Czech Republic – The milestone vehicle, a Superb Estate, rolled off the line at the Kvasiny plant – just over 100 years since the OEM began production. Skoda’s output has been on the increase, and in 2014 it produced 1m units in a single year for the first time.
“Over the last five years, we have significantly increased the number of high-quality vehicles produced worldwide,” commented Michael Oeljeklaus, board member for Production. “The Skoda plants in the Czech Republic have made a significant contribution to this. This is the heart of our international production network.”
Since 1991, Skoda has spent 300 billion crowns ($12 billion) on modernising and expanding its facilities in the Czech Republic. Kvasiny is currently undergoing an extensive update which will see its capacity increase to 280,000 units per year, requiring an additional 1,300 personnel; last year, the plant and its 4,500-strong workforce produced 150,000 cars. Kvasiny currently makes the Skoda Yeti, the Superb and Superb Estate, but SUVs will be added in future.
Skoda’s key production milestones are:
January 2016: 18m cars since 1905November 2015: 12m cars at Mladá BoleslavDecember 2014: 1m vehicles in a single yearMarch 2014: 11m cars at Mladá BoleslavAugust 2013: 4m OctaviasJuly 2013: 1m vehicles in China since 2007February 2013: 15mJanuary 2012: 14mOctober 2011: 10m vehicles at Mladá BoleslavApril 2009: 12mJuly 2006: 10m1991: 5m vehicles since 1905