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160122 Milestone – SKODA Produces 18 Millionth Car

160122 Milestone - SKODA Produces 18 Millionth Car

ŠKODA Media Services:
http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz
ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869,
293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

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Milestone: ŠKODA Produces 18 Millionth Car

› Milestone car is a ŠKODA Superb Combi
› Management and Works Council praise employees’ work
› Investments: ŠKODA modernising and expanding Kvasiny plant

Mladá Boleslav/Kvasiny, 22 January 2016 – New record broken: ŠKODA AUTO
has manufactured their 18 millionth vehicle since the company first started
building cars in 1905. The milestone car – a ŠKODA Superb Combi in the colour
candy-white – rolled off the production line at the ŠKODA plant in Kvasiny.
ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier, ŠKODA Board Member for Production Michael
Oeljeklaus and the Chairman of the Trade Union KOVO, Jaroslav Povšík
witnessed the occasion.

ŠKODA’s new CEO, Bernhard Maier, took the opportunity to visit the ŠKODA production
site in East Bohemia for the first time. “Kvasiny is a production site with a great tradition
and an outstanding team. You immediately sense the enthusiasm with which people carry
out their tasks here. This is where automobile construction is lived, and implemented to
an exemplary quality and efficiency,” said Maier, adding, “Today we have 18 million
reasons to be proud of our employees’ performance. Without them, the success of the
ŠKODA brand would be unimaginable.”

“Producing 18 million vehicles is an enormously high number,” said the Chairman of the
Trade Union KOVO, Jaroslav Povšík. “This milestone is an impressive demonstration of
the skill our colleagues at ŠKODA have in car construction, and their great dedication to
the company’s success over the past 120 years.”

The Kvasiny plant is currently undergoing the largest modernization and expansion in its
history, for which ŠKODA will be investing around seven billion crowns. Over the coming
years, the production capacity of the East Bohemian site will increase to 280,000 vehicles
per year. Up to 1300 new jobs will be created in order to achieve this.

“Over the last five years, we have significantly increased the number of high-quality
vehicles produced worldwide,” said ŠKODA Board Member for Production, Michael
Oeljeklaus. “The ŠKODA plants in the Czech Republic have made a significant
contribution to this. This is the heart of our international production network. Since 1991,
we have invested more than 300 billion crowns into modernizing and expanding our
production facilities in the Czech Republic.”

The new pilot hall was opened during the visit to Kvasiny. 50 ŠKODA employees started
work there that same day. The local team receives the first technical information that is
then analysed and evaluated some three years before the production of a ŠKODA model
begins. This allows any optimizations to be carried out in advance of the model being
launched into series production.

ŠKODA Media Services:
http://media.skoda-auto.com, media@skoda-auto.cz
ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869,
293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

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Kvasiny is one of ŠKODA’s three production sites in the Czech Republic. In addition to the
ŠKODA Yeti, the ŠKODA Superb and Superb Combi currently run off the production lines
there. In the future, the production of ŠKODA’s SUV models will also play an important
role at the location. Around 150,000 ŠKODA vehicles were produced at the Kvasiny plant
in 2015. 4500 people are currently employed at the site, making it one of the largest
industrial employers in the Hradec Králové region. In 1895, Mladá Boleslav became the
foundation for ŠKODA’s success story. 52 years later in 1947, when the Kvasiny plant
started production of ŠKODA cars, it was the second important production site in former
Czechoslovakia.

Selected milestones in ŠKODA AUTO’s manufacturing history:
– 19 January 2016: 18 million ŠKODA cars produced since 1905
– 24 November 2015: 12 million ŠKODA cars produced at the Mladá Boleslav plant
– 10 December 2014: ŠKODA manufactures the 1 millionth vehicle in 2014 – the first
time the company had produced one million vehicles in a single year
– 19 March 2014: 11 million ŠKODA cars produced at the Mladá Boleslav plant
– 26 August 2013: 4 million ŠKODA Octavias produced
– 9 July 2013: 1 Million ŠKODA vehicles in China since 2007
– 5 February 2013: 15 million ŠKODA vehicles since 1905
– 30 January 2012: 14 million ŠKODA vehicles since 1905
– 12 October 2011: 10 million ŠKODA vehicles at the Mladá Boleslav plant
– 8 April 2009: 12 million ŠKODA vehicles since 1905
– 13 July 2006: 10 million ŠKODA vehicles since 1905
– 1991: 5 million ŠKODA vehicles since 1905

For more information:
Jozef Baláž, Corporate Communications Jana Bahníková, Corporate Communications
P +420 326 811 773 P +420 326 811 738
jozef.balaz@skoda-auto.cz jana.bahnikova3@skoda-auto.cz

Media image:

Milestone: ŠKODA Produces 18 Millionth Car
The milestone car is a ŠKODA Superb Combi in
candy-white. The Kvasiny plant is currently
undergoing the largest modernization and expansion
in its history, for which ŠKODA will be investing
around seven billion crowns.

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ŠKODA Media Services:
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ŠKODA AUTO a.s., Tř. V. Klementa 869,
293 60 Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic

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ŠKODA AUTO
› is one of the longest-established vehicle production companies in the world. In 1895, the Czech
headquarters in Mladá Boleslav began producing bicycles, followed by the production of motorbikes and
cars.
› currently offers the following models in the range: Citigo, Fabia, Rapid, Octavia, Yeti and Superb.
› in 2015 delivered more than 1 million vehicles to customers worldwide.
› has belonged to Volkswagen since 1991. The Volkswagen Group is one of the most successful
automotive groups in the world. ŠKODA, in association with the Group, independently manufactures and
develops vehicles, as well as components, engines and gear transmissions.
› operates at three locations in the Czech Republic, produces in China, Russia, Slovakia and India mainly
through Group partnerships, as well as in Ukraine and Kazakhstan through local partners.
› employs over 25,900 people globally and is active in more than 100 markets.