Two decades later, the model is the company's bestseller.

Less than half a year after Skoda celebrated the production of the one-millionth Octavia, the Czech company is marking the 20th anniversary of its bestseller. On September 3, 1996, the first modern Octavia rolled of the assembly lines at the then reconstructed plant in Mlada Boleslav. Two decades later, the Octavia is the automaker’s best-selling model.

“The plant is beautiful, modern, really pretty. It would be great if all factories looked like this,” former Czech President Vaclav Havel then commented after giving the starting signal for the production of the Octavia.

The development process of the first generation Octavia began in 1992 – less than a year after the Czech company joined Volkswagen Group. The vehicle was based on a completely new Volkswagen-sourced platform and was launched with two four-cylinder petrol engines and a turbodiesel. The last vehicle from the first generation rolled off the production line in November 2010 and, interestingly, Skoda offered the first generation as a cheaper alternative to its successor between 2004 and 2010.

More than 970,000 saloons and 470,000 estates from the Octavia Mk1 were delivered, while the Mk2 sold 1.6 million sedans and 900,000 estates.

2017 Skoda Octavia

The current third generation Octavia is manufactured in China, India, Russia, Kazakhstan, and, of course, in Mlada Boleslav. In the first half of this year Skoda has delivered 119,670 units to customers, which represents a healthy increase of eight percent over the same period of 2015, according to LeftLane.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the history of Skoda, the name Octavia was used for the first time by the manufacturer in 1959, when a small family car with 1.1- and 1.2-liter four-cylinder engines was launched under the AZNP brand. Wonder where the name comes from? Octavia was actually the eighth car produced by the company back in 1959.

Source: Skoda and LeftLane

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