The new Škoda Octavia will be presented in Paris 
As a world premiere, Škoda Auto is going to present a facelifted version of the Octavia at this year's Paris Motor Show which is held from the 2nd to the 19th of October 2008.

Produced or assembled in altogether eight countries, the Octavia is Škoda's bestseller. The rejuvenated version is now coming with a more emotionally powerful design. “The Octavia has always had a special position among Škoda vehicles. It is our most successful model, very popular worldwide. Now it has gone through a complete transformation that is apparent in the new interior and exterior, as well as the applied technology,” said Dr. Eckhard Scholz, BOD Member responsible for technological development.

When looking from the front, the key enhancements include newly shaped, bolder headlamps, a more robust radiator grille and a one-piece bumper. The innovation of the rear part of the vehicle is mainly about new tail lamp covers and a dynamic bumper with integrated cat eyes.

The interior offers an innovated line of Škoda audio and navigation systems. The steering wheel, the dashboard (white-backlit), the air conditioning controls and the decorative strips on the doors and the central console have been redesigned. In addition, new upholstery fabrics are available across all equipment levels (Classic, Ambiente and Elegance).

New adaptive xenon headlamps enhance the vehicle's active safety, passive safety has been improved by installing front WOKS headrests for effective rear impact protection (in all equipment levels).

Innovative changes are to be found also under the bonnet – Škoda is coming with a brand new 1.4 TSI/90 kW engine. Turbocharged 1.4 and 1.8 litre petrol engines can be combined with a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic DSG transmission.

Besides modernised Octavia, Octavia Combi and Octavia Combi 4×4 vehicles, the Company is going to present the entire portfolio of Škoda cars in its stand, including e.g., a black Fabia SportLine with an exclusive grey roof, the Roomster Cycling and, of course, Škoda's flagship – the new Superb. GreenLine, the Company's environmentally friendly portfolio, is going to be represented by several versions of the Fabia and Superb. Those who prefer a dynamic lifestyle will surely appreciate the Scout version of the Roomster and the Octavia.

Škoda Auto's presentation at the Paris Motor Show is going to be installed in Hall 4, position 215.

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