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20 Years of the SKODA Octavia

With the SKODA Octavia turning 20 this year, we look back at the model’s past.

20 years ago, on 3 September 1996, no less than the Czech President of the time, Vaclav Havel, gave the starting signal for the production of the ŠKODA Octavia in a newly opened part of SKODA’s production plant. Over the following two decades, the Octavia became a worldwide bestseller, selling five million units, and cemented its position at the top of the Czech brand’s best sellers chart. Now in its third generation, it offers the same outstanding blend of practicality, quality and affordability as ever, yet with more advanced design and innovative technology than ever before.

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The development of the completely new Octavia model series had begun in 1992, approximately one year after the traditional Czech brand had joined the Volkswagen Group. The Octavia was based on a group platform that was completely new at the time, developed using the latest Computer Aided Design technology and providing exemplary active and passive safety. With its clever liftback solution, the new model was an especially practical car as well. Customers could choose from two four-cylinder petrol engines or a turbo diesel. In May 1998, the Octavia Combi extended the model range, and from 1999 the estate version was also available with all-wheel drive. The last vehicle from the first generation rolled off the production line in November 2010. Find out just how far the model has moved on, while still remaining true to its affordable and practical roots, by visiting our showroom or arranging a test drive today.

Explore our SKODA Octavia models:

New SKODA Octavia Hatch for sale at Spirit SKODA in Harlow, Essex

SKODA Octavia Hatch

More luxurious than its predecessor and full of clever technology.

SKODA Octavia Hatch
New SKODA Octavia Estate for sale in Essex

SKODA Octavia Estate

Dynamic, sophisticated, confident and with cavernous luggage space.

SKODA Octavia Estate
New SKODA vRS Hatch available in Harlow, Essex

Octavia vRS Hatch

Dramatic new design, pulse-quickening performance & full of innovation.

SKODA Octavia vRS
Buy your SKODA vRS Estate at Spirit SKODA

Octavia vRS Estate

The perfect combination of sportiness, space & functionality.

Octavia vRS Estate Offer
The SKODA Octavia Scout from Spirit SKODA in Essex

SKODA Octavia Scout

Safe, comfortable & intelligent, with all-wheel drive - ready for adventure.

New SKODA Octavia Scout
Discover the SKODA Octavia vRS in Harlow, Essex

SKODA Octavia vRS 230

Explore the most powerful SKODA Octavia ever, the new vRS 230.

New SKODA Octavia vRS 230
Discover the SKODA SE Sport

SKODA Octavia SE Sport

Explore functionality with a fresh, powerful design.

New SKODA Octavia SE Sport

SKODA Octavia: one of most successful model series in the automotive world

To find out more about the outstanding Octavia range, please call or send us a SKODA Octavia enquiry