› In 2017, the Czech car manufacturer delivered more than 1.2 million vehicles worldwide for the first time
› New SUV models KODIAQ and KAROQ are among the growth drivers
› ŠKODA AUTO employs more than 30,000 people, operating in more than 100 markets worldwide
› Electromobility, digitisation and mobility services are the focal points of ŠKODA’s Strategy 2025
› Investing in higher capacity, modern manufacturing and e-vehicle construction
Mladá Boleslav/Geneva, 5 March 2018 – ŠKODA AUTO can look back on the most successful year in its 123-year history. The Czech carmaker delivered over 1.2 million vehicles worldwide in 2017 – more than ever before. In addition, the company reached the milestone of 20 million vehicles built since the company began producing automobiles in 1905. The ŠKODA OCTAVIA and FABIA series celebrated production anniversaries last year with six and four million units produced respectively since their launches. With investments in higher production capacities, the production of electric vehicles and components, and the internationalisation of the ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab, the company is setting the course for sustained positive development.
"2017 was the best year in ŠKODA AUTO's 123-year history. This gives us further impetus, and we would like to thank all our customers for the trust they have placed in us," says ŠKODA AUTO CEO Bernhard Maier. "The past year has demonstrated that with ŠKODA Strategy 2025, we are on the right path to successfully shape the profound changes in the automotive industry. At the same time, this success motivates us to go full throttle again this year. And that is exactly what we are doing with numerous new products and mobility solutions that will delight our customers," says Maier.
2017 was a year of many strategic decisions for ŠKODA AUTO: In addition to the successful launch of the SUV campaign, the company expanded its capacities at the plants. Furthermore, the Volkswagen Group entrusted the traditional Czech company with the responsibility for the MQB A0 IN platform. “We are evaluating a global architecture for volume segments – initially focusing on India,” says ŠKODA AUTO CEO Bernhard Maier. “This is another project that demands our full attention, and, at the same time, presents an normous opportunity for ŠKODA AUTO. And we have managed to bring electric vehicles to the Czech Republic,” Maier was pleased to announce. From 2019, the production of the ŠKODA SUPERB PHEV – the brand’s first plug-in hybrid model – will be launched in Kvasiny. In the same year, ŠKODA AUTO will begin manufacturing e-components also for other Group brands in Mladá Boleslav. The brand will roll out purely electric vehicles in 2020. “This decision underlines the Group’s confidence in the ŠKODA workforce. This is an important step for the future of the ŠKODA brand and the Czech Republic as an automotive location.”
ŠKODA AUTO set a new sales record in 2017. The traditional Czech brand’s worldwide deliveries rose by 6.6% to 1,200,500 vehicles last year. 2017 is the fourth consecutive year that ŠKODA AUTO has sold more than one million vehicles in one calendar year. In addition to the bestselling ŠKODA OCTAVIA, the ŠKODA SUPERB and the new SUVs KODIAQ and KAROQ are among the most important growth drivers. Both SUV models have enjoyed great popularity since their launch.