The rising covid-19 cases in the nation and lockdown initiated by some states has made Skoda India reconsider its decision to launch the Octavia by the end of this month. The launch of the upcoming sedan has been pushed ahead and this could affect the following Skoda cars too
Amidst the rising Coivid-19 cases and increase in the chaotic nationwide pandemic, Skoda India has decided to push the launch of the 4th-gen Skoda Octavia ahead. The launch was scheduled for the last week of April 2021 and the deliveries were to commence soon after. Skoda India also announced that the production of the 4th gen Skoda Octavia begun earlier this month at its Aurangabad facility.
“Sometimes, it’s important to take a pause and come back stronger. We at ŠKODA AUTO have postponed the launch of the all-new Octavia until the current situation improves. We will keep you updated on the launch developments. Stay safe and let us do our part to fight this virus.” said Zac Hollis, Director, Skoda Auto India, on his social network handle.
This could also disrupt the launch schedules of the cars that were soon to follow, however, the company hasn’t made any comment on that. The Skoda Kushaq is confirmed for mid-June 2021, and the Skoda Kodiaq facelift petrol that would debut in Q3 of 2021, however, both the SUVs could see a new launch schedule.
Volkswagen India has not given any such hints regarding the launch of its new Taigun. Volkswagen has confirmed the launch by the festive season and most likely the German carmaker will continue with its plan.
When launched, the new Skoda Octavia will debut in its 4th generation form and the car will be sold via the CKD route. Toyota and Honda have both discontinued the Corolla Altis and the Civic respectively, hence the only rival in the C+ segment space is the Hyundai Elantra.