Once reviled for its marque, the Skoda has a brand to celebrate as the two millionth Octavia rolled off the Czech production line in Vrchlabí back in April last year.
Then the Octavia won the 2007 Auto Express Driver-power survey ‘Car of the Year’.
The Czechs started to produce the Skoda Octavia (Tour) in 1998 and added a parallel production line to construct the 2004 Octavia alongside the traditional Octavia Tour.
There are now production lines in India, China, Russia, the Ukraine, Bosnia and Kazakhstan.
For those who enjoy pub-quizzes, the Octavia is called ‘Laura’ in India and ‘Ming Rui’ in China.
Business News also described Skoda as one of the greenest car makers, with average CO2 emissions of 152g/km.