Number of the Month: 60

Number of the Month: 60

The very first ŠKODA OCTAVIAs rolled off the production line in Mladá Boleslav 60 years ago. Decades later – in the 1990s – the mantle was passed on to a new version of this bestselling ŠKODA designed for the modern era.


This anniversary makes the number 60 perfect for ŠKODA Storyboard’s latest Number of the Month, our series in which we regularly shed light on interesting facts about ŠKODA cars, expressed through a particular number. The first ŠKODA OCTAVIAs saw the light of day in January 1959. “Octavia”, meaning eighth in Latin, signified not only that this was the marque’s eighth model since the Second World War, but was also emblematic of the fact that this was the eighth ŠKODA in the evolutionary line to feature the independent suspension the manufacturer had introduced in 1933.

60. výročí legendy: Klíčový model ŠKODA OCTAVIA slaví jubileum

First generation ŠKODA OCTAVIA

The first OCTAVIA’s bonnet concealed a robust 1.1-litre straight-four engine generating 29.4 kW and propelling the rear wheels via a four-speed gearbox. It had a top speed of 110 km/h and consumed 7.7 litres of petrol per 100 km. At the top end of the range, the OCTAVIA SUPER came with a larger 1.2-litre engine capable of delivering 33 kW.

September 1960 saw the launch of the OCTAVIA COMBI, an estate version with a two-piece, horizontally split tailgate, which could accommodate loads of up to 1,050 litres with the rear-seat backrests folded down.



The last two-door OCTAVIA, a grey SUPER, rolled off the production line in Mladá Boleslav on 11 April 1964, making way for an all-new generation of the rear-engine ŠKODA 1000/1100 MB with self-supporting body. The last estate was made in Kvasiny on 21 December 1971.

In 1966, the robust and reliable ŠKODA OCTAVIA formed the basis of the TREKKA, the first car to be made in New Zealand, which was developed in close cooperation with the Czech carmaker.


The OCTAVIA has become synonymous with the ŠKODA brand. The modern-day OCTAVIA, a liftback with a hinged fifth door, debuted in April 1996 and attracted attention thanks to features such as its spacious luggage compartment of between 528 and 1,328 litres. This was joined two years later by an even roomier estate, the OCTAVIA COMBI, and then, in 1999, by an all-wheel drive.

The second-generation of the modern-day ŠKODA OCTAVIA, produced between 2004 and 2013, introduced enhanced utility value and a slew of innovations, such as direct fuel injection petrol engines and the DSG automatic dual-clutch transmission.


First and second generation ŠKODA OCTAVIA

The third-generation OCTAVIA, in production since November 2012 and fully facelifted in February 2017, is one of the central planks of the current ŠKODA range. It has now been the car of choice for over 2.5 million customers.


Third generation ŠKODA OCTAVIA – facelift in 2017

Production numbers of ŠKODA OCTAVIA

ŠKODA OCTAVIA: 60 years in one video

Press Release: The ŠKODA OCTAVIA celebrates its 60th anniversary