Skoda, oh Skoda. You're just so cool. Maybe it's the fact that it's a brand that we don't get in these United States, but Skoda's rebadged Volkswagens, in particular the new Octavia vRS shown here, are just different enough from the hum-drum VWs on our shores that the Czech brand seems strangely desirable. Maybe we're just craving forbidden fruit.

This short, minute-long spot covers the new vRS in a world of excess, where strollers ride on 26-inch wheels, lawnmowers feature V8 engines and ice cream cones are the size of toddlers. As things often go in these ads, the Octavia vRS draws the eyes of passerby that are seemingly use to things far more ridiculous than a reasonably priced Czech sedan. In reality, the Octavia should be fairly familiar to American buyers. It uses the same 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-pot found in the Volkswagen GTI and Jetta GLI, with 217 horsepower, and sits on the same platform as the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf. Take a look at the full spot, below.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      Enjoy it Europe, we'll just stick with our boring Civics and Corollas.
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      Back in the 60's, when Americans were still free to import and drive any automobile they wished, a friend of mine drove around in this crappy Skoda ragtop. We used to call it his Communist Car. God only knows how it got stateside.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the car overall, but I have to say most of its cool factor is from the tid bits and accents. Take that away, its not really noticeable.
      • 1 Year Ago
      just looks like an audi / vw mash up...which is exactly what it is...pass
      • 1 Year Ago
      My favorite part of the video was the muscular teddy bear. Awesome
      • 1 Year Ago
      >>reasonably priced Czech sedan it's a liftback, not a sedan
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      Damm those wheels look good. Reminds me of Alfa Brera's wheels. VW has done amazing job with Skoda. Just go back 11 years and Skoda was something like Kia of 8 years ago, or even worse. Skoda brand for past 6 years has been as polished as it can be. if anything VW had 3 years ago to take some standard equipements out across Skoda range in Europe as VW sales were eaten so badly by it.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Funny that you consider this a good thing. I have no idea why VW is pumping money into Skoda, because all it does is step on the VW brand's toes, cannibalize sales, and foster overcapacity in the market.
      John Reid
      • 1 Year Ago
      Volkswagon can take some design cues from Skoda. The Jetta is so bland and this is so hot!
      • 1 Year Ago
      It\'s a half breed Kia Optima and VW Jetta.
      • 1 Year Ago
      That video is fking hilarious!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Strange the way ads here in the UK are increasingly using sunny USA backdrops and neighbourhoods. They bear no resemblance to the gritty, overcast, streets of our towns. Aspirational I suppose....
        • 1 Year Ago
        the sunny neighborhood this video was shoot is German.... typical German "Neubaugebiet" developing area
      • 1 Year Ago
      damn. Thats actually pretty nice!
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