Flight through the ŠKODA World
What is Happening at ŠKODA AUTO
New Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Murat Aksel, who is Member of the Group Board of Management responsible for Purchasing, has replaced Group CEO Herbert Diess as Chairman of the ŠKODA AUTO Supervisory Board. M. Aksel, who is originally from Turkey, visited Mladá Boleslav on 18 May to learn about the Czech carmaker’s history in more detail at the ŠKODA Museum. He also met with Jaroslav Povšík, Chairman of the KOVO Trade Union, who is the new Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board. In addition to Diess, Frank Witter and Bernd Osterloh, who served as the Chairman of the General and the Group Works Councils of the Volkswagen Group, also resigned from their positions as members of the ŠKODA AUTO Supervisory Board. They were replaced by Ralf Brandstätter, CEO Brand Volkswagen, and Daniela Cavallo, Bernd Osterloh’s designated successor.
One million euros to fight COVID-19
The second wave of the coronavirus pandemic has caused a serious humanitarian crisis in India. Therefore, ŠKODA AUTO, which is responsible for this region within the VW Group, has provided material and financial donations worth EUR 1 million (approximately CZK 25.5 million) to assist in alleviating the critical situation. The assistance also includes medical equipment, such as oxygen generators and liquid oxygen pressure vessels, which Indian hospitals are in dire need of.
Easy charging with POWERPASS
Along with the launch of the ENYAQ iV model on the Czech market, ŠKODA AUTO Czech Republic is also introducing a charging service using an RFID card or mobile applications. POWERPASS will offer three tariff models – Charge Free, Simply Charge and Charge Faster – with monthly fees between CZK 0 and CZK 597, and when recharging at stations, the prices per kWh will be derived from these amounts. New owners of the ENYAQ iV will receive paid annual tariffs under the most advantageous conditions.
Five-star OCTAVIA in Australia and New Zealand
The ŠKODA brand’s bestseller received the highest car safety rating from ANCAP on the Australian and New Zealand markets. In tests with conditions set in 2019, OCTAVIA scored the best in the adult crew protection category, in which it received 92 percent and ranked among the safest models on the market. The new OCTAVIA is already the 12th ŠKODA model in a row to receive a five-star ANCAP rating. This series started in 2007 with the ROOMSTER.
Already at the World Cup for the 29th year
The ice hockey tournament, which started in Riga, Latvia, on 21 May and will culminate on 6 June, is again supported by ŠKODA AUTO as the main sponsor. This cooperation dates back to 1993 and is the longest major sponsorship in the history of the world sports championships. The Czech brand is also the exclusive partner of the 2021 IIHF App and Fanboard applications – a cardboard audience with the faces of real fans who cannot enter the stadium because of the pandemic.
The carmaker has provided 45 ENYAQ iV cars to the organisers of the championship in Riga, Latvia.
How they see us
Auto Motor und Sport (13 April 2021)
After small design modifications, the KODIAQ looks more robust; however, the facelift’s main benefits can be found inside the car.
Front LED headlights, including optional Full LED Matrix technology
Cooling massage seats available upon request
More powerful petrol engine in the RS version
Conservative range of drives, hybrid version not available
Novinky z koncernu
Electric sports car climbs to the top
Volkswagen unveiled its new ID.4 GTX electric car at a breath-taking show in the hall of the former Berlin Tempelhof Airport. The car, which was introduced by the brand’s chief designer, Jozef Kabaň (pictured), proved its dynamic and sporty character when it overcame a giant ramp with a slope of 37.5° (the twin-engine four-wheel drive definitely helped). This demonstration of the strength of the model, which will be launched this summer, was accompanied by an exceptional visual show.
Electric car factory being built in China
Volkswagen Group China has started construction on a plant in Anhui, China, that will focus exclusively on producing electric cars. Production should start in the second half of 2023, and from the beginning, it will run exclusively on green energy. Thus, the Group will already have three electric vehicle factories in China, and in 2025, it wants to supply this market with up to 1.5 million cars with new drives per year.
The first eSport tournament
On 16 May, the ŠKODA Training Centre in Kosmonosy hosted the first final round of the OCTAVIA RS iV Trophy 2020/2021, which is part of the new series of virtual ŠKODA eRally Cup races. Almost 500 participants had completed five qualifying tournaments in the DiRT Rally 2.0, which resulted in eight finalists. They then got behind the wheel of the ŠKODA RallySim simulators and compared their abilities in the commented race. The winner was Lukaš Matěja (pictured), who will enjoy a three-month OCTAVIA RS iV car rental.
A benefit concert of ŠKODA AUTO and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, incooperation with theKOVO Trade Union, was heldin honour of the families ofvictims among social servicesworkers who fought againstthe spread of the virus during theCOVID-19 pandemic. The concert raisedCZK 1,750,000, of which the carmakercontributed CZK 1 million.