Škoda Octavia – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Škoda Octavia

The Škoda Octavia is a small family car (C-segment in Europe) produced by Czech automaker Škoda Auto since 1996. Its name is revived from an earlier Škoda model produced between 1959 and 1971. The current Octavia is available in five-door hatchback or estate versions.

First generation ( Typ 1U; 1996–2011) [ edit ]

Škoda Octavia Combi facelift

The first generation Octavia was released in November 1996 and was built at the modernized Škoda factory in Mladá Boleslav. Czech Republic. [ 2 ]

In the United Kingdom. sales began in 1998 and the mid-size car was an instant success with buyers who appreciated its solidity, refinement and value for money, though it could not quite match the success of established large family car favourites such as the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Vectra. [ 4 ] The car was widely used in the UK taxi trade, owing to the large number of private hire drivers who used the vehicle due to its low price [and advantageous leasing agreements directed at the self-employed taxi driver], space and reliability. [ citation needed ]

The first generation Octavia had a facelift in 2000, [ 5 ] and was still manufactured and marketed in some markets, even after the second generation was introduced in 2004. In Germany, and other parts of West Europe, as well as Asia, the first generation model was marketed as the Octavia Tour, while the newer model is marketed as the Octavia.

In some markets, the first generation Octavia was still known as Octavia, and the newer model was referred to as the new Octavia, Octavia5 (Greece) or Laura (India).

The major improvements of the facelifted model are the independent rear suspension and improved interior, in terms of space, design and quality of materials. [ 6 ]

The facelifted Octavia featured a 4×4 wheel drive version both for the estate and more popular hatchback models, and used the Haldex Traction clutch, like other Volkswagen Group A platform based cars (Golf IV, Audi A3 and Seat Leon Cupra R4). It had higher ground clearance and a bigger fuel tank carrying 63-litre (17#160;US#160;gal; 14#160;imp#160;gal) compared to the 55-litre (15#160;US#160;gal; 12#160;imp#160;gal) standard front wheel drive versions. The 4×4 option was only available with the 1.8 T 150#160;bhp (112#160;kW; 152#160;PS) petrol engine, the 1.9 TDI 90#160;bhp (67#160;kW; 91#160;PS) diesel engine, or the 2.0 L petrol engine, all coupled with a 5-speed manual gearbox, and with the 1.9 TDI-PD (Pumpe-Düse ) 100#160;bhp (75#160;kW; 101#160;PS) diesel engine which came with a 6-speed manual gearbox. [ 7 ]

The other 6-speed manual model was the 1.9 TDI-PD 131#160;bhp (98#160;kW; 133#160;PS), only available with front-wheel-drive. [ 7 ]

The vRS was the top-level and quickest specification and used a 1.8-litre straight-4 turbocharged engine which produced 180#160;bhp (134#160;kW; 182#160;PS). Škoda made a limited number of 100 WRC Replica Cars worldwide in 2002. These differ from normal vRS Octavias, as they are produced in white, have rally decals and have additional accessories as standard (such as ESP, xenon lights, heated front seats). The vRS model was also popular with the UK police, both as a traffic car and as an unmarked Q-car. due to its low cost, reliability, performance, and understated styling. [ citation needed ]

Engines [ edit ]

The engines used are the same as for many other cars in the Volkswagen Group. [ 7 ]

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