Volkswagen group owned Czech automaker Skoda has begun producing the 2013 Octavia at its Mlada Boleslav production facility in the Czech Republic. This car will go on sale in Europe from early next year, at the end of January 2013. Later that year, Skoda India is expected to launch this car in the Indian car market as well. The assembly line at Mlada Boleslav has been revamped with added capacity to manufacture the 2013 Octavia as the Czech car maker is anticipating big demand for its latest car model. The 2013 Octavia is the first Skoda car to be built on the Volkswagen group’s brand new MQB platform.
Skoda wants the 2013 Octavia to be a best seller of sorts, what with the car maker expecting the Octavia to break into the global top 10 best selling cars list. Now, that list is populated by cars like the Volkswagen Golf, the Honda Civic, the Toyota Corolla, the Honda Accord, the Toyota Camry, the Hyundai Elantra and closer home, the humble Suzuki Alto. Breaking into this list is no mean feat for a car maker like Skoda, which has a very limited number of offerings. That said, Skoda seems to have enough confidence in the 2013 Octavia’s all new design to break into this list.
Skoda’s ambition to see the 2013 Octavia in the list of top 10 selling cars also has to do with the Volkswagen group’s larger aim of becoming the world’s largest car maker by 2018. The 2013 Octavia comes with a range of turbo petrol and turbo diesel engines. Skoda will offer no less than 3 turbo petrol engines with capacities ranging from 1.2 Liters to 1.8 Liters while the 3 turbo diesel engines will range between 1.5 Liters and 2 Liters. In India, Skoda is expected to sell the 2013 Octavia with a 1.8 Liter TSI turbo petrol engine and the 2 Liter TDI turbo diesel engine.
In 2013, Skoda will also sell the vRS version of the 2013 Octavia. The vRS version could be available with a 2 Liter TSI turbo petrol engine and the 2 Liter TDI turbo diesel engines, with both engines suitably massaged to produce more power and torque. While the petrol engine is expected to output about 201 Bhp-350 Nm while the turbo diesel engine is expected to put out 177 Bhp-350 Nm. The vRS variant of the Octavia will also get a sportier suspension package along with sharper looks due to new front and rear bumpers LED daytime running lamps in the fog lamp housing.