The automaker is renewing its emphasis on green vehicles, which will increase the brand’s NGV range to three models. Since the end of 2012, the little natural gas Citigo has been successfully touring the European markets. The official launch of the new cars will take place in several stages from June 2014 in Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic.
The new Škoda Octavia G-TECs, saloon and estate, have a 1.4 TSI turbo engine with a capacity of 81 kW (110 PS) and will run on gasoline and CNG. Both natural gas Octavia vehicles are fitted with the Green tec package as standard, including technical features such as start-stop system and brake energy recovery. The modern engine meets standard EU-6, which comes into force in September 2014.
In CNG-only mode, the Octavia G-TEC and the Octavia Combi G-TEC can travel up to 410 km without refueling. Fuel consumption is 5.4 m3 (3.5 kg) of natural gas per 100 km, with CO2 emissions of just 97 g/km. In petrol-only mode, the range is up to 920 km. The Octavia G-TEC will travel up to 1,330 km on a single tank of fuel.
The two CNG tanks have a total maximum capacity of 97 liters or 15 kg of gas at a pressure of 200 bar. They are mounted in the form of underbody tanks on a special frame underneath the floor of the boot. This ingenious position means that the generous size of the vehicle’s interior is not affected. The CNG-fueled Octavia also has the best interior values in its class. The boot has a capacity of 460 liters (saloon) or 480 liters (estate).