Police forces' enthusiasm for Skodas will be consolidated soon when their 400th police car goes into service on British roads.

And David Ovenden, head of Skoda UK operations, expects the new Octavia, unveiled at The Sunday Times Motor Show Live, to join their ranks.

Ovenden said, `The new Octavia will strengthen our fleet presence and that includes police forces, who also appreciate value for money and durability. I think some officers appreciate the effect they have when they stop people and are seen to be driving Skodas.’

The new Octavia goes on sale in July with a starting price of £10,750 for the 75-horsepower 1.4-litre version, rising to the £17,420 automatic 2-litre TDI diesel.

An estate car is early next year to be followed by a high-performance RS derivative towards the end of the year. Skoda expects to sell 15,000 Octavias a year, one third of which are likely to be fleet sales.

Published : 31/05/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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