Skoda is celebrating production of its 20 millionth vehicle since its first car rolled off the line in 1905. Just 5 million vehicles were produced in the time between Skoda’s first production vehicle, the Voiturette A, and its joint-venture with Volkswagen Group in 1991.
However, since Volkswagen’s subsequent acquisition, over 15 million vehicles have been produced by the Czech car maker in the last 26 years. Annual production, which covers 15 sites in eight countries, has reached over 1 million vehicles a year: "Producing 20 million cars is a tremendous milestone in our company's history," said Skoda CEO, Bernhard Maier.
An example of the brand's new Karoq small SUV was the 20 millionth vehicle to roll off the production line.
"We have 20 million reasons to be proud. This achievement highlights the performance of our Czech and international manufacturing sites and the expertise of our team,” he said.
Skoda’s previous single model line-up has grown since the German manufacturer took control and now offers seven models and 40 variants. And its SUV growth strategy, which is underpinned by the new Kodiaq and upcoming Karoq, looks set to send those figures further north.
Skoda claims much of its renewed success is due to its expertise in manufacturing, but its status as a high-volume selling manufacturer can also be attributed to its offering of an affordable European brand that echoes the fit and feel of more premium Volkswagen products.
The road ahead also looks bright for Skoda, which says its 2025 Strategy will see it thrive as electrification, autonomous driving and connectivity become normal expectations from consumers. Skoda previewed its future technology at this year’s Shanghai motor show with its Vision E concept car.
"We are aiming for another production and sales record this year. The basis for this is our Strategy 2025, which will sustainably prepare Skoda Auto for the processes of change in society and the automotive industry," said Maier.
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