Flight through the ŠKODA World
What is happening at ŠKODA AUTO
AIM.Lab will focus on artificial intelligence
In cooperation with the VSB – Technical University of Ostrava, the carmaker has opened the AIM.Lab (Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing Lab – ed.). ŠKODA AUTO was represented at the early September ceremony by Michael Oeljeklaus, Board Member for Production and Logistics, and Jana Polášek Filová, Innovation Management Coordinator from PPD – Digitisation and Industry 4.0. The unique project, which was created on the basis of several years of successful cooperation between this department and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, focuses on data analysis, applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence, as well as optimisation within industrial practice issues.
For more information, visit ŠKODA Space.
Success even without exposure
Owing to the pandemic situation and travel restrictions for media and customers, ŠKODA AUTO will not be attending the Munich Motor Show in September. However, the carmaker organised a special programme for selected journalists in Germany, where it offered them test drives with the fourth-generation FABIA and a camouflaged ENYAQ COUPÉ iV car. The company also set up the ŠKODA Media Lounge, where Herbert Diess, VW Group Chairman, met with Thomas Schäfer, Chairman of the Board of Directors. The event was carried out at a fraction of the cost of the usual motor show presentations, yet was very well received.
ŠKODA AUTO plans to participate in the next motor show as soon as the pandemic situation improves.
Models and Services
ENYAQ iV even transports the pope
ŠKODA AUTO provided a total of four vehicles for Pope Francis’s visit to Slovakia in September. Two ENYAQ iV electric cars and two KAROQs were at the disposal of the highest representative of the Roman Catholic Church and his entourage. The carmaker modified them at the request of the Vatican – the cars got chrome flag holders, visitor’s logos on the mirror covers and handles to exit the vehicle more comfortably. All the cars were finished in black metallic paint and had a black interior. The pope also used ŠKODA cars during his visit to Ireland in 2018, when the carmaker provided him with four RAPID SPACEBACKs.
Delivered to your car boot
Owners of selected models equipped with ŠKODA Connect technology can have their online purchases delivered directly to their cars. The new Car Access service, which is currently running in pilot mode in Prague, will allow selected delivery partners to unlock the car, store the purchased item in the boot and lock it again securely. The customer does not need to be present during the handover, as the service is activated in the My ŠKODA app, where the customer can also track the delivery process. This saves time and avoids the risk of missing the courier. The pilot mode is scheduled to run until the end of the year, and once all the technical aspects have been fine-tuned, the service will be rolled out in other locations in the Czech Republic and in foreign markets.
On ŠKODA Storyboard, you can find out exactly how the service works.
Achievements and trophies
Bronze for the Dragon Boat crew
The ŠKODA AUTO team scored big at the 17th Dragonfest in Nymburk in September. The crew of the smaller 10-seater boat placed third in the most prestigious Open category on the long course. It lost only 3 seconds to the winner. The following day in the sprint race, the company team came in fifth. Owing to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, this was the only race of the year and, therefore, the team will not be getting ready for another one until the next season. It is also recruiting new members.
If you would like to become a member of the Dragon Boat crew, please contact Lukáš Sopík from EPO – Engine Development
The best technology and design
The readers of the German AUTO Straßenverkehr magazine have awarded the Family Car of the Year to ŠKODA vehicles. The ENYAQ iV won in the Best Technology and Best Design categories. Readers voted the SUPERB COMBI the best in the segment from EUR 25,000 to 35,000 in the categories of Best Value for Money and Best Technology. Together, the two models won six victories among imported cars and overall, making ŠKODA the most successful carmaker in this year's poll.
How they see us
auto-motor-und-sport.de (5 September 2021)
ENYAQ COUPÉ iV
At the Munich Motor Show in early September, journalists rode in a camouflaged new car based on the ENYAQ iV electric SUV
Although the new electric car variant is described as a coupé, it remains a highly practical car for everyday use.
Plenty of interior space
In the test version, the chassis settings were not significantly different from the default ENYAQ iV
Affordable electric car concept
Volkswagen has unveiled its idea of a small electric car intended primarily for city travel. The ID. LIFE concept focuses on sustainability, digital technologies and timeless design. Several natural and recycled materials are used in the model. The designers took special care with the interior, which can have multiple functions. For example, it can quickly transform into a small cinema or even a gaming centre.
Focused on battery development
The VW Group’s new laboratory for the development of its own battery cells opened in Salzgitter, Germany. Unified cells are expected to be produced here from 2025, and VW plans to build a total of six additional battery cell factories in Europe by 2030. The company will invest EUR 70 million (almost CZK 1.8 billion) in research in Salzgitter and create 250 jobs for top experts there. The research focuses, among others, on cells that can be recharged from 5 to 80 percent capacity in just 12 minutes.
In less than two years, ŠKODA AUTO has already produced more than 100,000 iV cars. On 30 August, the ENYAQ iV became the anniversary car. In addition to the all-electric SUV, the SUPERB iV and OCTAVIA iV plug-in hybrids are also part of this range.