The Skoda Octavia is celebrating its 50th birthday this year after the first production of the best-seller took place in 1959. The Skoda Octavia replaced the Skoda 440, also known as 'Spartak'.
The company magazine 'Ventil' explained the meaning of the name in their 6th January 1959 issue.
"Our new vehicle has a new name too - the Skoda Octavia, as it is the eighth model produced by our nationalised industry."
The Skoda Octavia was the first model to be developed internally in 1989 after Skoda became part of VW Group. The first concept car was made in 1992. The vehicle was launched in 1996; its Octavia estate version was introduced two years later, followed by the Octavia 4x4.
In 2000 a new, modernised Skoda Octavia was introduced that is still manufactured in Mlada Boleslav today - the Octavia Tour. In February 2004 the company launched the second-generation Skoda Octavia, which was then facelifted in 2008.
Skoda, the Czech Republic's biggest car manufacturer has sold over 2 million Skoda Octavias worldwide and currently offers a vast range of trims, including the sporty Skoda Octavia RS and the Octavia Scout.Published 10 February 2009