Skoda Fabia receives mild updates in India

Festive season of 2013 hasn’t brought new to the fortunes of Skoda Fabia, but the old tricks of hefty discounts and such seems lugging around the hatchback of Czech based carmaker throughout the time.

However, it remained uncommented what will be the next attempt on Skoda’s chart to fructify the flow of Fabia in the showroom, but then finally organization thought of giving the vehicle a mild change on the cosmetic front for doing its job blissfully.

Need not to jump with joy, the Fabia’s recent makeover is ‘mild’ in nature, and nothing is changed on the exterior of vehicle. Changes made to it reflect only on interiors. And one needs to have eagle’s eyes to address the changes noticeably. For the convenience, we have posted comparative images of the new and old Fabia so that viewers must not face the hassles. Confirming them, mentioned below are all of the tweaks that the vehicle possess:

Skoda Fabia receives mild updates in India

  • New steering wheel with revised Skoda badge
  • Revised AC controls
  • New gear shifter

However, the Fabia sports Volkswagen Polo platform underneath, and comes with two and three cylinder engine options: a 1.2 liter MPI petrol engine and a 1.2 liter TDI turbo diesel engine. A 1.6 liter-4 cylinder MPI petrol engine also makes to its list.

Skoda Fabia receives

But let us inform, production of Fabia is been ceased, and the cars are still available in dealerships on “heavy discounts”. One who aspire for the brands of Volkswagen and are in need of buying a fancy hatchback, then this mini Skoda is just a perfect choice. However, it’s another side of the coin that Skoda badge is much popular for the high maintenance costs and anemic petrol and turbo diesel engines. Well, if anyone who is willing to overlook such thoughts, then they must head to the showrooms without wasting a minute!

Skoda Fabia receives mild updates

Source: Team BHP

New Octavia Registers Over 1000 Bookings since Launch

Termed the hype recently, Skoda Auto India has recorded over 1000 bookings for the new Octavia within 3 weeks of its launch. Following the success of the first generation Octavia which launched the Skoda brand in India, the new Octavia has managed to capture the imagination of the consumer with its size, intelligent features and new design language.

Talking about Octavia’s achievement, Mr. Sudhir Rao, Managing Director, ŠKODA Auto India said, “The Octavia is the heart of our brand and is our attempt to give customers one of the best offerings in the country. The Octavia will set new benchmarks in space, ride quality and ownership experience. With the new design language the Octavia is a head turner and is a great value proposition for the Indian consumer. We will continue to bring products that redefine segments and ownership experience”

Mr. Pawel Szuflak, Director, Sales & Marketing, ŠKODA AUTO India says, “We are delighted with the wonderful response that the Octavia has got from the market. It further substantiates our belief in the product and the customer’s loyalty towards the brand. The overwhelming response has been encouraging and will push us to bring in more such products which allow consumers to express themselves.”

New Octavia

The new Octavia which is available in 3 engine options – 1.4 TSI, 1.8 TSI and 2.0 TDI is the 3rd generation Octavia launched by Skoda Auto. The Octavia boasts of unrivalled space, timeless elegant design, high functionality, innovative safety & comfort systems, high fuel economy and is packed with Simply Clever features which is part of ŠKODA’s philosophy. The new Octavia is the first Skoda car in India that carries Skoda’s new Design Philosophy.

Skoda Auto India had recently commenced the online booking engine for the New Octavia which gave its customers an option to book the car online.

Skoda Rapid Coupe to arrive in 2014

Just some moments before, Skoda launched the new Octavia on Indian shores with a lot of fanfare. Now a report surfaced on internet claiming, Octavia’s younger sibling ‘Rapid’ is going to get a coupe version somewhere in 2014.

However, a year back the Theophilus Chin released the rendering image of same vehicle, which is claiming of lending more of its stakes to the production specific coupe.

Well, the new Rapid coupe of 2014 seems to be looking like that of a celebration assortment for the completion of 30 years of ‘Rapid coupe’ that was launched in 1984.

Skoda Rapid Coupe

Moreover, the report on internet claims, platform underpinning it would be borrowed from that of the Rapid sedan. And a range of engine options ranging between multiples TSI and TDI would be engulfing its bay. To the competition, this Rapid coupe will be a direct competitor to the Renault Megane Coupe.

