From the founders’ ingeniousness, courage and enthusiasm all the way to ŠKODA AUTO’s Future
In 2020, ŠKODA AUTO Commemorates 125 Years Since its Founding. The carmaker will celebrate with a number of activities for its employees, brand fans, motoring supporters and a special ŠKODA Mobil supplement. Historic cars will be featured at events in key markets in China and India, and the KAROQ, SCALA, FABIA and FABIA COMBI models will already be launched in their 125-year special versions. In addition, it has prepared an extensive marketing and communication campaign called “Driving Inventiveness since 1895”.
The carmaker’s path to electric mobility will continue in the jubilee year as well. It will start selling its SUPERB iV at the beginning of the year and will present the serial version of its VISION iV concept in the first half of the year. This will be the first ŠKODA car on a special chassis platform for the MEB electric cars. As part of its product offensive, it will launch 30 new models by 2022, including 10 partially or fully powered by electricity. Currently, the carmaker is planning to build 1,500 charging stations in the vicinity of its production plants by 2022.
years will be celebrated by the Tool Shop
years of personal car production in Mladá Boleslav
The carmaker introduced the ŠKODA 935 Dynamic with its streamlined body 85 years ago
This year, the carmaker expects the planting of the 1 millionth seedling as part of its ŠKODA Trees project. Following Vrchlabí, it will also strive to reduce the amount of production waste at landfills to zero at other plants through its Green Future strategy. Through its logistics processes, it intends to increase the share of alternative drives by increasing the number of LNG trucks and using more environmentally friendly materials for transport and packaging. During the year, ŠKODA will also organise its international symposium on CO2 climate neutrality in logistics to mark the 125th anniversary of the company’s founding.
Novelties on the Indian Market
Design studies of the MQB-A0-IN platform model will be presented at the Auto Expo car show in Delhi, India, from 5 to 12 February. In the first half of the year, India will also inaugurate a new Quality Centre, Body Shop and Engine Centre.
IT news from India
Based on the strategic plan the carmaker has established its ŠKODA DigiLab India and Software Developement Center (SDC). That way SAVWIPL will support the innovation hub in the area of digital and mobile solutions, SDC at VW IT Services India will cooperate with a associated SDC development center at ŠKODA AUTO. Both centers will also help the carmaker with quick reactions to the trends of customer IT applications.
A factory crew with a ŠKODA Sport car started at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race 70 years ago
The practical ŠKODA OCTAVIA COMBI premiered at the Brno Engineering Fair exactly 60 years ago
The elegant 2+2-seater ŠKODA 110 R coupé celebrates its 50th birthday
Financial and IT departments are preparing to establish new competence centers according to the new IT strategic plan. Its specialists will be able to provide needed services for all of brands in VW Group, as all should have necessary knowledge and experiences. For example there should be a dedicated center for the Cloud platform Microsoft Azure in the future.
One important investment in the future is the construction of a new press line, including a new adjustment press. The cornerstone of the Central Pilot Hall was laid last September. The hall should be completed by March 2021. This year, the Quality Department will open its new measuring centre in Hall M14, and Component Production will receive its new electromobility training centre. The ŠKODA Design showroom, located near the Bezděčín Airport, is slowly getting ready for its finishing works before its grand opening. Investments are also being made in terms of social infrastructure. For example, the construction of a modern central kitchen, which is planned to open in January 2021, and other numerous reconstructions has begun.
The WeShare electric car sharing service, which offers emission-free and sustainable mobility in cities and was successfully launched by Volkswagen last year in Berlin, will be launched by ŠKODA AUTO in Prague this year as well. Purely electric cars will be included in the Czech fleet. We also expect a number of innovations from the BeRider electric scooter sharing service launched by ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab last year.
For the 28th time, the ŠKODA brand will be the official main sponsor of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, which will take place from 8 to 24 May
ŠKO-ENERGO has been supplying the carmaker with energy for 25 years
The first-generation FABIA combi cars have been travelling on Czech and international roads for 20 years
Taking Care of your Health
You may use your Health Points and shop all year round by using the Cafeteria Benefits ŠKODA Internet application, as you would in an e-shop. Through our Healthy Back preventive campaign, you will learn how to care for your musculoskeletal system and your proper body posture. The environment of our work doctors will be improved through another newly reconstructed office.
This year, the Human Resources Management area will launch its new ŠKODA Compass cloud HR system. It will support navigation through personnel topics at ŠKODA AUTO, and it will be accessible from anywhere and at any time. We will tell you more about the system in ŠKODA Mobil.
Throughout the year, the carmaker intends to continue building its corporate culture. Everybody is getting ready for team meetings over the results of the Stimmungsbarometer survey, and you can look forward to other Master Rounds, as well as new debates on the VW Group’s Principles with ŠKODA AUTO’s management called OPEN TALK. This year, the so-called Innovation Mindset Index (IMX) will be repeated to identify key areas for supporting the innovation potential.
ŠKODA AUTO University has been contributing to the modernisation of the Czech education system for 20 years already and is preparing students for the Future 4.0
The carmaker will be the main official partner of the Tour de France for already the 17th time
The seventh student AZUBI Car will be presented by the selected pupils of secondary vocational schools (SOUs) this June
Electromobile Centres in the Czech Republic
As of 1 January, all authorised ŠKODA brand partners in the Czech Republic meet the standards for the sale, servicing and charging of electric cars. As a result, they are now full electric mobility centres.
New Production Capacities
In connection with the expanding range of electric cars and launching new models on the market, the Component Production Department will continue increasing its production capacities of its MQ200 transmissions and PHEV batteries. The forthcoming novelty based on the VISION iV study will also bring with it the start of production of the MEB platform-based axles, while preparations to produce 1.0 TSI evo plasma engines are also underway.
For Customer Teams
ŠKODA Motorsport will change its strategy in the World Rally Championship season. More than the success of its own factory team, it will focus on supporting promising junior riders and customer teams that use over 300 FABIA R5 or FABIA R5 evo cars. In addition to the regular supply of spare parts, they also require assistance to set up their cars for specific races and receive support from the ŠKODA engineers directly in the service zone. You will learn more about this in our upcoming February issue of ŠKODA Mobil.