26 January, 2016
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ŠKODA builds 18 millionth car

ŠKODA is celebrating the production of the 18 millionth vehicle it has built since starting to manufacture cars in 1905.

The landmark vehicle was a Superb Estate in candy white that rolled off the production line at the firm’s Kvasiny plant in the Czech Republic. The facility also builds the Superb Saloon and Yeti.

ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier, ŠKODA Board Member for Production Michael Oeljeklaus and the Chairman of the Trade Union KOVO, Jaroslav Povšík were there for the occasion.

Maier said: “Kvasiny is a production site with a great tradition and an outstanding team. Today we have 18 million reasons to be proud of our employees’ performance. Without them, the success of the ŠKODA brand would be unimaginable.”

The three bosses also opened a new pilot hall during the visit and 50 ŠKODA employees started work there that day. Here the team will receive technical information three years before production of a ŠKODA model begins so that the best processes can be put in place.

Around 150,000 ŠKODA vehicles were produced at the Kvasiny plant in 2015 and 4,500 people are employed at the site. This will increase by up to 1,300 when the current expansion and modernisation is complete. The upgrade will increase the facility’s capacity to 280,000 units a year.

 

26 January 2016