2013 Skoda Octavia: What our Jetta should have been?

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I think so. I am not saying the Octavia looks amazing, but it is a few degrees less boring than our Jetta.
Slightly sharper looking. Plus, it’s a cool hatchback!
It shares a platform with the all new Golf VII, unlike our cheaper Jetta. So it probably would have been too costly for the US.
Too bad…

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  1. This is what China does best: COPYING. No R&D costs to re-coup, so the price is based on per-unit cost of assembelling using parts soneone else already paid for. Unfortunately, the whole is always LESS than the sum of the parts (quality,reliability and safety wise). So nothing unexpected here. But there's always a market for cheap transportation. And like PT Barnum said, "there's a sucker born every minute!"

  2. It doesn't matter what badge is on it, they are all VW POS with oil burning engines and some of the industry's worse quality ratings.

  3. "…some of the industry's worse quality ratings."

    In the US only. Land of the pear shaped, diabetes inflicted, common sense deprived Consumer Reports readers.

  4. China? Copying? It wouldn't have taken much time to find out that Škoda, is an automobile manufacturer based in the Czech Republic. And that Škoda became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group in 2000.

  5. "In the US only. Land of the pear shaped, diabetes inflicted, common sense deprived Consumer Reports readers."

    Sorry, but I owned a German-produced VW once and it was the biggest, most unreliable POS I've ever encountered. Never again. There are thousands of people with similar experiences.

  6. January 10, 2013 1:28 AM

    And if you read a little further you find this: Škoda started production in China in 2006. Its 2009 China sales—of three models Octavia, Superb, and Fabia—more than doubled from 2008, reaching 123,000 vehicles. Shanghai Volkswagen plans to build the Yeti SUV in 2011.[16] In the second half of 2010, China became Škoda's largest market

    So don't expect "German Engineering" –at least not CURRENT engineering– to be found in a Skoda; a brand know for decades as the "laughing stock" of the Communist Auto World. (first Russian, then Chinese) Made better by VW, but still a LONG way to go.

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