A VW by an­other name

Skoda needs to prove it­self with the new Oc­tavia, writes PAUL GOVER

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Front Page -

MORE peo­ple would buy a Skoda if they could trust the brand. It’s not re­ally a sur­prise be­cause Skoda is, de­spite its place in the gi­ant Volk­swa­gen Group, an un­proven new­comer in Aus­tralia.

The Czech car­maker has been around for more than 50 years, and had its last big sales surge Down Un­der in the early ’50s, but is bat­tling to find fol­low­ers in 2009.

Which ex­plains a to­tal re­think on its fam­ily-fo­cused Oc­tavia — and a new price for the new year.

A $3000 price cut and a stronger em­pha­sis on qual­ity are the driv­ing forces for the up­dated Skoda Oc­tavia. Skoda has also changed the en­gine, trad­ing a tur­bod­iesel for a hitech petrol-pow­ered Oc­tavia as it cuts the price to $26,990. But it is only a 1.6-litre four.

Cut-price Czech:

the Skoda Oc­tavia — think Volk­swa­gen Golf but bet­ter value in ei­ther wagon or sedan form.

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