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Last week, we brought you the first spy shots of the upcoming Skoda Octavia Combi . Now it’s time for something a little bit more powerful: the Octavia Combi RS.

When compared to the standard Combi, the RS version will feature a sportier and more aggressive front bumper, and an exhaust system with trapezoidal tailpipes. The production version will also get some bigger wheels to help it ride and handle a little better.

The Octavia RS will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that will deliver a total of 220 horsepower. The engine will be mated to either a six-speed manual or a DSG transmission and there are rumors suggesting the engine will be couple to a four-wheel-drive system.

The standard Octavia Combi will make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, but those of you who want a more powerful wagon will need to wait for the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, as this is where the RS version is set to be unveiled.

The next-generation Skoda Octavia made its world debut in December 2012 and the station wagon was the next logical step after the sedan. The wagon, known in Europe as Skoda Octavia Combi, has been caught testing for the first time and, as you can, see it looks pretty similar to the sedan.

What differentiates it from the sedan is its increased sized, which will provide more space for passengers and their cargo. The rest, of course, will remain unchanged and we will see the same design language initially unveiled in the new Rapid .

Under the hood, the engine lineup will remain unchanged and will include newly developed petrol and diesel engines, including the new 1.6-liter TDI engine that delivers a total of 69 mpg.

The new Octavia Combi will make its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show with sales to begin in the summer. We’ll keep you updated on all of the latest info.

Skoda has begun testing the next generation Octavia months ago, and today the company finally decided to release the official information of its best sold model ever. The model arrives just two months after the official unveiling of the new Rapid and will be put on sale early in 2013.

The new Skoda Octavia will replace the second generation unveiled back in 2004 and will move from the current A5 (PQ35) platform to the new MQB platform. This is also the platform used for the seventh generation Golf , which means that the next Skoda will share most of its technical parts with the Golf.

The new generation Octavia will be offering a new exterior design language - also seen on the Rapid sedan - and will deliver "lots of room, quality, precise workmanship, modern, mature technology, timeless design, high functionality and the best price-value ratio."

Update 12/11/2012: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs. Hit the jump to read more about the new generation Octavia.

Skoda Octavia

The next generation Skoda Octavia has been caught testing many times, but each time the car was camouflaged. This time, however, Nicolas Willson managed to shoot a photo of the next Octavia completely uncovered. The image was taken in Santiago, Chile, where Skoda was doing its own photo shoot of the new Octavia. The only thing covered up on the car is the Skoda logo on the front, but that won’t fool anyone.

As previously reported, the next Octavia will feature design elements we have already seen on Skoda’s new Rapid , including a grille that connects to both headlights.

The next Octavia will be built on Volkswagen’s new MQB platform and will come with the choice of two petrol engines — a 85-horsepower, 1.2-liter TSI and a 140-horsepower, 1.4-liter TSI — and two diesel engines — a 105-horsepower, 1.6-liter unit and a 150-horsepower, 2.0-liter unit.

Photo credit Nicolas Willson/Carscoop for CarPix.

During Volkswagen’s mad grab for power in the European auto industry, it managed to snag up little-known Czech car manufacturer, Skoda . With this acquisition, VW Group decided that revving a legendary name in the automaker’s past was a great way to help increase the brand’s popularity. This brought about the revival of the Skoda Superb – a model that dates back to the 1930s – as a sedan and a station wagon (estate).

The rebadged version of the Passat has since been one of the better-selling Skoda models, as it features VW quality and style with not-so-VW prices. Its price point is made more evident by the fact that the base-level Superb Estate comes in at £1,015 ($1,624 at the current exchange rates) less than the base Passat Estate.

One area that the Skoda seemed to fall short was the fact that it was not available in a more rugged version to satisfy those buyers that like to use its four-wheel-drive system to its fullest extent. That has since changed, as Skoda has just announced that it is releasing an all-new version of the Superb, dubbed he Superb Outdoor, which features a standard four-wheel-drive system and a more rugged exterior appearance.

Click past the jump to read all about the 2013 Skoda Superb Outdoor.

Skoda Octavia

Just a few days ago, the next generation Skoda Octavia was caught testing around the Nurburgring race track, but it was still heavily camouflaged, disguising all of its bits. Well, it looks like Skoda has decided it was time to drop the cammo on the sedan to provide an idea of what the future car will look like.

