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Skoda Auto India has started production of its popular sedan Octavia at its facility in Shendra, Aurangabad, the company said in a statement.

The newest model of Skoda Octavia, which is the fourth update since it was first introduced in 2001, is expected to be launched in India later this month.

“With the commencement of production, we also commit to a stronger product portfolio as we look to grow our presence in India,” Skoda Auto India Brand Director Zac Hollis said.

“In line with our laser sharp focus on customer centricity, we are also rapidly growing our network presence and have introduced several initiatives to ensure an unmatched ownership experience,” Hollis added.

Some major changes in the latest version includes an increase in length by 19mm and width of 15mm.

On the outside, the Octavia will get a more conventional design that looks similar to the new Skoda Superb. The interiors will include a horizontally placed infotainment screen and a twin spoke steering wheel.

The celebratory Lava Blue vehicle dons the Lauren & Klement badge that pays homage to the founders of the longstanding Czech auto manufacturer as well as its 125 years of rich history and heritage, the company said.

Skoda is expected to launch the Octavia with a 2.0-litre TSI turbocharged petrol engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The engine can produce 190 hp of peak power. The company is, however, expected to skip a diesel model.

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