1996 brought the ŠKODA first model entirely developed as part of the Volkswagen concern. It was also the first C-segment car in the brand’s modern history and, what’s more, a worthy bearer of the renowned OCTAVIA name. Buyers liked both its huge luggage space and the outstanding value for money it offered. The body, the first car body developed using CAD (Computer Aided Design) in the company’s history, was also very safe. The timeless elegant design was the work of an in-house team led by Dirk van Braeckel. Continually updated, the OCTAVIA I rolled off the assembly lines until 2010. Towards the end of its career it was manufactured in parallel with its second-generation successor.