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New ŠKODA Octavia Technological Masterclass

Hill Hold Control: The Hill Hold Control allows easy starting up the hill without the risk of unwanted rolling backwards or using the handbrake. When the driver releases the brake pedal (when the hill gradient is more than 5%) after stopping on the hill, the HHC keeps the pressure in the brake system for 1 or 2 seconds. In this interval, you can launch easily without rolling.








Lane Assist: Especially during long journeys or on motorways, an assistant that prevents you from unintentionally straying into another lane or even into head-on traffic is of critical importance. Lane Assistant does this for you by guiding the car’s steering to prevent you from crossing lanes. If the driver wants to change lanes without using the indicator, the system can be easily overridden by moving the steering wheel. The assistant informs the driver of its activities on the instrument panel. It can even handle curves. Thanks to the “Adaptive Lane Control” function, Lane Assistant is capable of ensuring straight driving in the specified lane.

Traffic Sign Recognition: With a traffic sign recognition system, you will never again overlook a no passing or speed limit sign. A multifunction camera capable of recognising signs monitors the area in front of the car, and compares any signs found with examples stored in its database. The speed limit or no passing warning that is displayed on the instrument panel or on the Columbus navigation system panel can save you from many unpleasant consequences. The system is capable of recognising signs located on the right, left and above the road, as well as variable traffic signs (informational light boards). Sign recognition precision is increased by intelligent cooperation with the Columbus navigation system.




Driving Mode Selection: Something completely new from the list of available options is Driving Mode Selection, not only on the new line of Octavia models, but throughout all SKODA models. By choosing one of the Normal, Sport, Eco or Individual modes, you can change the settings of control units. This will, for example, change the behaviour of the motor, automatic transmission, power steering or Climatronic air conditioning. The Normal, Sport and Eco modes are fixed, while Individual mode can be changed according to your preferences.







Adaptive Cruise Assistant: The Adaptive Cruise Assistant not only maintains a set speed, but using built-in radar, also the seseparation from the vehicle in front of you. Your car thus speeds up or slows down as needed, making driving simpler and more comfortable. This function is especially useful when driving on dual carriagways or motorways. It also helps reduce the risk of accidents due to inattention. However, its main benefit is greater driving comfort, as both feet can rest during long trips. The main component of the system is the radar located in the lower part of the front bumper.





Energy Recovery: Energy recovery turns kinetic energy into usable electricity, which is either stored in battery or used immediately. When braking, the alternator voltage is higher than the battery voltage (max 15V). The alternator supplies that electricity to the vehicle’s electrical system and also charges the battery. This saves fuel, which would be used to operate these functions. When the car is accelerating or driving steadily alternator voltage is lower than battery voltage (C12V) so the vehicle uses electricity stored in the battery. In this mode the alternator works at lighter load, using less kinetic energy from the engine’s crankshaft. Consequently, the fuel supply is adjusted to the lower power use, resulting in lower fuel consuption.




Start-Stop System: When standing still, the motor offen runs needlessly, wastes fuel and emits pollutants. This is why the Start-Stop system automatically switches off the engine while the car is standing still. The system works absolutely automatically and causes no passenger discomfort or loss of ability to immediately accelerate away. The Start-Stop system switches on automatically when the motor is started. If after a certain amount of driving the driver stops the car and puts it in neutral (and if other conditions are met), the motor switches itself off. As soon as the driver steps on the clutch in order to change gear, the motor immediately turns on, so the car can take off quickly as if the motor was idling the entire time. The driver can switch off the Start-Stop system at any time, and is informed of its current status on the instrument panel display.

Audio and Other Systems: Aside from normal functions, the new SKODA infotainment radios also allow you to control car settings via the Car Menu. For example, you can change how side view mirrors are set or the central locking system. One of many interesting functions is volume adaptation to car speed. When driving fast on a motorway, volume automatically increases according to settings, and when the car slows down, it will return to its original level. Other practical functions include volume reduction upon parking sensor activation. We’re sure you will find the RDS-TMC function also useful, which serves to bring you information about current traffic conditions.Thanks to a wide range of inputs (Aux-in, USB, MEDIA-IN), infotainment radios can play audio files from various sources. SKODA infotainment radios are connected to the vehicle’s data network, and thanks to this are fully integrated with its other systems. Their theft should be prevented by a completely new protection system, which, after installation of the radio into another vehicle, requires a visit to an authorised SKODA service centre, among other things.

