Škoda Octavia

A New Škoda Octavia

Musk and his chief designer Franz von Holzhausen could learn a few lessons from the Volkswagen Group, which is about to launch another very cleanly designed hatchback under the Škoda brand. The third-generation Octavia, styled under Jozef Kaban, has grown slightly; its original position in the marketplace now is occupied by the slightly smaller, low-cost Rapid. A powerful Octavia RS version will be launched at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this summer. Meanwhile, the diesel-powered Octavia 1.6 TDI gets over 69 mpg in the European cycle—and that test involves more than holding a constant 55 mph.

By Jens Meiners