FLIGHT THROUGH THE ŠKODA WORLD
What is happening at ŠKODA AUTO
New cutting line L53 in Hall M4
On 16 July, ŠKODA AUTO put into operation a new cutting line with the participation of Michael Oeljeklaus, Board Member for Production and Logistics; Marek Jancák, Head of PF – Car Production; Pavel Štěpař, Head of PPF-P – Press Shop Planning; Josef Zmrhal, Vice-Chairman of the KOVO Trade Union; and Lukáš Veselý and Michal Novotný from PPF-P/4 – Structure of Press Shop Planning. The new line boosts the capacity of the Pressing Shop, and the carmaker has invested EUR 15.85 million (over CZK 400 million) in the entire project. The project also includes the construction of surrounding elements and sanitary facilities. The line will cover the production cutting lines used in Hall M4, including exporting one-fifth to the M12 and M15 pressing shops. The equipment is also fully compatible with existing lines and has increased local operation with 38 line operator workstations.
High demand for semiconductors and the limited capacity of chip manufacturers are plaguing industrial companies around the world. Thanks to the great efforts of the employees of many ŠKODA AUTO departments, it was possible to largely maintain production at the originally planned scale during the first half of the year. The carmaker has been resolving this situation intensively with suppliers and partners in the VW Group, seeking suitable alternative solutions and adjusting production planning so that the number of non-manufactured cars is as low as possible. However, in July, ŠKODA AUTO had to cancel a number of shifts at the Kvasiny and Mladá Boleslav plants due to a shortage of semiconductors. Employees whose shifts were cancelled received compensation in the form of 85 percent of their average earnings.
Successful first half of the year
Although several restrictions remain in force because of the coronavirus pandemic, ŠKODA AUTO recorded significant growth during the first six months of the year. Compared with the same period in 2020, it increased its operating result by 327.2 percent to EUR 974 million (over CZK 25 billion). Revenues increased by 35.2 percent to EUR 10.2 billion (approximately CZK 262 billion). “Despite the shortage of semiconductors and the effects of the pandemic, we even managed to surpass the results of 2019, the period before the pandemic”, says Thomas Schäfer, Chairman of the Board of Directors, regarding about the result. ŠKODA AUTO recorded the largest increase in Russia, where it delivered 54.3 percent more cars; however; it was also remarkably successful in Eastern and Western Europe, as well as India.
cars were delivered by the carmaker to customers during the period from January to June.
year-on-year increase in deliveries to customers in the first half of the year.
KODIAQ and SUPERB
in police colours
On 22 July, the Police of the Czech Republic received the first batch of the new ŠKODA brand cars at the Mladá Boleslav Customer Centre. The order comprises a total of 500 KODIAQ models and 38 SUPERB COMBI models equipped with police signage. As for the SUV, it is a version with a 2.0 TSI engine, automatic transmission and all-wheel drive to handle the operation even under difficult conditions. SUPERB COMBI models with 2.0 TSI engines with an output of 206 kW and a maximum speed of up to 250 km/h will be used by highway patrols. Therefore, they will be equipped with a high-performance camera system to read registration plates for immediate toll payment verification.
Facilities for future technologies
At the beginning of July, the carmaker opened a new Technology Centre in Česana. This creates an environment for work in fields such as electromobility, cybersecurity, HMI (human–machine interface), online services and more. The investment exceeded EUR 24.7 million (over CZK 630 million). As a result, the total office and test room facility areas have increased by approximately 16,300 m2. They house, among others, the UX laboratory to examine user experience and an air-flow laboratory to test the car’s aerodynamics. ŠKODA AUTO also uses the available space to add greenery to its exterior.
Jobs were created in the new Technology Centre.
ŠKODA AUTO helps
Helping people affected by the elements
Within one week, employees collected more than CZK 3,640,000 in the company’s collection; ŠKODA AUTO then doubled the amount, and the KOVO Trade Union donated another CZK 2,412,000. The money goes to the South Moravian villages affected by the tornado and the devastation it caused – 20 percent of the amount matched by the carmaker is intended for the Louny region, where a windstorm was raging at the same time. Immediately after the natural disaster, ŠKODA AUTO offered 50 cars to municipalities and non-profit organisations within the #SKODAAUTOpomaha (ŠKODA AUTO Helps) initiative, including cars provided by the HappyGo platform from the ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab. The brand also provided bicycles from its collection.
