Skoda Octavia Combi turns 25 years old

The station wagon version of the Skoda Octavia turns 25 years old. The Octavia Combi concept was presented for the first time in 1997.

In September 1996, five and a half years after joining the Volkswagen Group, Skoda opened the factory in Mladá Boleslav. The serial production of the first generation Skoda Octavia marked the beginning of a new era for the Czech car manufacturer.

The development process of the liftback model, which at that time was based on a new Volkswagen Group platform, began as early as 1992. On September 10, 1997, Skoda presented a design study of the Octavia Combi at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This happened just over a year after the liftback version went into production.

Less than six months later, mass production of the Octavia Combi began. In February 1998, the station wagon version of the Octavia went into production. In the process, the company set new standards in manufacturing. The side section of the body was formed in one piece from pressed sheet metal. The equipment ensured an accuracy of one tenth of a millimeter, and the weight of the required press die was 63 tons. Immediately after, in March 1998, the Octavia Combi celebrated its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show. The first customers took delivery of their vehicles two months later.

Technical specifications of the original Octavia Combi

There are some differences, admittedly quite small, between the liftback and the station wagon version. First, the Octavia Combi is 6 millimeters longer and 26 millimeters taller than the regular version. The distance between the decks remained the same. It measured 2.512 millimeters.

The meal was not very different either. The Octavia Combi was heavier by a maximum of 30 kilograms compared to a liftback version. The trunk space measured 548 liters with the seat up. When the seats were folded, the total volume increased to 1512 liters.

Source: Skoda

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