This year's Beijing Motor Show will showcase several Škoda models including the facelifted Octavia MingRui, as it is known in the Chinese market.
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The Škoda Octavia MingRui was the first product in brand's portfolio to be manufactured in Volkswagen's Shanghai plant, and is the best-selling Škoda model in China, accounting for 70 per cent of the brand's total sales. The Chinese plant also produces Škoda Fabia JingRui and Škoda Superb HaoRui models.

First going on sale in China in June 2007, the Škoda Octavia MingRui sold 85,000 units last year. The new Škoda Octavia MingRui (as pictured above) features additional chrome plating on exterior trim details, lightweight alloy wheels and standard air conditioning.

Škoda will also offer the Octavia vRS model for the first time this year. The model features a 2.0-litre twin-charged petrol engine and DSG transmission. As well, Škoda will unveil its Octavia MingRui GreenLine model at the Beijing show. The model features a 1.4-litre TSI engine mated to a DSG transmission.

Škoda vehicles, which hold just over a 2 per cent market share in China, are specially adapted for local conditions. Chinese customers prefer lower capacity petrol-powered engines, with the local range reflecting this preference:

  • 1.4 TSI (97kW)
  • 1.4 TSI (97kW)
  • 1.6 MPI (77kW)
  • 1.6 MPI (77kW)
  • 2.0 TSI (147kW)
"The introduction of the facelifted Octavia MingRui is another important step in our expansion in the growing Chinese market and is also in line with our growth strategy of launching one key model every year," said Škoda Auto BOD Chairman, Reinhard Jung."Last year was another record-breaking year for Škoda in China again – using a network of already 245 dealers and authorised garages, we delivered 122,556 vehicles to our customers in the Chinese market which represents an increase of 106.6 per cent."Moreover, we sold over 42,700 cars during the first three months. China is, therefore, becoming an increasingly important market for Škoda Auto."

In China, the Škoda brand now represents slightly more than 2 per cent of the total market share. China is currently estimated to become the world's largest vehicle market this year, with a projected 10 million cars to be sold in the country.

Škoda expects to achieve year-on-year growth of at least 50 per cent by the end of 2010.

The Beijing Motor Show runs from April 23 to May 2.