Spied – 2013 Skoda Octavia testing in Bengaluru

Posted on: Apr 5, 2013 - 11:30am IST

Youtube user Rajdeep Madireddy has uploaded a video this week that confirms the start of Indian testing of the new Skoda Octavia.

2013 Skoda Octavia testing in India

Why Skoda India hasn’t camouflaged its test cars to maintain some suspense is an answer we’d also love to learn!

Skoda cannot hang on to the current Octavia (Laura) for very long as production of this car has ceased at the main factory in Mlada Boleslav. The Octavia is assembled in India, through CKD’s. The test mule is spotted in Bengaluru and sports the MH20 registration plate, which is usual on cars rolling out of Skoda’s Aurangabad plant.

Skoda Laura vRS rear
Skoda’s media fleet and demo cars all bear the MH20 registration.

We had to loop the video a dozen times, and compare the car’s rear from the video to stills of the Octavia to be sure that this isn’t the European Rapid. The rear of both cars are virtually the same in 2D. The taller boot lid section above the number plate and the extra distance between the black scuff plate and the bumper give away the correct identity. The Rapid sports a rear wiper, which is obviously missing on this test car, as its not a Rapid.

2013 Skoda Octavia enters production
Skoda India have to replace the Laura with Octavia as its production has ended at the Czech factory.

The volumes of sedans in the D Segment, where the Octavia will be released into, aren’t growing for two reasons. India is increasingly becoming an SUV market and C Segment sedans such as the Sunny, Verna and Rapid offer the customer the same convenience, power and space as a D Segment model, at a much lower price.

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The Octavia, with a more spacious interior, better fuel efficiency and a bigger boot, may win back some customers, but there’s no doubting that Skoda’s volume products are a few steps down the ladder.

Skoda may retain the same powertrain configurations (2-liter TDI and 1.8-liter TSI), tweaking only the calibration. We can expect the new Octavia in dealerships at some point in 2013.

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6 thoughts on “Spied – 2013 Skoda Octavia testing in Bengaluru

  1. […] new Octavia has already been spotted testing on Indian roads. It is expected to get launched sometime this year. It is based on VW’s MQB […]

  2. Amar says:

    India’s lowest-priced European-built sedan gets even better.

    An all new MQB platform (first from the VW Group for India) shared with the World Car of the Year 2013.

    Though the general Marketing of its cars in India leaves a lot to be desired.

    1. Hi Amar, wouldn’t the lowest priced sedan be Rapid, or am I missing something?

      1. Amar says:

        Hi Shrawan,

        The Rapid is built in India. The Octavia is your entry (if one can call such a full loaded model so) Euro sedan.


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