Flight through the ŠKODA World
Around the World
Total deliveries of ŠKODA cars in selected markets in 2019, compared with 2018
Smooth Voyage through Rough Waters
Last year, ŠKODA AUTO delivered 1,242,800 vehicles to its customers around the world and almost repeated its record year of 2018. It enjoyed a particularly successful period in the European markets, with deliveries rising by 5.8 percent last year. Germany accounted for a large share of this figure; it is the world’s second-largest automobile market, and our customers here requested 14,600 more of the Czech brand’s cars than in the previous year. The high output also corresponds to production performance. Last year, the carmaker produced 1,252,167 cars, and in April, it exceeded its level of 22 million cars produced since 1905.
Last year, the VW Group delivered 10,974,600 cars worldwide. At a time when the automotive industry was generally experiencing a decline, the Group saw an increase of 1.3 percent in its deliveries. As a result, it has increased its market share in all the regions, sometimes even significantly. Electric cars made a strong entrance last year, and the VW Group increased their deliveries by 80 percent to more than 140,000 units.
More Cars to the West
and to India
The end of 2019 was very successful for the carmaker. While the number of cars delivered to its customers in November fell by 1 percent year on year, December showed significant growth. A total of 114,700 cars headed to the customers, up 9.1 percent year on year. The West European market accounted for a large share, with deliveries rising by 23 percent. The brand also had a successful month in India, where its clients purchased 17.2 percent more cars than in December 2018.
Models and Services
This is What They Say
Auto Express (8 January 2020)
1,5 TSI 110 kW
4.5 / 5
The car’s strength
is its practicality,
which makes it one of
the top compact SUVs.
Excellent price/performance ratio
Practical interior design
Less driving fun
More difficult infotainment control while driving
Our new RAPID exclusively for Russia
In St. Petersburg, ŠKODA AUTO unveiled its new generation of the RAPID liftback on 11 December. This innovative car, produced by the employees of the Kaluga plant, is offered exclusively by the carmaker on the Russian market. Sales will start in mid-March. It is powered by 1.6 MPI engines in 66 kW and 81 kW versions with manual five-speed transmission. Automatic transmissions are available on request.
More information about models on the Russian market can be found here.
The Indian Future
The Czech carmaker will present its VISION IN study at the Auto Expo in Delhi, which takes place from 5 to 12 February. It will become the foundation of its compact SUV designed for the Indian market and the first car on the Group’s new MQB-A0-IN platform. The design sketches suggest a robust appearance of the 4.26-metre-long concept. Its front is dominated by a radiator grille with massive ribs and very low two-piece headlights. The interior draws attention with a lot of distinctive orange elements and a large central display freely placed in space.
For the First Time on Leasing
In January, the Czech Police received its 500 third-generation OCTAVIA cars with their 1.5 TSI engines and automatic DSG transmissions. The cars feature the Ambition equipment level, and the Ministry of the Interior is using operational leasing for the first time. The contract was won by the carmaker in cooperation with the ŠkoFIN leasing company through a public tender last September. Since 1993, ŠKODA has delivered more than 18,000 vehicles to the Czech Police.
Achievements and Trophies
Awards for Students
For the first time ever, dozens of talented college students who prepared their final works in cooperation with ŠKODA AUTO competed for the new Laurin & Klement Prize. In early December, the expert jury was most interested in the work of Petr Šulc from the Jan Perner Transport Faculty of the University of Pardubice, whose diploma thesis is entitled “Bonded joints and their testing under dynamic loading conditions”. He earned the CZK 80,000 reward and two tickets to this year’s World Ice-Hockey Championship in Switzerland. Students can already apply for next year’s round.
The KAMIQ has won the third place in the prestigious Czech Republic’s Car of 2020 poll, in which more than 30 expert jurors evaluated 22 nominated cars. The Czech carmaker’s production also succeeded in the accompanying public vote. In the lower-middle and middle class, its SCALA car received the most votes. The KAMIQ won in the small crossover category.
Easier Parking in Česana
Since 8 January, Technical Development employees have been using a new parking facility with 450 spaces. The facility is still undergoing trial operation, and official approval will take place in May. In the spring, the facility will get its outdoor cladding, and gardeners will work on the surrounding area. You can access the parking facility using your MFA card at the boom gates and park your CNG and LPG cars on the designated roof parking spaces. Electric vehicles were considered as well, and six of them can be charged at the same time. In the future, the number of charging stations will be expanded to serve up to 150 parking spaces.
Large-Capacity Kitchen is already Growing
At gate 8, the construction of a new central kitchen has begun. Its operation will start in January 2021. Its technology will enable the preparation of meals according to the latest trends in the form of low-temperature cooking that significantly preserves the nutrients and vitamins. Its menu will also be expanded with extremely popular vegetarian dishes. Another benefit will be its technology for the preparation of raw materials for Fresh Line–type dishes. The new technology will further reduce the kitchen’s power consumption and improve its waste management.
The total of 274,242 visitors who headed to the ŠKODA Museum last year exceeded its 2018 record.