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Total Car – Magazine – Skoda Octavia Combi is 25 years old

Total Car – Magazine – Skoda Octavia Combi is 25 years old

The tirelessly popular Škoda family car was unveiled in Frankfurt in 1997, and was ready for serial production by the time of the 1998 Geneva Motor Show. The range was soon expanded with the release of the RS, then the 4×4 Scout, and after 25 years station wagon fans were already starting On its fourth generation.

The Octavia station wagon has been around for 25 years, which is of course not accurate from the point of view that the first Octavia station wagon was actually introduced on September 11, 1961 in Czechoslovakia. On the other hand, the story of the modern Octavia, already based on Volkswagen technology, began around 1992, the hatchback was ready in 1996, and it was built on the A4 platform. Volkswagen had spent large sums modernizing its Škoda plant in Mladá Boleslav, and the design team led by Dirk van Breckel was also ready for the 1997 Frankfurt Motor Show with the station wagon concept. It didn’t differ much from the 1998 version produced in the series, although it was shown in purple at an event where the Mercedes-Benz CLK-GTR was likely to vie for public attention.

The station wagon is now six millimeters longer and 26 millimeters higher than the standard Octavia, which has added 15 kilograms to its weight. This was announced by Skoda with a trunk of 548 liters, which can be expanded to 1512 by folding the rear row of seats. It was their largest model until the Superb was released.

Since it was one of the largest press machines of the time, the rear sidewall of the Octavia station wagon was made of a single sheet of steel. Perhaps most importantly, the turbocharged RS was ready by 2001, with a 1.8-liter twenty-valve engine capable of 178 hp, to the delight of fans of fast family cars.

In 2006, the RS arrived with a diesel engine, 350 Nm of torque, high ground clearance equipped with Haldex all-wheel drive. 25 years later, and four generations later, the Octavia station wagon equipped with a good engine remains one of Škoda’s best answers to the know-it-all car question.

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