Apart from the gist, we learnt from a rumour, Skoda and Volkswagen are working on a 1.6-liter TSI turbo with 180 PS that would replace the 1.4-liter Twincharger.


New third-gen 2013 Skoda Octavia launched in India for Rs. 13.95 lakh ex-showroom Delhi

Made the initial unveiling attempt at 2013 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, new 2013 third-generation Octavia launched in India at a starting price of Rs. 13.95 lakh ex-showroom Delhi, for the starting variant called 1.4 TSI (petrol) Active.

Hence, the new Octavia is launched in seven variants here on our shores, and the top-end is priced at Rs. 19.45 lakh ex-showroom Delhi, which is the 2.0 TDI (diesel) Automatic of Elegance badge.

Overall, there are lot of changes comparatively between the old and the new ones. Exceptionally, the nose on fore-front is the major spotted difference, while the bootlid, headlamps, tail lamps, and number of cosmetic tips are around it are there to name the freshness for 2013 Octavia tag. To an addition, this latest car of Skoda is also underpinned with the Volkswagen’s new MQB platform.

2013 Skoda Octavia

Need not to worry, Skoda India had played the right aces on the price tags taking on the competitors for an aggressive note. Meanwhile we are awaited for this Czech carmakers’ sales report after the launch of this new vehicle for Indian context, as regarded to see, whether the organization had made to the household name for Indians, or not?

One can check the prices of new third-gen 2013 Skoda Octavia in the price-list below:

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*All prices are ex-showroom Delhi

Online bookings of 2013 Skoda Octavia had already begun.

New Skoda Octavia India launch on 3rd October 2013

Skoda unveiled the new Octavia at an event in Mumbai a month back. Now the carmaker decided to launch it in India on 3rd October 2013. Hopefully, this event is said to happen at Delhi. Prices are expected to hit the mark of approximately Rs. 15 lakh bracket.

There are clear specifications on the ground that engine will be done away with the 1.4 and 1.8-litre petrol, while the diesel buyers to remain suffice with the 2.0-litre jag.

1.4TSI and 1.8TSI will produce 138bhp and 177bhp respectively. Meanwhile, the diesel trim to don goodness of 141bhp at its bay.

The base petrol trim (i.e. of 1.4-litre) is said to be done with manual gearbox, while the elder gasoline (i.e. of 1.8-litre) will carry the seven-speed automatic transmission.  2.0TDI is said to engulf options of six-speed manual as well as automatic transmission. Hence there doesn’t lays any doubt that New Skoda Octavia will bestow us the comfort of electronically adjusted ORVMs, power windows, ABS, dual front airbags, traction control, driver’s seat height adjust, steering adjust, remote locking and rear air-con vents. Topping the chart amongst all the standard 16-inch alloy wheels will give in the best of the price tags.

Skoda Octavia

Skoda introduces the Rapid ‘5X5 Experience’ package

Not yet anything new on the board, Skoda is pulling more on after sales services to catch the latest of industry for this festive season.

Hence, it is no doubt that Rapid is the youngest member of family in Skoda’s family here, but obviously it will tend to attract more attention of the audience with the new sort of add-ons.

Hence, Skoda announced 5X5 Experience package on Rapid for those who will buy it before the end of September 2013.

Concluding Rapid 5X5 package, it is said to ensure the customers for not worrying about the rising interest rates and maintenance costs. The ‘Rapid 5×5 Experience’ is an innovative package which will make the SKODA Rapid an even more attractive proposition to the Indian customers with an enhanced ownership experience.

 Skoda Rapid 5X5

The Rapid ‘5×5 Experience’ includes:

  • For the first time ever by an car manufacturer, Total Extended Warranty Package (EW) for 5 years which will also be valid for 2nd owners as well
  • Car Loan up to 5 years @ 7.99%
  • Preventive Maintenance Schedule (PMS) which will cover regular service schedules up to 5 yrs, which is offered for the first time by any automobile manufacturer
  • 5 years of Road Side Assistance (RSA) which will also be valid for 2nd owners as well
  • First year insurance free and monthly payment for the consecutive months

This new package of Skoda is made available on all the variants of the Rapid, not even excluding the recently launched ‘Rapid Leisure edition’ across all the Skoda dealerships in India.

