2013 Skoda Octavia (Laura) makes us drool!


Kaustubh Shinde,

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Unlike the Indian scenario, Skoda has always been perceived as the common man’s car. It does its job and quietly sits in the corner of the VW home without drawing too much attention. The reason being if it attracted too much attention, it would invade big daddy VW’s target market.

Most Skodas are essentially nothing but skimped up VWs. And the place where the cost cutting is more evident is the design of the car. Skodas exterior design boys have to be the most under paid designers in the world. Leaving beside the Superb and perhaps the Yeti, all other Skodas present in the Indian market are a bit damp in their respective segments.

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But all of that can sure change if they hire this guy who made this exclusive rendering of the 2013 Skoda Octavia. WOW!! It the sort of a thing even Tony Stark wouldn’t mind as a company car.

The new car is expected to be a bit longer (+60mm) and a bit wider (+40mm) than the outgoing model. The car will receive a 1.4L TSI and 1.6L TDI engine along with a Start-Stop technology. Tradition will continue with a RS model and a Wagon with 4WD. The car will come equipped with new parking assistant and adaptive cruise control.

Back home, it will be a bit different. Obviously, this car will not come to India as an Octavia but will rather make it as as the next generation Laura (because some marketing nunty in the past thought that selling the same car with 2 different name would be more appropriate for the Indian scenario)

In fact sources also confirm of another sedan which will be priced below this Octavia for the emerging markets using the VW Vento platform. This means there may be a possibility of a revival of the Octavia – Laura product mix for India.

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