The latest Octavia has achieved an important production milestone after Skoda assembled unit 1,000,000.
The Volkswagen Golf’s humble yet more practical Czech brother in third-gen guise was launched back in 2013 and most of the cars are assembled at home at the Mladá Boleslav factory. Skoda also has assembly lines in Russia, Kazakhstan, China, with the latter being the company’s biggest individual market.
Skoda is considering the Octavia the “heart of the brand” and offers it in hatchback and wagon body styles and with front- and all-wheel drive, depending on version. Customers get to pick from a wide array of trims, including the luxurious Laurin & Klement, the sporty RS (and RS 230), the CNG-compatible G-TEC, and the rugged wagon-only Scout.
Speaking of the Scout, the jubilee vehicle was actually an Octavia Scout painted in Moon White that was assembled at the aforementioned Mladá Boleslav site. Combined production of all three generation Octavias (if we don’t include the original 1959 Octavia) now stands at more than five million cars after the first-gen modern Octavia went on sale in 1996.
Last year, Skoda delivered no less than 432,300 units of the Octavia III, representing a significant increase of 11% compared to 2014. In the first two months of 2016, the Czech marque has already sold 70,500 Octavias.
What’s next for the popular compact car? With MQB-based Golf, A3, and Leon about to receive a facelift, we expect the Octavia to get a mid-cycle refresh late this year or early 2017. Reports are indicating it will get a “double headlight” design and a slightly more powerful 1.8-liter TSI featuring cylinder deactivation technology. Until that happens, the upcoming 2017MY Octavia (starting week 22 of production) is expected to welcome a turbocharged three-cylinder, 1.0-liter engine delivering 115 horsepower through a six-speed manual or a seven-speed DSG.