Skoda will continue building petrol-powered Octavia models as long as there is demand – but a confirmed electric station wagon probably won’t wear the name
That’s because Skoda will continue producing petrol-powered and hybrid combustion cars as long as there is demand, including the Octavia wagon – which accounts for one-third of Skoda’s global sales.
Skoda first introduced the Octavia nameplate in 1959 on a small family car – Octavia because it was the eighth model produced by the then-Czechoslovakian automaker. Octavia is a female name of Latin origin meaning eighth.
It was reintroduced in 1996 and has been a constant in the Skoda line-up since.
In a major shake-up of Skoda’s expertise in station wagons, the brand will launch a 4.7-metre long estate that is fully-electric in 2026 – alongside the combustion Octavia model.
However, Skoda Auto CEO Klaus Zellmer told Chasing Cars in Germany that a new name was on the cards as Skoda prepares the BEV car.
But Skoda has closely considered calling the BEV wagon the Octavia, even if it is a fundamentally different car to the continuing petrol model.
“This is a big debate and we have made a decision but let’s see,” said Zellmer.
“Giving up those names – Octavia, Superb, Kodiaq, for example – they’re well established, they’re worth a lot, and replace them with something starting with an E and ending with a Q is something that is [difficult].
“Still there is a decision, this the logic, but we have a little bit of a pain inside us giving up on established names as well. So let’s see. I don’t think we’ll use Octavia but let’s see”.
The vehicle is expected to follow Skoda’s new electric vehicle naming convention that has produced the Enyaq upper-midsize electric SUV – and the forthcoming Elroq small electric SUV.
The Octavia replacement, currently codenamed the ‘Combi’ (Skoda-speak for wagon), is due around 2026. All-electric, it will buck the SUV trend with its low-slung wagon figure measuring approximately 4.7 metres long.
Skoda designers have said the car would have the exterior dimensions of a compact wagon with the interior space of a larger segment vehicle.
Additional reporting by Tom Baker
About Chasing cars
Chasing Cars reviews are 100% independent.
Because we are powered by Budget Direct Insurance, we don’t receive advertising or sales revenue from car manufacturers.
We’re truly independent – giving you Australia’s best car reviews.