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Skoda Octavia G-TEC - fourth in line
No surprises under the hood, but we weren’t counting on any. Since the other three compact cars from the VW Group powered by natural gas all had 1,4 TSI engines with 110 PS, the chance of having a different unit in the Skoda was slim. And so the Octavia has the very same “heart” beating in its “chest”.
And since we know that the shortest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, let’s focus for a moment on Octavia’s appetite for gas fuel. According to what the manufacturer states (though we wouldn’t bet too much that it’s entirely true, and we’d rather wait and see for ourselves when we have a chance to roadtest the car), this compact liftback or estate is satisfied with 5,4 m3 (3,5 kg) of methane per 100 km, emitting only 97 g of carbon dioxide per 1 kilometer.
Economical and ecological driving is easier thanks not only to the cleaner, fuel but also to various elements of the G-TEC technology pack that reduce the car’s need for it: the start/stop system and a system that allows to recover kinetic energy during breaking. The gas-powered Octavia already meets the Euro 6 standard that will take effect in September 2014.
Octavia’s driving range on CNG is 410 kilometers. The full-size petrol tank is still there, and thanks to this, the overall range on both types of fuel is extended by 920 km and reaches 1330 km. This information will be useful to Polish buyers, as they won’t drive too far on gas only. The first chance to see Octavia G-TEC with your own eyes was during the March Motor Salon in Geneva, so expect it in dealerships soon.
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