India always forced global automakers to change their strategies to fit into its domestic market. Now, Skoda Auto is planning to upgrade the Octavia specifically for India.
There are no plans currently to phase out the Octavia as it is still a performer in the 8th year of its life cycle, said the company in response to an email from Hindustan Times.
Skoda Auto has said the “group is considering the possibility of rolling out a new Octavia on a new platform from the Chakan plant in Pune sometime in the near future”.
Skoda sold more than 8,000 Octavia and Laura cars in 2008-09, second only to Honda’s bestselling Civic in numbers in the A4 segment.
However, Skoda is not prepared to share specifications, or how the new car would look like. With the India-made Octavia and the yet to be named small car, Skoda will have one model in each price segment.
The development is contributing to an emerging trend among automakers that are retaining a different lineup of models for the Indian market.