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Click on the images above to view the old and new Skoda Octavia in high resolution

Skoda's mainstay model has hit the half-century mark, celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year. The original 1959 Skoda Octavia was so named because it was the eighth model produced by the Czech automaker, at the time a state-owned enterprise until the Volkswagen Group came in and acquired the company in 1989. Developing a new Octavia was the first order of business for the German engineers who marched on the Czechoslovakia, which debuted in concept form in 1992 just before the communist state fell. The upheaval would mean the new Octavia wouldn't hit the market until four years later, and Volkswagen has overseen a succession of facelifts and updates since. More details can be found in the press release after the jump, and you can click on the images above to see the original and most recent Octavia in high resolution.Continue reading 50 Candles and a big fat Czech: Skoda Octavia celebrates the half-century

50 Candles and a big fat Czech: Skoda Octavia celebrates the half-century originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 12 Feb 2009 17:33:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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