› 2020 sees ŠKODA, one of the world’s five oldest car manufacturers still producing vehicles, celebrate the anniversary of the company’s founding in 1895
› Fourth modern-day generation of the OCTAVIA continues the model’s unique success story
› More than seven million vehicles since 1996 clearly make the model range ŠKODA’s bestseller
By launching the fourth modern-day generation of its bestseller, the OCTAVIA, onto the market in 2020, ŠKODA is perfectly commemorating its 125th anniversary. In 1895, Václav Laurin and Václav Klement founded a company which today, as ŠKODA AUTO, is one of the five oldest car manufacturers in the world still producing vehicles. In 1905 they presented their first automobile, in 1959 the first OCTAVIA came onto the scene. Relaunched in 1996, this range has become quintessentially ŠKODA and its sales figures of more than seven million units across all modern-day generations produced confirm that it is the brand’s absolute bestseller.
The ŠKODA OCTAVIA started its success story in 1959, as the brand’s eighth model after the Second World War. Its name, which means ‘the eighth’ in Latin, also represents it being the eighth ŠKODA to feature the state-of-the-art independent suspension for all wheels that the Czech manufacturer had introduced in 1933. In 1961 the first OCTAVIA COMBI followed, which was produced until 1971. A total of 360,000 OCTAVIAs were built, including more than 54,000 COMBIs. Three consecutive class victories at the legendary Monte Carlo Rally in 1961, 1962 and 1963 made the sporty OCTAVIA TS world famous.