Facelifted Skoda Yeti revealed

We reported earlier as well that all the leading car manufacturers in the world are preparing themselves for the mega event of the year. I am talking about the biggest auto event in the world, Frankfurt Motor Show. A lot of things have been planned for this 12 day event. A number of cars will be unveiled and concepts will be presented. Be it the BMW’s i3 and i8 or Honda’s Civic Tourer, a lot of new faces will be welcoming you at the show. Now it has been revealed that Skoda too has a facelift to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This much anticipated car is the Skoda Yeti. Two variants of the Yeti will be displayed at the vent beginning from 10th of September.

Skoda Yeti is a 5-seater compact SUV manufactured by Skoda Auto since May 2009. The car was introduced in March 2009 at Geneva Motor Show. Yeti marked the entry of Skoda auto into the SUV segment. Skoda Yeti is sold in European nations in 3 variants which are called as Ambition, Experience and Track. In United Kingdom it is available in 5 variants which are designated as S, E, SE, SE plus and Elegance. Yeti is available in India in 3 variants which are Elegance, Active and Ambition. The car has been extremely successful since its launch and the company sold its 100,000th Yeti in the year 2011. The car has received many prestigious awards till date, like the “Best car of the year” in 2009 and “Best European car of the year” in 2010 etc.

The new Yeti will be endorsing a redesigned front as well as rear. Talking about the car front, it now exhibits a design language which is observed in newer models from Skoda namely Octavia, Superb and Rapid. The front fascia now endorses a more angular look, a new Skoda signature styled grille with the company’s new logo which was revealed, in India, earlier with the launch of Octavia. The front also has new almost square shaped headlights. The round fog lamps have been eliminated from the new model. The front bumper and chin along with the hood are all redesigned and have straighter lines which suit the new grille and headlights.

Skoda Yeti facelift
Coming to the sides of the car, the profile pretty much remains the same but looks a little smoother now. The wheels have been redesigned as well. The rear has also received styling tweaks. The trunk lid now shows triangular kinks which are also carried by the Indian version of Skoda Rapid. The tail lights have been modified and now they endorse C shaped inserts which could be fitted with LED lights. The rear of the car also gets a smoother bumper along with redesigned reflectors.

Skoda Yeti facelift Interiors

Talking about the car’s interior, there are a few noticeable changes made here also. The cabin now has a new steering wheel and the seat fabric and colour shades have also been given some improvements. While we know so much about the cosmetic upgrades, we still do not know anything about the changes made to the car’s engine. So it is expected that Yeti will offer the same engine options, as it does now. If any changes have been made then probably they will be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show only.

Skoda Yeti facelift Back View

Skoda will be unveiling two variants of Yeti at the show which are Yeti City and Yeti Outdoor. The City variant is free from the black plastic elements on its exterior and offers new coloured elements. This makes its look more appealing. The Outdoor version will carry the black plastic elements and thus will look more rugged. As if now, we do not have any info regarding the pricing of this car or regarding its arrival into the country.

New Skoda Yeti facelift 2013 Skoda Yeti facelift

Skoda unveiled its new 2013 Octavia in India

Finally the 2013 Octavia is here! Skoda has dropped the curtains and finally we get to see the latest model of Octavia. On a global scale, Skoda has sold so far 4 million units of Octavia. This new car has more room, functionality and is using the latest technology. Chairman, Skoda Auto, Winfried Vahland, while addressing a press conference said that “The Octavia is the most important car for Skoda in the Indian market.”

Skoda Octavia was launched the company in the year 1996. This was the second time that the company used an Octavia nameplate for its car. Earlier Octavia named car was launched in between the year 1959 and 1971. The first gen car stayed in the market till 2004. The second gen car entered the market in 2004.

It was launched in India in the year 2001 and it became a great hit in the country. The reasons for the success of this small car was that it was comfortable, fast and sturdy and most importantly it was cost effective. The 2nd gen car, Skoda Octavia, was launched in India was Skoda Laura. Although it was also a success but it could not create a magic like its predecessor. Now with the launch of the 2013 Octavia, it is expected that Octavia will once again rule the hearts of Indians.

New 2013 Skoda Octavia
Talking about the new Octavia, the exterior looks amazing with its crisp cuts. The strokes and elegant proportions give the car a pretty body. The new model includes the company’s new Butterfly grille with 21 glossy slats and a 2 tone company badge fixed on it. The front fascia also show redesigned headlamps and a square jaw. Towards the rear of the car you see a black splitter.

