ŠKODA Octavia celebrates its Diamond Jubilee

  • ŠKODA celebrates 60th anniversary of the first Octavia model
  • Named after the Latin for eight, as the eighth post world-war II model to be released
  • New generation model launched in April 1996
  • More than 500,000 Octavias have been sold in the UK
  • 6.5 million Octavias sold worldwide

The ŠKODA Octavia, the brand’s most successful model in the UK and a multi-million seller around the world, celebrates another remarkable milestone in 2019 – the 60th anniversary of its introduction. Originally designed to bring affordable and high-quality motoring to the widest possible audience at an unbeatable price, the design and engineering philosophies behind the Octavia remain the same today.

While the Octavia has been a huge sales success around the world, the British have developed one of the strongest bonds with ŠKODA’s brilliant all-rounder. More than 500,000 examples have found loving homes on our shores since the very first 1959 model rolled onto UK roads. And, six decades later, it remains ŠKODA’s top-seller with a range that includes nine equipment levels, 14 engine and transmission options and two body styles.

Over the years, the Octavia has proved itself to be one of the most adaptable and practical cars on the market. It has set World Land Speed Records, been transformed into a title-winning rally car and, become one of the most trusted cars used by our emergency services.