Third-generation Octavia spied testing ahead of its Geneva debut in March
Octavia will be the first Skoda to use VW's new MQB platform
Octavia will get long-wheelbase version of the MQB structure, meaning it will grow to around 4.8 metres in length
An increase in size will mean a small increase in price
Octavia will continue to offer considerably more space than similar rivals in the Golf class for similar money
Speaking at a presentation in Brazil on the eve of the São Paulo motor show, Volkswagen Group's production chief Michael Macht confirmed the Octavia's imminent launch and that it would be the fourth VW Group brand to launch a model based on the new MQB modular platform.
At around 4.8 metres in length, the third-generation Octavia will be the biggest yet; it's growing larger in size to allow the new Rapid saloon room to breathe in the Skoda line-up. It will use the long-wheelbase version of the MQB structure.
Sales of the staple Skoda are set to start soon after its official Geneva unveiling, at prices not far above today's model, despite the increase in size. The unveiling of a performance vRS version is to follow at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next summer.