Volkswagen's Czech brand Škoda had a big show here in Geneva, even if most North American car buyers would never know it. Škoda brought its newly introduced Octavia model to the show this year, in both sedan and wagon ("combi") formulations.

The Škoda business model in Europe is roughly analogous to that of Kia in North America; offer brand-neutral buyers a lot of content for a value price. To that end, the 2013 Octavia brings a lot of VW group technology to the table: emergency brake assist, lane keep assist and fatigue detection in terms of safety, and navigation, a touch screen and premium sound for those seeking luxury.

Four TDI diesel engines are available for customers to choose from, while a 1.8-liter, 177-horsepower TSI gasoline engine sits at the top of the petrol range.

And, while Škoda actually announced the Octavia sedan a few weeks ago (Geneva was just its formal coming out party), the brand also brought a heretofore unseen wagon version, the Octavia Combi, to Switzerland, too. We think that the sedan and the wagon are pretty understated and handsome, truth be told, but the higher, more capacious Combi looks a bit neater to our eyes. (That is, when our eyes stray from the girl-next-door models surrounding the Octavia sedan.)

Please continue on for both Škoda'a official press release, and a video of the 2013 Octavia. Naturally you'll find scads of images of both Octavia variants in our attached galleries, as well.


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ŠKODA at the International Motor Show in Geneva

› New Octavia Combi continues the ŠKODA model offensive
› ŠKODA Octavia is in a class of its own – the qualities of a mid-sized car at a compact car price
› The 'heart of the brand' sets standards in the compact segment
› Market launch of the ŠKODA Octavia Combi at the end of May 2013
› ŠKODA will also be presenting the ŠKODA Octavia Combi 4×4 in Geneva
› Motor show premiere of the new ŠKODA Octavia limousine
› Octavia limousine has already been successfully launched in several markets
› 2012: sales record with 939,200 ŠKODA deliveries to customers (+6.8%)
› ŠKODA in a 2,000 m2 stand in hall 2

Geneva/Mladá Boleslav, March 2013 – ŠKODA boldly continues model offensive in 2013. The new ŠKODA Octavia Combi will be celebrating its world premiere in early March at the International Motor Show in Geneva. The company will also be introducing its all-wheel drive version of the ŠKODA Octavia Combi 4×4. It will also be the first time the new ŠKODA Octavia limousine is exhibited at a motor show. The ŠKODA Octavia is by far the brand's best-selling model. ŠKODA intends to continue to develop its international position with its third generation of limousines and estates. ŠKODA delivered 939,200 vehicles to its customers in 2012, which is a new sales record (growth of 6.8 per cent compared to 2011).

"The Octavia is ŠKODA's best-selling model – the heart of the brand," says ŠKODA CEO Winfried Vahland. "Just a few weeks after the world premiere of the new ŠKODA Octavia limousine, we will be launching the new ŠKODA Octavia Combi and ŠKODA Octavia Combi 4×4 in Geneva. The third generation of this ŠKODA bestseller sets standards regarding its space offering, quality, design, technology, and price-value ratio. Like the Octavia limousine, the Combi is an enormous leap forward and is now, more than ever, a car with middle-class qualities at a compact car price. With the new ŠKODA Octavia and our broad and modern range of cars, we have a good basis to strengthen our brand position in difficult markets as well, " states Vahland.

The Combi is extremely important for the success of the ŠKODA Octavia and therefore the brand as a whole. The sale of over 1.3 million units and almost 3.8 million units worldwide can be attributed to the ŠKODA Octavia today. The ŠKODA Octavia Combi has become a bestseller since its market launch in 1998, especially in Europe. 23.7 per cent of all European sales of the ŠKODA brand in 2012 were attributed to the ŠKODA Octavia Combi, and 25.2 per cent in Western Europe. In Germany, Europe's largest ŠKODA market and the second largest market after China worldwide, the share of Octavia Combi sales were more than 92 per cent in 2012. The ŠKODA Octavia Combi was the bestselling import car in Germany last year, with 42,200 car registrations. In Switzerland, the ŠKODA Octavia Combi was the top selling car within the Combi range with 9,446 delivered vehicles.

ŠKODA Octavia Combi sets standards in the compact estate segment

Whether front-wheel drive or a 4×4, the new ŠKODA Octavia Combi as well as the limousine stands for all of the brand's best qualities: timeless and elegant design, ample space for passengers and cargo, quality, precise design, lots of 'Simply Clever' details, innovative technology and an outstanding price-value ratio. "The new ŠKODA Octavia Combi is a great addition to the compact estate segment," states Werner Eichhorn, ŠKODA board member for sales and marketing. "The car perfectly combines high levels of functionality with dynamic elegance, making it the perfect answer to the increasing customer demands in this vehicle class that is growing so fast worldwide and especially in Europe," states Eichhorn.

