A VW by another name
Skoda needs to prove itself with the new Octavia, writes PAUL GOVER
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.
the Skoda Octavia — think Volkswagen Golf but better value in either wagon or sedan form.