Skoda may not fall on your radar screen since it doesn't market in North America, but don't think for one second that it doesn't count. Volkswagen's Czech subsidiary sells and even manufactures cars around the world that sell in big numbers. In fact, it just built it four-millionth Octavia.

Now entering its third generation, the Octavia has been Skoda's mainstay model for nearly 17 years, accounting for 38 percent of all its sales to emerge far and away as the best seller in the company's 118-year history. The first-generation Octavia launched in 1996 shortly after Volkswagen bought the company and was Skoda's first all-new model since the fall of the Iron Curtain.

The bulk of Octavia production has been handled at Skoda's Mladá Boleslav plant in the Czech Republic, but additional manufacturing has been undertaken in China, Russia, India, Slovakia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. The second-generation model was by far the most successful so far, with 1.6 million sedans and over 880,000 Combi wagons sold. But the new third-generation Octavia just came out earlier this year and has already sold nearly 70,000 units.

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ŠKODA produces 4,000,000th Octavia
26.8.2013

​› 'Heart of the brand' - ŠKODA Octavia - setting new standards in the compact segment for almost 17 years
› Millions sold: Best-selling ŠKODA ever
› Winner: new ŠKODA Octavia successfully launched
› International success model: production in the Czech Republic, Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and from 2014 in China

​Mladá Boleslav, 26 August 2013 – ŠKODA has just produced the 4,000,000th ŠKODA Octavia. The anniversary vehicle – a third-generation Octavia in 'Race-Blue' rolled off the production line today at the Mladá Boleslav main plant. The ŠKODA Octavia has been setting standards in the compact segment since 1996 and is by far the brand's best-selling model.
​"Four million Octavias produced – this impressive figure represents the great success of the model and brand," says ŠKODA CEO Prof. Dr. h.c. Winfried Vahland. "As the 'heart of the brand', the Octavia has decisively shaped ŠKODA's outstanding development and made the company what it is today – an internationally successful manufacturer, present on over 100 markets worldwide. We are continuing this development with the third generation. The new Octavia is once again a winner with its excellent ŠKODA genes. It is the largest, lightest, safest, most practical, comfortable and environmentally friendly Octavia ever."

The Octavia has always been the epitome of a ŠKODA: timelessly elegant design, above-average space, highest functionality, many Simply Clever features, sophisticated modern technology, quality and precision and not least unbeatable value for money. The launch of the third generation in early 2013 topped all of that again. The new Octavia offers mid-class qualities for the price of a compact, now more than ever.

At its launch in October 1996, the Octavia was the first completely new ŠKODA model after the fall of the Iron Curtain and marked the start of the partnership between ŠKODA and Volkswagen. Nearly four million Octavias had been delivered to customers worldwide between 1996 and July 2013 - around 38% of the brand's total sales in this period, making the Octavia the undisputed best seller in the 118-year history of the company.

This also makes the new Octavia the most important model in the most comprehensive product campaign in ŠKODA's corporate history. The manufacturer is promoting its high-impact path of growth with a powerful model extravaganza. The aim of this growth strategy is to increase the number of vehicle sales worldwide to at least 1.5 million per year by 2018.

In the first half of 2013, the Czechs presented their new bestseller in four versions: the saloon, the Combi and Combi 4x4 as well as the sporty Octavia RS – with a top speed of 248 km/h, making it the fastest series-produced Octavia ever. As the cornerstone of ŠKODA's growth strategy, the Octavia is an international success story. In addition to its manufacture at ŠKODA's main plant in Mladá Boleslav, the compact car is also produced in Russia (Nizhny Novgorod), India (Aurangabad), Ukraine (Solomonovo) and Kazakhstan (Ust-Kamenogorsk). Additional production is also planned from 2014 in China; ŠKODA's strongest individual market. "The ŠKODA Octavia is a car for Europe and the world, now more than ever," says Vahland.


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      Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      What the pictures don't do justice to is the details and design which, honestly, I'd put between VW & Audi. The new Octavia is really attractive in person, and I'd sell my A4 for one.
      th0mb0ne
      • 1 Year Ago
      The first Octavia was actually built in 1959. It's a great looking car...and Skoda should be proud of it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Škoda_Octavia_(1959–1971)
      Myself
      • 1 Year Ago
      Octavia is one of the most boring and average cars in the world. Period. Think about it. Skoda is now a mere brand, an OEM car maker in the VAG group, using bits and pieces available on the leftover table. It's reliability is far from stellar, Skoda can only offer a 2-year warranty - Japanese, Koreans and now even Renault and its Romanian subsidiary offer 3 to seven years. Sorry folks, but Corolla is more exciting an appliance than the Octavia.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Myself
        "Think about it. Skoda is now a mere brand, an OEM car maker in the VAG group" It is not a "mere brand". It's a wholly-owned subsidiary. A significant difference in terms of legality of an entity, but probably an insignificant snippet if you're a spotty ten year old American male.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Myself
        "It's reliability is far from stellar, Skoda can only offer a 2-year warranty" Ironic isn't how, apart from Lexus, Skoda features at the very pinnacle of many consumer surveys.
        Inespugnabile
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Myself
        Did you see the 2014 Corolla with Vossen Concave Wheels? That body has a big potential if valued with right rims and spring. Here http://youtu.be/ZmEKtm4iDdQ
      Inespugnabile
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow the most boring brand of the world, skoda...lol
      lithdoc
      • 1 Year Ago
      It is a nice, reliable, utilitarian, german style VW alternative. I can see why it has been as successful as it has.
        th0mb0ne
        • 1 Year Ago
        @lithdoc
        If they had these in NA, I'd be the first in line to get one. They are as attractive as a VW and seem to be more reliable. I've drive a few of them over in Europe, and they have been fantastic.
      bootsnchaps60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a normal car, not a race car, or rolling "sculpture". I'd take one over the Joke, or the Chevy Spark.