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Today, December 17th, Skoda celebrated the beginning of the series production for the new Skoda Octavia at Mlada Boleslav plant.

The New Skoda Octavia will hit showrooms in Europe in late January 2013 and customers will be able to buy the third generation model, which offers more space and comfort, upgraded safety technology, price-value ratio and timeless design.

“The Octavia is the heart of ŠKODA brand,” says ŠKODA CEO Winfried Vahland. “Our people have employed competence and passion to create the best Octavia ever. This car is a class of its own in every respect. It is a great moment to give the starting shot for the third generation here at our main plant today.”

To prepare for the third Octavia generation, Skoda expanded and modernized its Mlada Boleslav plant, one of the most comprehensive modernization projects in the facility’s history. The automaker added a fully automated interior painting line and a new body shop, while a state-of-the-art press line will be added at the beginning of 2013.

The Octavia/Rapid production line will be increased gradually from 800 to 1,200 units per day. The facility also manufactures the Fabia, besides the Octavia and the Rapid models. With the new Octavia, the company also begins its biggest model offensive in Skoda’s history. It will launch a revised or new model every six month on average until 2015 and increase the number of sales to 1.5 million per year by 2018.

Skoda Octavia is the automaker’s bestselling model, accounting for 44% of the company’s global sales from January to November this year. The new Octavia surpasses its predecessor at all levels, being longer and wider, offering rear-seat passengers the largest head and leg room in this class, it weighs with 102 kg less and the TSI and TDI engines offer the optimum figures for emissions and consumption.

The model will also get some pretty neat features such as a three spoke steering wheel, an updated infotainment system, an optional panorama glass roof, metallic trim, Adaptive Cruise Control, Intelligent Light Assistant, Automatic Parking Assistant and many more. The engine versions will include the 1.8 liter TSI with 179 HP (132 kW) or the 1.6 liter TDI GreenLine with 110 HP (81 kW), which is burning just 3.4 liters of fuel every 100 km and it’s emitting 89 g/km of CO2.