The car interior is definitely luxurious but at the same time is very practical. For this new model the chrome highlights and wood panels have been excluded. The dashboard is neatly designed with minimum modifications. The vents and the C pillar have a similar flick. The centre console gets a new multi-colour touchscreen with plastic-like black lacquer around it. The gear lever and doors use a lot of aluminium. Adding to the look of the cabin are its white on black dials. The interior is highly spacious. Being 90 mm longer and 45 mm wider and a 108 mm larger wheelbase, the car is visibly spacious and offers more legroom now. The seats are large and highly comfortable. There is storage space for bottles, phones etc. The boot capacity is an astounding 590 liters and when the rear seats are folded the capacity reaches upto 1000 liters.

New 2013 Skoda Octavia Interiors

A major difference between this new car and its previous models is its low weight. The car uses VW’s MQB platform which has succeeded in curbing the car weight substantially in spite of the larger dimensions. The new model is comparatively 70 kg lighter. The lighter weight is also reflected in the car’s performance which now offers a better performance as well as lower emissions.

The new 2013 Octavia will be available with 2 engine options after its launch initially. The petrol variant will be powered by a TSI engine of 1.8 liter capacity as seen in Laura but has been re-tuned to offer a power output of 177 bhp now. The diesel variant is equipped with a TDI engine of 2 liter capacity that gives an output of 141 bhp. Both the variants will have a 7 speed automatic transmission via DSG gearbox. Later on the company might launch a 4 liter petrol engine variant.

2013 Skoda Octavia unveiled in India

Managing Director of Skoda India, Mr. Sudhir Rao said that “The ‘Octavia’ model line launched Skoda in the country 12 years ago and has enjoyed a cult status in India ever since. The Octavia instantly became a game changer in the segment and revolutionized the Indian automotive industry. Since then Skoda has come a long way in the Indian market and the Octavia has always been the heart of our brand. Now, with the new-generation Octavia, which will be introduced in India during the festival season, we promise all of this and much more.”

The company will be manufacturing the new model at its Aurangabad facility. Since its launch in 2001 till 2010, Skoda has sold over 45000 units of Octavia in the country. In the year 2012 the company sold around 30,000 units. In the year 2013 so far the company has sold around 13,800 units. The car is expected to be offered in the price range of Rs 14 lacs to Rs 18 lacs.

New 2013 Skoda Octavia Back View

UK gets 2 new models of Skoda Fabia

Skoda UK has launched 2 special editions of its star car Skoda Fabia. These have been named as “Reaction” and Monte Carlo “TECH” Estate. Both of these models will be seen in showrooms by the end of this month. However, in UK the customers can order this vehicle. The Skoda Reaction comes with an array of features making the car a cool breeze for this summer. It is being launched at an introductory price of £9,690 which is Rs 8.81 lacs. This is a total of £3,715 (around Rs 3.38 lacs) less than the standard price of £13,405 which is equivalent to Rs 12.18 lacs. Even though the cost has been curbed down tremendously, Skoda has not compromised with the specification or features of this new model, Reaction.

Skoda Fabia is a mini car which was manufactured by Skoda Auto in 1999. This first generation Fabia stayed in the market until 2007 and was available as Fabia Combi which was an estate, Fabia Sedan which was a saloon and a hatchback. The second generation Fabia was launched in the year 2007 and is a close replica of Volkswagen Polo. It is available as a hatchback and estate. Now Skoda Fabia gets 2 more models in its lineup – Reaction and Monte Carlo Tech Estate.

Talking about the Skoda Reaction it is offering a lot of features for the given price range. The car has a 3 spoke leather steering wheel and an air conditioning system, which are standard features for this car. The exterior endorses 16 inch wheels made up of black comet alloy. The roof, grille and mirrors and sunset glass, all see some black detailing. This black detailing is coupled with Meteor Grey paintwork which gives this car a gorgeous appearance. The car is housing a 12V engine with a 1.2 liter capacity having a power output of 69 PS. Fabia Reaction will be available only as a Hatchback.

