Mladá Boleslav, 24 January 2019 – ŠKODA AUTO produced more vehicles in the Czech
Republic in 2018 than ever before in its 124-year history. In total, 886,100 vehicles ran off the
production lines at the Mladá Boleslav and Kvasiny factories. This result corresponds to an
increase of 3.3% compared to the previous year (2017: 858,100 vehicles) and is the outcome of
consistently modernizing and expanding the Czech production sites. In order to secure the
long-term future of the automotive sector in the Czech Republic, the manufacturer plans to
invest two billion euros in electromobility and new mobility services by 2025. With an
endowment fund of more than 30 million euros for Mladá Boleslav, ŠKODA is also supporting
long-term infrastructure projects to boost the attractiveness of the region.
Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Production and Logistics, emphasizes: “The
automotive industry is by far the most important economic sector for the Czech Republic. It
contributes 9 percent to the Czech Republic’s gross domestic product. The automotive industry
accounted for around 25 percent of all Czech exports in 2018. We are proud of the fact that the
ŠKODA brand is one of the country's economic pillars and almost two-thirds of all cars produced in
the Czech Republic rolled off our production lines last year.”
Bohdan Wojnar, ŠKODA AUTO Board Member for Human Resources, adds: “The production
record is a credit to our employees’ skills and flexibility at the Czech sites. Their outstanding
performance on a daily basis at the Mladá Boleslav and Kvasiny factories and the Vrchlabí
component factory as well as the productive talks with our social partner make it possible for our
company to succeed.”
A total of 886,100 vehicles left the car manufacturer’s Czech plants in 2018. ŠKODA AUTO
exceeded the previous year’s strong result by 3.3% (2017: 858,100 vehicles). ŠKODA produces the
brand’s best-selling model, the OCTAVIA, in Mladá Boleslav. 258,000 units in the model series
were built at this plant in 2018. In addition to the compact model, the KAROQ, FABIA and RAPID
models are produced at the main factory. The car manufacturer produces the ŠKODA SUPERB
and the SUV models KODIAQ and KAROQ in Kvasiny. In May 2018, ŠKODA expanded its
production site in the Hradec Králové region to include a multifunctional competence centre costing
13.5 million euros. This year, the series production of the ŠKODA SUPERB with plug-in hybrid drive
will be launched at this location.
At Vrchlabí, the company's state-of-the-art component plant, the manufacturer produced in 2018
around 538,760 units of the modern automatic transmission DQ 200, which is used in numerous
vehicles of the Volkswagen Group. Additional components are produced in Mladá Boleslav as well.
Besides the 602,970 MQ 200 and MQ / SQ 100 transmissions, employees at the company’s
headquarters built 584,880 engines last year.
As one of the largest employers in the country, ŠKODA AUTO also invests in regional infrastructure
projects at its production sites in order to increase the attractiveness of the respective regions. For
example, the car manufacturer has established an endowment fund for Mladá Boleslav, providing it
with initial capital of 30 million euros. This money is available for projects aimed at strengthening
the Mladá Boleslav region. ŠKODA AUTO works closely with partners from politics, public
administration and civil society.
ŠKODA AUTO launches electromobility in 2019
The Czech automobile manufacturer has set the course for a successful future by launching the
largest investment programme in ŠKODA AUTO’s history as part of Strategy 2025: two billion euros
are to be invested in the development of electric vehicles and new mobility services. The batterypowered
version of the ŠKODA CITIGO and the ŠKODA SUPERB with plug-in hybrid drive will be
launched this year. The production version of the ŠKODA VISION E battery-powered concept study
will follow in 2020.