590-litre boot – just 15 litres shy of the previous Octavia Estate’s luggage capacity.

However, as it’s built on the VW Group’s new MQB platform, the new Octavia is up to 102kg lighter than its predecessor.

Alongside the conventional petrol and diesel models, Skoda has also confirmed that a four-wheel-drive Octavia Scout will be added to range, and that the GreenLine eco model will return average fuel consumption of 83.1mpg and emit 89g/km of CO2.