Working on a compact car model which could hit the Indian market in a few years

Auto India, on Thursday, relaunched the third generation version of its premium sedan Octavia priced between Rs.13.95 lakh and Rs.19.45 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

The Octavia was first launched in India in 2001, and discontinued in 2010.

The Czech car maker said it was aiming to enhance after sales experience for customers as well as strengthen its product portfolio in the country.

“Octavia’s arrival into the Indian market also kicks off a five-year strategy for Skoda, which will make customers the brand's primary focus in addition to our long-standing reputation for making great products,” Skoda Auto India Managing Director Sudhir Rao told reporters here.

Skoda is also working on a compact car model, which could hit the Indian market in a few years.

“We are working on a small car, there are development programmes for the mid- and long-term,” Mr. Rao said without disclosing details.

At present, he said, Skoda India continued to sell compact model Fabia on demand. The new Octavia comes in four engine variants — 2 litre diesel (automatic and manual), 1.4 litre petrol and 1.8 litre petrol.

Price range

While the petrol variant is priced from Rs.13.95 lakh to Rs.18.25 lakh, the diesel version comes between Rs.15.55 lakh and Rs.19.45 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

With the launch of the new model, the company said it would phase out premium sedan Laura from the Indian market.

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