The Czech automaker is in the news again and this time it has issued a recall of 539 units of D segment sedan Octavia in India. The brand has recalled sedan manufactured between November 2015 and April 2016 to replace the faulty manual child locks on the rear doors. Skoda Dealers across the country will inform the owners of affected cars.
According to Skoda this is a minor issue which can be assessed in just 12 minutes only and if locks need to replaced, that process will be rectified in just 45 minutes. All this will be done at no cost to the customer.
The Skoda Octavia is available with both petrol and diesel engines- a 1.4l TSI petrol engine makes 150PS power and 250Nm of torque, paired to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The bigger 1.8l TSI turbocharged petrol is good for 143PS power and 320Nm of torque, paired with 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox. Whereas the 2.0l TDI Oil burner churns out 143PS of output and 320Nm of high torque and it can be had in either 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic DSG gearbox.
Skoda Octavia was one of the best selling sedan in the D-segment and occupies major chunk in the segment but now the sales has dropped significantly in recent times due to growing popularity of SUVs. Skoda sells four cars in the Indian market- Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and Superb and by next two years four new models will be launched. The executive sedan is priced in India between Rs. 16.58 lakh to Rs. 22.41 lakh and competes with Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla Altis, and soon to be discontinued Volkswagen Jetta. The Czech automaker will soon launch Octavia Rs which is expected to price around Rs. 27 lakh (ex-showroom).
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