Skoda Octavia has two decades of production under its belt image

The Czech automaker has been building a solid reputation over the year since it was taken over by the VW Group, and one of the models supporting that status is the Octavia compact.

Now Skoda has announced the well known Octavia has reached two decades of uninterrupted production – which is rather hard to believe since people are still trading and using the first generation model. The Octavia is of course the backbone of the sales column for the automaker, and it first came to life on September 3rd, 1996, during an event where former Czech President Vaclav Havel was on point at the famous Mlada Boleslav factory to give the production start go ahead. The Octavia development started back in 1992, just one year after Volkswagen acquired the carmaker.

All Octavia generations have been popular, and now the model is sold internationally – even in China, with a total of five million units produced so far, or about 400,000 examples per year. Two decades ago, the Octavia was a very basic sedan with two petrol engines and one version of the 1.9-liter TDI. Today there are countless versions, with the most powerful being the vRS 230 – sharing the 2.0-liter turbo with the Golf GTI. The current version also has anything from AWD to DGS gearboxes and to a wireless phone charging system.