Czech crowns were donated by the carmaker, its employees and the KOVO Trade Union to help municipalities in South Moravia and Louny.
As they see us
KUSHAQ 1,0 TSI 85 kW / 1,5 TSI 110 kW
The launch of a new model specially adapted to the Indian market has sparked a huge response. More than 2,000 articles about it have been published. We selected several responses to the launch of the car.
In particular, the 1.5 TSI engine with Active Cylinder Control (ACT) technology is very efficient
Excellent driving characteristics
Can also handle more demanding terrain
Spacious and practical interior
For some elements, it is clear that a more affordable variant was chosen
Diesel version is missing
POWERFUL ENGINES AND GREAT CONTROL MAKE THE KUSHAQ A CAR THAT IS A PLEASURE TO DRIVE. IN ADDITION, IT IS SPACIOUS AND PRACTICAL AND HAS COMFORTABLE SEATS.
AUTOCAR INDIA (26 JUNE 2021)
THE KUSHAQ IS THE REAL ŠKODA. IT CLEARLY EXUDES THE BRAND’S SENSE OF RELIABILITY AND SOPHISTICATION. IT IS COMFORTABLE, PRACTICAL AND IDEAL FOR EVERYDAY OPERATION. IT OFFERS DRIVERS MORE THAN HAS BEEN COMMON IN THIS SEGMENT SO FAR.
OVERDRIVE (29 JUNE 2021)
The first product resulting from the new ŠKODA INDIA 2.0 brand strategy left an excellent impression. It looks nice from the outside and inside, and it is also comfortable enough.
autoX (26 June 2021)
Achievements and trophies
Company of the year
in the automotive industry
ŠKODA AUTO has defended its victory last year in a competition by the Automotive Industry Association. The ranking was determined by key economic data, emphasising the company’s economic strength and its added value. Among other things, coping with the unfavourable situation due to the pandemic and the modernisation of the model range contributed to the carmaker coming out on top. Out of 23 years of the Company of the Year in the automotive industry competition, ŠKODA AUTO has won 20 of them.
for the Chronicle
At this year’s announcement of the Motorworld Buchpreis 2021 awards for the best automotive books, the three-part ŠKODA AUTO Chronicle won in the Corporate Biography category. The jury highlighted the elaborate and readable view of the Czech carmaker’s history that the publication brings. The German award has a tradition of almost 20 years, and its jury includes major personalities from the automotive industry and beyond.
The ŠKODA brand has conquered the German Company Car of the Year 2021 poll organised by the firmenauto professional magazine, in which 165 fleet experts had a vote. The Czech carmaker won awards in the categories of imported cars with the OCTAVIA (compact class), SUPERB (middle class), SUPERB iV (middle class of plug-in hybrids), KAMIQ (small SUVs and crossovers), KAROQ (compact SUVs and crossovers), KODIAQ (medium-sized SUVs and crossovers) and ENYAQ iV (medium-sized electric cars) models.
ŠKODA models were selected by the expert jury as the best imported cars on the German fleet market.
New strategy until 2030
The VW Group has introduced its new strategy for the current decade under the auspices of the “New Auto” slogan. It wants to defend its position as a global leader in the automotive industry by focusing on electromobility and software. By 2030, the Group plans for electric cars to have a 50 percent share of all the cars it sells. Further revenues are expected from the advent of autonomous management systems. The implementation of the strategy will be supervised in the coming years by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the VW Group, Herbert Diess, whose contract has been renewed until October 2025.
Silver fleet for the festival
The first half of July belonged to the traditional opera festival, Smetana’s Litomyšl. Since 1996, ŠKODA AUTO has supplied the official car and been the partner of the event, which takes place in the birthplace of the legendary composer. This year, it provided a total of 10 silver cars to cover the organisers’ needs and the main prize awarded in the knowledge competition in the area of culture and the automotive present and history. The winner will be transported by the SUPERB model to the Estates Theatre to watch a performance.
On 20 July, the Mladá Boleslav carmaker produced the 8-millionth manual transmission of the MQ200 type since the start of production in 2000.