The new ŠKODA Octavia Combi is not only considerably larger than its predecessor, it also sets new benchmarks in terms of room. Compared to the existing Octavia Combi, boot volume has grown by five litres, or twenty more than in the limousine. With the rear seats folded down, loading volume in the Combi increases to an impressive 1,740 litres (hitherto 1,655 litres). Many 'Simply Clever' details also play a role here; for example, there is a double floor in the cargo area that, for the first time ever, is variably adjustable. The design is dynamic and timelessly elegant. The car has a refined appearance with clear lines, precision and perfect proportions. In addition, the new ŠKODA Octavia Combi features the latest technology. With regard to safety, there are numerous electronic assistance systems as well as numerous electronic comfort, infotainment and navigation systems. The newly developed engines are up to 17 per cent more fuel-efficient than those of the previous generation. The range of engines available for the Octavia Combi comprises four petrol and four diesel engines, including a fuel efficient GreenLine version with CO2 emissions of only 87 g/km. Three different engines are available for the Octavia Combi 4×4, which features an all-wheel drive with a fifth generation Haldex clutch.


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      bleexeo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks great. And the car isn't bad either.
      bofdem
      • 1 Year Ago
      The models around the sedan/saloon were amazing.
        timber
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bofdem
        The Octavia is designed to look like a sedan but it is in fact a hatchbak (or better a liftback)
      mugengsr
      • 1 Year Ago
      The girl beats the car by a million miles...
      harper
      • 1 Year Ago
      The sedan is actually a liftback. It just looks like sedan
        SpikedLemon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @harper
        That's what I recall from looking at the current models. I don't ever remember seeing a sedan with trunk; they were all liftbacks. I can't tell from the pictures if this new one a true sedan or a hatch
      th0mb0ne
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is one brand I'd love to have in NA. Elegant understated designs, affordably priced, and supposedly more reliable than comparable VAG products. That Octavia wagon would be fantastic.
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      The cars are ok, the models are great, but those dresses freaking ROCK! I'm stealing back the bottle of scotch I promised Fiat yesterday and delivering it to the Skoda camp.
      PeterK
      • 1 Year Ago
      FYI - In Germany, the Octavia costs about as much as a Golf
        throwback
        • 1 Year Ago
        @PeterK
        I'm suprised. I have a buddy who is a huge VAG fan in Britain and he buys Skoda's because they are substantially cheaper than VW brand cars.
          PeterK
          • 1 Year Ago
          @throwback
          It is a lot more car for the same price then a Golf. I didn't put it the right way, sorry. My point is that the Octavia is not more expensive then a Golf although offers a lot more room and features for the price with the same engine options basically.
          Mr E
          • 1 Year Ago
          @throwback
          huge vag fan here too! ;)
        muspod
        • 1 Year Ago
        @PeterK
        So why are Audi's so much??!! It't the same car! When can we get Skoda's here in the US?!
          PeterK
          • 1 Year Ago
          @muspod
          Within the Volkswagen Group new technology is often introduced on Audi Models, then also passed down to VW and then, after a while, Skoda will actually get it. Same for engines I believe.
          timber
          • 1 Year Ago
          @muspod
          Audi's (and VW's) interior quality is usually somewhat superior to Skoda. But still great value for money
          Lachmund
          • 1 Year Ago
          @muspod
          only a few Audis (a1/a3/q3) share the platforms with VWs.
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Remember when AB used to put up threads just about the auto show models? I guess that's out, since they're owned by that Hugo Chavez fan club started by Lisa Douglas, er, Arianna Huffington.
        Helix
        • 1 Year Ago
        @dukeisduke
        Ahh Hugo Chavez, another villain invented by the right to help rally their weak minded base against the ant-rich-person tax policies of the left.
          Drakkon
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Helix
          Or Hugo Chavez, the man that made himself king that spent most waking moments taking about how much he cared for the poor when the plight of the poor remained virtually unchanged during his 'presidency' despite all the petro-dollars. Another south american leader that made his family billionaires, but left the rest of the country behind.
      bofdem
      • 1 Year Ago
      the video is gay. Who is an English, left-drive advert targeted to?
        Mr E
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bofdem
        this video enjoys the company of other videos?
          Dayv
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Mr E
          Other videos *of the same gender*! It's so filthy! I... need to be alone now.
        Lachmund
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bofdem
        the world?!
        Hello, Brian
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bofdem
        Didn\'t know that a video could be gay. You mean it likes other videos? Dumbass.
        SpikedLemon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bofdem
        English is the universal second language in Europe. If you don't speak the local language: everyone defaults to English.
      canuckcharlie
      • 1 Year Ago
      giggdy
      VL00
      • 1 Year Ago
      Could the design be any more bland and derivative?
      muspod
      • 1 Year Ago
      Nice Audi.
        FIDTRO
        • 1 Year Ago
        @muspod
        Yeah, Audis are nice. This is a Skoda though, different car entirely.
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