Flight through the ŠKODA World
WHAT IS Happening at ŠKODA AUTO
At the end of May, ŠKODA AUTO presented its long-term coronavirus-fighting strategy to journalists through the COVID-19 digital roundtable update. The speakers presented the vaccination campaign, called the #SKODAAUTOhelps project, as well as safety measures and regular testing. The conference was attended by Maren Gräf, Board Member for Human Resources Management, Jaroslav Povšík, Chairman of the KOVO Trade Union, Miroslav Kroupa, Head of PS – Brand Management, Jiří Prokop, Head of SG – Health Services and Ergonomics, and Michal Kadera, Head of SR – External Affairs.
respirators, face masks and protective shields were distributed by the carmaker to its employees from the beginning of the pandemic until the end of May.
You can listen to the roundtable recording here
STRATEGY 2030, NEXT LEVEL ŠKODA
ŠKODA AUTO CEO Thomas Schäfer presented the carmaker’s new corporate strategy at a press conference on Thursday, 24 June. In his presentation, which was meant for a broader audience and not only journalists, he laid out the main steps of the company’s future direction in terms of drive electrification, expansion into new markets and digitisation.
Details and video from the presentation can be found on ŠKODA Storyboard.
Trucks are pumping ecological fuel
In the Kosmonosy industrial zone near Gate 13, the new mobile LNG station, GasNet, is now accessible to the public. Drivers can use it to pump liquefied natural gas, which is an ecological variant of the freight transport fuel. LNG combustion has significantly lower emissions of nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and hydrocarbons than diesel. Last year, ŠKODA AUTO was the first company to heed the Czech Gas Association’s call to support the use of LNG, and it actively wants to motivate its carriers to do so. In the autumn, driver comfort will increase thanks to a stationary station, which will replace this mobile station in Kosmonosy.
Experiences with ŠKODA AUTO
Veterans in the highlands
On the last Saturday in May, 60 historical cars set off for the 220-kilometre-long Seven Castles Trial. On the track winding around the castles in the Central Bohemian Highlands, there were 10 ŠKODA cars, six of which were dispatched by the ŠKODA Museum with crews comprising journalists from leading Czech media outlets. This year’s race was held in the spirit of commemorating the 120th anniversary of the carmaker’s operations in motorsport, of which ŠKODA AUTO was a partner.
Visiting Porsche’s home
The exhibition in Ferdinand Porsche’s birthplace is open to the public once again. The Chairman of the Board of Directors, Thomas Schäfer, visited the landmark in Vratislavice nad Nisou for the first time at the beginning of June, as well as the On the Wave of Electromobility exhibition and installations, to mark the anniversary of the ŠKODA brand.
Take a trip to Ferdinand Porsche’s birthplace. Find more details here.
Achievements and Trophies
Another triumph in the CZECH TOP 100
For the 24th time, the carmaker has topped the renowned ranking of the most important companies in the Czech Republic. It is all the more valuable that it defended its No. 1 spot because last year, which was severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, had a major impact on the automotive sector in particular. ŠKODA AUTO is by far the most frequently awarded company in the history of the ranking, which dates back to 1993. In the annual overview, important Czech companies are evaluated on the basis of current developments in economic and other indicators.
How they see us
How they see us Elektrickevozy.cz (17 May 2021)
ENYAQ iV 80
Thanks to the great chassis and interior, it offers a premium ride. While it will be successful with corporate clients, it will certainly find its place as a family car as well.
heat pump is not part of basic equipment
The ŠKODA KUSHAQ model will represent us in one of the fastest-growing automotive segments.
Managing Director of ŠKODA AUTO Volkswagen India Private Limited (SAVWIPL)
KUSHAQ already in production
On 7 June, a ŠKODA car produced locally as part of the INDIA 2.0 project rolled off the production line at the Chakan plant in Pune, India. The compact SUV is built on the MQB-A0-IN platform, which was developed specifically to meet the needs of the Indian market. Deliveries to customers are scheduled for July. The launch of the KUSHAQ marks the start of a product offensive in India, which includes four new ŠKODA and Volkswagen models.
Models and Services
ENYAQ iV with two electric motors
The new 80x variant of ŠKODA’s electric SUV, which features a pair of electric motors and all-wheel drive, is now available at all authorised dealerships in the Czech Republic. Its recommended retail price starts at CZK 1,277,900, including VAT. The model has maximum power of up to 195 kW and maximum torque of 425 Nm. Its maximum speed is 160 km/h, and it travels up to 495 km in the WLTP mode (preliminary value). Customers can also choose the car in the SPORTLINE sports version with elements in glossy black.
ŠKODA AUTO Helps
More cars to care for people
ŠKODA AUTO is lending a total of 16 cars free of charge for one year to health and social care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The first five went to Klaudián Hospital, a local homecare service provider and the branch of the Diocesan Charity in Mladá Boleslav. Another eight vehicles will be used by organisations in the Kvasiny region and three in Vrchlabí. It is part of the #SKODAAUTOpomaha initiative, as part of which the carmaker has already donated 100 OCTAVIA cars or provided shared cars or electric scooters for free.
Aid arrives in India
A total of EUR 1 million in humanitarian aid for India, which has been plagued by the COVID-19 pandemic, has reached its destination thanks to the great efforts of the company’s employees. Medical equipment, an oxygen generator and several hundred pressure cylinders travelled to India on two planes from Ostrava Airport. The aid was provided by ŠKODA AUTO in cooperation with the VW Group.
Details on the demanding logistics operation and video can be found on ŠKODA Storyboard.
120 years at the start
Successful and unlucky. Such was the entry of the Mladá Boleslav carmaker into the world of motorsport 120 years ago. Late in the night of 30 June 1901, Narcis Podsedníček riding an L&K Slavia B motorcycle crossed the finish line of the race from Paris to Berlin and won his category. Unfortunately, he could not find any of the commissioners there; his arrival was confirmed only by a patrolman, and the organisers did not officially recognise his victory. However, this does not change the fact that it was then and there that the long and successful history, from which the current ŠKODA Motorsport arose, began to be written.
You can read more about racing history in the supplement to this issue of ŠKODA Mobil.
ŠKODA AUTO donated CZK 1 million to the Hospital Clowns organisation, which helps children and seniors in difficult life situations by using a special kind of humour. The carmaker has been cooperating with it since 2002.