The Škoda Octavia is celebrating 60 years since production was launched: In January 1959, the first copies of this legendary model series rolled off the production line at the Mladá Boleslav plant. The first Octavia generation of the modern era continued the legacy of the popular compact model in the mid-1990s.
It is no coincidence its name is derived from the Latin ‘octavia’. It means ‘the eighth’, as the newcomer was the brand’s eighth model after the Second World War and also the eighth Škoda model with the state-of-the-art independent suspension the manufacturer had introduced in 1933.
The robust and reliable Octavia also provided the technical basis for the first automobile produced in New Zealand in 1966: the Trekka was developed in close cooperation with the Czech automobile manufacturer and built on a shortened chassis of the Octavia Super. The popular utility vehicle is considered to be one of the forerunners of Škoda’s current SUV models.
The ŠKODA OCTAVIA has long been firmly established in many markets. This is impressively demonstrated by the fact that almost 6.5 million OCTAVIAs have been produced since 1959. In addition to the main ŠKODA plant in Mladá Boleslav, the OCTAVIA also runs off production lines in China, India, Russia, Kazakhstan and Algeria.