Skoda Fabia
When it comes to Monte Carlo TECH Estate it is on the lines of the hatch back launched recently. This model offers 2 engine options. The first is a TSI engine with 1.2 liter capacity having an output 104 bhp. The second is a TDI CR engine with 1.6 liter capacity having the same output of 104 bhp. This TECH is on the lines of Monte Carlo model but it also sees Amundsen satellite navigation as well as Bluetooth connectivity as its standard features. The car endorses black glossy grille and wheels arches that give the car a sporty look yet maintaining its practicality. The TECH will be offered in 3 colour schemes of red, black and white. The TSI 1.2 liter model is available with starting price tag of £12,575 which is Rs 11.43 lacs. The TDI CR 1.6 liter model is available at a starting price of £13,545 which is around Rs12.30 lacs.

Regarding the new models of Skoda Fabia, Brand Director of Skoda UK, Mr. Alasdair Stewart said that ““We’re always looking at ways of delivering better value to our customers, and these two new additions to the Fabia range do just that. We’re confident that buyers will appreciate the high equipment levels and stylish design that both the Reaction and Monte Carlo TECH offer.”

New Models Skoda Fabia

The UK customers can now book orders for their Reaction or TECH. The cars are available with a limited stock at the official Skoda dealerships all across UK. Thus enthusiasts need to be quick in order to get one of these limited edition models.

Upcoming Octavia teasers on Skoda official Facebook page

The Skoda fans are eagerly waiting for this 2013 Octavia to arrive. Recently it has been reported that the car will be make its first public appearance on the 9th of August 2013. Although it is expected that the official launch of this car will take place only in October this year, to benefit from the festive season in the country. Skoda India, in order to raise the anticipation for this car among the Octavia fans, has used its official Facebook page. The page, it seems, is talking about a contest which will allow the winner to be the first one to drive the 2013 Octavia in India. The page says ‘Calling all car experts! Be ready to test your automotive skills and get to drive the legend – The new SKODA Octavia, before anybody else does. Journey begins tomorrow. Stay tuned! #TheLegendIsComingBack’

Within a day this has already received 4000 likes and the count is on. This contest will begin today.

In India, Octavia was first launched in the year 2002. This was the first gen model and it stayed in the Indian market until 2010. Presently what we have here is the Octavia second generation model and is sold with the name of Skoda Laura. The car name was changed because at that time the first gen car was also on sale in India. So to help the customers differentiate between the 2 models, a new name was chosen. Now in the next few months, “Octavia” name will be seen on the roads again.

Upcoming Octavia teasers Skoda official Facebook page
The 2013 Octavia will be using the VW platform, MQB, making it the first car to do so. The car will be available with 2 engine options. The first will be a TSI 1.8 liter petrol turbo engine and the second will be a TDI 2 liter diesel turbo engine. The petrol engine offers a maximum output of 180 bhp which is 20 bhp up as compared to the previous model with a similar torque of 250 Nm. The diesel engine offers a power output of 150 bhp which is 10 bhp up as compared to the previous diesel run model while the torque remains unchanged at 320 Nm. The cars will have 2 sets of manual transmission as well a 7 speed DCG gearbox. These will be the top end variants of Octavia which will launched first in the country. Thus the sale of Laura will continue even after 2013 Octavia has been launched.

Post the launch, 2013 Octavia will receive two more engine options gradually. These will be a TDI 1.6 liter diesel engine with an output of 105 bhp and torque of 250 Nm (found in Vento and Rapid). The next is a TSI 1.4 liter turbo petrol engine which will have an output of 140 bhp. Once these lower powered variants will join the line up in the country, 2nd gen Laura will be discontinued.

Octavia teasers Skoda official Facebook page

The car will also offer more leg room as its both longer ( 900 mm) and wider ( 45 mm) than the present model. Octavia models are known for their high capacity boot space. The 2013 Octavia is keeping up with that and offers a boot space of an amazing 590 liter with the seats unmoved. The interiors are exotic with hi tech equipments. This 2013 model will also offer more body colour schemes.

The 2013 Octavia will be assembled at Skoda’s Aurangabad manufacturing unit from completely knocked down kits (CKD). The company has not revealed the car price as if now but since it will be replacing Laura, the price can be expected to be around Rs 14 lacs to Rs 18.5 lacs. Thus it will compete with Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze, Toyota Corolla Altis and Renault Fluence.

Skoda Octavia first teaser

The vRS version of this 2013 model is already running in the international markets. Skoda has launched the vRs versions of the 1st gen and 2nd gen Octavia models in India. So it can be expected that post the launch of 2013 Octavia, Skoda might bring its vRS version to the country as well.