At the Skoda Auto Kvasiny plant, the company’s 20 millionth vehicle rolled off the production line. The milestone vehicle is a Skoda Karoq. The current production milestone underlines the Czech automaker’s successful growth strategy.
Skoda is one of the longest-established vehicle manufacturers in the world. As early as 1905, the company started car production in Mladá Boleslav with the Voiturette A that had been developed by the company founders Laurin and Klement. Since then, Skoda has produced 20 million vehicles at its Czech and international plants.
Then, as now, mobility is at a historical turning point. At the beginning of the 20th century, the triumph of the automobile over other forms of individual transport became apparent and, a little later, mass motorisation started. Today, the automotive industry is facing radical change, too. It is characterised by the core topics of electromobility, autonomous driving and connectivity.
Since becoming part of Volkswagen Group 26 years ago in 1991, Skoda has rapidly risen to again become a successful high-volume brand that currently offers seven model ranges and more than 40 model variants.
As part of its growth strategy, Skoda utilises an international and efficient production network. At present, Skoda cars are manufactured at a total of 15 sites in eight countries. In recent years, the Czech car manufacturer has further expanded its production capacity in its own country.
In 2014, Skoda produced more than one million vehicles in a calendar year for the first time. In December 2016, the 19 millionth vehicle of the Czech brand rolled off the production line at the main plant in Mladá Boleslav.