Report – India-fit Skoda Octavia CNG variant announced for Europe

Posted on: Feb 21, 2014 - 10:47am IST

Skoda will launch the Octavia with a natural gas engine for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show next month. Sales of CNG cars are drying up in India, but many manufacturers have not stopped investing in the technology or launching products, as they consider it a good long-term bet.

The Octavia G-TEC will be the second Skoda model after the Citigo to be powered by the environmentally-friendly engine. The CNG variant will be available for both Octavia saloon and Octavia Combi model.

The New ŠKODA Octavia G-TEC

Doing its duty on the new Skoda Octavia G-TEC is a 1.4 TSI turbo petrol engine which churns out 110 hp. The bivalent engine is engineered to run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and petrol. The G-TEC package is compliant with Euro6 emission standards and includes a Start-Stop System and regenerative braking for maximizing fuel efficiency.

The new Octavia G-TEC has a range of 410 km on CNG and 920 km on petrol, which translates to a total range of 1,330 km in one filling.

Along with the Octavia G-TEC, Skoda will also showcase the Skoda Octavia Scout, the VisionC concept, and 12 other exhibits at the Geneva exposition.

You may refer the press release for more information.

Skoda Octavia G-TEC introduced – Press Release

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4 thoughts on “Report – India-fit Skoda Octavia CNG variant announced for Europe

  1. Vikram says:

    Could you pls provide the source that says “the cng kit is fit in India”.

    1. Hi, the title is meant to state that this CNG variant is fit for India where CNG cars are performing very well in areas where the cheaper fuel is dispensed.

      1. shreyan says:

        “CNG variant is fit for India where CNG cars are performing very well in areas where the cheaper fuel is dispensed” ??? WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR FACTS FROM!?!?

        Optra cng – discontinued
        Corolla cng – discontinued
        Lancer cng – discontinued
        SX4 cng – 55 of total sales when diesel was not offered with SX4 some years ago
        Accent CNG – discontinued

        please do not make uninformed statements.
        does not fit to the quality that IAB aspires to.

      2. Yes sales of CNG have dried up in recent times due to shrinking price advantage compared to petrol/diesel, we should have stated that clearly in the story (which we have done now).. but manufacturers are continuing to invest in this technology as a long-term bet.

        The bigger reason for limited CNG sales is the low availability of this fuel. Maruti has launched Ertiga CNG last year, similarly the Nano CNG was launched last year. Honda introduced the City CNG in 2012, and the Alto 800 comes with this tech from the launch date, so for the cars that have been discontinued, there has been one that has replaced it.

        While I do agree that CNG car sales can be better, the Optra, Lancer, SX4 and Accent received no upgrades or marketing efforts from their parent companies even for the regular fuel variants (or received poor market response), so its not hard to see why they were retrieved.

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