The new Octavia will be built on Volkswagen’s new MQB platform just like the new Volkswagen Golf , Seat Leon , and Audi A3 , but in the case of the Octavia, the wheelbase will be longer. That decision was made due to the fact that the new Rapid is almost as big as the current Octavia and the next generation needed to gain inches in order to fit between the Rapid and Superb. The engine line-up will be borrowed from the seventh generation Volkswagen Golf, meaning there will be a choice of two petrol - a 85 HP 1.2-litre TSI and a 140 HP 1.4-litre TSI - and two diesel - a 105 HP 1.6-litre unit and a 150 HP 2.0-litre unit.

The first details on the new generation Skoda Octavia will be unveiled in November and the world debut will be made in March 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show. An RS version will officially be unveiled at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Rumors say that the RS version will now be offered with four-wheel-drive system and with both petrol and diesel engines.

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Together with the Volkswagen Group, Skoda is currently searching for new technologies to increase the efficiency of its products.

The latest model that hosts the newest technologies developed by the company, is the Skoda Octavia Green E Line, which is their first all-electric vehicle. The model is not just one of those concepts that will get put in a drawer somewhere, it will be launched on the market as soon as all tests are finished, most likely sometime around 2014.

The new Skoda Octavia Green E Line is based on the wagon version of the Octavia and is powered by a 26.5kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric motor producing a peak power of 85kW delivered to the front wheels.

Hit the jump to read our full review on the Skoda Octavia Green E-Line.

The Skoda Yeti was introduced at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show and, believe it or not, soon became a successful model on the European market. Since then, however, an abundance of new competitors have joined the small-SUV market, so the Yeti needs a redesign to keep up pace. These latest spy shots are the first images of that exact redesign.

The prototype caught testing has only been camouflaged at the front and rear meaning that just these two parts will be redesigned. Up front, the facelift Yeti will receive a new front bumper with bigger air intakes for a more masculine look. The chrome bar on top of the grille will also be changed and will get a look similar to the one previewed by the Concept Mission L , which is same one that will be used for the upcoming Skoda Rapid . The graphics on the headlights look as if they will get some changes too. At the rear, there will be a new, redesigned bumper and new rear light graphics.

As far as power goes, there have been some new engines in the Skoda family lately, so some of the new engines will more than likely find their way under the hood of the facelift Yeti.

Expect to see the new Skoda Yeti launched in September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.

Skoda Rapid

It was only yesterday that the new Skoda Rapid was caught testing on the famous Nurburgring track and just 24 hours later, the company whipped out yet another prototype, this time in a red exterior finish. What’s even better is that the interior was readily accessible to our photographers! Unfortunately, there was nothing revolutionary about the Rapid’s insides, but at least it’s another piece of the puzzle clicked into place. It looks like the Rapid will just be another new small family car.

The Skoda Rapid is inspired by the Mission L Concept unveiled at the 2012 Frankfurt Motor Show and will be placed between the Fabia and the Octavia in Skoda ’s line-up. It will be built on a standard platform, not the new MQB multi-vehicle platform, and will be offered with the latest engines and transmissions from the Volkswagen Group .

Expect to see the new Skoda Rapid launched in September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.

Skoda began using the Rapid name back in 1984 when it debuted a coupe based on the brand’s 130 sedan. That model was discontinued in 1990, but the name is now headed back into the spotlight, this time on a new small car that will be placed between the light Fabia and the next-generation Octavia . The new Rapid was inspired by the Mission L Concept unveiled at the 2012 Frankfurt Motor Show and will be officially unveiled in September at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.

The new Skoda Rapid will be built on a standard platform, and not on the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB multi-vehicle platform. The car measures 4.48 meters in length and 1.7 meters in width, but despite these compact dimensions, it offers an impressive amount of interior space: enough room for five occupants and their baggage.

The new Rapid features a long wheelbase and a coupe-like silhouette, plus a large tailgate and distinctly shaped taillights in the brand’s typical C shape.

UPDATE 06/19/2012: The review has been updated with the first official details on the brand new Rapid sedan.

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