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Old 24th October 2013, 13:52   #316
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We are pleased to inform that ŠKODA Auto India has recorded over 1000 bookings for the new Octavia within 3 weeks of its launch.

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Audi Q3 S got 1000 bookings in 3 days of launch i don't know where the economy is going!!
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So it means price is not a factor which will decide the success of this new baby of Skoda. Its just that the lesser mortals with further less means like me who are cribbing about the price
Will be good to see more of this sedan on roads sooner. I am now more eager to know if the booking rate in Karnataka is at par with rest of India given the high tax rate here.
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Overpriced it is indeed. They should have priced it under 20L on road for the top end. I guess they did not factor the economic slowdown when they decided the prices. Anyhow I would rather wait till they start offering flat 2-3L discounts which will happen pretty soon.
After the initial euphoria dies, and the 1000 bookings are delivered (if no cancellations) there will be a slump in demand due to this pricing. So I agree with the prediction by many. Unless they are positioning this way above the other D segment cars.
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2 - 3 lacs off on a brand new Octavia?

Even the outgoing decade old Laura was not offered at such a discount at the end of its PLC.

Please look at the ex showroom price of the car. Remove the sales tax and excise component from the ex showroom cost. That's about 25 to 30% of the cost of the car.

Effectively the manufacturer gets only about 10 to 12 lacs as net sale revenue. He needs to meet the cost of production, overheads, marketing etc from the 10/12 lacs he gets.

Considering all this, I don't think the Octavia has been priced way too off the mark.
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After the initial euphoria dies, and the 1000 bookings are delivered (if no cancellations) there will be a slump in demand due to this pricing. So I agree with the prediction by many.
I feel the opposite. IMO, the market is maturing to accept a product for its merits.
For a brand with a heavy baggage of negative publicity from the past, the numbers mentioned (1000 bookings) is quite promising. The notion of overpricing is quite a relative term. Not long ago, hatchbacks crossing 8 lakhs were considered as prohibitive, but it has become a norm nowadays.
The Octavia may look expensive when compared with the likes of Jetta, or the Superb 1.8 TSI (due to brand/segment positioning), but those cars are in the last leg of its current guise, the facelifted variants should come with a higher price tag, and the respective market positioning will be better defined.
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I wonder if this is a clever marketing gimmick! The SA at the Mumbai dealership claimed that the booking numbers were way off the expected targets. Maybe Skoda has it's (not so real) online bookings to put out these claims.
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Excellent Review Guys. As usual i must say.


I recently got to checkout the new Octavia and it has been a pretty disappointing experience with the test car. There was an odd "thunk" sound on the diesel car, the cheaper suspension setup may be. Also the sunroof was producing a lot of noise while operating. When asked the SE regarding the same he spilled out a stupid answer by telling me it was the rains. Had to enlighten him on that. The petrol was a total joy and thoroughly enjoyed it!
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Excellent Review Guys. As usual i must say. I recently got to checkout the new Octavia and it has been a pretty disappointing experience with the test car. There was an odd "thunk" sound on the diesel car, the cheaper suspension setup may be. Also the sunroof was producing a lot of noise while operating. When asked the SE regarding the same he spilled out a stupid answer by telling me it was the rains. Had to enlighten him on that. The petrol was a total joy and thoroughly enjoyed it!
Oh you got a petrol to test drive?! 1.8 or a 1.4?
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Oh you got a petrol to test drive?! 1.8 or a 1.4?
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The petrol 1.8 both the diesel and petrol are available for test-drive at Mahavira auto in Hyderabad. 1.4 is not. I have not been following the tread so can i know which one have you booked?

Do check the sunroof during PDA, it seems to be having an issue. One of the members also posted the same here.
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Hi Adi, The petrol 1.8 both the diesel and petrol are available for test-drive at Mahavira auto in Hyderabad. 1.4 is not. I have not been following the tread so can i know which one have you booked? Do check the sunroof during PDA, it seems to be having an issue. One of the members also posted the same here.
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I booked the 1.8 TSI and will be going for the PDI on Monday. Will definitely check the sunroof it will be nothing less than a nightmare if its a problem! I am waiting for the car since a month now!
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Guys all these noises are generally from the beadings. Other people with Ventos, etc too have faced them. I face this on my Yeti also. Its just a matter of applying some lubricant every few weeks, a 10 min job. Though it is odd that nothing used to happen in the Laura, but in the newer vehicles there is a lot of noise from door/sunroof beadings.
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Hi Adi,

The petrol 1.8 both the diesel and petrol are available for test-drive at Mahavira auto in Hyderabad. 1.4 is not. I have not been following the tread so can i know which one have you booked?

Do check the sunroof during PDA, it seems to be having an issue. One of the members also posted the same here.
Which branch of Mahavir auto did you go to? When I enquired at the Jubilee Hills branch, they said they only had a diesel Elegance for TD.
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Which branch of Mahavir auto did you go to? When I enquired at the Jubilee Hills branch, they said they only had a diesel Elegance for TD.

The Somajiguda branch. Beside Yashoda hospital. You will see Octavia's making rounds on that road. They have 2 cars.
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Guys all these noises are generally from the beadings. Other people with Ventos, etc too have faced them. I face this on my Yeti also. Its just a matter of applying some lubricant every few weeks, a 10 min job. Though it is odd that nothing used to happen in the Laura, but in the newer vehicles there is a lot of noise from door/sunroof beadings.

Yes that might be true. Though not much of an issue it would have been a little pleasing if skoda had at least taken care on the promotion cars. It is weird to listen to all those squeaks on brand new cars.
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