Canton Sound System: The Canton sound system for the new model of the SKODA Octavia is a high performance apparatus consisting of 8 door-mounted speakers plus a central speaker and a subwoofer. Perfect sound is ensured by an external amplifier with sound processor and 10-channel output with total outpower of 570W. Thanks to the digital equalizer, you can switch between three spatial sound optimization modes – for the driver only, for the front seats or for the entire car. The equalizer also has presets for rock, classical music, pop and spoken word and a linear setting.







Phone Box: The car’s body blocks phone signals, and thus hinders phone use in locations with a weak signal. The Phone Box phone compartment is located in front of the gearshift, and wirelessly “brings” a boosted signal from the roof antenna to the phone, resulting in up to 20% signal improvement. This improves not only call quality, but also reduces the phone’s battery drain. The telephone is connected to car systems either wirelessly via Bluetooth or via USB cable.




Bi-Xenon Headlights with AFS and LEDs: Bi-xenon headlights use projector modules with a xenon bulb to illuminate the road. The bulb is used for both low and high beams, while a thin strip of LEDs on the bottom edge of the headlight is used for daytime running lights. When switching between low and high beams, the diaphragm setting inside the projector module changes. The light beam swivels in both modes, and electronics ensure optimum light coverage during turns. The inside headlight can turn by up to 15° into turns, and the outside headlight by up to 7.5° from the centre into turns.




TSA – Trailer Stability Assist: While towing heavy trailers, like caravans, an unwanted wallow of the whole assembly may occur. Without the help of electronic, regaining stability assist solves these problems. The TSA is included in the ESP electronic stability system and is activated if the vehicle is equipped with the tow hitch with its own ECU. The system is based on braking the one or more wheels individually, while limiting the torque at the same time. The TSA is activated if tendancy to wallow or wobble is detected. This can happen while towing heavy trailer or caravan. The TSA intervention results in regaining the stability of both car and driver, contributing to safety.






Flashing brake lights: When braking hard from speeds above 40mph, the brake lights start flashing automatically. After the car becomes stationary, the brake lights stop flashing and hazard lights are switched on. After taking off again, the hazard lights are switched off automatically. This measure reduces the risk of rear-end impact, especially when approaching the traffic jams on motorways or sudden braking in front of the unexpected obstacle.

Front Assistant and Automatic Braking: Thanks to a radar system installed in the bumper, the Front Assistant monitors the space in front of the car and constantly assesses the distance, direction and speed of objects ahead. If it decides it sees a risk, it helps the driver reduce the braking distance with stronger braking. If the driver fails to react at all to a critical situation, Front Assistant is capable of activating automatic braking. However, this is, of course, preceded by a series of both acoustic and optical warnings on the instrument panel display.

Multicollision Braking: In case of an accident during which the driver’s or front passenger’s airbag is activated, the vehicle engages automatic braking, even if the driver has not stepped on the brake with sufficient force. The speed reduction, along with intervention by driving systems (ESC, ABS, braking pressure balancing), helps keep the vehicle stable and in its lane. This reduces the risk of multiple collisions, or reduces speed and thus also the consequences of any subsequent collision.





Driver Activity Assistant: Based on steering wheel movement, the Driver Activity Assistant monitors driver behaviour and assesses your level of fatigue. If needed, it triggers an accoustic and visual warning of the need to stop and rest.

Crew Protect Assistant: Proactive protection of front seat occupants coordinates on-board systems to minimise the consequences of any critical traffic situation. The Crew Protect Assistant monitors vehicle behaviour, and if it assesses it as presenting a potential risk, prepares the driver and front passenger compartment for an approaching collision by tighening front safety belts, by closing electric side windows (if open) and by closing the electric sunroof (if the car has one). The main goal of these activites is to minimise the consequences of an imminent accident, for example, by preparing the driver and front passenger for airbag activation.