Skoda confirms June date for launch of Octavia Combi

by Gazette Reporter

SKODA has confirmed June 15 as the launch date of the new Skoda Octavia Combi.

Unveiled internationally at the recent Geneva Motor Show, the new Octavia Combi is offered with three different specification variants, both manual and automatic transmission options and five engine alternatives with prices from €19,995.

The Octavia Combi impresses with unrivalled cabin and luggage capacity, innovative 5* NCAP safety, modern new comfort features, low fuel consumption and a new range of touch screen audio and navigation systems.

Estate vehicles account for less than 2% of the new car market in Ireland with Skoda accounting for over 13% of the compact family estate segment. The third generation of the Octavia Combi will see Skoda challenge not only direct competitors but, thanks to its large proportions, it will also challenge vehicles in the larger executive estate class.

The new Octavia has grown significantly in length and width; the new model is 90mm longer and 45mm wider than the outgoing Octavia Combi.

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 (995mm) as well as best in class boot volume of 610 litres.

It 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.

Commenting on the launch of the new Octavia Combi in Ireland, Raymond Leddy, head of marketing, Skoda Ireland said: “We have increased specification levels for all versions of the new Octavia Combi.

“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 Combi 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 added: This is only the beginning for the Octavia Combi with 4×4 versions, sporty RS alternatives and an 87 gram per kilometre Green Line edition for release before the end of 2013.”

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