Readers of the magazine ‘auto motor und sport’ choose ŠKODA OCTAVIA as the best car of the class in the import category for the seventh time. With more than 388,000 OCTAVIAs delivered around the world and over 58,000 new registrations in Germany alone, the model once again highlights its position as the brand’s bestseller in 2018.

The ŠKODA OCTAVIA has once again been voted the number one imported compact car by readers of the trade magazine ‘auto motor und sport’. This is the seventh time that the dynamic space miracle has won the prestigious award in its class. The OCTAVIA has also been extremely well received by customers: it was once again the brand’s bestseller in Germany with 58,444 new registrations in 2018.

ŠKODA AUTO CEO Bernhard Maier says: “On behalf of the entire ŠKODA team, I would like to thank all the readers of ‘auto motor und sport’ who voted for the OCTAVIA, the icon of our brand. For us, this is a great motivation to continue on the path we have forged. And this is exactly what we are doing by bringing more than 30 new models to our customers by the end of 2022.”

The readers of the magazine 'auto, motor und sport' voted for the 'Best Cars' for the 43rd time. This year 385 models fought for the coveted award in 11 categories. Among the compact cars, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA once again won the import category, securing 16.6% of all votes cast. The OCTAVIA has now won for the seventh time in its class in the import category.

However, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA is not only popular among ‘auto motor und sport’ readers. In January 1959, exactly 60 years ago, the first examples of this legendary model series rolled off the production line at the Mladá Boleslav plant. The first ŠKODA OCTAVIA generation of modern times made its debut in 1996, making an immediate impression with its unmistakable design and a high level of active and passive safety. Today, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA is firmly established in many markets around the world. This is impressively demonstrated by the fact that nearly 6.5 million units have been built since 1959. Last year alone, more than 388,000 vehicles of the popular series were delivered to customers worldwide.

ŠKODA OCTAVIA with modern engines and advanced connectivity

With proven strengths and new qualities, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA is writing a lasting success story. Thanks to above-average space, top functionality, extensive safety and comfort equipment and excellent value for money, the compact model available as a saloon or estate sets standards in its class. In addition, the current generation is the first OCTAVIA to feature ŠKODA Connect mobile online services. Advanced connectivity options enable drivers and passengers to connect wirelessly to the Internet and always be online. The Virtual Cockpit is one of the latest highlights in the OCTAVIA: the optional system gives the driver the ability to customize the dashboard displays above the steering wheel.

The ŠKODA OCTAVIA is also one of the most modern vehicles in its class in terms of drivetrain technology. All petrol and diesel engines meet the strictest current emission standard Euro 6d TEMP. The extensive engine range extends from the 1.0 TSI with an 85 kW (115 hp) output to the sporty RS series, which is available with the powerful 135 kW (184 hp) diesel or 180 kW (245 hp) petrol engine. The particularly environmentally friendly alternative OCTAVIA COMBI G-TEC* with natural gas drive is also available in the current third generation of the compact model.

Latest Awards

The all-new ŠKODA OCTAVIA is in the running for its next international honours. The fourth generation of the ŠKODA best-seller has been short-listed for this year’s edition of the prestigious “Car of the Year” award. From an initial field of 29 new cars launched on the international markets during the past twelve months, the ŠKODA OCTAVIA made it into the final. This is where the seven remaining models are presented to an international expert jury, with 60 motoring journalists from 23 European countries casting their votes. The annual award was first established in 1964. The “2021 Car of the Year” will be announced on 1 March. In the last quarter of 2020, the OCTAVIA already succeeded in collecting renowned awards in the key export markets of the UK, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

ŠKODA AUTO has been presented with the Pioneer Award for its use of artificial intelligence in vehicle diagnostics. At this year’s CONNECTED CAR Awards, the trade magazines Auto Bild and Computer Bild chose ŠKODA’s Sound Analyser app as the winner of the editorial prize reserved for particularly innovative ideas. Using a smartphone or tablet, the noises a car makes while in operation can be recorded and compared with stored sound patterns. On this basis, the software can quickly and reliably detect if the vehicle in question requires any maintenance.

ŠKODA AUTO has brought home another success from the HR Officers Awards held by the Employers Club. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the results this year were announced as part of an online presentation on LinkedIn, a social network that focuses on professional networking and career development. ŠKODA AUTO’s HR department came first place overall for its ANTICOVID-19 project, also winning a special prize for its activities aimed at stopping the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Following a series of prestigious awards, such as the Employer of the Year and the Randstad Award, this is another success for the brand in the area of HR management.