Production and Logistics
New FABIA at the Starting Line
At the main plant, series production of the fourth-generation FABIA model will begin on the MQB-A0 Group platform
n Monday, 28 June, the first fourth-generation ŠKODA FABIA will leave the production lines of the Mladá Boleslav plant. The lines have been extensively modified to enable production of the latest generation of this popular small car. “The start of production is always an exceptional moment that we are carefully preparing for. We’ve invested a total of EUR 110 million (almost CZK 3 billion) in extensive modernisation and further automation of production processes. It’s great to see how each gear fits together and everything works smoothly. I would like to thank the entire team for their excellent joint performance, and I’m glad that we can make a significant contribution to the FABIA model’s success through our work”, says Michael Oeljeklaus, Board Member for Production and Logistics.
This small car of the Czech brand is one of the most popular in its segment, and ŠKODA AUTO has invested almost CZK 3 billion in modifying the production lines.
The ŠKODA FABIA will be built on the same line as the SCALA and KAMIQ models. Before production started, the Czech carmaker had also made adjustments in the Press Shop and the Welding Shop. A number of complex and physically demanding production operations will be taken over by robots, thus enabling a high degree of automation of production processes.
For the first time, the FABIA is using the VW Group’s modular MQB-A0 platform, which enables a significant expansion of the safety and comfort equipment previously reserved for higher-end cars. With a length of 4,108 millimetres, it exceeds the 4-metre threshold for the first time, and with a width of 1,780 millimetres, it offers even more space than its predecessor. In addition, the car’s boot volume has increased by 50 litres to a total of 380 litres. ŠKODA AUTO offers the new-generation FABIA with front-wheel drive and manual transmission or with a seven-speed automatic DSG transmission. Five petrol engines of the current EVO generation from the VW Group combine low emissions with high efficiency and dynamics. In the small car segment, FABIA achieves a record-low air resistance co-efficient of cx 0.28, which, in combination with the optional 50-litre fuel tank, enables more than 900 kilometres of driving in the WLTP mode. ED
Did you know that...
… the first generation of the FABIA model, which was introduced all the way back in 1999, was one of the most successful models in the small car segment, with more than 1.7 million cars sold? The same victory was also achieved by its second generation, which has been on the market since 2007. Together with the third generation, introduced in 2014, a total of 4.5 million cars have been delivered to customers worldwide since the model was first launched.
PAS – Launch Management Project SMALL
Preparations for the start of production of the new generation FABIA was made easier by the fact that this model is built on the same production line and MQB-A0 platform as the SCALA or KAMIQ, so we’ve had experience with many of the elements.
PAS – Launch Management Project SMALL
In previous generations, production of the FABIA COMBI model was launched practically at the same time as that of the standard version. This time, we were able to fully concentrate on the hatchback version.
GQF-2/1 – QM Vehicle Product. & Welding Shop MB II
When dealing with start of production from a quality perspective given the pandemic situation we made maximum use of the new communication tools, which in many cases proved to be more effective. The FABIA also has some specific technical details, such as the spoiler on the fifth door, which consists of a metal and a plastic part. We had to master a completely new process of fitting and assembling them for the customer to get a part in top quality.
PF2/1 – Pilot Hall MB II
The car’s individual components have certain manufacturing tolerances, and minor ones are also created during assembly. At first glance, these are insignificant values; however, they affect the joint sizes, various details or easy manufacturability. We balance these tolerances in the series pilot hall so that there are no problems during the production of the new FABIA and its resulting quality reaches a top level.
Here you can find the New FABIA supplement