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160407 One-off Compact Coupé – ŠKODA Apprentices Build Dream Car

160407 One-off Compact Coupé - ŠKODA Apprentices Build Dream Car

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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One-off Compact Coupé:
ŠKODA Apprentices Build Dream Car

› Now the third ‘ŠKODA Apprentice Car’ after the ŠKODA CitiJet and ŠKODA FUNStar
› Successful presentation to Board members and experts from specialist departments
› Unique concept: Coupé body with two extended doors and glass roof;
apprentice project emphasizes high standard of ŠKODA Vocational Training

Mladá Boleslav, 7 April 2016 – ŠKODA apprentices build their dream car: a
compact coupé with rear hatch and long glass roof. This is now the third unique
‘ŠKODA Apprentice Car’. The young team recently presented the latest
developments to the Board of Directors.

For several months, a team of 27 apprentices of the ŠKODA Vocational School have been
working on the unique ‘ŠKODA Apprentice Car III’, with the help of instructors at the
company’s headquarters in Mladá Boleslav. The departments for technical development,
design, and production are supporting the project, for which the ŠKODA Academy is
responsible. The finished vehicle study will be presented to the public in May. The car is
yet to receive a name.

This is the third time that ŠKODA has run the apprentice project. The apprentices
recently presented the latest updates on the project to ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier,
ŠKODA Board Member for Production Michael Oeljeklaus, ŠKODA Board Member for HR
Bohdan Wojnar and experts from ŠKODA’s specialist departments. “It’s great to see our
students’ passion and commitment to this project,” says ŠKODA Board Member for HR
Bohdan Wojnar. “The next emotive vehicle study has arisen with ŠKODA’s third Trainee
Car. ‘Trainee Car III’ is also going to be an extraordinary car,” Wojnar is convinced. “Just
like its predecessors, this project will show how great our trainees’ technical and manual
skills are.”

The project aims to promote the creativity and expertise of the vocational students, and
to harness their enthusiasm in designing their own car. The unique ‘ŠKODA Apprentice
Car III’ is the result: The car has a coupé-style body with two extended doors. Two-tone
paint in red and black and a long glass roof visually stretch the contours. With the
current ‘Trainee Car’, ŠKODA is continuing this new tradition: 2014 saw the presentation
of the ultra-compact CitiJet convertible based on the ŠKODA Citigo; the FUNStar pick-up,
with technology from the ŠKODA Fabia, followed in 2015.

“At first we did not know how exciting this task would be,” says Daniel Voce, an
apprentice in the project team, consisting of 5 young women and 22 young men. “We are
developing in all areas of the automobile,” Voce said. Team leader Zdeněk Stanke
explained, “I am proud of my team. We are progressing very well because everyone is

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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giving their all. It should be emphasised that our trainees must bring the project work in
line with their schoolwork.”

The Czech carmaker is once again emphasising the high standard of ŠKODA’s
apprenticeship programmes with this apprentice project. The Vocational School, founded
in 1927, offers young people three- or four-year training programmes in technical
subjects. Almost 900 apprentices, of which 14.3% are women, are currently enrolled on
14 full-time training courses. Around 100 employees are advancing their qualifications in
the school’s postgraduate programme.

For more information:
David Haidinger, Product Communications
T +420 604 292 188
david.haidinger@skoda-auto.cz

Media images:

One-off Compact Coupé – ŠKODA apprentices
build their dream car
ŠKODA CEO Bernhard Maier, Board Member for
Production Michael Oeljeklaus and Board Member for
HR Bohdan Wojnar recently took a look at the
current status of the Trainee Car. They were shown
individual elements of the vehicle and the final shape
of the body in the ŠKODA Academy body shop.

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One-off Compact Coupé – ŠKODA apprentices
build their dream car
ŠKODA Academy trainees continue the new tradition
of building their dream car this year at the
company’s headquarters in Mladá Boleslav. They
recently presented the state of development of
‘Trainee Car III’ to the ŠKODA Board members.

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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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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 26,600 people globally and is active in more than 100 markets.

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Published: 8. 4. 2016