Irish motorists urged to hang on for third generation Octavia

SKODA has announced specifications and pricing details for their third new model in just six months with the imminent arrival of the new Octavia to Ireland.

SKODA has announced specifications and pricing details for their third new model in just six months with the imminent arrival of the new Octavia to Ireland.

Unveiled internationally late last year the new Octavia will be available in Ireland from March with three different specification variants, both manual and automatic transmission options and five engine alternatives the new Octavia offers the Irish motorist considerable choice with prices starting from €18,995.

The Octavia impresses with unrivalled cabin and luggage capacity, innovative safety and comfort systems, low fuel consumption and a new range of touch screen audio and navigation systems.

Originally launched in Ireland back in 1998, the Octavia has become a firm favourite with Irish motorists with more than 40,600 Octavia’s sold to the end of 2012. Now as SKODA enters its 20th Anniversary in Ireland, the third generation of the Octavia will see SKODA challenge not only direct competitors in the medium family segment but thanks to its proportions challenge vehicles in the Executive Saloon class.

The new Octavia has grown significantly in length and width, the new model is 90mm longer and 45mm wider than the outgoing Octavia. The wheelbase has grown by 108mm enabling the Octavia break the mould for spaciousness in its model segment with interior length (1,782mm), more knee room (73mm) and more headroom at the back (980mm) as well as best in class boot volume of 590 litres.

The new Octavia is powered by the latest low emission TSI petrol engines as well as common rail diesel engines with Stop Start technology for excellent fuel economy.

Speaking on the price reveal for the new Octavia in Ireland, Raymond Leddy Head of Marketing, SKODA Ireland said: “We have increased specification levels for all versions of the new Octavia. Additional airbags, Electronic Stability Control for increased safety and Stop Start Technology for reduced emissions and improved fuel economy are now standard features across the range.  Stylish alloy wheels are now offered on all models with the exception of the entry Active model. In dimension terms the new Octavia is wider and has grown in length by 9cm allowing for increased cabin space and luggage capacity. Despite this growth the new Octavia has in fact shed up to 100kg in weight compared to its predecessor. Less weight equates to better fuel economy and the new Octavia in its 1.6 TDI version consumes only 3.8 litres for every 100km travelled.

Leddy continued, “The new Octavia will be offered with attractive finance terms from €239 per month inclusive of servicing form SKODA Finance. The new Octavia goes on sale at SKODA Authorised retailers from 16th March. We would encourage anyone thinking of purchasing a new car for 2013 to consider the next generation Octavia before making that all important purchase.”