Motoring Special: Octavia catches the eye

Sales to fleet and private buyers showed no real reason to replace the Octavia, but Skoda has done so anyway - and the new one is worth a closer look, writes Paul Healy.

27th January, 2013
The new Skoda Octavia 1.6 TDI Elegance offers a safe, controlled drive.

"The Octavia is at the heart of the Skoda brand, a car that accounts for 40 per cent of our global sales." Those are the words of Peter Olan, design chief on the Octavia project and the man tasked with delivering an all-new car that is immediately identifiable as an Octavia to new and existing customers alike.

That's no mean feat: a new model allows for an element of free rein as there are no expectations,...

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