Skoda Octavia shipments suspended due to software issuesMay 19, 2020
Representatives of the Czech automobile brand announced that the serial production of the Skoda Octavia liftback / station wagon was temporarily suspended. The fault is in the software in the car multimedia system.
To say that the Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia are important cars for the German conglomerate Volkswagen AG would be a huge understatement. These models are sold annually in huge numbers around the world, so even the slightest problem with the production of these compact cars has serious consequences for the sales of the entire VAG or Volkswagen AG concern.
Earlier, the main VW brand stopped selling Golf precisely because of software problems, and now its Czech division is doing the same with the Octavia.
So what could be the problem? The component of the infotainment system that is responsible for the online connection is defective.
A Skoda spokesperson said in an interview that the company is “taking the same measures as the Volkswagen brand to troubleshoot.” It is not surprising that at the moment both Audi and SEAT, which are also part of the Volkswagen AG concern, are also exploring the possibility of the same problem in their models – hatchbacks A3 and Leon, respectively.
A VW spokesman said the problem that forced the company to stop delivering its best-selling car was identified during a quality check. It is too early to say how many vehicles this fault can be detected. Now, the company’s specialists are working on updating the software, which should appear already this week June 15-21.
It is worth noting that these software problems do not interfere with Golf production, as VW still collects the hatchback without any interruptions. These cars will receive new software as soon as it is ready, and after that the cars will be sent to their rightful owners.
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